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    Spotify updated with push notifications


    The interface for an upcoming Spotify iPad app
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    Spotify is a wonderful platform for streaming music and sharing playlists with your friends, but the service’s lack of an official iPad app has been a great disappoint for Apple users. Spotify’s main competitor, Rdio, boasts a beautiful iPad app that lets its users browse and play music.

    Spotify has been saying that an official iPad app is coming for over a year, but the trail has grown cold for many months. There are no unofficial Spotify for iPad app alternatives in the App Store at the moment. But it looks like that’s going to change soon.

    Interactive UI/UX designer Max Petriv is working on what looks like an absolutely stunning Spotify app for the iPad. He’s been showing off teaser screenshots on Twitter and putting out the call for other developers to help him get the project off the ground and submitted to the App Store.

    In an email to AppAdvice:

    “I’ve started the project last week,” he said. “It all began when I realized how much I love Spotify, and how there is no official app. I didn’t want to create something that looked like their regular app either. The idea here is to make it more fun to explore music and find something you didn’t even know you liked.”

    There’s no official ETA for the app’s release yet, but it looks like Petriv is committed to getting his app up and running for everyone sooner rather than later. You can follow him on Twitter for more updates as the project develops. If you’re a developer interested in lending a hand, make sure to get in contact!


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    Spotify updated with push notifications



    Spotify announced a major update to its Mac and Windows desktop apps today. Version 0.8.3 has begun rolling out to users of the popular music streaming service, and the update brings several new features and improvements.


    Pandora-like radio stations can now be created based on Spotify playlists. Like Google’s search results, Spotify has also added Instant Search for immediately displaying search results. Playable song buttons can now be copied and embedded with HTML on the web. Sharing options have also been expanded for social networks like Tumblr.

    Listen to radio stations based on a playlist or an album: Head over to any album or a playlist and click on Start Playlist Radio or Start Album Radio to listen to similar music using Spotify Radio.

    Instant Search: Hover over results in the search suggestion drop-down, or use the arrow keys to navigate between them, they’ll render automatically in the main view.

    Get Play Buttons codes directly from Spotify: Right click on any album, playlist or track and select “Copy Embed Code” to get embeddable HTML codes for you to easily post Spotify Play Buttons on your website or blog.

    New Sharing Options: When you select to share any music content from Spotify, now you will be able to post directly to your Tumblr, and get a shortened spoti.fi link for Twitter.




    If the update isn’t available for your version of Spotify yet, you download it directly from the music service’s website. Spotify also recently released a standalone iPad app in the App Store for Premium subscribers, and it’s awesome.


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    Sony releases ‘Music Unlimited’ Spotify competitor as iOS app




    Looking to usurp rival competitors like Spotify and MOG, Sony today launched its Music Unlimited streaming service as an iOS app. We told you in January that it was coming, but today the free app officially hits the App Store with subscriptions starting at $3.99 a month for varying access to the service’s 15 million+ songs and playback features. There is also a 30-day free trial of the premium service.

    Previously only available to Android users and Sony products such as PlayStation 3 and Blu-ray players, the service offers two paid subscriptions options, including: a $4 Basic plan that provides basic channels and access to your own library; and a $10 Premium account giving you access to on demand playback for Sony’s catalogue, offline listening. The more expensive packages also offers the ability to create playlists, and access charts, new releases, and premium channels. Unlike Spotify, which recently debuted its iPad app, the Music Unlimited app does not have an iPad-specific version.

    The Sony Music Unlimited app is available in the New Zealand App Store now, and it should hit the United States and other supported markets soon. As of March, Sony offered the service in 14 countries including the U.S., Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, United Kingdom, Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden. A full list of features for Basic and Premium subscribers is below:


    Music Unlimited Features

    - Stream as much as you want.

    - Enjoy ad-free Channels programmed in a wide range of genres, moods, eras, and more. No skip limits.

    - Listen to your personal collection of songs and playlists when matched via any PC using Music Sync.***

    - Discover your next favorite song with Music Unlimited’s recommendations. Listen to your music from your iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.****

    Premium Subscribers also get:

    - Play any song on demand from the Music Unlimited catalog of millions of tracks.

    - Add any song or album from the catalog to your personal library for easier access.***

    - Add to and edit playlists you create on the Music Unlimited web application.

