By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 18, 2014
Everest is a recently released jailbreak tweak that allows you to control your music via banner notifications invoked by an Activator gesture. Along with the stock Music app, you can use Everest to control music from Spotify.
If you’re looking for an alternative to controlling your music with Control Center, then Everest is a legitimate option. Have a look at our video walkthrough inside to see what I mean. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 17, 2014
According to code strings that developer Ethan Lee uncovered from a beta version of the Spotify 2.0 app, podcasts may be coming soon to the world’s most popular streaming-music service hailing from Sweden.
Code strings directly reference podcast subscriptions, giving hope that users will be able to listen to the latest episode of their favorite podcast, in addition to streaming their music, right inside Spotify’s mobile and desktop app. Read More
By Jake Smith on Nov 17, 2014
Spotify has announced in a (now pulled) blog post that users can choose the music they hear when riding in an Uber, making the taxi-like service a bit more personalized. Now when you book a car with the ridesharing service, Spotify will be the soundtrack to your Uber ride and you’ll no longer have to sit through the driver’s taste in music. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 5, 2014
Spotify seems to have surpassed iTunes in Europe where royalty payments from the popular streaming-music service is now earning artists more revenue than Apple’s stagnant music store, which to this date continues to sell music downloads and does not offer all-you-can-eat subscriptions.
At least that’s the key takeaway from a survey conducted by Kobalt Music Publishing, which collects royalties on behalf of 6,000 songwriters and music makers in Europe.
According to the data cited Wednesday by The Wall Street Journal, Spotify in Europe brought artists an average of thirteen percent more revenue versus iTunes during the first quarter of 2014.
The data seems to corroborate recent findings by the Recording Industry Association of America which found that digital music sales on iTunes dropped between thirteen and fourteen percent globally since the start of this year, with Apple officially confirming the drop in its SEC filing. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 30, 2014
Spotify, the leading music-streaming service hailing from Sweden, gave its iPad app on Thursday a little love. For starters, the team has crafted Skype for iPad’s user interface around an all-new dark look.
As a result, Spotify at last has consistent appearance on the iPad, iPhone and Mac — down to the same dark theme, precise typography and rounded iconography.
Moreover, the Your Music feature which debuted in the iPhone edition in April 2014 is now available on the iPad, too. Representing a better way to save, organize and browse your favorite songs, Your Music is a replacement to user-generated playlists. With Your Music, you can add tracks which sync across every device, without having to create playlists or use the starring feature that lumps all starred songs into a huge list.
Download Spotify free of charge in the App Store. Read More
By Jake Smith on Oct 29, 2014
Pandora and Spotify rank as the number one and number two music streaming apps in terms of downloads, analytics firm AppAnnie reports – no big surprise. However, where things become interesting is that Apple’s Beats Music, which the company purchased for $3 billion in May, is placed ninth, below iHeartRadio, SoundCloud and Apple’s GarageBand. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 2, 2014
A pair of CarPlay-related news reports is making the rounds this morning, one confirming the official release of the first aftermarket CarPlay systems from Pioneer and the other announcing an updated Spotify application for the iPhone and iPad with built-in support for Apple’s in-car platform.
As announced back in April, CarPlay is now available as a software update for Pioneer’s existing 2014 in-dash multimedia systems, the $1400 AVIC-8000NEX, $1200 AVIC-7000NEX, $900 AVIC-6000NEX, $750 AVIC-5000NEX and the $700 AVH-4000NEX systems.
The company also announced a new $600 smartphone receiver, AppRadio 4, with CarPlay compatibility. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 10, 2014
Spotify, the popular Swedish music-streaming startup, on Wednesday refreshed its free iPhone and iPad application with improved music discovery and support for the Ford SYNC AppLink platform.
When browsing albums in Spotify for the iPhone and iPod touch, you can now easily check out more releases from the artist in one tap.
More importantly, owners of Ford vehicles outfitted with the car maker’s proprietary SYNC AppLink platform can now use Spotify in their car. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 8, 2014
Spotify, the popular music-streaming service with 40 million strong user base, on Monday announced a new way to stream music for free.
Leveraging its video ads for mobile and desktop that have been in limited testing since mid-June and are now rolling out, free Spotify streamers who opt-in to view short 15-30 second videos on their device will receive 30 minutes’ worth of uninterrupted, ad-free music. Spotify, which hails from Sweden, opened its mobile service to non-paying users in December. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Aug 25, 2014
Spotify, arguably the most popular subscription-based music streaming service, on Monday refreshed its free iOS client with a few improvements.
In addition to adding Finnish language support that recently appeared in Spotify’s Android client, the updated software now makes it possible to save albums to Your Music, from any album page. Moreover, you can now easily check out album release dates and total play time, too. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jul 29, 2014
Not to be outdone by soon-to-be-Apple’s Beats Music, which yesterday pushed an update adding new features like Tune Your Taste, Sentence History and Verified Badges, rival Spotify has moved to refresh its iOS client this morning.
