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.
T-Mobile has just revealed that it is adding more than a dozen new streaming video and audio services to its Binge On feature, which lets its subscribers consume all the video content they want without worrying about their data allotments getting affected in the process. A few of the newly added services include Spotify, Google Play Music, NBC, Univision, Radio Disney, and Tidal, just to name a few.
Apple Music, Apple’s take on music streaming subscription services, is now officially live, as promised. The tech giant has just launched its newest music service, which costs $10 per month and is now available in over 100 countries. The launch was done via an update to Apple’s iOS 8.4, the latest iteration of the company’s iOS 8 mobile operating system. This means that anybody with an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch can now try it out.
After only a few days after it was introduced, Apple Music is already starting to affect the music streaming services industry. And one of the first responders also happens to one of the biggest players in the industry -- Spotify.
Apple fans are finally seeing the result of Apple's high profile acquisition of Beats Music one year ago for a sum of $3 billion. Together with the official unveiling of iOS 9, the newest version of Apple's mobile operating system, the company also announced Apple Music, its first ever music streaming service.
Developed from the Beats Music streaming subscription, Apple Music is being offered to subscribers at $10 per month. Apple will also be offering a plan for families or groups consisting of a maximum of 6 members to share an Apple Music subscription for $15 per month.
Spotify has just revealed that it is bringing its impressive catalogue of music tracks to wearable devices, most especially smartwatches running on the Android Wear operating system for wearables, via its own smartwatch app which is expected to be launched in June of this year.
The Spotify wearable app will give consumers another reason to try out Android smartwatches. For years, smartwatches have been struggling to take off, but with the release of the Apple Watch earlier this year, more and more people are finally paying attention to wearable devices in general.
During a media event recently held in the city of New York, Spotify unveiled some new enhancements and additions to its service. What was once primarily known for its music streaming service now offers video clips, podcasts, and playlists that are more geared to whatever activity consumers are engaged in at the time.
Spotify, and most other music streaming service providers, have always relied on pre-set music genres in allowing users to organize playlists. But now, Spotify is starting to explore new ways to provide tracks to listeners. This time, it looks into the user's basic information (age, location) and what that user has actually listened in a particular time of the day and then generates a playlist that will fit with that particular time.
This should be welcome news, especially for those who signed up for Spotify's three month subscription in December last year and whose trial has now ran out. Google is now offering a big discount for anyone who wants to try Google Play Music All Access, the company's subscription music streaming service.
Subscribing to Google Play Music usually costs you a monthly charge of $9.99, but now Google is offering users a three-month subscription for only $3. To be clear, that is $3 for the entire three months, not $3 for each month. That is equivalent to savings of almost $27.
Where is the fun in discovering a new song from an artist you stumbled upon on Spotify when you can't even get an idea of what it sounds? Thankfully, the Spotify app now comes with a few tweaks that addresses that concern. Users can now preview songs and even albums with having to fully click through them.
The new feature is aptly called Touch Preview and it is designed to allow listeners to discover new music as easily and as quickly as possible. The discovery of new music has been the driving force not only for Spotify but for most music streaming service providers as well. Indeed, users usually sign up for music streaming to hear their favorite tunes, but one of the biggest reasons they stay longer is discovering new songs from artists previously unheard of.
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