Samsung’s Milk Music will soon implement ads, $3.99 monthly to remove them [Updated]

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All good things must come to an end. Samsung’s Milk Music service is no different. In fact, it was sort of given that this day was coming. Samsung will be splitting Milk Music into Basic Service and Premium Service packages. Basic Service keeps everything free, but has advertisements prior to a song playing. The Premium Service package keeps everything ad-free with some unannounced exclusive features. This, however, costs $3.99 per month.

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Deezer now provides free access to its music streaming service, Galaxy S 5 users get 6 months free premium access

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Deezer has now made its music streaming service available for free to everyone, regardless of the subscription plan you’re on.

Previously, the free access was limited to only 10 hours, but now users can listen to any streamed music for as long as they want. However, the only disadvantage is that there will be audio ads in between.

That’s not all as the company has now signed a contract with Samsung offering Galaxy S 5 users 6 months of free premium access to its music streaming service which would otherwise cost £60 ($83). » Read the rest

YouTube’s subscription music service has been delayed…. again

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All the way back in October of 2013, we heard that YouTube was working on a subscription music service. At that time, it was believed that it was just a few months away from launching. But just two months after that report, it was delayed due to some disappointment with the overall product. That pushed the launch to early 2014. It is now April and there has been no chatter from YouTube on whether or not this service exists. Now it looks like YouTube has pushed its subscription music “debut to the second quarter or beyond,” according to Billboard. » Read the rest

Sonos details new music controller app to be released later this year, Android beta available now

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Sonos has announced they’ll be releasing a new controller app for their wireless music streaming devices later this year. The app will feature a fresh interface redesign, and will feature an easy way to browse music over multiple music streaming services. While listening to something on Pandora, you can pull up their discography on Spotify, for instance. If you’re the type of person that handles their music streaming and collection across multiple services, this is going to streamline your music experience for the better.

Sonos is planning on releasing the app later this year, hopefully in the late spring. However, they’re taking advantage of Android’s openness and flexibility, and they’ve released a beta version of the app for Android phones and tablets. You can log into your account on the Sonos website to get your hands on the beta app.

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Beats Music service to launch in next few months in U.S.

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Beats COO and President Luke Wood revealed in a recent interview that the company’s music streaming service, Beats Music, will launch “within the next few months.” According to Wood, in addition to the web interface, Beats will be providing Android and iOS apps. A Windows 8 app is thought to be in development as well. The Beats Music service will focus heavily on curated lists in an effort to separate itself from a crowded field of established services like Spotify and Pandora as well as tech giants like Google, Microsoft and Apple who are trying to get in to the market. Wood says:

“We’re talking about real depth of personalization and knowing who I am, who you are, what we’re listening to, what we like, what we’ve listened to before and then offering up music that is highly relevant to our taste profile.”

To help get into the space, Beats acquired MOG in July 2012 in an effort to capitalize on their efforts to build a music streaming service. The company hopes they can emulate the success they have had with their headphone, earphones and speaker business. Part of that success is probably driven by key individuals with the company like Wood and CEO Jimmy Iovine, both of whom have record label experience.

Do you think Beats Music stands a chance in the music streaming market?

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Rdio updates pricing plans, adds five person tier for $32.99

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Rdio is one of the most popular music streaming applications available, and they’ve just updated their tiered family pricing to stay a bit more competitive. Previously, a family plan could only consist of three accounts. Today, Rdio is bumping that limit up to five by adding in two new pricing tiers, so bigger families won’t be left out. It stills works the same as before where one user is the master account and they designate sub-accounts to share the subscription service. Here’s the new pricing structure:

  • Two accounts cost $17.99 per month
  • Three accounts cost $22.99 per month
  • Four members cost $27.99 per month
  • Five members cost $32.99 per month

While that sounds kind of expensive for a monthly streaming service, an individual subscription will run you $9.99 per month. If you had five people with a subscription in your family, this tiered plan actually saves you about $17 bucks a month as opposed to everyone having their own individual subscriptions. Anybody planning on taking advantage of the newer pricing?

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Amazon’s Alphabet Projects, including 3D smartphone screen, could be sign of major hardware push

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Sources in a WSJ article indicate Amazon has several hardware projects in the works that are collectively referred to as the Alphabet Projects. Perhaps most intriguing among them is a smartphone that reportedly will have a screen that can produce 3D images without the use of special glasses. Combined with complex eye-tracking software, the phone’s screen will produce the 3D images at almost any angle, producing a holographic image effect with items seeming to float above the screen. Another benefit of the technology will be the ability for users to navigate content on their phone using just their eyes. The high-end phone is just one of several devices that may signal a new strategy for Amazon in getting content into the hands of consumers. » Read the rest

iHeartRadio update adds “Perfect For” and alarm clock functions

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Fans of online music and radio streaming service iHeartRadio may have noticed an update was available this week. Clear Channel Radio added a couple new features to help keep pace with other popular music service apps. The first of these is a “Perfect For” function that lets users pick a mood or activity and get suggestions from a list of curated stations. iHeartRadio will provide four stations to select from based on choices like “A Traffic Jam” or “Drinking Coffee” or “Chilling Out.” » Read the rest

Google looks to launch a full music streaming service

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Google Music is one of our favorite music applications for Android, and Google is aiming to make it just a little bit better. According to reports, Google is in talks with major music companies to launch a music service similar to Spotify, which would allow you to listen to any song you wanted, on-demand, without needing to buy and store all of your music somewhere. Personally, I think the service would integrate nicely into Google Music, similar to what Samsung does with their Music Hub application.

It’s expected that this music streaming service would launch with a free and paid subscription option, and it would give Google the leg up on Amazon and Apple, the two closest competitors who haven’t moved into music streaming yet. It would put Google in competition with companies like Spotify, who have a strong grip on the market already. It’ll be interesting to see how this one plays out. Hit the source below to find out a few more details.

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Samsung to release Music Hub service to other devices and countries

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After Samsung acquired mSpot in 2012, they revamped the music locker service and released it as Music Hub on the Galaxy S III. Up to this point, Music Hub has been exclusive to the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note II, but Samsung is reportedly planning to release the application to more devices, as well as to devices outside of the US. Older Samsung devices will get the honors of being first in line, and other non-Samsung devices will receive it afterwards. No word on exactly when this is happening, but with the success Samsung is having, I can’t imagine it’s going to take too much longer.

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