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.
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. Read more
Last November, Turntable.fm made an announcement on its blog that its shutting down to focus more on the ‘Live experience’ and develop its new Turntable Live service. “For over 2 years, we’ve improved and evolved the turntable.fm experience. We made rooms expand to unlimited sizes, made thousands of UI improvements, launched GOLD, built a mini-player, designed tons of avatars and listened to our community, trying to make the experience as wonderful as possible. Over those two years, the community has played over 400 million songs in about a million rooms.”
Now, a few months later, the company is shutting down that service as well. As for the future plans, the company’s CEO, Billy Chasen, is going to start small. A month ago, he released a social app, Ketchup, designed to allow users to keep their friends and families updated on their status without having to spread it on their wider social network. Read more
The HTC M8 may not be the only device the company plans on releasing in the near future. According to @evleaks, we should be on the lookout for “a music-centric handset from HTC this half.” This is the first time we have heard of such a device. What could be so special about this device? Right now, no one knows. But if I had to guess, I would say HTC’s BoomSound audio would be a major component. Also, HTC could release special headphones with the device. Or maybe, just maybe, they would create their own music streaming service? I don’t think the latter is very likely.
Let us know in the comments what you think will make this device so special. Read more
Owners of newer Samsung devices, like the Samsung Galaxy S4, have enjoyed a feature made available by Samsung called Group Play. This app gives users the ability to share a song to multiple devices and have them all synced and playing together. The obvious downside is that everyone has to have a relatively new Samsung device that supports the Group Play app. XDA developer rahuliyer95 wanted to help all the people with older Samsung devices or non-Samsung Android units enjoy similar functionality, which led to the creation of Chorus. Read more
To ring in the New Year, Pandora has received an update that brings a long-awaited feature for many users. The Alarm Clock feature does exactly what the name suggests. It starts to play music from Pandora with a station preset by the user. And it does it all right from the lockscreen. So if you need to get some more sleep, there is no digging through to hit the snooze button. Beyond that core feature, you can select what days the feature is activated for and set a sleep timer.
Hit the break for the changelog, screenshots of the changes, and download links. Read more
As part of the ongoing holiday celebration by Google, the Play Store has a ton of free and discounted content today for its Christmas special. Highlighting the list are a number of awesome free games, books, movies, and music. To see the full list, hit the break below.
In some unfortunate news, Turntable.fm will be shutting down its social DJ service due to high costs and a lack of visitors. Instead, Turntable.fm will focus on their Turntable Live platform that allows for the streaming of live concerts. If you have tracks left behind with their DJ service, don’t worry. The service will be shutting down on December 2. Turntable.fm says “all your playlists and songs can be exported to Spotify or CSV” before then. For its final day, the company will be handing out commemorative t-shirts as well as hosting a party.
Shazam has released a new version of the app for Android devices that moves it closer to being a general purpose app for all your music needs while closing the feature gap with the iOS version. The biggest addition to this new version is Shazam’s “Explore” feature. This new feature uses aggregated data from users to find what is popular based on what is being tagged and displays the results on a zoomable map using the Google Maps API if you are on Android 4.x. Read more
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