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
Being a subscriber to Play Music can be a little bit confusing and a hassle considering there is once again a limit on the amount of devices replaced (or deauthorized) on a account within a single year. The reason why this policy has been reimposed is because of the music industry itself. Record labels feel that not having a limit of replacements set allow customers to abuse the system and allow others to piggyback off of them. They are worried about missing out on potential customers if they can simply share an account with an already present subscriber.
Google is working to fix the issue, though. It is known that the entire flashing process on an Android device uses a deauthorization and that hurts subscribers. Google did not share what exactly its fix is, nor did it offer a completion time. So, for now, just sit tight and wait until Google takes care of this mess.
Shazam has updated its app with a new partnership with Rdio that will bring full song playback whenever a user Shazams a song. After listening to a track and identifying it, you’ll be able to play the song within the app if you have an Rdio subscription. While the song is playing, you can continue discovering new music in Shazam.
As an added bonus, you’ll be able to build playlists of songs that you’ve identified. Rdio will get a specific Shazam playlist, but you can specify which of your current playlists you want to add songs to. Pretty handy. Read more
The development team at QCast wants to see people at parties make use of a host’s Chromecast to help everyone get their groove on by creating and sharing group playlists using their new QCast Music app. At least one person in a group needs to have a Google Play Music All Access account to serve as the host. QCast indicates they hope to add more music services in the future. The person with the All Access subscription connects to a Chromecast and from there other guests can connect to the shared queue using the QCast Music app. Songs are added by searches that tap into the All Access service to get results. Read more