They're the latest breed of digital music services, offering that early Napster feeling of being able to listen to nearly anything -- instantly -- but for a small monthly fee. You're in total control of what you're listening to with these services, making them feel entirely different from streaming-radio services like Pandora and iTunes Radio, which are free (with advertising), but pick which tracks to play based on your preferences. And … Read more
There is no shortage of Internet radio services. From freeware like Pandora and Rdio to premium services like Spotify and Google Music, you can listen to all the songs you want, when you want them. Streamus allows you to search for songs by tapping into the world's largest music database, YouTube.
Just download and install the extension and start listening to your favorite tune. You can search directly from the Omnibox (the address/search bar) by typing in "Streamus" and hitting Tab, or you can search within the extension and create your own playlist.
You can get … Read more
Spotify lets you pick the music you want to listen to and stream it for free on your iPhone or iPad. Browse albums by your selected artist or similar artists, or try out playlists that other users have put together. Like Pandora, Spotify doesn't have access to stream absolutely everything, but there is still a huge variety of popular and obscure tracks, artists, and albums to choose from. And unlike Pandora, you can pick exactly what you want to listen to on Spotify.
When you open Spotify for the first time, you will have to set up an account. … Read more
Been there, streamed that, bought the T-shirt... you can now buy shirts, records, and other merchandise from your favorite artists through music-streaming service Spotify.
Turns including Beastie Boys, Banks, Grateful Dead, Bon Jovi, Deadmau5, and much-trumpeted new arrivals Led Zeppelin have been first to offer swag in Spotify over the last month, and the feature is now open to any artist to sign up and start selling anything they want, from wristbands to vinyl records, right there on their profile page.
Clicking on an item shows you a preview image and then takes you to the band's online store, … Read more
Rdio is getting in tune with other online music services by offering free unlimited listening.
The online subscription music service said Thursday it had lifted its restrictions on Web listening, a day after rival music service Spotify announced a similar move. Like Spotify and Pandora before it, Rdio had offered its listeners a limited amount of online streaming, both those services have removed the caps.
While the ads aren't going away for free streaming, Rdio promises that they will be "short and sweet."
"Free listeners will hear a mix of new feature announcements, messages from partner … Read more
Spotify upped the ante in the music streaming game on Wednesday by getting rid of all time restrictions on Web listening. Now, users in all countries where Spotify operates can stream music for free on the Web endlessly.
"In the past, we had to restrict your listening time to some hours a month once a 6-month unlimited grace period had passed," Spotify spokesman Diego Planas Rego wrote in a blog post. "But now, if you haven't noticed, there's no more time limit if you are using Spotify for free. We have removed these caps completely … Read more
You'd be forgiven if you thought streaming music was the hottest business to be in right now.
At every turn in 2013, tech companies big and small were pouring into online music services. Longtime players like Spotify and Slacker launched new features or shook things up with updates. Giants like Apple and Google shoved their way to the front of the race with new services like iTunes Radio and All Access, ventures they believe will help sell phones and other products. Google can't seem to get enough, and is said to be rolling out another subscription service through YouTube … Read more
Version 0.1 of the software brings what is now a retro look to Spotify's music-streaming service, at least for Windows users who have a premium Spotify account. According to the company:
Spotiamp is a Windows program that lets you login to your Spotify account and play your playlists. You can also search for tracks to play, and there's a radio feature. Spotiamp borrows the design of … Read more
It's been one week since Spotify announced it would allow anyone on an iOS or Android tablet or smartphone to use its music streaming app free of charge. And, it appears this was a good move for the company as far as growing its listener base.
The streaming music service said Thursday that downloads of the app have increased by four times in the last week; this means four times as many people are downloading the app today compared with a week ago. While Spotify would not release specific numbers, it's likely a hefty amount of people are … Read more
All 2013-model LG Smart TVs are getting Spotify, the music company announced Monday.
Spotify's app is available to premium users only. However, after downloading the streaming app to the television, new users can try out Spotify Premium for 30 days. After that time is up, customers who want to continue to accessing tracks through their televisions will need to pay $10 per month.
Spotify has been awfully active lately. Just last week, in fact, the company announced plans to make its mobile apps free -- an important move that could see it pick up more users on the mobile … Read more