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Spotify Backtracks on Controversial ‘Hateful Conduct’ Policy

Spotify doesn’t want to police the content on its platform and the company finally admitted as much in a press release on Friday. The Swedish music service has updated its ‘Hateful Conduct’ rules by effectively walking the entire idea back. Read More >>

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Spotify Says Controversial ‘Hate Content’ Policy Was ‘Rolled Out Wrong’

Mistakes happen. On Wednesday night, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek admitted to a rather big one in regards to the company’s controversial “Hate Content and Hateful Conduct” policy. “We rolled this out wrong and could have done a much better job,” said Ek about Spotify’s decision to remove R Kelly and the rappers XXXTentacion and Tay-K from the company’s playlists. Read More >>

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Spotify Backtracks on Hateful Content Policy, But R. Kelly is Still Banned

Less than one month after instituting a new policy designed to punish artists for misconduct in their personal life, Spotify is partially walking back its “hateful content” rules that resulted in several artists being removed from the streaming service’s promoted playlists. R. Kelly will continue to be banned. Read More >>

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Spotify Agrees to Fork Over £84 Million to Artists in Class Action Settlement

Spotify has faced a number of accusations regarding violations of copyright in recent years and this week saw one of those looming lawsuits put to bed. On Tuesday, a federal judge approved a $112 million settlement in a class action suit that accused Spotify of failing to adequately pay artists for the use of their music. Read More >>

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How YouTube Music Stacks Up Against Spotify and Apple Music

On Thursday, Google announced YouTube Music, its latest attempt to get music fans to pay for unlimited streaming. The new service launches on May 22, but how will it compare to Spotify, Apple Music, and other streaming services, like SoundCloud and Tidal? Here’s everything we know about YouTube Music so far, for anyone curious about switching to the newest player in town. Read More >>

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Is YouTube Music Already Doomed?

Google isn’t giving up on its quest to get you to pay it for music. That’s the main takeaway from Thursday’s announcement of YouTube Music, a re-imagining of how music-listening works on YouTube. The new streaming service will come in two flavors: a free tier called YouTube Music and a $10-per-month tier dubbed YouTube Music Premium, and it’s scheduled to debut on May 22 in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, and South Korea. Read More >>

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Spotify Still Shows R. Kelly Merch Despite Booting Him From Playlists

Earlier this month, Spotify began implementing new policies meant to remove controversial and “hateful” artists from promoted positions throughout its platform—which notably resulted in R. Kelly getting bounced from playlists. However, the music streaming platform appears to be continuing to promote merchandise from artists in violation of its guidelines. Read More >>

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Is Free Spotify Really Worth It?

Spotify just revamped its free tier, which means you get more than ever before without actually having to pay anything—(some) on-demand playlists on mobile, unlimited skips (on a few playlists), and personalised recommendations to more accurately reflect your tastes. So does it make Spotify Premium a waste of money? Read More >>

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Spotify to Stop Promoting R. Kelly with New ‘Hate Content and Hateful Conduct’ Policy

Spotify apparently no longer wants to promote terrible people across its streaming platform. That’s the undercurrent of its freshly announced “Hate Content and Hateful Conduct Public Policy.” The meandering statement revealed that Spotify is establishing a number of external and internal policing methods for content. Read More >>

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Spotify Just Gave You a Pretty Good Reason Not to Pay for Spotify

On Tuesday morning Spotify announced a pretty big change to its mobile app. At an event in New York City, the Swedish music giant announced that users who don’t want to pay up for a premium plan will soon get their hands on a lot more features, including the ability to personally choose songs on select playlists. Read More >>

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Spotify Plans Make Its Free Service Suck Less as Apple Music Catches Up in Paid Subscribers: Report

Fresh off its initial public offering last week, Spotify is reportedly getting ready to overhaul its free music streaming service as it tries to keep Apple Music at bay for as long as possible. Read More >>

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What the Hell is Spotify Announcing This Time?

Spotify’s announcing something on April 24th in New York, and we’re not exactly sure what it is. We do, however, have a few ideas: recent developments suggest the company’s going full speed ahead in its quest to replace the humble car radio and your favourite shock jock with its own streaming service, no matter how decrepit your vehicle. Read More >>

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Spotify Is Blocking Subscribers Who Used Hacked Apps to Get Premium Features

First reported by TorrentFreak, Spotify is sending users the following email about “abnormal activity.” Read More >>

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Spotify is Officially Going Public, CEO Says it Will Now Be Some Kind of Global Cultural Nexus or Something

Stockholm-based streaming giant Spotify finally made it official and filed documents for its much-rumored plans to go public on the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday, pursuing the unusual option of a direct listing instead of a traditional IPO. Read More >>