    - Browse Premium Channels and the top songs in your favorite genres.

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    Sony launches Music Unlimited for iOS




    Sony Entertainment Network has released an official iOS app for its Music Unlimited streaming music service. Music Unlimited is a subscription-based cloud music service with a global catalog of over 15 million licensed songs available on such devices as the sony PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, BRAVIA TVs and Android smartphones and tablets. Use of the service requires payment of a monthly subscription fee. A Basic subscription ($4/month) allows users to sync and match their own personal music libraries with the Music Unlimited service and access and stream that music from any supported device along with a basic set of streaming radio channels; a Premium subscription ($10/month) provides users with access to the entire Music Unlimited collection for on-demand streaming with the ability to create playlists, add items to their personal listening libraries and listen to premium content channels.

    The new iPhone and iPod touch app provides subscribers with access to their Music Unlimited subscriptions from their iOS devices streamed over either a Wi-Fi or cellular network connection. Premium subscribers can also add songs to their personal libraries for faster access, add to and edit playlists and browse Premium Channels and top songs in favourite genres. The Music Unlimited app requires iOS 4.3 or later and a subscription to the Music Unlimited service and is available from the App Store as a free download.

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    Spotify updated with push notifications



    Spotify just released version 0.5.1 of its universal iOS app. The new version adds push notifications for updates to playlists that you are subscribed to, new subscribers, and when a friend joins Spotify. The update also brings a number of fixes, updated artwork for Retina displays, and Retina graphics for offline playlists. We are not so sure how many people will find push for Spotify useful, because those subscribed to many playlists will likely be bombarded by notifications. The good news is you can switch them off from Settings. Unfortunately, you cannot specify notifications for specific playlists. You can check out the full list of changes from the update below:

    What’s New in Version 0.5.1

    • New: Push notifications. Receive notifications when your subscribed playlists are updated, you get new subscribers, and more. You can choose which notifications to receive in Settings.

    • New: Intro guide for new users.

    • Fixed: Missing retina graphics on log in screen (iPad).

    • Fixed: Retina album art is now always synced when you offline sync playlists.

    • Fixed: App could sometimes become unresponsive after scrolling and navigating at the same time.

    • Other improvements to Facebook login, screen locking when offline syncing, performance and stability

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    Apple reportedly tried to keep Spotify out of U.S.

    Spotify Director and former Facebook president Sean Parker said there was "some indication" of Apple attempting to block the music streaming service out of the U.S. fearing competition for iTunes.


    Speaking at the D10 conference on Wednesday, Parker claims that there was a sense that Apple felt threatened by Spotify and may have taken steps to stop its launch in the U.S. where iTunes is the dominating music distribution entity.

    “There was some indication that that might have been happening,” Parker said. “You hear things, people send you emails.”

    Although onstage at the time, Spotify founder and CEO Daniel Ek didn't comment on why it took the service two and a half years after it launched in Europe to reach America. The app-based music streamer, created in 2006 in Sweden, was already gaining critical acclaim in a number of countries by 2010, but only hit U.S. shores in July 2011.

    Parker admits that the music industry is not an overly important sector for Apple and it is unlikely that the company is too concerned with rivals like Spotify, saying "“[Music] is still such a small part of their overall business, it wouldn’t be hugely significant to their bottom line.”


    Spotify Director Sean Parker at D10



    Before Parker's comments, Ek said that there are about 10 million Spotify users in the U.S., 3 million of which are paying customers. The service's catalog now boasts 18 million songs and the list is growing by 10,000 or 20,000 tracks per day.
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    Spotify Free Users Can Now Stream To iPhone



    In news that’s sure to please Spotify free users, and perhaps piss off subscribers and competitors like Rdio, Spotify announced this morning an update to their Universal iOS app, which will allow Spotify users who haven’t upgraded to premium to stream Spotify music to their iPhones, iPads and iPod touches.


    Now, US Spotify free users like me can

    Create stations based on any song, artist, album or playlist.

    Unlimited stations and songs – listen forever!

    Like a song? Save it to your Spotify playlists with a thumbs up.

    Make your stations even better with a thumbs up (or down).

    Spotify will still want you to upgrade to the premium service, of course, which is why the free streaming option is for the radio-style access only. In other words, it’ll be more Pandora than Rdio.

