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Will another $100M help Spotify deflect competition from Microsoft & Apple?
Spotify on the future of streaming music: 'We want to cannibalize piracy'

Rdio's new Vdio service adds social networking layer to video-on-demand

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Rdio, the popular subscription-based music streaming app, has finally launched the long-awaited Vdio service, granting existing Rdio Unlimited subscribers access to movie and TV content with strong tie-ins to social networks....
Rdio's new Vdio service adds social networking layer to video-on-demand
A year after launch, U.S. Spotify users have listened to 13B songs, shared 27.8M

eMusic launches Android app

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It may not have all the glitz of a Spotify or an Rdio, but eMusic is the one of the OGs of the online music game, serving up MP3s to internet citizens since the late-90s. The site today is celebrating the launch of an Android app, which brings curated...
eMusic launches Android app
Spotify previews new Windows app, bringing its web interface to the desktop
Facebook adds 'Listen' button to artist pages, takes you straight to Spotify, MOG, and Rdio
Grooveshark Broadcast lets anyone be a radio DJ, wacky interludes and all

BlackBerry shuttering BBM Music service on June 2nd

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BlackBerry is shutting down its BBM Music discovery service after being in operation for less than two years, with hefty competition from Spotify, Pandora, and others likely to be the cause for the closure. BBM Music will stop functioning for subscribers as of June 2nd, with the phone manufacturer pointing...
BlackBerry shuttering BBM Music service on June 2nd

Pandora buys FM radio station in a wily move to fight music companies

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You might think that the biggest threat to Pandora right now is the just-announced iRadio, but Apple's upcoming music service isn't nearly as dangerous to Pandora's bottom line as music companies are. Pandora has been caught in a long and protracted battle to ensure that it can continue to...
Pandora buys FM radio station in a wily move to fight music companies

Rdio's New Android App Is—Gasp—Better Than the iOS Version [Rdio]

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Streaming-music-service-slash-social-network Rdio new Android app is pretty damn excellent. In addition to support for Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0), the app now includes Network Activity, User Profiles, New Releases, Album Charts, and recommendations based on listening habits. If you've had a chance to check out the iOS version of Rdio,...
Rdio's New Android App Is—Gasp—Better Than the iOS Version [Rdio]

Now playing: Twitter #music

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Today, we're releasing Twitter #music, a new service that will change the way people find music, based on Twitter. It uses Twitter activity, including Tweets and engagement, to detect and surface the most popular tracks and emerging artists. It also brings artists’ music-related Twitter activity front and center: go to...
Now playing: Twitter #music

Deezer launches Windows 8 app for its on-demand music streaming service ahead of Spotify and Rdio

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On-demand music streaming service Deezer has launched an app for Windows 8 today, grabbing an early lead over rivals Spotify and Rdio. The app is available to users in more than 180 countries, although there’s still no word on a wider release in what could be its most important market...
Deezer launches Windows 8 app for its on-demand music streaming service ahead of Spotify and Rdio

Gift Guide: Libratone Zipp AirPlay Speaker

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Short Version Libratone’s speakers are normally crazy expensive. This one is just temporarily insane. Plus it’s got a direct mode for when you’re outside of Wi-Fi range, and a built-in battery, two things rare on an AirPlay speaker. Long Version Features: Interchangeable felt covers in multiple colors 4-8 hour battery...
Gift Guide: Libratone Zipp AirPlay Speaker

Xamarin raises $12 million to promote cross-platform mobile development

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With a talent war in Silicon Valley for the best developers going strong it’s common knowledge that finding good mobile developers is a problem. Xamarin, a company founded last May, has found that building open-source software development tools for people write code for mobile is a good bet. The Boston-based startup plans...
Xamarin raises $12 million to promote cross-platform mobile development
'Boil the Frog' connects the musical dots, makes discovery easier

Facebook places 'Listen' button on artist pages, now takes you to your go-to streaming app instantly

