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Report: Spotify Has Confidentially Filed to Go Public

It’s been a whirlwind over the past few years as big tech unicorns continue to leave private waters to seek out that lucrative public money. According to Axios, the latest company to join those ranks is Spotify, which reportedly filed for an IPO sometime during the end of December. Read More >>

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Spotify Hit With Massive £1.2 Billion Lawsuit from Music Publisher

Spotify has been hit with a huge copyright lawsuit that alleges the music streaming company “failed to pay songwriter royalties to a publishing company approximately 21 percent of the time,” according to the complaint. Wixen Music Publishing filed the $1.6 billion (approximately £1.18 billion) lawsuit against Spotify on December 29th. The music licensing company says it represents Tom Petty, Rage Against the Machine, Missy Elliott, Neil Young, Weezer, and the Beach Boys, among other artists. Read More >>

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The GizUK Xmas Index: Things Are Getting Pretty Damn Christmassy

A few weeks ago now Gizmodo UK launched what we have dubbed “The Christmas Index” - a statistically rigorous way of measuring Christmas spirit: Using some clever data wizardry, we’re measuring the onslaught of sleigh bells and chestnuts roasting on an open fire by using Spotify listening data as a proxy for how Christmassy everyone is feeling. Read More >>

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YouTube Is Working on a Music Subscription Service No One Asked For

YouTube—perhaps the largest repository of free music on the planet—plans to introduce a paid music subscription service in March. What could go wrong? Read More >>

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Spotify’s Rounding off the Year by Showing People a Bunch of Music Stats

If 2016 goes down as the year where all the famous people died, 2017 will end up as the year when all the famous people turned out to be scum. That, plus all the political nonsense that's been going on all over the world, meant that 2017 has been a bit bleak to say the very least. Read More >>

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The Giz UK Xmas Index: Using Data To Measure How Christmassy Christmas Is

When does Christmas actually begin? Christmas purists might say the 25th December - the official first day of Christmas - but unless you’re a Piper piping, or one of a number of Maids-a-Milking, we know that’s bullshit. Read More >>

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Microsoft Gives Up on Its Groove Music Service, Says to Use Spotify Now

Spotify inched a little closer to owning the whole music streaming market yesterday. Microsoft announced that its own subscription streaming service, Groove, will be mothballed and that it’s arranged a partnership to move you Groove-lovers into a safe zone with all your tunes. Read More >>

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Whoops, Spotify’s Web Player No Longer Works on Apple’s Safari Browser

Music streaming service Spotify no longer officially supports Apple’s Safari browser, and Safari users who attempt to access it say they are being redirected to use another browser or download Spotify’s desktop client. Read More >>

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How to Safely Share Your Netflix and Other Streaming Logins With Friends

Armed with the right login credentials from generous friends and family, you could happily enjoy Netflix, Spotify, and a tonne of other streaming services without spending a penny—but is all this password-sharing smart? In some cases, sharing your login info could result in you losing the service altogether. We’ve looked into the biggest names in streaming to find out the official account limits and policies, so you can avoid any unwelcome interruptions. Read More >>

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I Just Turned Off Spotify’s Sharing Feature, and I Feel So Free

I’m listening to Lana Del Rey right now. Her first album dropped during an emotional phase of my life, and while I’m sometimes embarrassed to admit it, I really like Born to Die. But, until a week ago, I avoided listening to it because my listening activity flipped a switch with my friends who could see me listening to Lana Del Rey on Spotify. Yes, my friends would see my listening habits, and then, they’d make fun of me. This is what a world without privacy looks like. Read More >>

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The Real News Today: Taylor Swift Is Back On Spotify

Taylor Swift withdrew her back catalogue from all music streaming services back in 2015, with the exception of Apple Music, which had the exclusive rights to steam 1989 and Swift's other albums. Now though, Swifty is back on Spotify and other streaming services. Read More >>

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Early Spotify Was Built on Pirated MP3 Files, New Book Claims

Spotify has been the biggest music streaming service to find a business model that users can accept, and music labels can endure. In its early days, the company positioned itself as “a viable alternative to music piracy.” But allegedly, the company’s beta was filled with pirated MP3 files. Read More >>

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The EU is Planning New Legislation After Complaints Aimed at the Likes of Apple and Google

A few days ago it was revealed that a number of music streaming services, including the likes of Spotify and Deezer, had complained to the EU about the likes of Apple and Google abusing their 'privileged position' at the top of the market. Now it seems as though the EU is taking notice. Read More >>

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Suggestive Primetime Spotify Advert Gets People Pretending to be Offended

An advert for Spotify has outraged the small group of people who spend their entire lives waiting to be outraged by things, with the ad in the break during Britain's Got Talent upsetting a few metaphorical apple carts due to hinting that some masturbation might be going on behind a closed bedroom door. When is there ever not masturbation going on behind closed bedroom doors? Read More >>

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Spotify Now Gives Students A Free Subscription To A Mental Health App

If you've got a Spotify Premium For Students subscription, you now get a freebie: a subscription to meditation, mindfulness and happiness app Headspace. Read More >>