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    Going from zero to 13 million in less than a year is certainly remarkable, even by Apple’s standards, but the hottest, hippest audio streaming service out there still lags massively behind market veteran and undisputed heavyweight champ Spotify in terms of paid subscribers. Of course, in order to continue to resist the mounting Apple Music challenge, the 2008-launched freemium app for your phones, tablets and desktops can’t afford any missteps as far as pricing goes. Thankfully, Spotify realized just that, and taking a page from both Cupertino and Google’s playbooks, it finally ...

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    More video content providers are putting on the magenta-tinted glasses to zero out data charges for T-Mobile customers. The Un-carrier announced that it has notched more than 80 services in total for its Binge On zero-rate scheme. Today marks the program's fifth expansion in its sixth month and adds what are technically 12 (and not 13) services, including: Google Play Music Great Big Story NBC Kiswe Ligonier Ministries NOGGIN Qello Concerts Radio Disney Univision Univision Noticias Spotify TIDAL Toon Goggles The streaming music services you see there also provide music ...

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    "It's great that Apple is in the game." That from Jonathan Forster, a Spotify vice president. The Swedish company has credited Apple Music — nearly a year old and with 13 million subscribers — with attracting new ears to streaming and helping the ecosystem grow in general. "Since Apple Music started we've been growing quicker and adding more users than before." But for Spotify itself to thrive it's going to need to not just compete in the virtual sphere, but in real life, too. With 100 million users, 30 million of them paying members, Spotify is the undisputed giant in the industry. ...

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    Apple Music's at 11 million subscribers. Spotify's at 30 million subscribers? Subscribers? More like scrub-scribers. If you come to any conclusion about how the streaming music arms race is going so far, it's that it's a three-player game (if you count in Pandora) in a game with too many horses. Take Jay Z's Tidal. You know, the thing that Kanye sorta kinda lives in. The service's star-power clout — backed by exclusive content from an all-star roster of Alica Keys, deadmau5, Madonna, Daft Punk, Jason Aldean, Jack White and others — paired with a focus towards high-quality 1411kbps ...

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    SoundCloud may be struggling hard to fight against the relative success of streaming services, but the most visible way it's doing so right now is in the launching of its own paid service. The platform's addressing that issue today with the launch of its SoundCloud Go service. For $9.99 a month, you get playlists based off of songs you choose, offline caching, ad-free play plus access to the full versions of some 15-million-plus newly added hits from the likes of Kanye West, Drake and others. This pales in the face of Apple Music's, Spotify's and Tidal's 30 million subscriber exclusives. ...

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    He's rich. He's poor. He needs to finish The Life of Pablo. He needs your help. He needs any help. He's Kanye mother-effing West, alright? West once said that his latest album would never touch Apple Music. It would be exclusive to the fidelity-focused (now failing) Tidal streaming service. My album will never never never be on Apple. And it will never be for sale... You can only get it on Tidal. — KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 15, 2016 It's still the case that The Life of Pablo is still off that territory — it was pulled down for a short time. While it's back up on Tidal, West is ...

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    Apple Music may be blowing up big with 11 million paid subscribers, but Spotify still has more. At this point in the music industry's history, way more. Instead of the 20 million we've kept citing for a few good whiles, CEO Daniel Ek tweeted out the Sweden-based music streaming service's latest milestone. It also comes with a little celebration of President Obama's visit to Cuba. We have 30 million @Spotify subscribers, but none of them are in Cuba ... yet. So cool to see Cuba opening up! https://t.co/nZa67f0l8U — Daniel Ek (@eldsjal) March 21, 2016 Spotify is looking to grow faster ...

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    Spotify users on Windows 10 Mobile are left banded together, wondering if they'll be hearing the same 'ol tune from the music streaming service like they have for many other app makers. The situation began with disappointment yesterday as it notified at least one user that it wouldn't be updating its Windows Phone 8.x app anymore, nor will it be made available on the Windows Store. A Windows 10 app was in the purgatory of "if or when." @WindowsBlogIta @HDblog @MSPoweruser @windowscentral #Spotify drop the support for windows pic.twitter.com/9rn4xK7nlT — Alessandro S. (@S__Alessandro) ...