Now sitting at version 1.5, the free Spotify for iOS has picked up several nice-to-haves such as brand-new audio equalizers accessible within the app’s settings interface, a much-revamped Artist page for iPad, now with latest release and merchandise, and more… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 11, 2014
OneThumb is a unique new jailbreak tweak that works with Spotify, Pandora, and iTunes Radio. It allows you to use a universal Activator gesture to input thumbs up or thumbs down ratings across all eligible apps.
Instead of having different manners and methods for curating radio stations, OneThumb brings it all under one umbrella. We’ve tested it out, and we can vouch that the tweak works exactly as it is described. Take a look at our video inside for all of the details. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jul 3, 2014
Monday, Swedish music startup Spotify has updated its app with the ability to search your downloaded music while offline. Today, Spotify has received another update which adds an additional few long-overdue capabilities.
Now live in the App Store, the new Spotify version 1.4 offers the ability to view your Play Queue on the iPhone, apply actions to your songs and playlists by taping the ellipsis icon, avoid adding duplicates to your playlists and more.
Jump past the fold for the full reveal… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jun 2, 2014
Spotify, the top subscription music service, today gave its iOS streaming app a minor update improving the way you can manage and enjoy your music when without an Internet connection. According to the Swedish startup, you can now go to the Songs tab to tell the app to synchronize all the tracks inside the Your Music section for offline listening. Previously, you had to mark songs for offline listening by starring them or waste time creating and managing playlists.
Spotify for the iPhone and iPad is free in the App Store… Read More
By Joe Rossignol on May 26, 2014
Spotify is one of the most popular cross-platform streaming music services, with over 40 million active users worldwide. While I am out of luck using the service as a Canadian, our neighbors to the south and elsewhere can benefit from a jailbreak tweak called DefaultSpot. The simple iOS extension sets Spotify as the default music player on iPhone, and also integrates with the Control Center playback controls… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on May 22, 2014
Germany-based Algoriddim – which develops the popular djay software for the iPhone [$1.99], iPad [$9.99] and Mac [$19.99] – today announced a major partnership with Swedish startup Spotify, which operates the world’s leading streaming-music service.
Spotify Premium subscribers and DJ wannabes can now mix any of the more than twenty million Spotify tracks, right inside djay for the iPhone and iPad. This seamless integration extends to such advanced features as Automix Radio, Spotify Match, desktop-class audio effects and pro-grade DJ hardware integration, to name a few.
The newly introduced capabilities are available via a major update to djay for the iPhone and iPad. Based on my brief hands-on time with djay for iPad, I can safely say that Spotify integration has just become a major selling point for these kinds of apps, here’s why… Read More
By Cody Lee on May 22, 2014
Spotify has announced that it’s surpassed two new major milestones in recent weeks. The streaming service says that it now has more than 10 million paying subscribers and over 40 million active users, in 56 markets around the globe.
For context, Pandora said last month that its active user count for March was 75.3 million. It didn’t say how many of those were paid accounts, but looking at its numbers from last year (2.5 million) Spotify may be close to passing it… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Apr 29, 2014
Sprint held a ‘Hear It For Yourself’ media event earlier today that saw the announcement of a Harmon Kardon version of the HTC One M8 handset.
As part of the presentation for select members of the press, executives with the nation’s third-largest wireless carrier have said that all new and existing postpaid customers on Sprint’s ‘Framily’ plan will get six free months of Spotify Premium, iPhone owners included.
Android and Windows 8/8.1 smartphone owners are eligible for this offer, too.
Premium Spotify subscriptions start at ten bucks per month, which buys you higher-quality unlimited streaming with no advertising… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Apr 28, 2014
If you need another proof that download sales are declining steadily as music lovers increasingly rent their music rather than buy it, here’s one.
Spotify’s head of label relations in Europe, Kevin Brown, revealed last week to an industry outlet that his company is earning more cash across Continental Europe from sales of music subscriptions than iTunes does by selling individual song and album downloads.
As a reference, iTunes back in the summer of 2004 enjoyed a commanding 62 percent share of European music sales.
But having added more than a million active users in the United Kingdom alone in the last four months, Spotify seems poised to beat iTunes. Small wonder Brown is adamant that it’s only “a matter of time” before the Swedish startup overtakes Apple’s digital music store in Europe in terms of revenue.
Why isn’t Apple doing something about it? Doesn’t the firm see the signs on the wall already? Didn’t Tim Cook and Co. get the memo that music downloads are dying a slow death? Read on… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Apr 22, 2014
Following up on a recent Spotify revamp that has painted it black with an all-new look, the Swedish music streaming service has issued another update to its iOS app, bringing out a better way to organize your music, a Repeat One functionality and several bug fixes for a few nasty issues that were introduced in the last release.
Spotify version 1.1 is available free in the App Store. Jump past the fold for the full changelog and additional notes… Read More