Music software archive

  • Students: How to cut your Spotify payment in half
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    Students: How to cut your Spotify payment in half

    By 25 March 2014

    Music streaming giant Spotify is hoping to attract students with a new price cut on Tuesday.  Its Premium service - the top tier with no advertisements and unlimited music - is now priced at $4.99 per month for college students in the US, a cut in half...

  • Google Play Music updated with 'Fireplace Visualiser' to set the mood through your Chromecast
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    Google Play Music updated with 'Fireplace Visualiser' to set the mood through your Chromecast

    By 13 February 2014

    Google has released a visualiser feature within its Google Play Music service, letting you beam an image of a fireplace to your Chromecast. The company is calling it "the perfect way for you to set the mood" for Valentine's Day.  To turn the feature on,...

  • Rdio launches personalised radio stations that remind us of Pandora
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    Rdio launches personalised radio stations that remind us of Pandora

    By 8 August 2013

    Listening to the same music over and over can get stale, and that's exactly why music-streaming services have a radio functionality. Now Rdio is the latest to join the fray with its new "Stations" feature, bringing custom tailored music to listeners through...

  • DoubleTwist Magic Radio adds subscription streaming music for US customers
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    DoubleTwist Magic Radio adds subscription streaming music for US customers

    By 13 March 2013

    Android music application doubleTwist has been updated with a new feature set to take on Pandora radio streaming. Dubbed Magic Radio, the $4 (£2.70) a month service offers 13 million songs that can be mixed by several categories.  Before Google Play...

  • Google reportedly developing music-streaming service for Q3 launch
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    Google reportedly developing music-streaming service for Q3 launch

    By 25 February 2013

    Google is looking to bolster its Google Play offering, with the company reported to be in-talks with record labels to license music for a music-streaming service similar to Spotify and RDIO, according to both Financial Times and Bloomberg. According...

  • Amazon MP3 store optimised for iOS Safari, making track purchases easier
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    Amazon MP3 store optimised for iOS Safari, making track purchases easier

    By 17 January 2013

    Amazon has unleashed a version of its Amazon MP3 store specifically optimised for Apple's iPhone and iPod touch's mobile web browser, allowing customers to discover and purchase music easier via mobile.  In our brief testing of the new HTML 5 page, when...

  • 7Digital: Coming to a mobile platform near you
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    7Digital: Coming to a mobile platform near you

    By 19 October 2010

    Busy, busy times at 7Digital. Following the announcement back in August that the online music store would be providing the engine for Pure's Flow Songs service - CEO Ben Drury has revealed a whole host of new partnerships - and it's obvious that 7Digital...

  • ESSENTIALS: Software to improve your life - doubleTwist
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    ESSENTIALS: Software to improve your life - doubleTwist

    By 1 May 2010

    It's easy to get you computer clogged up with software. You buy a camera and Nikon wants you to install a program, you get a camcorder and Flip tells you how wonderful their desktop application is, Nokia's requiring something to get mobile images onto...

  • We7 Premium Plus to launch on 1 March
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    We7 Premium Plus to launch on 1 March

    By 24 February 2010

    We just had word from We7 that its iPhone application has made it through Apple's labyrinthine approvals process, paving the way for its mobile music streaming service to finally launch on the handset on 1 March. As previously detailed, the £10/month...

  • Spotify issues Symbian update
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    Spotify issues Symbian update

    By 17 December 2009

    If you've been using the new Spotify app on your Symbian phone and found it a little buggy, then good news as the music streaming service has announced an update. Spotify has released the update - Version 0.3.22 - that's said to "fix a number of issues...

  • Alicia Keys' new album to debut on Spotify
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    Alicia Keys' new album to debut on Spotify

    By 3 December 2009

    Spotify has announced Alicia Keys' new album is to debut early on the online streaming service.   Keys' fourth studio album, "The Element of Freedom", will be exclusively on Spotify from 7 December - a week before its official UK release on 14 December....

  • Apple intros online iTunes Preview
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    Apple intros online iTunes Preview

    By 16 November 2009

    Apple has introduced a new iTunes feature called iTunes Preview that lets those without the application, or those that don't want to launch the software in full, view some content. Currently limited to music, it's a big change from Apple's previous way...