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    Spotify is packing up its own approach to serving its 20 million subscribers the music they want. Instead, it will be in contract with Google Cloud Services to store and deliver content. We don't know what the deal is going for, but the Swedish streaming media company decided that it could afford to offload its backend without risking loss of quality nor performance. Previous to the deal, it bought or leased data centers of its own to get the results it wanted at a price it could live with. So, why Google? Why not Amazon or Akamai? It came down to Spotify's experience (and preference) with ...

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    It can’t be easy for music streaming veterans like Pandora or Spotify to keep the hip new kids on the block at bay, not to mention hinder the rise of Google Play Music when its search-specialized developers can afford to regularly offer amazing deals. But hey, Spotify has a robust enough user base that losing a little money in order to recruit more subscribers and score free publicity shouldn’t be a problem. Enter a US and UK-only promotion hooking you up with a gratis second-gen Chromecast upon signing up for 90 days of Premium service, and, well, paying $30 or £30. Just to be clear, ...

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    As Spotify tries to reinvigorate itself, Apple Music is just eating the market share. Craig Federighi, an Apple SVP, and Eddy Cue, the one in charge of Apple Music, both announced on John Gruber's The Talk Show podcast that the streaming music service has 11 million subscribers — 55 percent of Spotify's subscriber base. It gained a million subscribers in well under two months. The streaming industry has seen some major roiling with Pandora losing 300,000 users this past quarter and SoundCloud considering shutting its doors after losing $70 million over two years. Three-year-old ...

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    As Spotify struggles with competition and licensing agreements with the music industry, it has decided to not only go into podcast distribution, but video as well. The company is introducing video content to its Android app in the US, UK, Germany and Sweden starting this week. The iOS app will get the update late next week. Spotify is licensing short-viewing content from content creators including the BBC, ABC, Turner Broadcasting, Comedy Central, Vice, ESPN and Maker Studios — the producers of Epic Rap Battles. Tastemade and other companies are planning on producing original, ...

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    Jimmy Iovine has a long rap sheet in the record industry, producing works from Tom Petty to John Lennon. It looks like he has a long one to go as he currently sits as CEO of the Apple-owned Beats Music and is fully involved in the promulgation of the Apple Music service. And he wants to end the freemium streaming model. A reminder here that Spotify and other streaming platforms have a free tier with occasional ad interruptions and some feature restrictions to entice customers to subscribe to their paid services. Apple Music only does pay-to-play. At the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit ...

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    There are surveys that claim that Apple Music was up to a good start, and we even heard some solid data from the company's SVP of Internet Services recently. The question left on the table is if Apple Music will continue with its trend, or whither down when the trial period ends next month. New surveys claim that things aren't going too well. A new study from MusicWatch has surveyed 5,000 U.S. customers between the ages of 13 or higher, and the results were rather under whelming. 48% of Apple Music users claim they no longer use the service, and 61% have already disabled the auto-renew ...

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    There's a clear migration being tracked from bought-and-owned media toward the current streaming models we have. Portability and unlimited variety beat out CDs (as well as smartphones, of course). But a split in this trend comes down between those who pay a subscription fee to music streaming companies for extra features and listeners who opt for a free lunch. Those music junkies are served ads during their listening session to help get revenue for Spotify, Pandora, Google and others. And as Juniper Research is predicting, that cash source might become a bit more plentiful. The ...

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    Spotify's CEO has been clear that he's not necessarily stressing out over the launch of Apple Music. The company hasn't reported any significant loss in customers after the launch of Cupertino's service, and Apple Music is still far from perfect. That being said, it's hard to deny that some of Apple's features are quite awesome, and today we see Spotify respond. One of Apple's major selling points for Apple Music is the fact that its playlists are curated by real people. That can be both good and bad, given the fact that people's taste is both subjective and biased. Still, Spotify decided ...