    Even still, this just made Spotify the go-to streaming music app, as far as I’m concerned. Pandora is great, but has ads. Rdio, which I dig very much, doesn’t have a free to my iPhone streaming option.

    The app is available in the App Store now, for the grand total of free, and includes a 48 hour trial of Spotify Premium for new users.


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    Spotify Unveils New Features To Improve Your Music Tastes


    The latest evolution of Spotify was revealed today at a press event in New York City that showed off Spotify’s new browser app, music discovery features, social additions and more.

    Spotify users will now be able to get the same experience they’ve become accustomed to with the desktop client via a new web-based player. The new web-player will allow users to search and play music, create playlist, and use other new features Spotify unveiled today that will help people find newer, better, cooler music.

    To help users discover new music Spotify is introducing a new Discover tab that will offer artist recommendations. The service even explains to you precisely why it thinks you will like certain albums and songs based on a number of criteria and comes with a complete biography and web reviews of each song or album.

    Borrowing a page from Rdio, Spotify will also come with a Follow feature that makes the app more social. Users can follow friends, bands and celebrities and listen to the same music they’ve been listening to. The feature sounds very similar to Rdio’s Heavy Rotation feature that makes music a more social experience by helping friends keep up with each other’s interests.

    Also in the pipeline is the Collections feature that will replace playlists by bundling music together into one mass, regardless of whether it’s by artist, track, or genre, with Spotify offering up new track recommendations.

    During the presentation Spotify’s CEO Daniel Ek noted that the number of active Spotify users has double in the last year to 20 million globally. Out of the total number of users, 5 million subscribe to Spotify’s paid service, and 1 million of those users live in the U.S., making Spotify the largest streaming platform in the U.S.

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    Spotify Launches “Follow” Tab On The Desktop To Help With Music Discovery


    Spotify has released an update to its desktop app that adds a new “Follow” tab on the left sidebar. This feature started slowly rolling out to users late last year, and now it should be available for everyone. Opening Spotify on the Mac should cause the app to want to install a new update and restart. Then the Follow tab will be available.
    Services like Spotify and Rdio take great pride in helping their users discover new music, and Spotify’s Follow tab is meant to change the way you find new jams and interact with other users. It replaces the useless “People” tab with friends to follow and tailored recommendations.

    You can see what your Facebook friends are listening to on Spotify and choose to follow certain people and playlists. Recommendations based on what your friends are listening to also appear above featured artists.

    Here’s a new video Spotify is using to promote its Follow feature with the band Phoenix:



    Another thing Spotify is working on is the “Discover” tab, but we can’t find it anywhere on the desktop, mobile, or web app.

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    Spotify closes hole that allowed free music downloads

    Music service Spotify has closed a flaw in its service that allowed free downloads from its song library through Google’s Chrome browser.

    A Chrome extension called Downloadify appeared in the Chrome Web Store this week that took advantage of a hole in Spotify’s web player. With the extension installed, songs played through the web player could be downloaded free, without any digital-rights protection.

    Under Spotify’s subscription model, subscribers can download songs to their devices and listen to them as long as they keep their membership current. If they leave Spotify or miss a payment, listening is disabled.

    With Downloadify, songs could be downloaded from Spotify’s library of more than 20 million songs without being subject to the subscription restrictions.

    Moves made to stop free downloads
    When news of Downloadify began to spread, Google took the applet down from the Chrome Web Store.

    Subsequently, Spotify closed the hole in its web player, although when it was contacted by PC World for comment about the flaw, a spokesperson said via email, “We are aware of the issue and are currently working on a fix.”




    Downloadify was developed by Robin Aldenhoven, a web designer in The Netherlands, who says he created the extension to get Spotify to fix the flaw that has been unaddressed for months.

    “I wanted them to fix it, and they did,” he told PCWorld in an interview.

    “I thought it was taking too long – four or five months – and now they fixed it in a day,” he said. “As a result, I’m pretty happy.”

    Aldenhoven estimates that about 16,000 songs were downloaded without any digital-rights protection before the extension was sacked.

    He said he discovered the flaw while studying the operation of Spotify’s website to improve his own web designs.

    When he saw the MP3s downloading, he assumed they were restricted by DRM. “When I saw it didn’t, I said, ‘Whoa! this is going to be big trouble for them’,” he said.


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