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

 

djay Pro for iPhone is out: 4-deck mixing, waveform haptics, 3D Touch cue points & more

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 21, 2016

German developer Algoriddim today completed its lineup of apps for DJs by releasing djay Pro for iPhone following the launch of djay Pro for iPad a year ago and djay Pro for Mac two years ago.

The app puts the complete djay experience in the palm of your hand and provides some iPhone 7-specific features, like unique haptic feedback that lets you literally feel the beats while scratching and scrubbing the music, support for 3D Touch so you can quickly set a cue point by pressing and more.

djay Pro for iPhone is available on the App Store at the introductory sale price of $4.99. Read More

 

Spotify has gone cold on rumored SoundCloud deal

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 8, 2016

Spotify, the world’s top on-demand music service, is not buying Berlin, Germany-headquartered audio distribution platform SoundCloud after all, TechCrunch has learned.

Spotify has reportedly given up on its latest effort to buy SoundCloud realizing, after months of talks, that any such deal would probably negatively impact its impending initial public offering (IPO) and expected expansions in China, Russia and South Korea. