Spotify for Android updated in the Play Store with support for Chromecast streaming

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Spotify has just updated its official companion application for Android in the Play Store. Unfortunately, the upgrade doesn’t bring much by way new functionality to the service, but it does transport the long-awaited and much-anticipated support for Chromecast streaming. However, this will only work for the all-new Chromecast and Chromecast Audio. Sadly, first-generation users will have to wait a little longer.

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Deezer to File for IPO, Spotify Doesn’t Care

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Do you use Deezer? The music streaming has its fans, six million of them paying subscribers. But it’s also French, so it might go on strike at any moment and ruin your vacation, leaving you stranded in Ibiza forever.

With any luck, however, those strikes will be averted if all goes according to plan with Deezer announcing an IPO on the Paris Stock Exchange. Though Deezer is doing moderately well, it can only fight so hard with limited capital against juggernauts like Spotify and Apple Music, both of which boast many times more subscribers (though it remains to be seen how Apple music’s numbers level out after free trial periods end). It’d be nice if Google actually threw something behind Google Play Music to make it a fierce competitor in the space, but that’s another article.

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Shazam helping free Rdio and Spotify users grow their playlists


Shazam has announced some new features that will work in connection with Rdio and Spotify and will be especially useful for users of those services who opt for free accounts. Before settling on a free account with Rdio, Shazam is working with Rdio to offer a free 48-hour long trial of Rdio Unlimited if a user signs up via the Shazam app. The Unlimited trial gives users the ability to playback full tracks from Rdio from within Shazam.

Users of Spotify and Rdio who also use Shazam to identify songs will find they can add tracks to their playlists with a few taps. Shazam can be setup to automatically add tracks to a “My Shazam Tracks” playlist or they can choose specific playlists.

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Spotify’s Discover Weekly now recommends new music based on your habits

Spotify new colorSpotify’s Discover Weekly will now recommend users new music to listen to based on their listening habits. The way it works is by building a two hour playlist based on not only your previous listening habits, but also other people’s. Every Monday the playlist will update bringing you all new tracks each week. The more music you listen to the better and better the new choice of music will be. You will also still be able to save songs you like or share them with friends.

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