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Spotify Mashes Music and Short Podcasts Into a New Playlist for Your Miserable Commute

Hot off the heels of releasing its standalone Stations app, Spotify is leaning even harder into that whole ‘reinvent the radio’ vibe. This week, the music streaming company released a new playlist called “Your Daily Drive” that uses an algorithm to mash together short-form podcasts and music. Read More >>

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Why It Still Matters Which Music Streaming Service You Sign Up For

Take a look at the music streaming services of the moment and you’d be forgiven for not seeing any major differences: They all offer access to around 50 million tracks on demand, they all give you recommended mixes of music, they all let you sync tunes to your phone for offline listening, and so on. So does it matter which one you pick? Read More >>

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I Didn’t Even Know I Needed Spotify’s New App, but Damn

Yesterday, Spotify introduced a simplified, radio-only version of its app for U.S. users called Spotify Stations. And somewhere, Pandora Radio executives probably let out a beleaguered groan. Read More >>

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Spotify Is Reportedly Working on a New Social Feature That Lets You Listen With Friends

Now I don't want to take credit for this, but I was totally moaning about the lamentable absence of this feature to one person around a year ago, so it's 100 per cent my brainchild and now we all know. Read More >>

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This Clever Hack Will Change the Way You Find Music on Spotify

My favourite thing about Spotify has always been music discovery. So when the company started building personalised playlists like Discovery Weekly and Release radar, I was hooked. The only problem was listening to all the new music takes forever. But an independent project from a couple of Spotify developers offers an amazing hack for exploring millions and millions of songs. They call it Discover Quickly. Read More >>

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How to Play Apple Music from the Web

Apple isn’t known for its web apps, though you can now access a lot of its core apps (in basic form) through iCloud on the web. It doesn’t include Apple Music, but Apple does make APIs available for the service that other programmers can hook into – and that means there are now several third-party online players for Apple Music. Read More >>

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You May Finally Be Able to Mute Artists You Don’t Want to Hear on Spotify

Don’t want to hear an artist in Spotify playlists or radio? You may soon be able to block them. Read More >>

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Oh Hey, Now There’s One More Reason You Don’t Need to Spend a Bundle on a HomePod

In case you needed another reason not to buy a HomePod, Amazon just announced that support for Apple Music is coming to Echo devices starting the week of 17th December. Read More >>

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US Satellite Radio Company SiriusXM is Gobbling Up Pandora for Just £2.7 Billion

It was announced this morning that SiriusXM will acquire music streaming service Pandora in a deal worth $3.5 billion (£2.7 billion). SiriusXM is touting the acquisition as the creation of the world’s largest audio entertainment company. Read More >>

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Drake Spam Flooded Spotify This Weekend, Making People Upset

Spotify just found out there’s such a thing as too much Drake. Read More >>

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Tidal Says Its Streaming Numbers Aren’t Inflated, but If They Are, Hackers Did It

Tidal, the streaming music service that seems to have been doomed since launch, is investigating a possible data breach following allegations that the company has been artificially inflating its subscribers and streaming numbers for platform exclusives. 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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Tidal Reportedly Late on Payments to Record Labels

Waves of bad news keep crashing down upon Tidal. Today Dagens Næringsliv, a Norwegian newspaper, reported claims from Norweign record labels that the struggling music service has stopped sending out royalty payments. Read More >>

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Apple’s Purchase of Shazam Gets Put on Hold While EU Investigates Anti-Trust Concerns

While the US Department of Justice battles Time Warner and AT&T in court to block one mega merger, another business deal is getting held up by officials overseas. On Monday, the European Commission announced that it is has opened an anti-trust investigation into Apple’s buyout of Shazam, potentially postponing the acquisition for months—or even killing it altogether. Read More >>