Digital music archive

  • Google Play Music All Access vs iTunes vs Spotify vs Amazon Cloud Player vs Xbox Music vs Music Unlimited
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    Google Play Music All Access vs iTunes vs Spotify vs Amazon Cloud Player vs Xbox Music vs Music Unlimited

    By 16 May 2013

    The arrival of Google Music on UK shores has added to the tumbling pile of digital music service options for people to consider, throw in the just announce All Access setup from Google and you have a Spotify rival to boot. With so many different services...

  • Brit Spotify rival Rara.com goes Windows 8 and iOS
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    Brit Spotify rival Rara.com goes Windows 8 and iOS

    By 23 October 2012

    Music streaming service Rara.com is increasing its presence by launching iOS and Windows 8 apps, as well as updating its Android and web offerings. Rara.com, a UK rival to Spotify, has also expanded its service to 27 countries, while select Lenovo Windows...

  • iTunes 11: What's new?
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    iTunes 11: What's new?

    By 13 September 2012

    iTunes 11 is set to arrive some time in October 2012, as the world found out at the iPhone 5 press conference. Even if you don't want to splash out on a brand new handset, you can at least grab yourself something different to play with in the shape of...

  • Spotify streams hitting Billboard Hot 100
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    Spotify streams hitting Billboard Hot 100

    By 14 March 2012

    The US equivalent of the singles chart, the Billboard Hot 100, is to get a 21st-century makeover with streams from the likes of Spotify being included for the first time. Currently the Hot 100, the US music industry standard singles popularity chart,...

  • Spotify update adds gapless playback
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    Spotify update adds gapless playback

    By 23 February 2012

    The prayers of millions of Spotify users have finally been answered. No, Stefan Dennis' s1989 hit Don't It Make You Feel Good hasn't landed on the platform but gapless playback has finally been introduced. This means, when streaming a live album, classical...

  • HTC Spotify rival rumoured
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    HTC Spotify rival rumoured

    By 15 February 2012

    Since HTC coughed up a cool $300 million for a majority stake in the digital sound company Beats, we've had plenty of souped-up audio action on handsets such as the HTC Sensation XE, but nothing to get too excited over....yet. But all that could be set...

  • Rhapsody takes the fight to Spotify with European Napster buy-out
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    Rhapsody takes the fight to Spotify with European Napster buy-out

    By 26 January 2012

    The UK's streaming music arena could be set to welcome the arrival of a heavyweight contender by way of US giant Rhapsody. Rhapsody has just announced its European expansion through the acquisition of Napster International, following its takeover of...

  • Pure Music now live in the UK
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    Pure Music now live in the UK

    By 26 January 2012

    Pure Music, the Spotify-rival from the digital and internet radio specialist, is now live in the UK, with a free month trial available for a limited period. Building on the success of its FlowSongs platform, Pure Music has again teamed up with 7Digital...

  • Digital music boom can't halt album slide
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    Digital music boom can't halt album slide

    By 2 January 2012

    The digital music landscape is shifting with the increasing popularity of streaming services such as Spotify but digital download purchases continue to grow. The digital music boom is highlighted by the 2011 figures which show that digital album purchases...

  • Year in review 2011: May
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    Year in review 2011: May

    By 28 December 2011

    It's the end of the year, but before we get too excited about what's to come next, lets take a breather, let those mince pies break down and glance back at 2011. In the big wide world at large, the US finally tracked down Osama Bin Laden, Manchester United...

  • Best iPad music apps
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    Best iPad music apps

    By 18 December 2011

    Having that slightly larger screen on the iPad grants a lot more space to play with the tablet's music making capabilities. There is room there for extra sliders, bigger buttons and larger instruments. The result is a selection of iPad music apps that...

  • Rara.com brings digital music to the forgotten masses
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    Rara.com brings digital music to the forgotten masses

    By 13 December 2011

    A new music streaming service has hit the web aimed squarely at the mass market. Rara.com is a UK-based, all-devices, ad-free, paid-for experience that’s designed to capture the 80-odd per cent of the users out there who’ve never gone digital before....

  • Spotify Radio tunes in new features
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    Spotify Radio tunes in new features

    By 9 December 2011

    It's all systems go over at Spotify Towers. 2011 has seen the company get friendly with Facebook, the long awaited US launch and also the revelation of Spotify apps. But the music streaming platform isn't ready to stop with the roll-outs just yet it seems,...

