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Spotify has announced that is it bringing back its Google Home Mini offer, but this time around, the offer is available to more subscribers. Spotify Premium subscribers on Premium Individual and Premium Family master accounts can now get the free Google Home Mini. The caveat is that the giveaway is while supplies last, and there is no indication of how many Home Mini devices are available. The giveaway is available to both new and existing Spotify Premium users. That means if you only signed up today, you are still eligible. The free giveaway started today, October 22, 2019. Last year the deal was only offered for Premium for Family users. When Spotify is combined with the Google Home Mini, users... Read more...
We already know the upcoming Pixel 4 series will support motion gestures—Google confirmed the "Motion Sense" feature in a short video teaser, along with facial recognition support to unlock the handsets. Now we have a pretty good idea of what specific apps will work with Motion Sense from the get go. One of them is Spotify. Born out of Google's Project Soli, the Motion Sense feature uses radar technology to detect hand gestures. This allows users to perform tasks like skipping tracks or playing the previous one simply by waving their hand in front the phone. Motion gestures could be especially, um, handy (pardon the pun) when working on a car or eating chicken wings lathered in hot sauce,... Read more...
Apple has had a big week, most notably its famed designer Jony Ive has left the company to join his own design firm. Apple has also announced that its Apple Music service has now passed 60 million subscribers. That number come from Eddy Cue in an interview given this week with a French news site. It appears that Apple is set on giving updates about Apple Music each time the service adds another 10 million users; the last update was given in April when Apple music hit the 50 million subscriber mark. The latest numbers put Apple past the halfway mark in matching its main rival, Spotify, for global paid subscribers. Spotify currently has about 100 million paid subscribers. Spotify reached the 100... Read more...
Apple is firing back back at Spotify's antitrust claims in the European Union, saying the streaming music service only pays a 15 percent "app tax" in the App Store on around 680,000 premium tier customers. That works out to just 0.5 percent of Spotify's 100 million premium tier subscribers. Back in March, Spotify filed an official complaint against Apple in the EU, in part because of the company's 30 percent royalty rate for purchases made through the App Store. According to Spotify, if left unchecked, it would be forced to raise its subscription rate for premium subscribers. "Apple requires that Spotify and other digital services pay a 30 percent tax on purchases made through Apple’s payment... Read more...
Spotify is a big name in the streaming audio market and hit 100 million paid subscribers in April. Spotify is also the reason that the EU is set to launch a probe against Apple. Spotify is working on a new social listing feature that will allow users to listen to their favorite music with friends. The feature is called Social Listening, and it allows multiple people to add songs to a queue that you can all listen to at the same time. For the friends to add songs to the queue, they do have to scan the QR-style Spotify Special Listening code. The music isn't synchronized meaning you won't be hearing the same part of the song at the exact same time; it's merely a shared playlist of songs. Spotify... Read more...
The initial roll out of the October 2018 Update for Windows 10 was quite the debacle, and now that the May 2019 Update has arrived, users might understandably be wary of making the leap. For gamers, however, the new Xbox Game Bar that comes with the latest update is a compelling reason to rethink that decision. What exactly is the Xbox Game Bar? It is a full featured overlay that is entirely based on widgets. Users can select which ones they want to see, move them around the desktop, and even pin them. In that way, it's highly customizable. The widgets are also varied, with options for social interaction, system monitoring, and even Spotify, to name a few. Overlays are not new by any means—NVIDIA's... Read more...
Spotify is always testing new ways to make its streaming music service more appealing to users. It recently passed the 100 million subscriber mark for its paid premium service. About a year ago, we first heard that Spotify was working on streaming audio gear for the car and this January learned that the in-car streaming device was set to debut in late 2019. Spotify has now directly confirmed that it is testing a car streaming device that it is calling "Car Thing." The streaming audio company says that with Car Thing, it is examining how people listen in the car via voice-controlled music and podcast devices. However, the confirmation throws cold water on rumored Spotify plans for creating hardware... Read more...
