Almost two years ago Twitter tried to jump into the online music streaming market with their own Twitter Music offering, a platform that never took off and was eventually shut down. Twitter appears to be ready to give it another go with the addition of Rhapsody to their Twitter Audio Card feature. Rhapsody users can now share what they are listening to via Twitter and more importantly, followers can listen to the full song provided by the Rhapsody service as part of the partnership. Read more
Pandora’s latest app update is bringing a pretty useful new feature, especially for those of you that frequently listen to Pandora radio. Now you’ll occasionally start seeing Google Now cards from the app suggesting different radio stations for you to listen to, which has been in the works since Google announced tons of third-party integration in January. Read more
Lately Google has introduced a few features that bring some overlap between All Access and YouTube, such as YouTube Music Key. Now it looks like we’re going to see some other features make their way over to YouTube to make it a better music hub for users.
Google is apparently working on a YouTube Radio feature, similar to the radio stations you get in All Access, to either replace or complement the current YouTube Mixes that are available. These radio stations are based off of whatever video you choose, and you can like, dislike, and dismiss videos in the playlist to curate the station to exactly what you like. We’ve already seen this implemented fairly well in All Access, so it makes sense for Google to bring over a popular feature now that it’s taking YouTube as a music service seriously. Read more
After acquiring Beats, it wasn’t clear what Apple was going to do with the company or its music service and technology. So far, Apple hasn’t ditched iTunes Radio, and all we’ve seen is Apple promoting Beats apps and headphones. That looks like it’ll change this year with Apple finally unveiling a service to compete with Spotify and Play Music.
The app in question will reportedly use a blend of Beats Music playlist and mood suggestions and personal library building backed by Apple’s enormous iTunes catalog. Users can pick out specific songs to stream, so long as it’s offered by Beats or iTunes, and you’ll be able to add those songs to your digital library like we’ve seen with Spotify and All Access. Read more
Amazon has updated their Music application that brings in a dedicated Prime Music section. You’ll be able to quickly add music to your library and manage what songs you own, and you’ll be able to stream music without adding it to your library first. The search results and filtering methods have also been improved, so finding music you want should be easier now.
Aside from the Prime inclusions, Amazon fixed a few bugs and added support for the OnePlus One. If you use Prime Music, this an update you’ll probably want to grab. If you’re on the fence, you can check out our review of the service here. Read more
Google is currently running a sale on music for the end of the year that includes deep discounts on a multitude of albums. They include music from artists past and present, ranging from Michael Jackson to Jason Aldean to deadmau5. A few of the albums are even as low as $1.99. You can check out the sale via the source link below.
Source: Google Play Store
Uber and Spotify have announced a new partnership to help make Uber rides even better. If you have a Spotify premium account and your Uber ride is enabled with Spotify music through their vehicle’s sound system, you can select the music to stream during your ride or even remotely control selections during the ride. The fun starts when you request an Uber ride. Look for a music bar in the Uber app when you get matched with an Uber ride. If present, you can tap on the music bar and choose a song or playlist from your Spotify account. When your ride starts, the music will start up on its own. Read more
Google’s YouTube app for Android has been updated, coinciding with the launch of their new music streaming service. The new update adds a new tab to the interface labeled “Music,” which gives you mixes based on your listening history and preferences. There are also playlist recommendations, ranging from pre-made playlists to personalized playlists based on your history.
You can check out the updated app by downloading from the link past the break.
While there are still a few stalwart developers out there that insist on only making apps available for the iOS platform, the list continues to shrink. Another example of that is the recent release of long-time iOS-only app djay 2 to the Google Play store for Android fans to snap up for only $2.99. djay 2 does just what the name sounds like – it lets the user become a DJ, mixing music from Spotify and all the music on a mobile device. Read more
LG has pushed out an update to the G Watch that brings some new features that music listeners will be very excited about. The Android Wear update matches what Google announced earlier this year and brings some new music cards and music playback controls, plus the ability to sync a Bluetooth headset to the device. Read more