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If navigating away from a musician's timeline on Facebook to get a quick listen isn't your favorite activity, you're in luck. The folks in Palo Alto dropped a "Listen" button on artist pages today, giving you access to popular tracks instantly. Situated right beside the ever important "Like" button,...
Facebook places 'Listen' button on artist pages, now takes you to your go-to streaming app instantly
With Audiogalaxy Acquisition, Dropbox Signals Its Cloud Music Ambitions
Rdio And Shazam Expand Full Music Track Streaming Partnership To UK, Canada, Australia, Brazil And Mexico

Apple's iTunes dominates the music downloading world

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Spotify, Rdio, Pandora... pshaw. Despite people streaming music at a growing rate, digital-music downloading isn't going anywhere. [Read more]...
Apple's iTunes dominates the music downloading world

Introducing: New Rdio

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Welcome to new Rdio. We built it for you — it’s faster, simpler, and more social. New Rdio is a visually beautiful and dynamic way to play Rdio’s massive catalogue of 15 million songs. New features include the oft requested drag and drop playlist creation, a more personalized Heavy...
Introducing: New Rdio

Spotify seeks to expand free streaming to mobile devices

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Service in talks with major music companies in bid to gain an edge on rivals such as Napster, Rdio and DeezerSpotify wants to boost the amount of free music it offers to smartphone users in the UK, in a move likely to fuel a sharp rise in on-the-move streaming.At the...
Spotify seeks to expand free streaming to mobile devices

The Morning Lowdown 3-23-12

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Some of the stories people are talking about this morning: »  Google (NSDQ: GOOG) Play mulls movie sales (CNET) »  Music wars: Spotify heading for Ireland and Australia as Rdio gears up in Europe (paidContent) »  Can Hunger Games save soundtracks? (WSJ) »  German copycats clone Amazon.com (NSDQ: AMZN)...
The Morning Lowdown 3-23-12
Beyond the broadcast: New social tools encourage one-on-one sharing
Xamarin debuts iOS and Android app development inside Visual Studio for C# programmers

Paul McCartney jets from streaming music services; Rhapsody calls it a ‘shock’

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Paul McCartney. Wikipedia photo Paul McCartney appears to be a “Band on the Run” … at least when it comes to popular music streaming services. The former Beatle has pulled his tracks from the likes of Spotify, Rdio and Rhapsody just a few days after releasing a new album, Kisses on...
Paul McCartney jets from streaming music services; Rhapsody calls it a ‘shock’

The iTunes influence, part two: Setting the music free

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"I think the consumer is going to be driving this train for quite a long time." -- Casey Rae, deputy director, Future of Music Coalition In 2003, the iTunes Music Store established an environment for downloadable music at exactly the time when consumers needed a safe and stable online...
The iTunes influence, part two: Setting the music free

The Blackberry 10 rollout: Death by a thousand paper cuts

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It’s been only one month since the company formerly known as RIM publicly debuted the Blackberry 10 platform and corresponding flagship devices (on which its comeback hopes rest), and yet there are already serious cracks in its foundation. While the devices aren’t yet available for purchase in the US, early...
The Blackberry 10 rollout: Death by a thousand paper cuts

Keen On... Rhapsody: How Streaming Is Radically Reinventing The Music Industry

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[tc_5min code="517679080"] Brian Zisk’s annual SFMusicTech conference is always a good place to gauge the temperature of the music industry. And judging by the vitality of this year’s event, things are finally beginning to look up in an industry that has been decimated by the file-sharing revolution. As Jon Irwin,...
Keen On... Rhapsody: How Streaming Is Radically Reinventing The Music Industry

Samsung’s iTunes competitor: Not new, but improving

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Perhaps you’re read the news on Tuesday that Samsung has launched Music Hub on its new Galaxy S III in five countries. The service is touted as the “first completely integrated, all-in-one mobile music service” as it offers a 19 million track library from 7digital for purchases and unlimited streaming...
Samsung’s iTunes competitor: Not new, but improving
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