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    Rdio App For iOS Updated With New ‘Find People’ Feature



    Rdio just updated its music streaming app for iOS today to version 2.2. The new update includes a new ‘Find People’ feature that makes it easier for users to find their friends as well as providing recommendations of other artists to follow.

    Also included in the update are some UI improvements, most noticeably to the menu on the left side of the app. The app comes with a new Labels feature too that lets you search for a record label to find top albums and artists.

    Here are the full release notes:

    - Find People. New feature makes following friends and artists easier than ever.
    - Labels. Search for a record label to find its top albums and artists.
    - Various minor bug fixes and UI improvements, including new, cleaner look for sliding side navigation.


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    Spotify For iOS Gets New Icon, Discover, Playlist Editing On iPhone



    Spotify for iOS has been updated today to finally bring the Discover feature to the iPhone, which was first made available to everyone back in May. The version 0.7.1 update also adds the ability to edit your playlists, introduces a new home screen icon, and a new Now Playing view.

    The Discover feature is already available in Spotify’s desktop app, and now you can access it on your iPhone. It helps you find new music to listen to based on your favorite tracks when you’re not sure what to listen to next. Simply tap on the Discover tab below Search to get started.

    The update also introduces a new Spotify logo for your home screen, and a new Now Playing view, which features the “Up Next” queue on iPhone. To add a track to your queue, tap the options button alongside its name and then tap the “Add to Queue” button.

    iPhone users can edit their playlists on the go now, too.

    Spotify has also made a number of improvements to the app’s user interface to make it easier to navigate, and introduced fixes for several bugs and crashes.


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    Spotify Thinks iTunes Radio Is Too Robotic, Introduces Expert Playlists



    In about a month, every iPhone and iPad on Earth will suddenly gain the ability to stream an unlimited number of tracks for free, thanks to iTunes Radio.

    For people who want more granular control over their music even when it’s streaming, iTunes Radio isn’t likely to tear them away from the likes of Spotify and Rdio, but if all you want to do is hear new jams without thinking about it, iTunes Radio is a killer feature that could potentially get you to cancel your service.

    So Spotify, at least, is acting defensively. They’re rolling out a new feature called Expert Playlists. And it’s potentially way better than iTunes Radio.

    Here’s the deal. The way iTunes Radio works is by algorithm. It examines your music library, and then a computer ‘listens’ to all the songs there and tries to figure out what kind of waveforms you like. It then examines other waveforms in Apple’s library of songs and recommends the most similar ones.

    Easy-peasy. This is the same way that Spotify and Rdio’s radio functions work, for the record. But some companies, like Pandora, claim that having machines recommend music this way removes the human touch. So what Spotify is doing with Expert Playlists is introducing the human element back into the equation.

    Starting to rollout now, Expert Playlists can be found under Spotify’s new Browse page and will offer playlists handpicked by experts for different moods and situations. For example, Music For Parties! Music To Make Love By! Music For Getting Dumped! Music For Feeling The Burn! and so on.

    Not a bad new feature, although as usual, I wonder what ‘experts’ means. Spotify already lets me just search other people’s playlists. What makes one playlist written by an expert, and another by just some prole?



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    Spotify Takes On AirPlay With New ‘Spotify Connect’ Music Streaming Feature



    Spotify announced today that it is launching a new way to streaming music to connected speakers around the house with its new “Spotify Connect” feature that is coming to a line-up of Spotify-supported speakers.

    The new AirPlay-like feature allows you to walk into your house and seamlessly switch from listening to your playlist on your iPhone to playing music on your living room speakers. You current listening session is synced up to the cloud so you can switch faster without stopping the flow of music.

    Unlike AirPlay though, Spotify Connect will cost you some money as the feature will only be available soon to Premium subscribers. Third-party OEMs are expect to roll out Connect supported speakers later this year.

    Here’s a promo video on how Connect works:






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    WSJ: You’ll Soon Be Able To Listen To Spotify On Your Mobile For Free



    While Spotify can be used without a paid subscription on your desktop, you need to sign up to Spotify Premium at $9.99 a month to enjoy it on mobile. But that could be about to change, with The Wall Street Journal reporting that Spotify is planning a new ad-supported version of its music streaming service for mobile devices.

    The free version won’t be exactly like traditional Spotify as you know it, but more of a personalized radio service like Pandora or iTunes Radio. Spotify actually already offers a feature like this, but it’s baked into its existing apps, and therefore only accessible with a paid subscription on smartphones and tablets.

    It’s not entirely clear at this point how the free service will differ from that, but it will certainly include adverts that you’ll be forced to listen to, and like iTunes Radio and others, there could be certain limitations — like only being able to skip so many songs at a time.

    Spotify has already tied up up deals with Sony, Universal, and Warner for the free service, WSJ reports, and it could be announced as early as next week at a special event in New York.





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    Spotify Brings Free Streaming To Android & iOS With New ‘Shuffle’ Feature



    As expected, Spotify has today announced a new music streaming service for Android and iOS that won’t cost you a penny to enjoy. It’s not traditional Spotify streaming as you know it, though; the new “Shuffle” feature lets you pick an album or artist then delivers tracks in a random order.

    “We don’t want to make another radio type service,” said Spotify CEO Daniel Ek, following rumors that the service would be another Pandora or iTunes Radio clone. “We want to make something that’s really great — that really fits into people’s lives.”

    The service is ad-supported — which is why you don’t have to pay for it, but Ek believes that Spotify has created “the best free music experience in the history of the smartphone.”

    “The more you play, the more likely you are to play,” he added.

    Until today, the only way to enjoy Spotify on your smartphone or tablet was with a premium subscription priced at $9.99 a month. Shuffle changes that, and all you have to do is listen to a few ads. That shouldn’t be too difficult, should it?

    Spotify’s new apps are available starting today. They’re essentially the same as the old apps, only there’s a new “Shuffle” button that appears inside artist and album pages for free users.





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    Spotify added a neat equalizer to its iOS app



    Equalizers haven’t been a fashionable tech feature since Boomboxes went out of style in the 90’s, but Spotify just released a major update to its iOS app and I can’t stop playing with its fun new equalizer.

    Spotify’s 1.1 update includes a number of other new features like a redesigned Artist page on iPad and new Discover feature, but the simple equalizer is perhaps the most useful new addition, allowing users to customize presets with six sliders.

    The Equalizer comes with 22 presets for genre’s like lounge, rock, hip-hop, and piano. There’s even a small speakers mode so you can eek out every last drop of performance from those tin cans. Each preset can be tweaked to your heart’s delight by adjusting the six frequency sliders.

    Spotify’s VP of product says that the equalizer was one of the most requested features from users, so they finally decided to added it to give users more control over their music.

    Users will also find that the Discover feature has been moved inside the Browse page, underneath top lists, and new releases. iPad users will notice a redesigned Artist page that now offers merchandise and latest releases. Of course a bunch of bug fixes were also tossed into the update for good measure.

    The free update is available on iTunes for both iPhone and iPad.





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