Is there a future for disconnected devices? Are we on the brink of coming full circle, arriving back at a place where dedicated devices that are cut off from the web will once again be en vogue? As the Internet of Things category gets ready to explode and companies continue to launch “smart,” connected versions of practically everything you can think of, one company thinks there is still a place for clever offline gadgets that
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek recently sat down for a Q&A session on Quora where the founder of the popular music streaming service answered a wide array of questions from users. For anyone who has followed the company closely, one of the reasons why it’s so beloved is that Ek and his team are bonafide music lovers who care just as much about delivering a superb listening and user experience as they do about the bottom line. In conjunction with this, Ek has historically been rather candid and upfront about most issues pertaining to Spotify.
That being the case, Ek’s Quora session was, as you might expect, refreshingly honest and informative.
Looking for a good reason to sign up for a Spotify Premium account? How about a free Chromecast? Spotify announced this week that new subscribers will be able to pay for three months of Premium up front and receive a free Chromecast Audio. The offer is available to U.S. and U.K. subscribers through February 28th or until supplies run out. More →
When it comes to questionably legal streaming music services, they’re often more hassle than they’re worth. Not only do they typically lack the features of the major players like Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora, but there’s no telling when the DMCA notices will start pouring in, forcing you to abandon your playlists and find a new alternative.
Wefre, the latest of these services, might be the exception to the rule.
Just hours after the original report surfaced on Monday, Spotify has launched its video streaming service on Android app. In order to access the videos, head to the navigation menu and tap the “Browse” button. From there, you should see a new section entitled “Shows,” which features both “Video Shows” and “Audio Shows.”
Spotify seems ready to move past streaming music and embrace video as well. Just as rumored before, the company wants to offer video content as well and the new product will reportedly roll out later this week with a heavy focus on mobile. Android users will get it this week via an app update, with iPhone owners set to receive it by the end of next week. More →
Building a Spotify playlist for a road trip or a get-together typically leads to undue stress. You can barely figure out what you want to listen to on your way to the grocery store — how in the world are you going to find hours worth of material for a group of people with completely disparate tastes? Rather than spend hours trying to mold the perfect playlist, you might want to check out Juke. More →
Remember when Apple Music was going to come along and kill Spotify? Well Apple Music has been around for a while now and it’s a pretty decent service, but Spotify is alive and well. In fact, it’s thriving and the Spotify app is still one of the highest grossing apps in the iOS App Store.
You use Spotify. You love Spotify. But are you getting the most out of the service that you possibly can? Probably not, but don’t worry because we found a great collection of tips that will push your Spotify experience to the next level. More →
Ever since it became the most popular music streaming service on the Internet, Spotify has been making artists angry. The streak continued earlier this week when musician David Lowery filed a class action lawsuit claiming that Spotify “has — and continues to — unlawfully reproduce and/or distribute copyrighted musical compositions.” More →
The Beatles used a webpage that looks like it was designed in the late 1990s to announce their arrival in the twenty-first century. Beginning at 12:01 a.m. local time on December 24th in every time zone around the world, a huge portion of The Beatles’ catalog will be available to stream on nine different services. In other words, a whole lot of Beatles fans will have a very merry Christmas this year, and a bunch of rich people just got much, much richer. More →
It’s official: Taylor Swift called Spotify’s bluff.
On Tuesday, The Wall Street Journal reported that Spotify is planning to allow some artists to gate their music behind the service’s premium tier, forcing users to upgrade to a paid subscription if they want to stream the artist’s latest album upon release. More →
Perhaps the biggest revenue success story in the U.S. app market this year has been the stunning rise of Spotify in the iPhone revenue charts. This is all the more remarkable considering that Spotify has been facing direct competition from some of the biggest names in the music and software businesses in 2015. More →