When the year began, TuneIn launched a new radio station called KLRX Radio without ever explaining its creation. It turns out that KLRX Radio was born out of a partnership between TuneIn and luxury automobile brand Lexus. The two are working together on this exclusive radio station to promote the new Lexus RX crossover.
Finally, Google has tweaked Play Music’s search bar to blend in with all of its other apps. The search bar’s new look, which does not require an update, is entirely white when activated and adds a dropdown animation with search history. Post-search results swoop in with Material Design-inspired animations, too.
And don’t worry, Google hasn’t removed the quick Identify what’s playing option.
Digital album sales sales fell significantly in 2015, Nielsen Music reports.
Digital track sales declined 12.5% from 1.1 billion in 2014 to only 964.8 million units sold in 2015. Digital sales also fell 12.5% from 2013 to 2014.
Physical album sales declined 8.3% in 2015, from 150 million in 2014 to 137.5 million in 2015.
Music streaming powerhouse Spotify is facing a class action lawsuit from David Lowery that could end up paying the artist rights advocate $150 million. Billboard reports the lawsuit alleges that Spotify “knowingly, willingly, and unlawfully reproduces and distributes copyrighted compositions without obtaining mechanical licenses.” These licenses are the ones that allow outside parties to utilize copyrighted music.
The Beatles announced today that their music will be available to stream from nine popular music streaming avenues tomorrow, December 24.
Just in time for the New Year, and the inevitable awesome party that precedes it, Google has an incredible deal on all the music you could ever need. A three month subscription to Google Play Music is only $1! Don’t worry, it’s not just you, I also thought I read that wrong when I first saw it.
If you are interested, make like me and hit the link below to claim your three months at this incredible rate.
Source: Google Play Music (Twitter)
In November, Pandora announced it would be absorbing Rdio for $75 million while extending job offers to around 100 employees that were with the acquired company. Rdio, shortly after the deal was made public, said that subscriptions would be ended later in the month. A shutdown date for the service was not provided; however, this week the company finally provided that date.
Google has uploaded yet another video promoting the Chromecast Audio.
While Virgin Mobile recently announced unlimited music streaming from certain services, and T-Mobile has offered the feature for a while, Boost Mobile has decided to join the party and delicately skirt around a net neutrality issue by offering their own form of unlimited music streaming. Read more
Back in September, Google announced that a family plan offering would be created for Play Music. The family plan gives up to six people simultaneous access to Play Music’s catalog of 35 million songs for $14.99 per month. At that time, the company only said that the family plan would be made available before the end of 2015. Today, Google is going live with Play Music’s family plan. And YouTube Red, for those in the United States, is included at no extra charge for all family plan accounts.
Google will allow customers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Australia to sign up for Play Music’s family plan this week.