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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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Help This Band Scam Spotify So They Can Go on Tour

Los Angeles funk band Vulfpeck wants to go on tour, but they're going to need your help to raise the money. This isn't some Kickstarter: they've made an entirely silent album designed specifically for the purpose of siphoning cash away from Spotify's treasury. Its a clever stunt, and it just might work. 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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Amazon is Gearing Up to Add a Streaming Music Service to Prime

Re/Code reports the claims of industry sources who say Amazon is in talks to create a streaming music service that it would bundle with Prime subscriptions. The report makes a lot of sense, and if true, it would make Amazon Prime an even better deal than it already is. 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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Pure Audio's Flexible Wireless Music System Now Works With Any App

Pure Audio's new wireless streaming music system was already the most flexible out there, but now the company's opening up its platform even more. Rather than being bound to proprietary apps like the offerings from Sonos, Bose, and Samsung, Pure's multiroom system now works with any app. 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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​Nokia MixRadio is the Easiest Streaming Music Service Yet

Sometimes all you want to do is press play and hear music you like. That one-click startup has never been done as simply as in Nokia Music's overhauled Windows Phone app, MixRadio. You turn it on, and it plays something you like. Simple. Read More >>

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YouTube Wants to Make Its Own Paid Subscription Music Service

According to Billboard, YouTube is aiming to make its own Spotify-like subscription music service. There'll be a free streaming service (which, uh, should differentiate from free YouTube) and a premium tier that'll be like Google Music's All Access streaming service. Basically, every company wants their own music streaming service! Read More >>

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More Than 4 Million Spotify Songs Have Never Been Played

Last week, Spotify turned five years old, and to celebrate, the company released a batch of impressive data. But buried within the fun facts is a tidbit that's just as depressing as it is surprising: 20-per cent of Spotify tracks have never been streamed. Read More >>

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Xbox Music Gets a Huge Design Overhaul, Plus New iOS and Android Apps

When it launched last year, Xbox Music was trapped in a Microsoft-only ghetto. Starting today, Xbox Music will expand its reach to hundreds of millions of mobile users with Android and iOS apps. And that's just a piece of the update it's getting leading up to the new app for Xbox One. Here's what to expect from the service on your computer, your phone, and the new console. Read More >>

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Spotify Connect: Sonos-Like Powers That Bend to Your Budget

Spotify is getting into the hardware game. The company is teaming up with a slew of great audio companies to bake Spotify right into Wi-Fi connected speakers. And it's not just speakers — the new system makes juggling your tunes between your phone, tablet, and computer a piece of cake, too. Here's the facile music experience you've been waiting for at a price you can actually afford. Read More >>

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Spotify Is Making Sharing Songs More Like Facebook Messaging

Over the next week or so, Spotify will roll out a few new features to its web and mobile interfaces that'll make getting to the music you want faster. The coolest of the bunch is that Spotify will be threading its music sharing features so that it'll look more like a long conversation on other platforms. Read More >>

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