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Billboard, Nielsen tipped to track streaming music, video services

11/20, 9:53pm

Billboard introducing streaming plays, digital sales into album chart

The way the popularity of content is measured may be seeing some changes in the coming weeks, both for audio and video. Billboard will start to include streaming and digital track sales as part of the Billboard 200 albums chart, while Nielsen is said to be preparing to track content watched through streaming services starting from next month.

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Spotify control of Uber cab audio revealed, new functions discovered

11/17, 12:13pm

Spotify Premium subscribers can control Uber audio system during ride

Spotify is partnering with Uber, allowing passengers of the taxi app to play their choice of music via the cab's built-in audio system. At the same time as the audio announcement, it appears that code within the Spotify app itself points toward the future introduction of a podcasting service, alongside another unknown feature given the name "Magic."

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Taylor Swift's record label claims Spotify royalty figure is incorrect

11/13, 10:07am

Record label CEO claims Taylor Swift paid less than $500,000, not $6M

The battle between Spotify and Taylor Swift is continuing, with an executive at the singer's record label now stepping into the fight. Scott Borchetta, CEO of record label Big Machine, advises that Swift has been paid less than $500,000 in the last year, a significantly lower figure than the $6 million claimed to have been paid by Spotify to the label in a recent blog post.

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Spotify paid over $2B in royalties, CEO responds to Taylor Swift

11/11, 1:00pm

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek claims Swift was on track for $6M in royalties this year before pulling music

Spotify has responded to claims by singer Taylor Swift that the service does not pay music producers enough, by revealing it has paid more than two billion dollars in music royalties. A blog post by CEO Daniel Ek following the removal of Swift's music from the service and a further attack in an interview also notes Swift was on track to receive $6 million in streaming revenues for this year alone.

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Spotify Connect update adds smartphone control of desktop app

11/07, 6:07pm

Smartphone users of Spotify can select songs on networked computers

Spotify has made another update to Connect, its controllable streaming music system it introduced last year, by letting smartphones control a computer. The latest addition allows a Spotify user to use a mobile device as a remote control for the desktop version of the app, through the same system which can select the music on Wi-Fi-enabled speakers and other devices.

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Music royalties in Europe from Spotify reportedly overtakes iTunes

11/05, 3:28pm

Royalty collection company claims Spotify payments 13-percent higher than iTunes

Streaming services are heavily impacting music sales, with one report claiming Spotify's music royalty payments have eclipsed royalties earned through iTunes sales in Europe. Kobalt, a music royalty company representing over 6,000 songwriters and artists, claims that Spotify-derived revenues on the continent were higher that those earned from European iTunes sales by 13 percent in the first quarter of this year.

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Taylor Swift pulls entire music catalog from Spotify

11/03, 3:06pm

Albums by Taylor Swift removed from streaming service

Singer Taylor Swift has taken the unusual move of pulling her entire back catalog from Spotify, in the same week that her label launched her latest album. The move, which involves the removal of all of the artist's earlier albums, has been conducted without comment from Swift nor her management, but that has not kept Spotify from speaking out.

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Briefly: BookArc Stand for Mac Pro, Spotify for iPad updated

10/30, 8:13pm

Twelve South releases horizontal stand for Mac Pro

Twelve South has announced the release of the BookArc Pro, a chrome-plated desktop stand designed for Mac Pro. Designed in the shape of an arc, the stand allows the compact computer to fit in spaces with half the height available, making it suitable for fitting into gear racks and studio shelves. The BookArc is composed is heavy gauge steel, which has been machined into a curve shape and coated with a chrome finish. Priced at $60, the BookArc Pro is available online through Twelve South.

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Spotify introduces multi-user discounts in Family subscriptions

10/20, 7:19am

New payment option lowers cost for multiple users to access Spotify

Spotify is adding a new subscription option to its plan roster, one which covers multiple users. Spotify Family will provide access to the premium version of the music streaming service to up to five nominated users, with the group plan being discounted heavily compared to the single-user subscription, a payment option Rdio first introduced in June of last year.

