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Spotify's Deep-Black Redesign Brings Album Art to the Fore

Spotify has started rolling out a new darker redesign. It's the biggest stylistic change we've seen since service launched its web-based player in autumn 2012. The new look ditches the old app's overcast greys for a sleek black facade—and it's so much more beautiful and useful for it. Read More >>

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Report: Apple is Negotiating an On-Demand Music Service Like Spotify

Billboard reports that Apple has been talking to record labels about potentially launching an on-demand music service that would compete with Spotify and Beats Music. Read More >>

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Spotify Just Bought Huge Music Data Company The Echo Nest

Spotify just bought "music intelligence" company, The Echo Nest. In other words, it just bought the data machine that powers rival services like Rdio, iHeartRadio, and others. Read More >>

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Spotify For Windows Phone Will Finally be Updated (and Fixed)

Spotify salvation is coming for Windows Phone 8 users in the form of an app update "this spring," bringing overdue Radio, Browse and Discover features to WinPho. The current Spotify app for the platform is terrible, so this can't happen soon enough. Read More >>

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BBC Radio 1 Top 40 Will Now Include Spotify Streams

Getting to the top of the Radio 1 Top 40 chart will no longer be simply down to the number of CDs or downloads a band shifts, with streams from Spotify and other online services now also being taken into account. Read More >>

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Explore Spotify's Millions of Unplayed Songs with Forgotify

Four million songs on Spotify—a whopping twenty per cent of the site's tracks—have never been streamed. That is a tonne of lonely tunes, but thanks to Forgotify they're going to start getting some listening love; the service queues up stuff that's never gotten a spin—the non-Biebers, the un-Mileys, the bizarro-Beys—and creates a running playlist of all-but-unknown audio. Read More >>

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In Dre We Trust: Why Beats Music is Great

After a year of hype, Beats Music is finally available in the US (but sadly, it's not available in the UK), and if it has a definitive pitch, the company's frenetic, towheaded CEO Ian Rogers served it to me over blaring punk music in a Lower East Side bar last week. "I've got [legendary producer] Jimmy Lovine calling me on the weekend and saying, "What the hell is this playlist?" Read More >>

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Spotify-Rivalling Beats Music Opens Up Shop, But UK Music Fans Left Waiting

You wants Beats Music? You gots Beat Music. If you live in the US that is. The audio company's new streaming service went live in the US this morning ahead of an expected global release, though there's no confirmed date yet on when its 20 million songs will be available to UK listeners. Read More >>

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Report: Spotify Wants to Tailor Playlists By Heart Rate and Movement

If your workouts never quite gel with your soundtrack, help may soon be at hand. The Guardian is reporting that Spotify has plans to measure heart rate and motion to help choose you the perfect playlist for any situation. Read More >>

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You Can Now Get Band Merchandise Through Spotify Too

Whether they're getting paid enough for their streaming rights or not through Spotify, one irrefutably worthy revenue stream for bands and artists these days is "the merch". Posters, badges, t-shirts and mugs; the returns here are often far greater than royalties. And now, Spotify will help musicians promote merchandise too. And for free! Read More >>

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Spotify Now Provides Unlimited Free Music on the Web

Until now, Spotify's free accounts provided unlimited ad-supported streaming via its desktop client for six months, until it then imposed a cap on your streaming. Now, though, that cap is being scrapped. 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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I Alphabetise My Spotify Playlists. Is Your Digital Life as "OCD" as Mine?

It's Sunday night, I haven't eaten yet, I've got to get up for work in a few hours time. Heck, I haven't even showered. Why? Because The Clash's “London Calling” playlist is currently sitting after My Bloody Valentine's “Loveless” in my Spotify collection, among other crimes to alphabetisation. And that just wont do. Read More >>

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Digital Music Sales Just Dropped for the First Time Since iTunes

In 2013, digital music sales declined for the first time since Apple launched the iTunes Store 10 years ago. Are streaming music services like Rdio and Spotify to blame? Read More >>

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Meet Spotiamp, the Lovechild of Spotify and Winamp

Ah, nicely played Spotify -- with digital music veterans waxing lyrical recently over the (apparent) demise of Winamp, the streaming service has swooped in and popped out Spotiamp, a lightweight Windows app in the style of Winamp for streaming all your Spotify playlists through. Read More >>

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Report: Spotify's Desktop App Just Got Way More Sleek

Spotify's rolling out a sleek new look for its desktop clients: darker, cleaner, and less cluttered, according to The Verge and some users. There are rounded images, larger text—and a little less information. Read More >>

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