Former music executive’s new venture could be backed by Google

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Google could be positioning itself for a large presence in the music industry. Lyor Cohen, former Chairman and CEO of Warner Music Group, has started a new label and Google could be an investor. According to the New York Post, Cohen has turned to Google to make “music-related investments.” If Google does indeed invest, they may seek Cohen’s new company to be a part of YouTube’s music streaming service that could launch in the coming months. Cohen manages Rick Ross and has connections with Jay-Z and Russell Simmons. With names like that, Google may definitely want to get its hands on Cohen’s secretive venture.

Source: New York Post

YouTube prepping subscription music service, launch could be just months away

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According to a Billboard source, YouTube is entering into the subscription music service business. The service, which is possibly just months away, would be much like Spotify, having both free and premium options. Also included in the service would be video component that makes YouTube what it is. The premium option would allow subscribers to pay around $9.99 a month to gain access to a wide array of music. The real standout feature of the service would be the ability to store music for offline listening, and ads would be removed completely. Billboard is also reporting that availability could extend all the way to Google Glass (which had some music files found in a recent APK teardown). The service may even appear alongside the rumored YouTube app redesign.

The only question coming into play would be — what about Google Play Music All Access? Google only launched that service in May and has seen incremental, but much welcome, updates. It’s possible that All Access could have been a stepping stone for this new YouTube service. Successfully obtaining deals with major labels would allow that task to be out of the way by the time this new service launches. Maybe we’ll see them merge at some point? That’s a long shot, but only time will tell how this one will play out.

Source: Billboard
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Google Play Music Update 5.2.1233L Now Available, Adds “I’m Feeling Lucky Radio” Feature

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It wasn’t long ago that Google rolled out a version of the Play Music app which allowed genre-based radio on our Android devices and now they’ve just kicked off another phase of the application offering an “I’m feeling lucky radio” feature.  The apk, version 5.3.1233L, will slowly be rolling out to all devices (if not already) and will allow one to have the app suggest and play music based on your previous selections. The auto generated radio station will be a welcomed addition as many who aren’t sure what they’re in the mood for can allow the app to choose for them based on what they like most. As of now, it’s being reported that a “mix of everything” functionality is kind of missing and it tends to only play mostly from the genre you play most but we have high hopes for the app and that the functionality will be quickly integrated. Do you think the app has what it takes to be a Slacker and Pandora killer? With the All Access feature and now the I’m Feeling Lucky Radio functionality, we think it certainly has the potential to claim a stake in the market. Feel feel to drop your opinion in the comments below.

Update: The apk should be available for updating via the Play Store now if you haven’t received it already.

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Rdio enables free streaming for their 20 million songs

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RdioWith so many competitors allowing free radio streaming through their apps, Rdio was put under pressure. They have today announced free internet streaming of radio stations on Android and iOS. With the new feature, they hope to better compete with alternatives like Slacker, Google Play Music, Pandora, and Spotify.

Users can choose from ten radio stations based on artists, songs, 400+ genres, and You FM, which is a personalized station based on your listening history. In addition, you can share your station with others, and as part of a new feature, create stations based on albums and playlists.

Check out the presser from Rdio after the break.

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Pandora will lift its 40-hour per month mobile listening cap

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Pandora_40_hour_listening_LimitPandora listeners are getting a nice surprise. During yesterday’s earnings call, executives announced that they would be lifting the 40-hour monthly mobile listening cap they put in place in February. CEO Mike Herring says it is for two reasons – one being that the cap was used as a “blunt tool” to limit usage and cost, but the company has since developed more “surgical techniques.” The second reason is that since the mobile cap was put in place, usage dropped 10 percent.

If you remember, this is the second time they have put in place, and then lifted a cap. The last time was in September 2011.

Source: Telecrunch

SoundSeeder gives most Android Devices Samsung Group Play-like functions

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With smart phones becoming a staple in day-to-day music listening you’d think that they’d be sporting decent quality speakers. Well that isn’t the case, unless of course you’re rocking an HTC One. You could be one of the folks with an S4 that has Group Play installed which allows up to 8 devices to blast music almost creating a stereo/surround sound-esque effect. Everyone else sadly has to put up with the one speaker on the back of their device. Well, not anymore as XDA member jekatt created an app that emulates that very function. SoundSeeder works on any device with Android 2.2 and up. With SoundSeeder you’ll be able to:

  •  Stream and spread your music at home or on your party to multiple devices in different rooms.
  •  Start a portable Hotspot and listen to your music via SoundSeeder on multiple devices wherever you want.
  •  Similar to Samsung Group Play – Share Music™
  • Supports mp3, mp4, m4a, aac, 3gp, ogg, flac Media formats.

The music player itself requires Android 4.1 but you’ll be able to use any device with a speaker that’s packing Froyo or newer. With it you’ll be able to sync up to 16 devices at once and they don’t even have to be in the same room. The free version of the app will give you a four minute demo mode and purchasing the app will unlock it’s full capabilities. As per the norm we have your download links, QR codes, video and gallery after the break. If you and you’re friends are wanting to rock out with your Android devices this is the app to get.

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Google+ teams with SoundCloud to allow embedded posts

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google_soundcloudSoundCloud, one of the most popular music sharing websites, is now integrated with Google+ to allow sharing via the social network. Just like Facebook integration, when you post a SoundCloud URL to share with your circles, an embedded widget automatically appears.  This comes after login integration between Google+ and SoundCloud was enabled last month.

SoundCloud is the first third party developer that Google has teamed with to allow embeddable posts. Prominent artists like Snoop Lion, Pearl Jam, and Armin Van Buuren are already taking advantage of this feature on their profiles.

Source: SoundCloud Blog

Sonos app updated, feature added allowing for music playback from Android devices

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The Sonos Hi-Fi wireless music system has been gaining a lot of respect from both the audiophile and music-newbie communities alike— its sheer power and easy syncing abilities make it one of the best sound system products on the market.

Now, they’re adding even more functionality to their Sonos app for Android, as you can now play music and podcasts straight from your library on your device. The previous version required users to download all of their music to their computers and media servers— streaming all the music stored on your phone or tablet is now possible.

If you’ve got a Sonos player, go grab the update now— it’s live in the Google Play Store. And if you don’t have Sonos, then what are you waiting for? Go get it!

Check out more information below, a link to download the update, and a link to get your own Sonos player.

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Google Play Music app updated to version 5.0.1041J

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Google Play Music has been updated and given some features that I had no idea it didn’t even have. The official version is 5.0.1041J and includes:

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* Added option to delete tracks
* Can share song and add to playlist from Now Playing screen
* Remove from My Library now supported

For some reason I always thought the ability to delete tracks has always been there. Either way, good to see it being added. Links to the Play Store will be right below!

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Sony releases cute “love-commercial” making use of NFC technology in Xperia phones

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Sony has taken NFC technology to a whole new level in their new commercial— now you don’t even have to say a word (or send a text) to ask a girl out! What is the world coming to?

All kidding aside, the tech company has put together a pretty cute ad displaying two teens with a crush on one another. They share love songs to each other’s Sony headphones through their Sony smartphones, to share their mutual feelings for one another. It’s a bit far-out, but it does show a pretty cool use of the technology in a unique way.

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