Pioneer releases aftermarket CarPlay systems, Spotify updated with CarPlay support

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

 

Spotify gains support for Ford SYNC AppLink

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

 

Spotify promises 30 minutes of uninterrupted music if you sit through 13-30 second video ad breaks

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

 

Spotify now lets you save whole albums to Your Music and access more album info

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

 

Spotify gains equalizers, revamped Artist page for iPad and 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

 

OneThumb: a universal thumbs up/down tweak for Spotify, Pandora and iTunes Radio

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

 

Spotify updated with new sorting and filtering options, prompts for playlist duplicates

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

 

Spotify now makes it easy to take all Your Music for offline listening

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 StoreRead More

 

How to set Spotify as the default music player on iPhone

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

 

You can now create mixes from Spotify tracks in Algoriddim’s djay for iPhone and iPad

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

 

Spotify announces it now has 10 million paying subscribers, 40 million active users

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

 

Sprint news: 6 free months of Spotify Premium, LTE covering 225M people, Harman Kardon partnership

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

 

Opinion: the clock is ticking on Apple’s rumored on-demand streaming music service

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

 

Spotify picks up new Repeat One and Your Music features, bug fixes

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

 

Spotify updated with major redesign and other improvements

By Cody Lee on Apr 2, 2014

Good news for Spotify users this morning: the streaming music service has delivered a much needed redesign to its web, iPhone and desktop clients. The new look brings the apps more in line with competitors like Rdio, and establishes a single identity across all platforms.

The redesign comes to the iPhone (it doesn’t look like it’s on the iPad yet) by way of the version 1.0 update. It’s much darker than before, and features trendy effects like blur and rounded iconography. Spotify has also made a handful of performance and stability improvements…. Read More

 

Apple considering iTunes for Android, on-demand streaming service

By Joe Rossignol on Mar 21, 2014

Apple is contemplating launching an iTunes app for Android devices to bolster its digital music sales, according to a new Billboard report. The company is also said to be in exploratory talks with senior label executives about rolling out an on-demand streaming service that would rival Spotify and Beats Music. These two moves are part of a broader strategy that would help the Cupertino-based company combat double-digit drops in iTunes downloads in the United States…  Read More

 

iTunes Radio now the third most popular streaming music service in US

By Cody Lee on Mar 12, 2014

A new report from Edison Research says that iTunes Radio has become the third most popular streaming music service in the US. The marketing research firm says that Apple’s Radio service, which is less than 6 months old, just surpassed Spotify to take the #3 spot.

According to the data iTunes Radio now sits behind Pandora, who has 31% of the US streaming music market, and iHeartRadio, which has 9%. Then it comes in at 8%, Spotify at 6% and both Google Play All Access and Rhapsody come in at 3% and 2% respectively… Read More

 

Spotify snaps up music intelligence provider The Echo Nest

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 6, 2014

The popular Swedish music-streaming startup, Spotify, has just purchased The Echo Nest, a music intelligence company in the business of synthesizing billions of data points and transforming them “into musical understanding to power smarter music applications for our customers”.

And just who those customers might be? Well, the startup powers a myriad of music services, among them Spotify rivals like Rdio, iHeartRadio, Nokia MixRadio, Twitter Music and others so this is clearly a well played move on Spotify’s part.

While The Echo Nest will meet all contractual obligations to all customers, Spotify’s Graham James made it clear his company will scrutinize these relationships and “determine the next business steps”Read More

 

SpotiSearch: search Spotify directly from Spotlight

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 24, 2014

I love Spotify and I don’t think that’s a secret. So can you imagine how happy I was when I stumbled upon this new jailbreak tweak in Cydia?

SpotiSearch is a brand new tweak that allows you to search the entire Spotify library using Spotlight search. That’s right, you can search for your favorite artists, albums or songs directly from the same Spotlight search that you use to search your local iPhone.

I’ve taken SpotiSearch for a thorough test-drive on video. Join me inside, as I showcase how this awesome new jailbreak tweak works. Read More

 

The first DJ app with Spotify integration arrives

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 4, 2014

Native Instruments’ Traktor DJ and Algoriddim’s djay may be among the finest iPad apps for DJs in the App Store, but now there’s a new contender in town, a piece of software which lets one mix the 20 million tracks on Spotify. Introducing Pacemaker, the only DJ app with a Spotify connection (don’t worry, it works with your iTunes music, too).

Unlike the aforementioned programs, Pacemaker has a simple user interface that’s somewhat reminiscent of Windows Phone. There are some nice features included, too, that’ll be likely appealing to those who deem Traktor or djay too complex.

Now available as a free download in the App Store, Pacemaker lets you make loops, skip beats, add and arrange effects, swipe to blend your tracks together, scratch like the grandmaster and lots more… Read More

 
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