4:44 is the title of Jay Z’s 13th album, and it is launching exclusively on Tidal at 12 AM ET. For fans of the rap superstar who have not been able to subscriber to Tidal before that time, they will not be able to gain access to the album. According to a report recently published by The Verge, only those who are subscribers of Sprint will be able to sign up for Tidal after 12 AM ET, and accordingly enjoy access to the Grammy award winning rapper’s latest effort.
Yet another major wireless carrier in the United States is making a move to expand into digital media. Sprint has recently announced this week that it has purchased one third of Tidal, the music streaming subscription service owned by rap superstar Jay Z and other music recording stars. Sure, Sprint’s move may not be as big as Verizon Wireless’ and AT&T’s, but it is a significant one nonetheless.
Major US wireless carrier Sprint has struck a music streaming partnership with Napster (formerly known as Rhapsody). The partnership, however, does not mean that subscribers of the fourth biggest mobile operator in America will be able to enjoy exclusive access to delicious Napster deals or even get to preinstall the official Napster mobile app on their handsets. But it does combine billing unto the customer’s smartphone plan.
Recently this week, Daniel Ek, the founder and chief executive officer of Spotify, has enthusiastically tweeted that the music streaming service provider now has 40 million paying subscribers. Three weeks earlier, Billboard had reported that a high ranking executive from Spotify had revealed that the company had breached 39 million paying members, which is quite impressive considering that back in March early this year, Spotify had already reached 30 million paying subscribers.
Virgin Mobile, the prepaid subsidiary of major US wireless carrier Sprint, has decided to introduce new unlimited plans that start at only $30 a month, and already come with unlimited voice calls, unlimited text messaging, and unlimited 2G data. Back in September of last year, Virgin Mobile had made changes to its prepaid plans, boosting the data of its unlimited plans while retaining the pricing. But the latest announcement from the wireless carrier brings even more cheaper prices for customers.
For reference, here are the pricing and full inclusions of the new plans:
Customers of Boost Mobile who are also music aficionados will no doubt be delighted with the wireless carrier’s latest announcement. The prepaid arm of Sprint has just decided to start offering unlimited music streaming (courtesy of five music streaming service providers) in all of its smartphone plans, absolutely free of charge.
For Boost Mobile customers, this means that they will be able to stream as much musical tracks as they can every month, without having to worry about the music streaming eating away at their plan’s data allotment. So which music streaming service providers are onboard? These include the following:
T-Mobile continues to beef up the list of service covered in its Music Freedom feature. The third biggest wireless carrier in the United States has just announced that it has added eleven new music streaming service providers to Music Freedom’s current roster of supported services. This means that for subscribers under T-Mobile’s Simple Choice plans, they will now be able to stream music from the following new service providers without affecting their monthly high speed data allotment:
This should come as welcome news for subscribers of MetroPCS, a prepaid subsidiary of T-Mobile. The prepaid wireless service provider will basically be allowing its customers to enjoy as much music streaming as they like without ever having to worry about it affecting the data allotment of their plan.
Apple Music has finally come to mobile devices powered by Google’s Android mobile operating system, albeit it is still on beta. The music streaming subscription service launches on Android in all of mobile markets around the world that Apple has Music for IOS in, that is, with the exception of the Chinese market, where the company is planning to launch a beta soon.
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