Amazon Echo Users Can Now Set Spotify, Pandora As Their Default Music Service

Amazon Echo Users Can Now Set Spotify, Pandora As Their Default Music Service

Until now, if you wanted to tell Alexa to play a certain song using a music service other than Prime Music, you’d have to say something like, “Alexa, play ‘Hotline Bling’ by Drake on Spotify.” Those days are gone, as Amazon Echo users can now set their default music services to either Spotify or Pandora. [More]

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Apple May Be Buying Tidal, Blocking Spotify Update

Apple is having a busy week, according to recent reports: Jay-Z’s streaming music service Tidal could be joining Tim Cook and friends in the near future, while another rival service claims the tech company is blocking update to its apps to push people into the arms of Apple Music. [More]

Uber Adding Pandora Integration For Drivers; Offers Six Months Of Ad-Free Service

Uber Adding Pandora Integration For Drivers; Offers Six Months Of Ad-Free Service

Uber drivers looking to jam out with their riders now have another option. On top of allowing passengers to use Spotify on their journey, Uber has added Pandora integration to its drivers’ app, and will offer drivers six months of ad-free service at no cost.  [More]

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Apple’s App Store Is Having Some Serious Issues Finding Popular Apps Right Now

UPDATE: As of about noon on the east coast, the App Store seems to have sorted itself out. I was able to search for Tidal and actually get the music app, instead of an app to track the tide. [More]

Kanye West Releases One ‘The Life Of Pablo’ Song On Apple Music, Google, And Spotify

Kanye West Releases One ‘The Life Of Pablo’ Song On Apple Music, Google, And Spotify

“My album will never never never be on Apple,” Kanye West insisted on Twitter, referring to his latest release, “The Life of Pablo.” This is literally true, but one song from the album is now available on the major streaming services, including Apple, Spotify, and Google Play. [More]

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Spotify Hopes $21 Million Settlement Will Make Musicians Stop Suing

Spotify is the biggest music streaming service, with a wide selection of artists and types of music. That means it has the widest variety of artists who may become annoyed at its royalty structure, or artists and composers who the service can’t even find. The Sweden-based company settled with one group of publishers, reportedly putting up $21 million to cover unpaid royalties. [More]

Report: Amazon Planning A Subscription Streaming Music Service To Rival Spotify

Report: Amazon Planning A Subscription Streaming Music Service To Rival Spotify

The popularity of streaming music services like Spotify has others in the business scrambling to hit upon just the right formula for success. Amazon, for one, is reportedly working on a Spotify-killer that is entirely separate from Prime Music. [More]

Spotify Introducing Streaming Videos On Its Mobile Apps

Spotify Introducing Streaming Videos On Its Mobile Apps

You may be familiar with Spotify, a streaming music service that offers commercial-free listening for a monthly subscription price, as well as a free version that comes with ads. The streaming platform is now branching out with the debut of music content on its mobile apps this week. [More]

Starbucks, Spotify Team Up To Let Users Take The Sounds Of The Coffee Shop On The Go

Starbucks, Spotify Team Up To Let Users Take The Sounds Of The Coffee Shop On The Go

Have you ever walked into a Starbucks for your daily caffeine fix, heard the music playing and thought to yourself, “Man, this is my jam, I wish I had this on my playlist.” No? Well, okay, but just in case this ever does happen, you’ll be covered, as the coffee giant has partnered with Spotify to allow customers to take more than just java home with them.  [More]

Pandora Mulling The Idea Of An Offline Listening Feature

Pandora Mulling The Idea Of An Offline Listening Feature

It’s tough out there for a streaming music service like Pandora, with competition from Spotify and Apple Music constantly putting on the pressure to get more subscribers. But there’s one thing Pandora’s rivals have that it doesn’t — an option for subscribers to listen to music offline. That may change in the future. [More]

You Can Record Movies Off Netflix, Or Music Off Spotify, But You’re Not Allowed To

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Once upon a time, in the long-long ago bygone years of the 20th century, teenagers communicated their feelings through a medium known as the mix tape. Those of us who can remember tape cassettes can remember hitting “record” on a boom box at exactly the right moment when a favorite song started on the radio or, as the ’90s waned into the shadow of Y2K, recording tracks off a bunch of CDs into one themed tape to play in the car or slip into the hand of a not-so-secret crush. [More]

Chicago Sued Over 9% “Cloud Tax” On Streaming Services

Chicago Sued Over 9% “Cloud Tax” On Streaming Services

Back in July, the city of Chicago started levying an unpopular new tax on its residents: cloud services, including streaming media like Netflix, suddenly cost 9% extra. Neither denizens of the Windy City nor the businesses who serve them are at all happy with this, however, and now the lawsuits have begun. [More]

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New Spotify Privacy Policy Aims To Provide “Plain Language” Explanation For Collected Data

Just weeks after Spotify ticked off many of its 75 million active users with an updated, potentially invasive privacy policy, the music streaming service has once again revamped the terms, this time including an introduction that provides clear reasoning and examples of data collected. [More]

What Does Spotify’s New Privacy Policy Actually Say, And Should I Be Worried?

What Does Spotify’s New Privacy Policy Actually Say, And Should I Be Worried?

Spotify has basically run away with the music market over the last couple of years, boasting over 75 million active users. But the popular streaming service this week ticked off a bunch of those customers this week when it updated its privacy policy and user terms and conditions. And their timing couldn’t have been worse: the combination of seeming to add a dramatic and invasive new set of permissions to their apps, in a week when privacy concerns and hacks are already the top headline, set off an angry internet firestorm. [More]

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Sen. Al Franken Calls For Federal Investigation Into Apple Music

In response to concerns arising from the recent launch of Apple Music, U.S. Senator Al Franken called on both the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the possibility that the tech giant may be creating an anticompetitive environment in the streaming music market. [More]

Starbucks Teams Up With Lyft To Give Drivers, Riders Extra Points Through Its Rewards Program

Starbucks Teams Up With Lyft To Give Drivers, Riders Extra Points Through Its Rewards Program

Take a Lyft, earn a free cup of coffee? Well, something like that anyway. Starbucks and ride-sharing service Lyft teamed up on Wednesday to unveil a new arrangement that gives customers – and drivers – of the car service extra perks through the coffee chain’s loyalty program. [More]

Spotify Wants iOS Users To Skip Apple’s App Store, Save $3

Spotify Wants iOS Users To Skip Apple’s App Store, Save $3

Apple’s new streaming music service costs $10 per month. So does competing service Spotify, but if you subscribe through the Spotify iPhone app, they charge you an extra three bucks because of Apple’s 30% cut of every subscription sold through apps on their devices. However, Apple’s rules for what’s okay to put in an app mean that Spotify can’t actually tell you this, so they sent an e-mail to users explaining how to change your subscription. [More]

App Loops 30-Second Spotify Snippets To Support Your Favorite Artist

App Loops 30-Second Spotify Snippets To Support Your Favorite Artist

Do you want to support your favorite musicians, but do so without spending any money and without actually listening to their songs? A band came up with a brilliant scheme to extract as much royalty cash from Spotify for your favorite musicians in the shortest amount of time. It’s called Eternify, and it renders your favorite songs unlistenable. [More]