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Briefly: Twitter for Mac update, Spotify now supporting Apple CarPlay

10/02, 9:14pm

Twitter app for OS X updated, adds new photo features

Twitter for Mac has received an update today, adding new photo features for OS X users. The app allows users to access the social media platform outside of a web browser. Twitter for Mac v3.1 includes the new ability to view and post Tweets with up to four photos at a time, with an image preview for each available for viewing the full photo. Photos can now be shared privately in the Messages section. Various performance improvements and bug fixes are also available in the latest version. Free to download, Twitter for Mac is available through the App Store.

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Briefly: Spotify launches in Canada, Pokemon TCG reaches iPad

10/01, 5:28am

Spotify opens Canadian streaming service to everyone

Spotify has opened up its service in Canada to all users, following a brief invitational period. The streaming music service boasts over 20 million songs served on 320kbps streams, with chief content officer Ken Parks claiming the collection has been "tailor made for Canadian music fans." Users have the same ad-supported free and paid service options as other regions, with Spotify Premium priced at $10 per month.

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Briefly: Spotify on Amazon Fire TV, Chrome OS to cast Drive videos

09/16, 5:42pm

Music streaming service comes to Amazon's set-top box with Spotify Connect

Spotify announced this week that the music streaming service has made it to one of the products under Amazon's expanding lineup. Amazon Fire TV owners will now be able to use Spotify Connect to access the millions of songs the service offers on a subscription basis. The company notes that users can navigate Spotify Connect using a smartphone or a tablet as the remote, also seamlessly handing off the sound to the Fire TV. Spotify notes that a premium subscription is required to use the service on the Fire TV, which runs $10 a month.

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Spotify brings video advertising, sponsored sessions to free service

09/08, 7:34am

Sponsored sessions provide advertising-free Spotify for 30 minutes

Spotify will soon be showing video-based advertising to listeners of its free service. The streaming music company has revealed it will start airing the videos to its free users shortly, with both desktop and mobile app users set to see the clips, though marketers will have a few options for how their advertizing efforts get utilized by the service.

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Briefly: Wipeout 2 for iOS and Android, Spotify Connect updates

08/30, 12:04pm

Action platforming game Wipeout 2 available for iOS, Android

Activision Publishing has released its action platforming game Wipeout 2, available for iOS and Android devices, as well as for Kindle Fire. Based on the competition TV series "Wipeout," players dodge environmental hazards and challenge to complete each level as fast as possible. Players can choose from 10 playable characters, including Zombie, Pirate and Popstar, with 150 themed obstacles and 135 new levels. Free to download, Wipeout 2 is available on iTunes, Google Play and the Amazon App Store.

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Spotify extends free music streaming option to Windows Phones

08/26, 2:50pm

Shuffle play mode now available for Windows Phone 8.1, free version supported by ads

Subscripiton music streaming service Spotify has announced that it is bringing its free listening experience to Windows Phones beginning today. In today's software update, owners of phones like the Nokia Lumia 920 or the HTC One (M8) for Windows can now partake in the Spotify experience, with a few limitations. As with the expansion into a free version for Android and iOS in December, the offering is supported by in-app advertising.

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Briefly: T-Mobile Simple Starter LTE changes, Spotify updates iOS app

08/25, 11:03am

T-Mobile adds 2GB LTE option to Simple Starter price plan

T-Mobile is giving customers using its Simple Starter price plan the choice of adding more data. From September 3rd, subscribers can opt to quadruple the LTE data allowance on the single-line plan from 500GB to 2GB, increasing the cost of the plan from $40 to $45, but retaining the same unlimited calls and texts as the original plan. Just as before Simple Starter users will find their data service suspended once they've used their allocation.

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Briefly: Satechi Bluetooth smart keyboard, Spotify's listening map

08/22, 11:02pm

Satechi's Bluetooth Wireless Smart Keyboard now available

Satechi has announced the release of its new Bluetooth Wireless Smart Keyboard, suitable for Mac or PC systems. Measuring 0.7 inches thick, the keyboard's wireless functionality allows users to have an extra USB port available to them, and can use the keyboard from up to 33 feet away. Its multimedia keys provide access to controlling video and audio content, including play/pause, volume, forward/backtrack and activating functions on other mobile devices. The white version of the keyboard features specific keys mapped for use with OS X and iOS, and the black version mapped for PC and Android features. Priced at $55, Satechi's smart keyboard is available through Amazon and the company's own online store.