Spotify, the largest streaming music player in the world with 100 million premium paid subscribers, is beefing with Apple, which has aspirations of taking the throne. If Spotify is to be unseated, however, it will not be without a fight. Spotify is very much being proactive in its battle with Apple, and has lodged a complaint with the European Union over Apple's business practices. The EU has decided to investigate. The complaint has to do with Apple's App Store policies, with Spotify alleging that Apple is unfairly and illegally "tilting the playing field to disadvantage competitors." Spotify's main issue is that Apple charges digital content providers a 30 percent royalty for using its payment... Read more...
One of the biggest worldwide streaming services just hit a milestone. Spotify recently reported that they boast 100 million Premium subscribers. These 100 million subscribers are barely half of Spotify’s total listernership. Spotify Premium is a music streaming service that offers offline listening, no ads, and unlimited skips for $9.99 USD per month. They also offer student and family discounted plans. The number of Premium subscribers has increased by 32% over the past year and Spotify hopes to reach nearly 110 million subscribers by the end of the current financial quarter. Altogether Spotify has over 217 million listeners in 79 countries. The service recently expanded into India and... Read more...
Microsoft is working behind the scenes to make its Game Bar a more attractive tool for people who play games on a Windows 10 PC. The improvements are not just visual, but consist of feature additions, as Microsoft fleshes out the Game Bar with enhanced functionality. That includes a couple of interesting features that are about to be added. Through the Xbox Insider program, Microsoft is testing a new Spotify widget for the Game Bar. This allows users to control their music and podcasts from the Game Bar, including functions such as play, pause, and skip. For it to work, users need to have the Spotify app for Windows installed, which is available from the Microsoft Store or Spotify's website.... Read more...
Good news, music lovers—Spotify is testing a streaming music subscription plan for couples, roommates, best friends, and any other package of two that you can think of (so long as they share the same address). The discounted plan essentially means that a couple does not have to choose between sharing a single plan or shelling out for a family plan, which allows up to five people under the same roof to have their own account. That's the good news. The bad news is, the new Premium Duo tier is only being tested in select areas at the moment, and specifically Chili, Columbia, Denmark, Ireland, and Poland. If you happen to live in one of those areas, though, the Premium Duo subscription runs... Read more...
Following an antitrust complaint filed by Spotify with the European Commission, Apple has issued a lengthy statement defending its App Store policies, and refuting Spotify's claims that it is being treated unfairly. The statement also insinuates that Spotify has become a leech, saying the App Store helped the streaming music service "dramatically grow" its business and now it wants to "keep all of the benefits of the App Store ... without making any contributions." Spotify filed its complaint earlier this week, accusing Apple of not playing fair by charging a 30 percent "tax" on purchases made in the App Store, including when customers upgrade from its free, ad-supported tier to one of its paid... Read more...
Streaming giant Spotify is delivering a strong message to Apple, which is both a partner of sorts and a rival, through a new antitrust suit and related marketing campaign. That message is to play fair, for the benefit of consumers and businesses alike. According to Spotify, Apple is not playing fair by charging a 30 percent "tax" on purchases made in the App Store "Apple requires that Spotify and other digital services pay a 30% tax on purchases made through Apple’s payment system, including upgrading from our Free to our Premium service. If we pay this tax, it would force us to artificially inflate the price of our Premium membership well above the price of Apple Music. And to keep our... Read more...
The partnership between Spotify and Hulu is strengthening today with the announcement of lowered bundle pricing. Last year, the pair announced a discounted bundle that allowed you to receive Spotify Premium and the Hulu Limited Commercials plan for $12.99 per month. Today, that same bundle has been discounted to just $9.99 per month, which means that you're basically getting the Hulu Limited Commercials plan for free with your Spotify Premium subscription. If you already have an active Spotify Premium subscription and don't already Hulu bundled in, you can enable it from "Your Services" within Account Settings. For those that are already taking advantage of the Spotify + Hulu Limited Commercials... Read more...
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