Spotify launching a brand new look and new features with update

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Users of Spotify will notice a new coat of paint for the music streaming and management service. Besides that new coat of paint, Spotify added more ways to manage music. They include:

  • Content is king. Our new design makes accessing your favourite music smoother than ever before. The new dark theme and refined interface lets the content come forward and ‘pop’, just like in a cinema when you dim the lights.
  • It’s Your Music collection. Save albums and browse their beautiful cover art, gather your favourite artists and create playlists for every mood and moment. Found a song or album that you like? Just hit save to add it to your collection. It’s that simple.
  • We know you’ll love it. We’ve listened to all your great feedback to ensure that everything looks and feelsjust right. You told us you preferred a darker interface – so here it is.

Spotify’s browse feature is also getting an upgrade. The upgrade will help deliver more more localized and relevant content. The update will roll out starting today and you should see it really soon. We have a video for you after the break. Enjoy!

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Last.fm shuts down radio subscription service after 1 year

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After only one year, Last.fm has shut down their radio subscription service, citing “the music industry’s rapid change” for the decision, likely referencing popular online radio services like Pandora and Spotify.

While the service never really competed with other online radio services, it did have a following in Germany and Canada. Despite this, shutting it down could be the best option in order to focus on their goal of helping people discover new music. In January Spotify announced that users could listen to any music from its website in Spotify, and this partnership will still remain.

Source: The Verge

College student discount for Spotify offered in U.S.

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Spotify has announced a new discount program for students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities to cut the cost for their premium service in half to only $4.99 per month. Existing student subscribers as well as new customers can take advantage of the deal. Students who want to sign up for the program have to submit a copy of a student ID card, a transcript, a tuition receipt or some other type of documentation that proves they are a student at an accredited institution in the U.S. Upon signing up, students are committing to a one year subscription term that can be renewed for two additional cycles for a total of three years. According to Spotify, the offer is for a limited time and while supplies last.

If you are a student and want to jump on this offer from Spotify, hit the source link.

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via: The Verge

Pandora still the top streaming service, Spotify drops to fourth

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A couple years ago leaders in technology, including the late Steve Jobs, thought that music streaming would never really take off. Despite that, streaming is now many people’s preferred method of listening to music. Much of this is because of the improvement in mobile data speeds, making music streaming much more possible than it was before.

New statistics only recently released show that Pandora is still at the forefront of music streaming, which really isn’t surprising considering they are one of the oldest and most well known services still available. One surprise in the statistics show that iTunes Radio has taken third place, ahead of Spotify.

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Spotify just one upped their competition in a major way

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Today, Spotify announced the acquisition of Echo Nest, which is a “music intelligence” company that determines recommendations for listeners. The key here is that Echo Nest is used by many of Spotify’s competitors like Rdio.

Echo Nest will be a wholly owned subsidiary of Spotify and will honor any existing contracts. A Spotify rep told Engadget,

“In the few cases where The Echo Nest does work with direct competitors we will work with them to understand these relationships and determine the next business steps. The Echo Nest will meet all contractual obligations to all customers.”

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Spotify app updated once again, now includes artist touring details

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Beats Music has been out for just a few days and barely even works— don’t tell me you forgot about Spotify already!

Today, Spotify released a new update to its app which adds a new section in Artist views. The section includes details on touring for artists, and provides full Google Maps integration for directions. You can also buy tickets through the app, essentially making Spotify your one-stop-shop for all things music.

Here’s the, uh, ehrm, change log:

Improved: Spotify Connect will be on its best behaviour when you play radio.
Fixed: We’ve tickled some pixels and dealt with some crashes.
Fictitious: This app was assembled from old clock parts.

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Spotify Announces Free Streaming With No More Time Limits On The Desktop

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SpotifySpotify has long been around as far as music streaming services go. Boasting social features on top of millions of songs, it allowed you to express your music tastes to anyone you wanted to share your playlists with. However unlike most streaming services that have a free component, you had to pay for these features once the free trial was up. Even then you were subjected to time capped listening once your six month grace period of unlimited listening was up. As of today, that’s no longer the case.

Days before Beats Music officially debuts, Spotify announced that users will no longer be plagued by time limits on the desktop. On top of that Spotify is now free on mobile and desktop devices. The company raised over $250 million to make this happen. Of course the free plan isn’t without ad support. But the company feels that the longer someone uses its product, the more likely they’re going to end up paying for premium ad-free service. If you haven’t given Spotify a try, now may be the time.

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Spotify updated on both Android and desktop, features minor interface tweaks, new artist pages

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The Spotify app on Android recently received an update. It isn’t a big one, but you’ll see that there are newly designed login and signup pages, as well as image galleries and play counts in the artist section.

Both the PC and Mac versions have also been updated, but feature a much different interface than previously seen. It’s darker, and artists now have circular avatars. There don’t seem to be any new features, though. If you haven’t received the update yet, expect to get it soon. Hit the break for a screenshot of the new desktop version as well as a link to the app in the Play Store.

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Spotify announces expansion, changes in service at NYC event

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Spotify held a press event in New York City today to announce some changes to their service. One of the most anticipated changes was the addition of most of the Led Zeppelin catalog to the service.To help users access that new content, Spotify also announced changes to their service to provide a free tier of streaming music on Android and iOS tablets, somewhat mirroring their desktop service. Free streaming will also be available on smartphones, but with a caveat. Users will not be able to set an order once they select an artist or playlist. Instead, content will be delivered in a random, shuffle fashion with ads every few songs. Users will be provided with up to six “skips” per hour. On tablets or the desktop, users will still have to hear the ads, but the music will not be shuffled. According to Spotify CEO Daniel Ek, the move to offer a free tier is expected to entice users to upgrade to one of the company’s premium tiers. Users will notice a new “shuffle” button in the interface now if they are using the free service. » Read the rest

Spotify set to release free ad-based mobile music service

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Ever since its creation, Spotify has been on the rise. Currently the music streaming service has 20 million active users around the world, and 6 million of those are paying subscribers. Spotify has a free music streaming service in place for desktop and laptop computers, but it seems as though the Swedish streaming company will be releasing a similar service for mobile devices in the near future.

The service will be ad-based, and will allow non-paying users to listen to a limited number of songs on demand. It will also play music based on the user’s input, similar to Internet radio services like Pandora. Up until now, Spotify has been charging users to stream music on their mobile devices as part of the Spotify Premium service.

Source: WSJ

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