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Briefly: Spotify heads to Canada, Google Maps adds distance measuring

07/10, 6:29am

Spotify starts accepting sign-ups for Canadian service pre-launch

Music streaming service Spotify is spreading into Canada in the near future, long after launching in a number of other major markets. While the exact date of the service's launch in the country is unknown, Engadget reports the company is accepting sign-ups for a queue to receive pre-launch invitations, suggesting that it is likely to go live for all potential users sooner rather than later.

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Briefly: Spotify iOS app update, Mophie's 64GB Space Pack case

07/03, 3:58pm

Spotify app update adds Play Queue, sorting and filtering for iPhone

Music streaming service Spotify has updated its iOS app, adding new features for iPhone users. Spotify allows users to search for any track, artist or album, make and share playlists, and build a preferred music collection. The release of v1.4 features a Play Queue for iPhone, and a new confirmation for avoid duplicates in a playlist. Within the Your Music section, users can now sort and filter music in their Spotify collection. Free to download, Spotify's iOS app can be found through the iTunes App Store.

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Briefly: Google Android music search, streaming reaches UK charts

06/23, 9:29am

Google Search on Android will offer streaming app links on music searches

Google has updated its search app on Android, changing the way it handles music-related queries. Results for songs and artists will now load up a list of links to streaming services, letting the user play that artist's music from within the relevant installed smartphone app, such as Spotify, Rdio, and Google Play Music. Google is rolling the feature out to Android devices in the United States now, and hopes to expand it globally soon.

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Briefly: Samsung Shape gains Spotify, Logitech Harmony controls Sonos

06/09, 5:53am

Samsung adds Spotify Connect support to Shape speaker range

Samsung has updated its Wireless Audio Multiroom range of home audio equipment to allow Spotify to run off multiple speakers simultaneously, bringing Samsung's multiroom speaker system in line with competitor Sonos. Applying to the Shape M7, Shape M5 and other audio products in the range, the added Spotify Connect support allows for music to be controlled through the Spotify app itself instead of through a dedicated speaker app.

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Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor no longer with Beats, report claims

06/02, 10:24am

Spokesperson puts story in doubt

Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor has left his position at Beats as chief creative officer, according to USA Today. The paper also suggests that one of the company's technology executives, Fredric Vinna, recently left for Spotify, while co-founder Ola Sars has gone to an unspecified Spotify-backed venture. A spokesperson representing Beats and Reznor insists that the report is inaccurate, but without mentioning which parts.

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Spotify warns of data breach affecting one account, forces app upgrade

05/27, 1:02pm

Intrusion of Spotify servers involved one account, payment details protected

Music streaming service Spotify is warning users of an intrusion on its servers, though it appears an extremely limited amount of data was acquired. The company claims that, though user data was potentially at risk, only one Spotify user's data had been accessed in the intrusion, with the company taking steps to mitigate similar intrusions by asking users to upgrade their mobile apps.

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Shazam pulls Spotify integration in app for UK, could be restored

05/19, 7:54am

Disgruntled free, paid users unhappy by Spotify removal in Shazam tests

Last week's removal of Spotify support from the iOS and Android versions of Shazam in a number of countries may be temporary. The change, which affects users in the UK, Germany, Mexico, and Brazil, stopped users from listening to recognized songs in Spotify, instead forcing them to use Deezer, in what appears to be an experiment on the app's own users.

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Adidas adding Spotify support for miCoach Smart Run in December

05/02, 12:53pm

Adidas fitness tracker will offer offline Spotify music playback before end of year

Adidas is collaborating with Spotify to add offline music playback to its miCoach Smart Run fitness tracker. The update will allow wearers of the smart watch to store tracks and playlists from the streaming music service on the device, so tracks can be listened while running or working out without the need to carry a smartphone for a data connection.