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    Music streaming competition has existed for a while now, but it's not until the birth of Apple Music that we see competitors sending blows at each other. Spotify spent a great deal of time with both US and European antitrust investigators asking for help in stopping Apple from killing the freemium model we all currently enjoy. Obviously that was just the beginning, and today we learn of a new plan. Spotify will apparently contact customers who purchased their Premium subscription through iTunes. The email will give users the option to save $3 on their monthly premium fee, given the fact ...

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    By now, you’ve undoubtedly seen the news on Apple Music, the Cupertino-based company’s latest ambition in the music industry. Long story short, it’s a subscription streaming service with millions of songs, its own 24/7 curated radio stations, and a first for Apple — an Android app. But plenty of people, including most of the Pocketnow team, are already plenty happy with a certain musical juggernaut: Spotify. It’s been the number one streaming service for years, but can Apple Music take its seat and replace the green giant for our ears? Let’s start with pricing. Spotify and ...

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    Even though Steve Jobs never believed in music streaming services, times have definitely changed, and so has the music streaming model, in addition to data speeds and limits. As such, we’ve seen Apple make some desperate moves to retain its music supremacy with acquisitions like Beats Music, in addition to internal rumors that claim that Apple wants to cripple Spotify and YouTube by convincing labels to eliminate the Freemium model. Apple obviously needed its sales leverage to make a point out of this, but today it seems things went downhill. Warner Music Group just ended its Q2/2015 ...

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    There's no denying that Apple singlehandedly rescued music labels more than a decade ago with the launch of products like the iTunes Store and the iPod, at a time when music piracy was just too convenient for consumers. That business model has proven to have become obsolete as companies like Spotify, Pandora and YouTube continue to grow in the same music streaming business that Apple has been reluctant to adopt. We do know that Cupertino has big plans for its Beats Music acquisition, but reports claim that in order for it to work, some desperate measures are being used. Trusted sources ...

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    If you’ve been using the popular music-streaming app on Android and iOS for the past few months, almost nothing about today's Spotify news will surprise you. But for Windows Phone owners, there’s lots to celebrate indeed. The new Spotify Windows Phone update brings Microsoft's smartphone platform one step closer to parity with its Android and iOS rivals. Version 5.0.5491.5995 clears away the oversimplified, space-wasting Spotify of yore with a refresh that cleans up the layout, streamlines the typefaces, and dims the background so the content "pops" more dramatically. It also ...

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    Do you Uber? For a growing number of smartphone users, convenient transportation's just a couple taps away, with services like Uber ready to hook them up with local drivers. And while taking advantage of such services may prove to be a lot easier than owning a car of your own, you give up a fair degree of freedom in the process: how many of us treat our cars as our personal listening booths, surrounded by speakers and ready to rock out to our favorite tunes? Now a new partnership between Uber and Spotify seeks to bring some of that experience to for-hire rides, giving users the ability to ...

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    As fun as it can be to marginalize and criticize them, smartphones are magical pieces of technology. From something as benign as an iPhone to a device as futuristic as a G Flex, today's pocket communicators are modern miracles of miniaturized intelligence. As I say at the top of every Weekly podcast, these real-life tools are the manifestation of many childhood dreams, mine included ... and it's incredible to stop and think about just how complex they really are. All of which makes it doubly frustrating when these supposedly "smart" devices screw up so spectacularly. Here's five ...

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    Spotify has proven that even though music streaming wasn't popular a couple of years ago, it is now. The company has gained a significant amount of customer base in Europe, and it is clearly just getting started. Offering free ad-based music on smartphones is probably one of the coolest updates the company has offered lately, but Windows Phone users were deprived of this feature until now. Spotify has just updated its application for Windows Phone, and among the updates, you can now stream music for free. Yes, free involves a couple of ads here and there, you won't be able to sync your ...

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    Spotify has proven to be one of the better solutions for music streaming in the market. We've seen the significant dent that it's making to iTunes in Europe, and just recently we've also seen how the company has revamped the UI in order to make it more elegant across platforms. Today the changes to the application continue, and it's definitely worth your time to upgrade. Spotify has just pushed a security update for Android users, and has also offered an update for iOS customers which now gives you a "make available off-line" toggle on your songs. Instead of having to go through every ...

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