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Spotify close to Universal deal, may launch without Warner

February 24th, 2011

A report on Wednesday claims European streaming music extraordinaire Spotify is “a few weeks away” from signing a new deal with Universal Music Group, the world’s largest music company. Reuters cites people familiar with the talks in reporting the deal, which will give Spotify access to Universal’s massive catalog of music in the U.S. Spotify has …

Verizon Wireless updates V CAST music service for Android

February 22nd, 2011

Verizon Wireless on Monday announced a revamped version of its V CAST Music app for Android smartphones. The carrier’s new V CAST Music app combines all of its music-related VCAST services, allowing users to purchase full tracks, ringtones and ringback tones from a single application. Song downloads range in price from $0.69 to $1.29 per …

Sonos Controller for Android coming soon [video]

February 10th, 2011

It’s finally coming, folks. Sonos told us that an Android client was by far the most requested item (and even noted how passionate Android users were about it). Sonos said that the client has been baking for a long time, and one of the reasons for the long lead time was to make sure they could support …

Spofity signs first U.S. deal with Sony

January 21st, 2011

Following rumors that streaming music provider Spotify was close to reaching its first deal with a U.S. record label, MediaMemo reports that the company has finally put one in its win column stateside. Spotify today signed a deal with Sony that will give the service access to Sony’s music catalog in the U.S., according to …

Reuters: Nokia to cease free music downloads for new handsets

January 17th, 2011

Reuters is reporting that mobile giant Nokia will stop offering its free music downloads service — Ovi Music — to new handset purchasers. The service, which initially launched in 2008, has received a luke warm reception due to the restrictive DRM used by Nokia, more competitive music service options, and lack of carrier support. Customers who currently have a …

Android 2.3 getting music synchronization service?

January 14th, 2011

Here’s an interesting find. Blog GizmoFusion has been sent an image of Android 2.3, Gingerbread, displaying an interesting option, “Sync Music.” The option is visible in the Google Account options, indicating that the Big G may have some type of music synchronization service, that will be linked to your Gmail account, in the works. While it isn’t all that …

Spotify finally making headway in journey to U.S., report claims

January 14th, 2011

Spotify, the popular European streaming music service provider, is finally nearing a deal in the U.S., the New York Post reports. Following more than a year of negotiations with U.S. record labels, Spotify is said to be close to a deal with Sony and has “gained the support” of another label, according to The Post’s …

Amazon issues ‘Best of 2010′ lists; Kindle tops electronics, Captivate wins wireless

December 30th, 2010

Amazon released its “Best of 2010” lists on Thursday, highlighting the major retailer’s best-selling, most wished-for and most gifted products of the year. In the best-selling category, Amazon’s own Kindle topped the electronics category. This was a foregone conclusion, of course, as Amazon announced earlier this week that the Kindle is now the best-selling product …

Video of Android’s next generation music player hits the internet

December 28th, 2010

Back at Google IO 2010, we got a sneak peak at the company’s next generation music player to be included in the Android mobile operating system. The software wowed us with its ability to stream and download music from a users home desktop and the subtle but distinguished user interface refinements. Now, thanks to the folks of at …

Sony launches ‘Qriocity’ unlimited music streaming in U.K. and Ireland

December 22nd, 2010

Sony announced Wednesday that its new subscription music service is now available in the U.K. and Ireland, with availability in the U.S. Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Australia and New Zealand to to follow in 2011. “Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity” is a music streaming service that competes with Microsoft’s Zune service as well as …