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Briefly: Spotify update for Android, new Square offline mode

04/30, 11:18pm

Spotify app for Android receives revamp, new aesthetic

Spotify, a subscription-based music streaming platform, has begun to roll out a newly updated version of its Android app to accompany the previously-released update for iOS. Featuring an over-all new look, Spotify now sports a darker palette, an improved Browse feature and its Your Music tool. Your Music allows users to save songs and albums to their personal Spotify library instead of requiring playlist creation. All compatible Android users of Spotify are anticipated to have received the app update within the next few weeks.

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Sprint unveils free Spotify trial on Framily, Harman Kardon HTC One M8

04/29, 1:40pm

Framily subscribers gain six-month Spotify Premium trial, discounted subscription

After publishing its financial results, Sprint has revealed it is providing subscribers of its Framily plan free music streaming through Spotify, as well as launching an exclusive version of the HTC One M8. In a similar manner to how AT&T offers its customers access to Beats Music, the carrier will be offering all of its customers a free six-month trial of Spotify Premium.

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Sprint reportedly preparing carrier billing option for Spotify

04/12, 9:45pm

Sprint-Spotify tie-up could include discounted Framily group access

Sprint customers may soon be receiving a discount on Spotify, as part of a deal between the two companies, according to a report. An announcement by the carrier, allegedly scheduled to take place on April 29 in New York alongside its expected HD Voice launch, will apparently see Sprint customers receiving free trials of Spotify Premium, with some carrier subscribers potentially qualifying for Spotify discounts.

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Spotify update introduces darker theme, 'Your Music' collection

04/02, 10:27am

App update removes starred tracks from Spotify for new collection system

Spotify has made drastic changes to its user interface, by introducing a new darker theme. The change in appearance of the streaming music service across all platforms is joined by a new feature called "Your Music," something the company previewed in late 2012, allowing users to collect and manage their music without requiring users to create playlists.

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Spotify stops accepting new apps for desktop client, focuses on mobile

03/24, 4:14pm

Existing Spotify Apps restricted to critical updates in future

Spotify is no longer accepting new submissions of apps for its desktop player, the company has announced. While it will stop any new apps from being added to the client, the service will be continuing to offer access to its Web API and mobile APIs, in what could be considered a move towards a greater mobile focus for the music-streaming company.

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Rdio will cull connection to The Echo Nest after Spotify acquisition

03/12, 8:07am

Rdio will stop using Spotify-owned music intelligence service in future

Rdio will be changing the way it offers listeners music, by not using The Echo Nest in the future, the company has revealed. Following the purchase of the music intelligence company by Spotify, Rdio is keen to not help its chief competition by providing it with more data about its user's listening habits, instead relying on other methods to offer music discovery and curation.

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Statista: iTunes Radio already 3rd most popular music streamer

03/10, 11:50pm

Close to capturing second, but still far behind reigning champ Pandora

Barely six months after it debuted, Apple's iTunes Radio has already eclipsed Spotify and Google Play All Access (and others) to become the third most popular music streaming service in the US, according to a new report from Statista. While long-time veteran Internet radio station Pandora continues to maintain a clear lead over all rivals, it has taken 14 years for the latter service to reach its current level of 70 million active listeners (as of last April) and it continues to struggle with profits.

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Spotify acquires The Echo Nest to improve music discovery, curation

03/06, 10:43am

Music curation API used by other music services will remain open despite purchase

Spotify is looking to bolster the music curation and discovery functions of its service, by acquiring music intelligence company The Echo Nest, the streaming music service has revealed. The purchase will provide Spotify with deeper access to The Echo Nest's knowledge base and music curation tools, currently used by competitors such as Nokia MixRadio and Rdio for their own music discovery offerings.

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Briefly: Soundhound adds Spotify button, Upword Notes for iOS

02/22, 4:14pm

Soundhound update for iOS features an "Add to Spotify" button

Music search and discovery app Soundhound has launched a new feature for iOS users. Integrating Spotify, Soundhound now includes an "Add to Spotify" function, allowing users to turn discovered music into a playlists within Spotify, without leaving the Soundhound app. Users can either automatically add songs, or tap the 'Add to Playlist' icon on the Soundhound results page.

