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Spotify Artists gives musicians access to their play counts, track-by-track information an...

Spotify has made a move to get music artists onside by making its formula for calculating royalty payments and analytics openly accessible through the new Spotify Artists website.  Read More

Google Play Music All Access was announced today at the Google I/O developer conference

It seems like everyone wants in on the on-demand music streaming craze. Spotify, Rdio, Rhapsody, Mog ... even Apple is rumored to be launching a similar service. Today Google joined that party, with its new Google Play Music All Access subscription service.  Read More

CheckinDJ generates playlists based on the preferences of the crowd

Tastes in music are such a subjective thing that it’s practically impossible to keep everyone in a crowded environment like a pub or coffee shop happy with the tune selection. Developed by the Mobile Radicals group at the UK’s Lancaster University, the CheckinDJ digital jukebox aims to keep the majority of people happy by using near field communication (NFC) and social networking to poll everyone’s musical tastes.  Read More

Sharetapes cards use NFC and QR codes to load playlists

Once upon a time, the analog cassette tape was king. And for those that remember the time, chances are you might also recall having made a mixtape or two as well. Australian-based start-up venture Sharetapes is looking to recapture a little of that old-school magic, albeit with a modern twist, by launching a line of physical cards that you can load-up with playlists from websites like YouTube, Spotify and 8tracks. Users can then share their saved lists with other people’s smartphones using near-field communication (NFC) technology or quick response (QR) scanning codes.  Read More

The CataCoffin packs a CataCombo Sound System

If you’re living impaired or a vampire who likes a bit of musical accompaniment as you wile away the long hours inside your coffin then the CataCoffin from Swedish company Pause could be just what you need. The customized coffin packs a CataCombo Sound System that features a custom built 2.1 amplifier and includes a pair of 2-way speakers, tweeters with external cooling, and an 8-inch subwoofer tuned to the coffin’s acoustic space.  Read More

The new Discover and Collections tabs aim to create a more personal user experience

Music streaming service Spotify announced this week that it now has an impressive one million paid subscribers in the United States alone, a significant milestone for the company. A number of improvements to the service were also announced, including the new Discover tab and expanded social features.  Read More

The Spotify Android app banner on Google Play uses the radio feature as a key selling poin...

The Spotify app for mobile devices is free, but to get any usability from it beyond the trial period it requires the paying of a monthly subscription fee. While those using the desktop app can make do with adverts and playback limitations, there is no other option for mobile users besides paying the aforementioned fee. However, one feature of the Spotify app has been made available to U.S. users completely free, with the radio function now available to both iOS and Android users.  Read More

Flutter uses a computer's built-in webcam to allow gesture control in iTunes and Spotify

While developers are plugging away on Windows applications for Microsoft’s Kinect thanks to the release of the official Kinect for Windows SDK, Mac users can also get into the gesture control game – albeit in a much, (much) more limited way. Not requiring any additional hardware because it works using a Mac's built-in webcam, Flutter registers hand gestures – well, a hand gesture – to control playback in iTunes and Spotify.  Read More

Spotify introduces apps (Image: Spotify)

In an event somewhat akin to taking to a stage to show an audience an empty bag (cat long since departed), Daniel Ek confirmed at a press event this afternoon what, thanks to the Wall Street Journal, everyone watching already knew: Spotify is becoming a platform for third-party applications. Spotify's founder demonstrated several of the first wave of apps, including contributions from Rolling Stone, Last.fm, Tunewiki and Songkick.  Read More

Is Spotify fair to artists?

It's been a week of intense speculation as to the role and future of Spotify within the music industry. On Wednesday of last week the UK-based distributor STHoldings put out a strongly-worded statement (apparently since withdrawn) announcing its decision to pull the catalogues of 238 record labels from the service, as well as from Napster, Rdio and Simfy. The statement reignited the debate as to the role of Spotify and similar subscription-based services within the music industry, and it's a debate that hinges on what Spotify is, or, more crucially, what it replaces.  Read More

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