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]

Rhapsody Decides It’s A Great Idea To Rename Itself Napster

Rhapsody Decides It’s A Great Idea To Rename Itself Napster

There’s a new player in the streaming music scene, and it’s name is Napster. No, you have not been suddenly transported to your college dorm room, where you spent hours upon hours gleefully downloading mp3 after mp3: though it’s not exactly a new venture, streaming music service Rhapsody has decided to rebrand itself Napster, a service it owns, because why not? [More]

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Warner Music Is Now Making More Money From Streaming Than Any Other Source

Streaming music, that once-reviled technology that had big record companies shaking in their boots, is turning into quite the industry darling. Warner Music Group has certainly changed its tune, announcing today that streaming music is now bringing in more revenue for the company than any other single source of recorded music. [More]

Soundcloud Launches Streaming Subscription Service

Soundcloud Launches Streaming Subscription Service

Between Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play Music, and others, music lovers have plenty of options when it comes to hearing their favorite tunes for a price. And yet, another player jumped into this already crowded pool today, as SoundCloud officially unveiled its SoundCloud Go subscription service.

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More Than 500,000 People Have Already Illegally Downloaded Kanye West’s Tidal-Only Album

More Than 500,000 People Have Already Illegally Downloaded Kanye West’s Tidal-Only Album

Kanye West’s latest album, The Life of Pablo, was originally supposed to be a short-time exclusive on the $20/month streaming service Tidal, but then the fickle artist announced over the weekend that it would remain a Tidal exclusive, with the implication that anyone who wants to hear it needs to ante up for the monthly subscription… or illegally download it like more than half a million people have already done. [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]

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]

Virgin Mobile Offering Free Streaming Music That Won’t Count Against Customers’ Data Plans

Virgin Mobile Offering Free Streaming Music That Won’t Count Against Customers’ Data Plans

Virgin Mobile USA is taking a page out of T-Mobile’s book, and handing out free, unlimited streaming music from various partner services — that won’t count against customers’ monthly data allotments. [More]

How To Cancel Your Subscription To Apple Music Before The Free Trial Ends Sept. 30

How To Cancel Your Subscription To Apple Music Before The Free Trial Ends Sept. 30

The clock has been counting down, and the time is night: If you signed up for that three-month free trial of Apple Music back in June, today is the last day to cancel that subscription before it automatically renews on Sept. 30. Here’s how to make sure you don’t wind up locked into paying for a service you don’t want. [More]

T-Mobile Now Exempts 33 Streaming Music Services From Data Limits, Adds Apple Music

T-Mobile Now Exempts 33 Streaming Music Services From Data Limits, Adds Apple Music

Last year, T-Mobile added a benefit for their customers that no other mobile provider had tried: data used for music streaming services doesn’t count against their data allowance. Since the launch, Big Magenta has taken suggestions from their users for new services to add, and now they’re up to a total of 33 services that are part of the program. [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]

How To Opt Out Of Getting Phone Calls, Texts From Pandora Under Music Service’s Updated Contact Policy

How To Opt Out Of Getting Phone Calls, Texts From Pandora Under Music Service’s Updated Contact Policy

Proving that it’s always a good idea to thoroughly read any changes in a company’s terms of service, even if you really don’t want to because it’s just so many words, Pandora customers might be interested to know that they could be getting phone calls, text messages or even videoconferencing calls from the company in the future if they don’t opt out. [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]

Musicians Will Get More Than $0 During Apple Music Trial, But How Much Is That?

Musicians Will Get More Than $0 During Apple Music Trial, But How Much Is That?

Maybe Taylor Swift doesn’t wield as much power over the world’s largest corporations as we thought. Yesterday, it seemed that her open letter to Apple was influential in convincing the company to pay royalties to song owners and performers during customers’ trial period for their forthcoming Apple Music service. There’s a catch, though: artists won’t be getting 70% of zero, but they may not be getting the full royalties, either. [More]

Apple Knows You Hate iTunes And Love Spotify, So They’re Launching A Streaming Music Service Too

Apple Knows You Hate iTunes And Love Spotify, So They’re Launching A Streaming Music Service Too

Apple’s iTunes digital storefront for music was a pretty big deal when it launched over a decade ago. But time, and data plans, march on. Where once being able to buy a cheap single was the new hotness, these days consumers are more likely to want to stream their music, through a service like Spotify or Pandora. And so, Apple being Apple, they’re about to launch a new streaming service too. [More]

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Starbucks & Spotify Team Up In Streaming Music Deal

Just two months after Starbucks stopped selling CDs in its stores, the coffee chain says it’s going to be filling customers’ ears with music another way, announcing a streaming partnership with Spotify that will let customers have a say in what’s being played. [More]

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Warner Music Is Totally Cool With Streaming Music Now That It’s Making More Money Than Song Downloads

Once seen as the knife that would slay the music industry, it seems the popularity — and profitability — of streaming music is making some labels change their tune. Warner Music Group said revenue from streaming music has passed that from digital downloads for the first time. [More]