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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 >>

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Streaming Music Services, From Most Screwed to Least Screwed

SoundCloud is fucked. On Thursday, the streaming music service mostly known as a place to hear podcasts and remixes from unknown DJs confirmed that it had taken $70 million (£56 million) in debt funding—basically a loan from various investors—in order to stay in business. Read More >>

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Your Favourite Music App Has Higher Quality Audio Than You Think

Chances are you’ve signed up to at least one streaming service—but are you making the most of the best-quality music on offer? A quick audit of your apps can boost both streaming and downloaded bit-rates, so you’re always assured of the highest fidelity audio flowing through your pricy headphones to your eardrums. Which means you hear more of the music and a little less of the noise that can accompany lower quality music files. Read More >>

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These Are The Tracks You Need On Your St Patrick’s Day Playlist, Says Spotify

Spotify has found the top 10 Irish tracks used in St Paddy's Day playlists in Ireland, for purists who want to ensure their cultural appropriation has as much authenticity as possible: Read More >>

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Prince’s Music is Coming to Spotify

As of Sunday 12th February, Prince's catalogue of music from his time at Warner Bros. from 1978 to 1996, including 1999, Diamonds and Pearls and Purple Rain, will be available on streaming service Spotify, as well as Apple Music and Napster. Read More >>

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Spotify Pays 0.00429p Per Stream

Think you're doing a good thing for your favourite artist by legitimately and legally listening to their latest release through a streaming service? Chances are it's not going to be contributing much to their drug/art/car kitty, or even paying for a coffee bean, as new analysis of the payouts of the major streaming providers show that Spotify is paying out as little as 0.00429p per stream. That's way less than the cost of a peanut. Read More >>

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YouTube Is (Still!) Screwing Musicians

Earlier this week YouTube’s Chief Business Officer Robert Kyncl penned a sunny blog post applauding his platform’s payouts to musicians—$1 billion derived from advertising in the past twelve months alone. That’s an objectively large sum. It’s also a devastatingly low figure compared to pretty much every other online music service. Read More >>

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How to Archive Your Discover Weekly Playlists on Spotify

Discover Weekly is great. The only downside is that when Spotify magically generates a new playlist for you on Monday morning, it replaces your old Discover Weekly playlist. Now, thanks to IFTTT, there’s a super easy way to keep an archive of your favourite ephemeral playlists. Read More >>

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Spotify Fixes Mass HD Data Dump Flaw

Something odd with the way Spotify's desktop tool handled disk space has been found by users, who complained that the streaming service was eating up masses of HD memory by filling files with what appeared to be vast piles of junk. Read More >>

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This is Probably Why Half the Internet Shut Down Today

Twitter, Spotify and Reddit, and a huge swath of other websites were down or screwed up this morning. This was happening as hackers unleashed a large distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on the servers of Dyn, a major DNS host. It’s probably safe to assume that the two situations are related. Read More >>