Spotify may reportedly restrict biggest new music releases to paid users

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 16, 2017

The Financial Times is reporting that the leading music-streaming service, Spotify, which recently passed 50 million subscribers, may restrict biggest new music releases to paid users as it renegotiates contracts with record labels.

The Swedish company is looking to potentially decrease the amount of royalties paid to content holders as it readies a long-rumored initial public offering, said people familiar with the situation. Read More

 

How to manually check for Spotify app updates on Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 13, 2017

Spotify for Mac users might be a little stumped when trying to manually check for updates in the app, and you’re not alone. Unlike a lot of Mac apps, the Spotify app doesn’t have a dedicated “Check for Updates” option in any of its menus.

The process is a bit convoluted, and because of that, we’ll show you how you can check for updates for the Spotify app on your Mac in this tutorial. Read More

 

LockMusic makes subtle changes to your Lock screen’s Now Playing interface

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 3, 2017

If you use your iPhone to listen to music a lot, then installing a new jailbreak tweak called LockMusic by fl00d might be worth adding to your to-do list.

This tweak redesigns the Now Playing interface on the Lock screen to make it more user-friendly, especially when you have incoming notifications. Read More

 

ColorFlow 3 uses dominant colors of album artwork to colorize your Now Playing screen

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 1, 2017

It was just last week that we showed you a unique tweak for jailbroken devices called Spin10, which redesigned the look and feel of the Now Playing interface on the Lock screen, giving it a circular and colorful look and feel that made it feel much more modern.

On the other hand, another jailbreak tweak that changes the appearance of the Now Playing screen by colorizing it based on the dominant color of the album artwork dubbed ColorFlow 3 by David Goldman is also available in Cydia as of this week. Read More

 

This tweak takes a circular approach on Lock screen music controls

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 24, 2017

If you use your iPhone for listening to Music, then you are familiar with what the Lock screen’s Now Playing interface looks like; bland and boring, just as it has been for years.

On the other hand, a jailbreak tweak called Spin10 by s1ris transforms your Lock screen’s Now Playing interface into a circular modern marvel; something I wish Apple would implement right out of the box. Read More

 

NotifyMusic displays a banner notification each time a song changes on your device

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 20, 2017

NotifyMusic is a new free jailbreak tweak by gilshahar7 that will present you with a banner notification any time a currently playing song on the device changes.

The banner shows common metadata about the song, including the name of the song, the artist, and even a small preview of the album artwork; it also shows you what app is playing the media. Read More

 

This tweak prevents Spotify radio stations from playing songs you’ve Liked in the past

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 14, 2017

Anyone who uses Spotify to listen to their favorite music might be able to benefit from a new free jailbreak tweak called SpotStationNoLikedSongsPlz by HiDaN, as it helps to diversify what you hear on a regular basis from Spotify-based radio stations.

It’s intended to work in tandem with the free Spotify Music app by preventing the radio stations in the app from queuing songs that you’ve already liked in the past. Read More

 

Apple hires Spotify’s former head of label relations

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 2, 2017

The Apple vs. Spotify fight just became tougher with news that Apple recently hired Spotify’s former head of label relations, Steve Savoca, who left the company in August of last year (Spotify’s current boss of label relations is Rob Harvey). He was recruited for the identical role at Apple Music.

The Cupertino firm on Thursday confirmed the hiring of Spotify’s former executive, saying he’ll be focusing on relationships with smaller, independent labels, especially internationally. Read More

 

Quickify gives Spotify users a way to save songs from anywhere in iOS

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 20, 2017

Spotify users who rock a jailbroken device on iOS 9 are going to love a new free jailbreak tweak called Quickify.

This tweak allows you to save any of the songs you listen to from the Spotify app via a new button that gets added to the Now Playing view of Control Center and the Lock screen. Read More

 

Spotify for Mac gains Touch Bar shortcuts

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 23, 2016

Spotify for Mac was updated this morning with support for Touch Bar shortcuts on the new MacBook Pro models, German outlet Giga.de reported. A few handy music-playback controls are now available in Spotify’s Mac app directly from the Touch Bar, including common controls such as transport and search, as well as persistent Now Playing buttons like play, pause, shuffle, repeat and the volume slider. Read More

 
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