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Briefly: BBM for Android on Gingerbread, Streaming music on UK charts

02/19, 5:32am

BlackBerry updates BBM app to work with Android 2.3

BlackBerry has opened up BBM for Android to users of older devices. BlackBerry Messenger can now be downloaded and used on smartphones and tablets running Android 2.3 or later, though the older version of the mobile operating system will not have access to new additions to the app, such as BBM Voice, BBM Channels, and Glympse real-time location sharing.

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Briefly: Pixeom cloud storage device, Shopify Plus launches

02/09, 3:06pm

Kickstarter for alternative cloud service and device combo exceeds its campaign goal

San Franciscan siblings Karisma and Sam Nagar have successfully crowd-funded their cloud device and service Pixeom, with eleven days to spare in its Kickstarter campaign. The Pixeom Exchange Device is a prototype that offers an alternative to corporate cloud services that require access to its users' information to use its digital space. Aiming to facilitate a new type of data exchange for Internet users, Pixeom functions by centralizing one's own cloud network in a personal home device, as opposed to a large, remote data center. All of a user's cloud service needs will be supported within the device at a one-time purchasing cost, facilitating storage, social networking, and online auctioning functions that focus on privacy.

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Briefly: Microsoft's PS3 trade-in deal, Forgotify for Spotify

01/30, 12:52pm

Microsoft offers $100 store credit towards an Xbox One for those who trade-in their PS3

Augmenting the launching of its Xbox One late last year, Microsoft is now promoting an offer of a $100 credit towards an Xbox One purchase upon trading in of a Sony Playstation 3. The promotion bring the Xbox One pricing down to $400, which is the same as newly-released Playstation 4. The trade-in offer is available through Microsoft's retail stores in the US, and applies to Playstation 3, as well as Xbox 360 S or Xbox 360 E.

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Spotify allows artists to offer merchandise through streaming service

01/20, 12:22pm

Merchandise marketing through Spotify could help appease royalty critics

Spotify is allowing artists to promote and sell their merchandise through the streaming service for the first time. Band t-shirts, posters, and other merchandise will be offered to Spotify users through the artist's page in the software itself, in what could be considered an olive branch from Spotify to Artists over reportedly-low royalty payments to music makers.

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iPhone surges to 42 percent of US smartphone ownership

01/16, 1:03pm

Samsung advances to 26 percent

US iPhone ownership leapt to 42 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013, up from 35 percent a year ago, according to new NPD figures. Samsung phones also advanced, but from 22 percent to roughly 26 percent. LG was the only other major manufacturer to see a gain, inching ahead slightly to 8 percent. Motorola and HTC both fell under the 10 percent mark, and BlackBerry ownership shrank even further to 2 percent.

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Briefly: Clamcase iPad mini, WWDC app update, Spotify ends limits

01/16, 12:40am

Clamcase for latest iPad minis turns tablet into faux-ultrabook

Accessory maker Clamcase has produced a new model in its lineup especially designed for the latest iPad mini. The lightweight aluminum case includes a custom QWERTY Bluetooth keyboard that automatically goes to sleep when put in "tablet mode" and wakes up when in "laptop mode." The hinge is offers 360 degree freedom, allowing the keyboard part of the case to act as a stand when not required. The combination of case and iPad mini offers much of the same core functionality as an ultrabook like the MacBook Air, but weighs more than a pound less than one. The case fully protects the iPad mini, and its rechargeable battery lasts for months. The case retails for $129 and is available now.

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Spotify turns on subscription-free shuffling in iOS app

01/08, 2:24pm

Linear playlists still require Premium

Spotify has issued an update of its iOS app, enabling subscription-free streaming promised last month. Non-paying users can now stream any playlist, whether curated or self-created, but only in shuffle mode. Linear playback requires a Premium subscription, which costs $10 per month.

