YouTube may launch music service with ad-supported and paid versions

YouTube_music_service_concept_logoYouTube’s music service has become the topic of many rumors lately, with some sources claiming the service is very close to launching. We still haven’t heard anything concrete, but YouTube’s Susan Wojcicki discussed what’s happening with the service with Re/code to shed some light on what we’ve been hearing.

According to Wojcicki, the service is still in the early stages, which means it might not be available as quickly as we’d thought. YouTube is still exploring how to best create a music service to compete with other subscription models like Spotify or Pandora. One of the options she mentioned was an ad-free service, similar to Google’s own All-Access.
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Verizon launches Slacker Radio Tones for custom ringtones and ringback tones

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Apparently there are people out there willing to pay for a very unique way to get ringtones and ringback tones. On Thursday, Verizon launched Slacker Radio Tones with the popular music streaming service. For $2 per month, Slacker Radio Tones gives Verizon customers access to its music and stations. Ringtones work with whatever a user selects or assigns to a specific contact. The ringback tones, though, can operate with a station offered by Slacker. This keeps your incoming callers entertained while generously waiting for you to pick up the phone.

Hit the break for the full press release.


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Google keeping a close eye on All Access, YouTube’s music streaming service is “weeks” away

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Reports and rumors have been swirling about the changes Google would be making to music streaming service All Access. The company wants to raise awareness for All Access to show the real value it has over competitors. Right now, the number of subscribers is believed to be between 500,000 and a few million. This is meager when compared to the Spotify’s more than ten million subscribers. Google has a massive audience in Android and is struggling to latch people onto All Access.


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LG announces Music Flow, a multi-room music streaming system

LG Music FlowLG has announced a new multi-room music streaming solution to compete with the likes of Sonos called Music Flow. Like the Sonos systems, different speakers connect to your home network, and with LG’s Music Flow Player app you can stream music to any of those speakers. The app can pull music that’s locally stored on any device, too, so long as it’s connected to the same network. You can also stream music from your phone or internet radio stations.

As a bonus, you’ll be able to control Music Flow speakers with LG’s HomeChat service and the Line messaging app. Like with the other smart appliances LG has been pushing, you can text your home network to start music or get recommendations.
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Using Google Search for music can now redirect you to compatible apps

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Figuring out what apps have your favorite artists and tunes just got a whole lot easier. Performing a search with Google Search regarding a particular artist will return results that can redirect you to music streaming apps that are already installed on your device. The list are apps that contain songs with that particular artist. Currently, the function works in the United States with Rdio, iHeartRadio, Spotify, Google Play, TuneIn, and YouTube.

Source: Inside Search (Official Google Search blog)

Amazon’s music streaming service could launch as soon as June 12

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You read that title correct. Tomorrow, Amazon could be entering into a new field. Back in February, Amazon started to have negotiations with music companies. These negotiations would have to do with a music streaming service. We then heard in March that Amazon’s music streaming service would be more akin to iTunes Radio in that it would not offer unlimited access to music. Instead, it would be focused on user preferences. Earlier today, The New York Times confirmed that it would be a limited music streaming service that may be introduced and launched tomorrow. And as previously reported, Amazon will be limiting the service to Prime subscribers.
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Beats Music subscriber count is real low, not everyone is feeling the beat

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This cannot be sitting well with Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine over at Beats. According to Billboard, the Beats Music streaming service is not performing anywhere near to what was expected after the first 100 days. And it does not look like things will be getting any easier as Spotify will be partnering with Sprint with its Framily plan. Beats Music’s partnership with AT&T has not seemed to pay off.
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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).
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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.
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