  • Shazam launches new paid-for "Encore" iPhone app
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    Shazam launches new paid-for "Encore" iPhone app

    By 9 November 2009

    Shazam has announced the launch of the previously promised "premium" version of its iPhone app called Shazam Encore. A paid-for download, as opposed to the previous free offering, Shazam is promising new functionality including improved speed performance....

  • Sony offers 1000 Ringtones for the iPhone
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    Sony offers 1000 Ringtones for the iPhone

    By 5 November 2009

    Sony Creative Software has announced the launch of "1000 Ringtones", a DVD containing ringtones designed for the Apple iPhone. As well as music, the ringtones include sound effects and spoken words and users can select tones for incoming calls, emails...

  • VIDEO: Spotify debuts improved MP3 purchases
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    VIDEO: Spotify debuts improved MP3 purchases

    By 15 October 2009

    Spotify will shortly be launching an improved MP3 purchasing experience for tracks on its streaming service. It's always been possible to buy MP3s through a right-click menu, but clicking that just opened a browser window that took you to 7digital's website....

  • Spotify CEO: Advertising devalues music
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    Spotify CEO: Advertising devalues music

    By 9 October 2009

    Spotify is continuing celebrations of its 1-year anniversary and as part of the jamboree, the company's founder and CEO, Daniel Ek, has taken some time out to pen a blog post about the future of Spotify, and his thoughts on the state of the global Music...

  • Zune services considered for iPods, other platforms
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    Zune services considered for iPods, other platforms

    By 7 October 2009

    Seemingly giving up on the bigger picture as far as hardware goes, Microsoft is considering offering its Zune software and services to other platforms, ZDNet reports. The whisper is a credible one - it comes direct from Jose Pinero, director of communications...

  • Spotify brings offline playback to desktop
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    Spotify brings offline playback to desktop

    By 1 October 2009

    Spotify has announced that Premium users will shortly be able to access on their desktop the same "Offline mode" that exists on mobile versions of the streaming music company's software. Subscribers will be able to right-click their playlists and select...

  • VIDEO: doubleTwist parodies Apple's 1984 ad
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    VIDEO: doubleTwist parodies Apple's 1984 ad

    By 1 October 2009

    doubleTwist, DVD Jon's media-syncing software company, is generating lots of publicity for a new version of its "media platform" product with a cheeky video that uses Apple's famous 1984 advert against it. In the clip - shown above - drones wearing white...

  • Spotify adds PayPal payment option
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    Spotify adds PayPal payment option

    By 30 September 2009

    Spotify has finally caved in to popular demand and added a PayPal payment option to its subscription services. Until now, the site only accepted Visa and Mastercard, meaning that many people without credit cards weren't able to switch to Premium. PalPal...

  • Shazam launches for O2 customers
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    Shazam launches for O2 customers

    By 29 September 2009

    Shazam has announced that it has done a new deal with a mobile phone operator and teamed up with O2 to offer its music discovery service to O2 customers. The agreement means that anyone on O2 can use the Shazam service by dialing 2580 on their mobile...

  • Spotify Premium subscriber percentage not double digits
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    Spotify Premium subscriber percentage not double digits

    By 18 September 2009

    Spotify's CEO, Daniel Ek, has revealed that paid subscriber numbers are still low, despite the surge in popularity following the release of applications for the iPhone and Android mobile phones which require a premium subscription. He made the disclosure...

  • Spotify goes back to invite-only in the UK
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    Spotify goes back to invite-only in the UK

    By 10 September 2009

    Streaming music service Spotify, which recently launched mobile applications for the Android and iPhone platforms, has been forced to go back to invite-only status thanks to the vast amounts of new people accessing the service. In a blog post, the company...

  • Offline mode for Spotify desktop app confirmed
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    Offline mode for Spotify desktop app confirmed

    By 7 September 2009

    It looks like an offline mode for the desktop Spotify application is in the works. The presence of such a feature has been long-requested by users, but appears to be finally on the cards due to wording in the T&Cs of the mobile app. Point number 6, under...

  • Spotify makes more cash for Universal than iTunes
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    Spotify makes more cash for Universal than iTunes

    By 26 August 2009

    Universal Music Sweden has admitted that Spotify makes it more money than iTunes does. "In five months from the launch, Spotify became our largest digital source of income and so passed by iTunes", said Per Sundin, managing director of Universal Music....