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Spotify promotion offers users 3 month premium subscription for just $0.99/month

With the rumor mill suggesting that Apple will bundle the Beats Music app into iOS early next year, the battle for music streaming supremacy will soon kick into high gear. As it stands now, there's no denying that Spotify, with 50 million active users and 12.5 million paying subscribers, has a s...

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Spotify CEO pens blogpost on Taylor Swift and the state of music streaming

Last week, Taylor Swift abruptly removed all of her music from Spotify, a significant move considering that Swift's latest album 1989 has been perched at the top of the charts since its release two weeks ago. In explaining the decision, Swift told Yahoo Music that Spotify doesn't adequately comp...

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Spotify revenue outpaces iTunes revenue by 13% in Europe

In yet another example highlighting the changing landscape of the music industry, TechCrunch reports that revenue generated from Spotify in Europe is now 13% higher than revenue generated by iTunes Music sales in Europe. Kobalt, a company that helps collect music royalties on behalf of thousan...

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The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for July 29, 2014

It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get some the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world. You can listen to today's Apple stories by clicking the player at the top of ...

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Spotify update adds equalizer, refreshed Artist page and more

Hot on the heels of yesterday's Beats Music refresh, Spotify today also updated its iOS app adding several new features and UI changes to the music streaming app. The most notable change to Spotify Music is the addition of a new equalizer that allows you to tweak the levels to get the sound that i...

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Spotify CEO thinks Apple's Beats deal is more about branding than streaming music

Apple's US$3 billion acquisition of Beats this past May sparked a myriad of different conversations about what the company was trying to accomplish with the deal. While many, including myself, believe that Apple is primarily interested in Beats' subscription music service (the hardware business is...

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Spotify updates with new iPhone controls in time for summer BBQs

Spotify has been unleashing a slew of new updates this week. A few days ago they introduced a new redesign and the ability to search for downloaded music when users are offline. Now they've improved the way the iPhone and your computer interact with yet another update. Today's upgrade allows iOS ...

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T-Mobile offers free music streaming to customers

On Wednesday night, T-Mobile CEO John Legere made an announcement that makes the magenta network incredibly attractive to music-minded mobile users and the parents of teenagers. The company announced that it will allow its Simple Choice subscribers to stream content from popular music providers li...

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Apple managers reportedly ignored Spotify, even as engineers preferred it over iTunes

A recently published Buzzfeed article sheds some light on the circumstances that led to Apple's recent US$3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics. As the story goes, even Apple engineers working on iTunes preferred using services like Spotify while the higher-ups at Apple were somewhat obliviou...

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Djay 2 for iOS gets 20 million song update via Spotify

Just in time for summer pool parties, beach bashes and wild wedding receptions, one of the best full-featured DJ apps for iOS just got cranked up to eleven. Algoriddim's award wining djay 2 application for iOS has just been upgraded to version 2.5, and now includes seamless Spotify integration. If y...

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Spotify revenue in Europe is quickly catching up to iTunes

With no shortage of ways to listen to music these days, the drive to own one's music is no longer as prominent as it once was. Indeed, the rollout of iTunes Radio last summer underscores Apple's appreciation for a musical landscape that's markedly different than it was even just five years ago. T...

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No, Spotify isn't trying to screw over iPhone users

As a Spotify user, I was pleased to see the iOS version of the streaming music app get a much needed facelift last week. The new design is slick and much easier to use than the previous version, and I've had no issues with playing my music as usual, which is why I was so confused to see this headl...

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Spotify's facelift and more news for April 2, 2014

Spotify has updated its iOS app with some keen new features, including a reworked browse function and playlist features. It also sports a "darker theme," which I hoped would mean it's edgy and brooding but no ... they've just used dark colors. Objective Development has teased LaunchBar 6 and is l...

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Your child make an in-app purchase by mistake? Apple will refund your money: News from Jan. 15, 2014

The biggest news of the day was Apple's agreement with the FTC regarding the in-app purchases that children made without their parents' permission. Apple will return at least $32.5 million to those who had their children rack up huge iTunes bills inadvertently. This includes full restitution for ...

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The changing musical landscape: iTunes Radio, declining digital sales, Beyonce and more

In 2013, for the first time since the iTunes Music Store launched in April of 2003, digital music sales experienced a decline. The news comes courtesy of Billboard which reports that digital track sales dropped from 1.34 billion units in 2012 to 1.26 billion units in 2013, a 5.7% decrease overall. W...

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