Spotify announces major updates, additions to service

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At a press event today, Spotify announced some major changes to their service built on the data they have amassed from 25 billion hours of listeners using the service over the past seven years. Besides new content that is being added in the form of video clips and podcasts, Spotify is planning to move away from the concept of genres and toward playlists focused more on moods, time of day, and listening history.  Read more

Spotify gains control of music at Starbucks thanks to multi-year partnership

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It used to be that when you went to Starbucks, you could pick up a card that gave you a free iTunes download, but it seems that will be coming to and end soon, which is no bad thing if you are an Android user. This is because Starbucks and Spotify have just entered into a multi-year agreement that will see the music subscription service become an integral part of the Starbucks experience. This partnership will see the 7,000 Starbucks locations in the U.S. linked with the approximate 60 million (global) Spotify subscribers, creating a ‘first of its kind ecosystem’.

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Walkman update allows users to view songs in a playlist on Android Wear

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The Walkman application received a new update today that moves the build from 8.5.A.2.10 to 8.5.A.3.2. While there are visual improvements to the app, the key part of the update is the ability for Android Wear users to view songs within a synced playlist and start playback from any song in a playlist. Some users are reporting seeing other things as well.

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Spotify adding new Touch Preview feature to service

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If you enjoy Spotify and use it regularly, you may be glad to know that the company is planning to roll out a new feature called Touch Preview to help you discover new music. The Touch Preview feature provides a way to listen to a short sample of a song simply by pressing on the album art icon. In a video that Spotify released to show how the new feature works, you can see that the preview clips should play almost instantaneously as a user moves their touch from one album cover to another when viewing the grid for a playlist. Read more