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Spotify is the Best Streaming Music Service

In the wake of another streaming service shutting down it’s time to be blunt. Spotify continues to outpace its growing army of competitors, and if you’re going to spend money on a music streaming service, you should sign up for Spotify Premium. Or just use the free version, because it’s really rather good, too! Read More >>

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Prince Throws New Sulk About Streaming, Raging Unto Spotify

Prince has once again shuffled his music around and removed it from several of the streaming sites it was on, although those that only offer paid tiers -- like Tidal and Google's Play Music -- still have most of his back catalogue available 4U. Read More >>

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Sign ‘o the Times: Prince Removes Records From Stream Sites

Prince is removing his back-catalogue from music streaming services, with tracks vanishing from Spotify and Rdio so far. They’re still up on Google Play, Deezer and Tidal, perhaps not for long. Read More >>

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Rdio Has Just Announced a Family Plan

Not to be outdone, Rdio has just announced a family plan that's basically like Spotify's. Families now get a discount of 50 per cent on the premium subscription price for each additional member. Read More >>

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Report: Rdio is Turning Itself Into Spotify With Free Music and Ads

Rdio's great, but it's long been the under-featured, overlooked alternative to the likes of Spotify and Rhapsody. Now, the New York Times reports that Rdio is striking out with a new freemium model: abundant free music, with a shed load of ads. So, like Spotify then. Read More >>

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Oasis Acquiesce, Putting Back Catalogue Up on Spotify and Rdio

Some might say it was definitely maybe going to happen eventually anyway, but having finally acquiesed to the streaming service's requests, the Oasis back catalogue has flown like a cannonball onto Spotify. Read More >>

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Report: Apple Is Finally Sealing Deals For Its Internet Radio

The New York Times is reporting that Apple's much-rumoured music streaming service may soon be ready — even in time for next week's WWDC — thanks to the company finally signing contracts with major music labels. Read More >>

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Go Get 6 Months of Totally Free Streaming Music

There's only two things better than streaming services: bacon, and free streaming music. I can't help you with the former, but Rdio can totally help with the latter -- they're running an 'extended trial', which to you and me means six whole months of totally free, totally legal music. Now GOGOGO! Read More >>

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Xbox Music Hands On: The Perfect Music Service — If You Use Nothing But Microsoft Stuff

We've known that Microsoft has been working on a music service for a while now, and we finally got a chance to check it out first hand. Xbox Music is exactly what you'd want in a streaming service and store. It's complete in a way that Spotify, Amazon, and even iTunes aren't. Microsoft's new music platform is wonderful, basically. Read More >>

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Spotify’s Got Yet More Competition as Rdio Sneaks Across the Pond to the UK

As rumoured, one of our American cousins' favourite music streaming services has finally made the leap across the pond. Apart from lacking the whole ad-supported streaming thing, Spotify's taster drug, Rdio matches our original music-streamer on price, with unlimited desktop streaming for £5 and mobile for £10 a month. Read More >>

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New Facebook “Listen” Button Instantly Plays Musicians’ Songs in Streaming Apps

Facebook has taken a leaf out of MySpace's book. Now, on every musician's Facebook page there's a "Listen" button, that immediately takes you to their music in your streaming app of choice — Spotify or a few others. Neat. [TechCrunch] Read More >>

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Rdio Looks Like It’s Coming to the UK to Tempt Your Ears Away From Spotify

It looks like the UK is set to get another music streaming service to take on the might of Spotify. The US-based Rdio, from Skype co-founder Janus Friis, has signed-up PRS Music in the UK, which represents some 85,000 music producers across Britain, meaning we could see it launch here pretty soon. Read More >>

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200 Indie Record Labels Dump Streaming Services over £0.006 Per Stream Payouts

UK music distributor STHoldings has removed nearly 200 independent record labels from streaming services, claiming they "cannibalise the revenues" of the traditional music scene. Read More >>

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Surprise! Music Execs Love Freemium Streaming Services?

It's a bit odd to see a major label executive saying he likes the freemium services Spotify, MOG and Rdio have established and that the industry has finally figured it out. Or is it not so odd? Read More >>