  • Spotify App Finder announced for 'appy times
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    Spotify App Finder announced for 'appy times

    By 30 November 2011

    What's next for Spotify you ask (or rather it did)? Well, let us tell you - the music streaming company took to the stage in New York to announce that apps will now be part of the Spotify platform. At an event that was simulcast via the wonders of the...

  • Spotify Gift Cards arrive in time for Christmas
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    Spotify Gift Cards arrive in time for Christmas

    By 1 November 2011

    If you needed further proof that Spotify is fast becoming a mainstream brand, not just for tech fans in the know but rather a High Street name, then take note that the music streaming giant has just released its first gift cards into the shops in time...

  • Pure Music to take on Spotify
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    Pure Music to take on Spotify

    By 26 October 2011

    Pure, the radio specialist, announced Pure Music on Tuesday; a streaming service that sees it going head-to-head with Spotify. Building on the success of last year's FlowSongs platform, Pure Music again uses 7Digital's extensive catalogue but this time...

  • iTunes Match streams in for iOS 5
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    iTunes Match streams in for iOS 5

    By 30 August 2011

    Remember all the criticism of Apple when iCloud was officially announced at WWDC back in June, about how the iTunes Match service could only download your tunes, rather than stream them? Well, all that hot-air looks like being a big waste of time as the...

  • Spotify subscription boom following free access limits
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    Spotify subscription boom following free access limits

    By 19 August 2011

    Spotify has shed 1.6 million users in just three months, according to figures that Music Alley has got its hands on. But the good news for the streaming service is that it has added over 500,000 premium subscribers to its books in the same period. Both...

  • Karaoke fun with Shazam LyricPlay
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    Karaoke fun with Shazam LyricPlay

    By 15 June 2011

    Shazam has announced its first every corporate acquisition, snapping up Silicon-Valley start-up Tunezee - meaning a funky new feature for users of the popular music tagging service. Shazam LyricPlay has hit the premium Encore version of Shazam, meaning...

  • Sony Qriocity Music Unlimited app hits Android Market
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    Sony Qriocity Music Unlimited app hits Android Market

    By 15 June 2011

    You'd have thought what with all the negative press Sony has been on the end of as of late, with regards to its online services, that it'd be making a song and dance about the launch of the Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity app into the Android Market....

  • iCloud to stream high quality mirrors of your tunes?
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    iCloud to stream high quality mirrors of your tunes?

    By 27 May 2011

    Got a load of poor quality MP3s that you acquired using, shall we say, unorthodox and slightly apocryphal methods? Well, thanks to Apple's forthcoming iCloud service you could soon be streaming those tunes to your iPhone / iPod / iPad in a high quality...

  • Google wants to entertain as Google Movies and Music Beta by Google go live
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    Google wants to entertain as Google Movies and Music Beta by Google go live

    By 10 May 2011

    Google has announced that it will be offering users the ability to stream movies from the Android Market in the US - from either a web browser on a PC, or on your phone or tablet. Movies will vary in price, starting from $1.99 and users will be able to...

  • Google Music to launch without record labels at I/O
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    Google Music to launch without record labels at I/O

    By 10 May 2011

    Google I/O is to kick off with a bang with the announcement of Google's new music service. But, if you were expecting an Amazon/iTunes rival then you're in for a shock - the Big G is launching Google Music without the backing of any record labels. Instead,...

  • Major Spotify upgrade sees it go toe-to-toe with iTunes
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    Major Spotify upgrade sees it go toe-to-toe with iTunes

    By 4 May 2011

    Spotify has announced huge changes that will see the popular music streaming service go head-to-head with Apple's iTunes. For the first time ever you can click to buy whole playlists which you can then take with you on your iPod classic, nano or shuffle...

  • iTunes floats towards the cloud after Apple signs Warner
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    iTunes floats towards the cloud after Apple signs Warner

    By 25 April 2011

    There were murmurs at the end of last week that Apple had managed to sign up two of the top four record labels in its quest to take iTunes into the cloud, and now reports are emerging that the Cupertino collective has managed to tie-up Warner Music. Warner...