It's National Star Wars Day and we celebrate with someone who loves space, Brian Cooley! Spotify sets its sights on iTunes, but its still only available in Europe. The Department of Justice is taking a deeper look at the AT&T/T-Mobile merger deal, and DO NOT rent a laptop from Aaron's unless you want someone spying on you. Plus, how can you not love the Paint for Cats App!Subscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
Spotify is getting serious about taking on Apple.
Arguably one of the most well-respected music services in Europe, Spotify has 13 million tracks available and announced in March that it had 1 million subscribers. Spotify has a free, ad-supported option available to customers, as well as a premium service for unlimited access to the tracks on mobile phones and offline.
The company announced a major update to its service today, including allowing people to sync the songs in their Spotify playlists with the iPod Classic, iPod Nano, and iPod Shuffle. According to the company, people will need only to plug … Read more
Links from Monday's episode of Loaded:
Nintendo will launch the next-generation Wii in 2012
Rumors are heating up about Apple and Google's hypothetical music services
Dish Online customers can now stream HBO content if they subscribe to an HBO package
A company in Tokyo claims to have made the "world's thinnest glass" for touchscreen devices
A new app on iTunes follows the rantings and ravings of actor Charlie Sheen
Rather than launch its own digital music service, Google is considering whether to partner with an existing service, including the likes of Spotify, to power Google Music.
According to a source with knowledge of the talks, Google has told the labels that it has begun discussions with Spotify in recent weeks, though no agreement is in place. Spotify is the European streaming-music service that also has ambitions of launching in the United States.
The talks with Google and Spotify have coincided with an inability by Google to reach agreements with the four top record labels on licensing a cloud music … Read more
On today's show, Donald Bell gives us his in-person BlackBerry PlayBook review, why Twitter is like your freeloading, couch-surfing bum of a brother, and how the FBI's command and control server could end up taking Elvis off life support. What, you didn't know Elvis was still alive? The things you learn on BOL. Plus: the white iPhone is coming! No, really! And your comments on throttling, for good or for ill. --MollySubscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
Links from Thursday's episode of Loaded:
Spotify may cut back on its free music model
Google Music may compete with Amazon's Cloud Drive
Capcom will release Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition
AT&T launches the LG Thrive, its first prepaid Android phone
The white iPhone 4 may go on sale by the end of the month
A high school student in England modifies a pair of jeans so that they can double as a drum set
Update at 4:41 a.m. PT April 14: As first reported by CNET, Spotify is setting new limits on free music. According to a post today on the company's blog: as of May 1, people who signed up for the free service on or before November 1, 2010, will get access to each track for free up to five times. People who signed up after November 1 will see these changes applied six months after the time they set up their Spotify account. Total listening time for free users will be limited to 10 hours per month after the first six months. (CNET's original story from yesterday is below.)
Spotify is considering a plan to further cut back the amount of free music it offers to users and is expected to impose new limits perhaps as soon as this week, sources with knowledge of the plans told CNET.
Spotify, the online music service that has attracted more than 10 million users in Europe in part by offering free-of-charge access to millions of songs, may cap the number of times users can listen to the same song and limit the total number of hours that existing users would have access to its free service, the sources said.
Last May, Spotify capped access to free music for the first time. As part of an offering called Spotify Open, new users were given 20 hours of free song listening per month. If they wanted more they had to upgrade to Spotify Unlimited, which offers all-you-can-eat listening for a monthly fee.
Whatever changes Spotify makes would go into effect sometime in May, said the sources. A Spotify spokesman was not immediately available for comment. … Read more
If you think music-streaming services are big now, just wait five years.
According to data compiled by ABI Research, music-streaming services are set for rapid expansion in the coming half-decade, and they have mobile phones to thank for it. By the end of this year, ABI said, subscribers to paid music services who access them from a mobile phone will number about 5.9 million worldwide, and by 2016, that figure will grow to more than 161 million subscribers. That amounts to an annual growth rate of about 95 percent, the research firm said.
The growth of streaming services comes … Read more
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Spotify has reached an important milestone, but Americans are still waiting for their chance to try it out.
The music service announced today that it has hit 1 million subscribers. The company reached the figure nearly two years after it tallied its 1 millionth registered user. Spotify's Web site says it now has 10 million such users.
The discrepancy in users compared with subscribers is due to Spotify's business model. The company offers a free, ad-supported version of its service, allowing people to stream music for a limited amount of time. It also has a premium service that … Read more