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Spotify sees download boom after free iOS, Android streaming launch

12/21, 6:54pm

Free streaming leads to boom in Spotify downloads

In the days since Spotify rolled out free mobile access to its on-demand music service, the company has seen an explosion in user interest. Cnet reported earlier this week that Spotify saw its app download rate jump 400 percent since announcing its new free mobile streaming feature. The boom in user downloads has led to the app being ranked among the top 10 most downloaded apps in the iOS App Store in more than 20 markets worldwide, including the United States, United Kingdom, and most of Latin America.

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Spotify gives Mac, Windows client a makeover, updates Android app

12/18, 11:04am

Desktop client introduces darker, modern design, UI tweaks

One week after rolling out a free music streaming service to tablets and smartphones, Spotify has started to roll out a visual upgrade to its apps. The Windows and Mac desktop clients have a darker and more modern appearance to them, along with less drastic changes to a number of pages, with the Android app also receiving some minor interface tweaks.

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Briefly: BT Wi-Fi iOS app update, Spotify heading to LG Smart TVs

12/16, 7:55am

BT Wi-Fi app for iOS updates with automatic hotspot connection

UK telecommunications giant BT has updated its BT Wi-Fi app for iOS, allowing customers to automatically connect to supported wireless hotspots. The update, which could head to the Android and Windows Phone versions in the future, will find and connect to public BT Wi-Fi hotspots as well as those created by BT Home Hub routers in more than 5 million subscriber homes, reports The Next Web.

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Spotify rolls out free ad-supported music service to mobile devices

12/11, 11:52am

Tablets, smartphones gain free Spotify service, Led Zeppelin albums

Spotify has rolled out its free music streaming service to tablets and smartphones, just as speculated by reports last week, along with a number of other announcements. While the tablet version of the app will have a similar service to that of the free desktop version, smartphone users will be forced to use a new free "Shuffle" mode instead.

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Spotify set to roll out free mobile music service

12/05, 6:20pm

Spotify to bring mobile listening with ads

Internet music service Spotify is reportedly set to roll out free music streaming for mobile devices, expanding on its existing free Internet radio features. A report in The Washington Post claims that the Sweden-based music company has reached licensing deals with the major global music companies to roll out free streaming to mobile devices, allowing mobile users to enjoy a Spotify that only subscribers and desktop users had access to beforehand. The catch: the new streaming feature will be supported by ads.

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Philips adds Spotify to expand Smart TV compatibility in EU

12/04, 6:54pm

6008, 7008, 8008, 9708 now have Smart TV accessibility

Philips today announced that it has brought the Spotify streaming music service to a select range of its televisions in Europe. Additionally, the latest software update to many of its televisions has activated the "Cloud TV" service, allowing viewers to stream hundreds of channels over the Internet to recent model Smart TVs

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Spotify details artist payouts, surpassing $1B in total royalties

12/03, 3:15pm

Revenue shared based on stream popularity

Following criticism from musicians, Spotify has defended its business model by providing an in-depth look at its royalty payment framework. In a lengthy blog post, the company claims to have paid out more than $1 billion USD in royalties to-date, including $500 million from this year alone, with 70 percent of overall revenue being shared with the artists.

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Briefly: Side Tree's App Store sale, Spotify for iOS updated for iPad

12/01, 1:28pm

Side Tree Software's programs on Mac App Store $1 throughout December

Side Tree Software has announced that all of its programs available at the App Store will be $1 each through the month of December. Starting today, apps such as Abuzzle, Equal, Mymyry, SlidePuzzle and Tribbi are available for the $1 sale price.

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Spotify raises $250 million in funding, with $4B valuation

11/21, 7:20pm

Spotify secures quarter billion in new funding round

Popular music streaming service Spotify has completed a new round of funding, one in which it raised $250 million dollars, according to The Wall Street Journal. Silicon Valley firm Technology Crossover Ventures played a big role in the newest funding push, according to reports, and the new infusion of cash has sources claiming the firm is possibly worth more than $4 billion. Spotify, reportedly, will use the new cash to expand its global operations, pushing into Asian markets such as Japan.

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