Good news for those of you sharing your Spotify subscription with your family, the popular streaming service has finally launched a discounted plan for families. This means no more of your weird son’s dubstep playlists mixed in with your Marvin Gaye collections. The plan allows you to have up to five people on the same account, while keeping playlists, libraries and recommendations completely separate.
Canadians, today is your lucky day. The wildly popular music streaming service Spotify has arrived in your country. After an invite-only testing period to work out any potential issues, Spotify is available to each and every person in Canada. A subscription costs $10 CAD to access the more than twenty million songs in Spotify’s catalog. Not your thing? At no cost, you can use Spotify as a radio-like tool or a hub for your existing music library.
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One of the most requested apps from Chromecast owners wanting to stream music via their device has been Spotify. Inexplicably, Spotify has not jumped on the Chromecast bandwagon. However, Spotify announced today that they are jumping on Amazon Fire TV via their Spotify Connect service. Users do need a Spotify Premium subscription in order to access and use Spotify Connect. Using Spotify Connect and the Spotify app on their phone, users can stream music to their TV and continue to use their smartphone or tablet for other purposes. Users can even move out of WiFi range and the Spotify music will continue to play on the Amazon Fire TV.
Do you think this move will help Amazon or Spotify gain new users?
There are more than 30 million users that use Spotify for free without much in their way, but that is about to change with new video advertisements. The service’s marketing platform, Spotify for Brands, is implementing two different kinds of video ads from popular brands. The two video ads are Sponsored Session and Video Takeover. A Sponsored Session allows a brand to have a presence on a thirty-minute block of uninterrupted listening if the user chooses to watch a video. Video Takeover consumes a user’s desktop with brand content in the form of an ad break.
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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)
Video killed the radio star, and YouTube killed the video star. (Wait, you guys don’t still watch MTV, do you?)
All of us have watched a music video on YouTube before. Some of us even use YouTube as our primary music service. It’s free, after all, and has pretty much every song you’d ever want to hear.
If you’re a Spotify user, you might be happy to know that you can now save all your tracks (up to 3,333 songs) for offline playback. Android users already have the capability after receiving the mandatory security update we told you about last week. iOS users will need to download the update via the App Store.
This new feature includes an “Available Offline” toggle within the Songs tab. Just tap it, and all your saved songs will be downloaded to your device, and you will be able to listen to them without a data connection. There does appear to be a limit of 3,333 songs, but I think that should be enough. If you never tried Spotify, then hit the break for download links.
Music streaming service Spotify has 10 million paid users, but only one of them has a reason to be a little unhappy today. The company sent out a notice that alerts everyone there has been a security breach in which a single user was effected. Just because the hack is not involving a ton of people, Spotify is still taking extensive measures. Interestingly enough, the single user’s password or financial information was not touched.
All users, over the course of the coming days, will be required to update the Spotify application. This is merely for Android users that downloaded Spotify from Google Play and the Amazon Appstore. Users on other platforms do not have to take any sort of action. In the meantime, Spotify says it will continue to strengthen its security.
Spotify users looking for a way to cast content from the service to their Chromecast device have a new option available, the Spoticast app just released by NOP Developments. Running on an Android device, Spoticast will send Spotify music directly to a Chromecast device. Hit the break for some specifics about using the app and to check out some video and screenshots.
Spotify recently introduced a new interface for their music player and pushed it out to desktop and iOS users. Unfortunately, Android users have had to wait a bit longer, but today the update with the newer, darker interface is available on the Play Store.
The update also includes the new features Spotify has added, including a better Browse section and an enhanced Music collection functionality. If you’re a fan of Spotify over some of the other music streaming services available, you’ll want to grab this update ASAP. Hit the link below for the download.