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In preparation for iTunes Radio, Rdio update gains radio stations

It's interesting to see how the streaming radio giants are preparing to counteract the rollout of iTunes Radio in iOS 7. Spotify finally released a web player in early June. Competitor Rdio unveiled radio stations for its iOS app today, allowing it to go toe to toe against Pandora, Spotify and...

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Twitter #Music adds new chart features

When Twitter launched its music discover service Twitter #Music last month, the service had a lot going for it. Spotify and Rdio support for streaming full songs, music discovery based on what was trending at the moment and the #NowPlaying feature that shows what your friends are listening to...

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Twitter #Music to debut later today (Update)

As reported by ABC News, the new Twitter #Music app will officially launch today. It will be available through the Twitter #Music app for iPhone and on the web here. Details are coming in this morning. A post has been published to Twitter's blog with a lot of information. The Twitter #Music...

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Rockstar shares the Grand Theft Auto soundtracks on iTunes and Spotify

Rockstar, the developers of the very popular Grand Theft Auto series, has kindly set up playlists for every one of the series' radio stations, for use in both iTunes and Spotify. The GTA series is well-known for its music, and when Rockstar ported both GTA3 and GTA: Vice City over to iOS, we...

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Record labels laugh at Apple's proposed royalty rate for streaming service

The New York Post has an exclusive today about Apple's attempts to get rights from record labels for a proposed music streaming service, which are apparently falling on deaf ears because its offer is "seen as way too cheap." A high-level executive at one label told the Post that "Apple wants...

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Spotify for iOS updated to 0.6, fixes lockscreen bug, revamps UI

Spotify for iOS has just been updated to version 0.6. The update brings some UI enhancements and welcome bug fixes, which are sure to enhance your music listening experience on the app. Most notably, there's a newly designed Now Playing bar and Track menu, with a redesigned context menu when...

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Microsoft's Xbox Music to challenge iTunes, others

Microsoft has announced Xbox Music, a digital music service designed to work initially with the 67 million Xbox gaming consoles that have been sold since 2005. With Xbox Music, Microsoft wants to challenge the dominance of Apple's iTunes and services like Pandora. The service debuts on the...

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Spotify for iPhone, iPad update to offer radio feature, more streaming (Update)

Spotify is upping the ante in the music streaming market by offering a new radio feature to iOS owners in the US. Launched late last year for the desktop, the Pandora-like radio service lets you setup an unlimited number of radio stations based on an artist, album, song or playlist. You can then...

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Spotify now ready for iPad

Music streaming service Spotify has finally released its long-awaited iPad app. The app itself is version 5.0 of the existing Spotify app -- the company has just made it universal -- but they've really taken the iPad into consideration to give Spotify users a unique experience all their own on...

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iMore compares top music streaming services for the iPhone

iMore has conducted an in-depth comparison of three of the most popular music streaming services available for the iPhone: Spotify, Pandora and Slacker. As mentioned in the article, iTunes is certainly king when it comes to the purchase of digital music, but undoubtedly, there's an ever...

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Spotify says iPad app is 'in the works'

Spotify held an event in New York this week to make a "special announcement," and unfortunately, it wasn't about anything having to do with the streaming music service's long awaited iPad app. It was, instead, about some deal that they're making with Coke, which will start off as some sort of...

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Spotify lifts track limits on free accounts, struggles to stand out in streaming market

Good news for European fans of the streaming music service Spotify: The company has lifted the five-track replay limit per day for users of the free service in Sweden, Finland, Norway, the Netherlands and Spain. Additionally, US users will get their current six-month free trial extended, but...

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Daily Update for February 14, 2012

It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get all 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 inline player (requires...

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Spotify adds support for 320 kbps music streaming

Spotify brought its music streaming service to the US last year, and both the desktop and mobile apps have been well received. On the desktop, the service delivers a high-quality 320 kbps audio stream, but the mobile app cuts that in half with its 160 kbps stream. Thanks to a recent update, iOS...

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Apps for Valentine's Day

Image: Shutterstock Today's smartphones are, by their nature, quite versatile. It's impossible to guide every lover on Valentine's Day to the app for their particular needs, because despite the requisite "flowers, chocolate, *something*" expectations, we all do it differently. I tried to round up...

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