LG 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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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?
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?