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Apple Music May Force Spotify to Cut Family Plan Prices

How will Apple Music fare in an already crowded field of streaming music providers? That’s yet to be seen. But it appears that its introduction is already affecting the market. Spotify, the biggest hurdle Apple Music will have to jump if it wants to dominate in this arena, might be looking to lower some of its prices to compete with …

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The 1975 Emerges After One Day Social Media Hiatus, Announces New Album And Tour Dates

You could literally taste the panic in the air when countless fans of The 1975 discovered that Matthew Healey, Adam Hann, George Daniel and Ross MacDonald had deleted their Twitter accounts and the band’s website went dark. A cryptic cartoon posted on Instagram added fuel to the already spreading fear that the band had disbanded. The cartoon, which appeared to …

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Spotify Now Offers Videos, Podcasts, Pace-Tracking Running Playlists, and More

It’s ambitious, but Spotify would like to be your all day media hub. The streaming company, with over 60 million users worldwide (about a fourth of them paying subscribers), say it’s “obsessed with figuring out how to bring music into every part of your life, wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, whatever your mood.” And it’s just made a bunch …

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Starbucks’ Music Experience Is Now Powered by Baristas with Spotify

Coffee kingpin Starbucks and bane of Jay-Z’s existence Spotify have just announced a huge partnership to create a “first-of-its-kind music ecosystem.” What that means is that soon, the Starbucks music experience will be powered by Spotify – and more specifically, the musical tastes of its employees. From Spotify and Starbucks: Coming first, Starbucks 150,000 U.S.-based partners (employees) will receive a …

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Your Spotify Free Ride May Be Coming to an End, Claims Report

File this under interesting, but unconfirmed, reports. Earlier this month, reports said that Apple was doing its damnedest to kill Spotify’s free tier. Apple, of course, is planning on relaunching is Beats Music-based streaming competitor this summer (likely at its Worldwide Developers Conference). The reports suggested that Apple has been attempting to convince the major record labels to stop licensing …

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Rdio Launches $4 Budget Plan, Rdio Select

Streaming music is a crowded party, and it’s only getting worse. Or better, I guess, if you like options (quality notwithstanding). Well, here’s another option for you – a hybrid ad-free radio / limited streaming service that isn’t free, but doesn’t cost as much as most unlimited streaming plans. Rdio has just announced a new tier – Rdio Select. For …

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This Is What 90% Smartphone Penetration Looks Like

ComScore just released a new report on U.S. smartphone penetration – or, if you don’t like the sound of that, call it the percentage of a certain market using smartphones. Bottom line: everyone has a smartphone. Actually, about 77% – but that’s a whole lot. When you look at the younger generations, it’s even more staggering. “Millennials continue to be …

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Grooveshark Has Been Resurrected … For Now

Earlier this month, Grooveshark shut down. A week after a judge ruled that the music streaming service made “willfull” copyright violations, the music streaming site gave up and offering a formal apology to the music industry. “Today we are shutting down Grooveshark. We started out nearly ten years ago with the goal of helping fans share and discover music. But …

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Nellie Bly Honored With Google Doodle, Karen O Song

Nellie Bly is the subject of Google’s doodle for May 5, as the day would have been the journalist’s 151st birthday. Bly was her pen name. Her real name was Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman. She was best known for her record-breaking trip around the world in 72 days and an an exposé in which she faked insanity to study a mental …

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Who Invented the Piano? Google Doodle Celebrates 360th Birthday of Bartolomeo Cristofori

Who invented the piano? Bartolomeo Cristofori di Francesco of course! Don’t worry, you’re not the only one who didn’t know. A lot of people don’t know that (if you did, give yourself a nice pat on the back). Google is hoping to make sure a lot more people do know who invented the piano by giving Bartolomeo Cristofori a doodle …

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Apple Is Working Hard to Kill Spotify’s Free Tier: Report

Apple knows it’s going to be an uphill climb when it relaunches its Beats-based music streaming service this summer – and the company may be taking some rather direct measures to cripple the competition. According to a report from The Verge, Apple has been attempting to convince the major record labels to stop licensing their music to the likes of …

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Grooveshark Shuts Down, Offers Apology to Music Industry

Grooveshark is dead. You remember Grooveshark, right? Just a week after a judge ruled that the music streaming service made “willfull” copyright violations, Grooveshark is shutting down and offering a formal apology. “Today we are shutting down Grooveshark. We started out nearly ten years ago with the goal of helping fans share and discover music. But despite [the] best of …

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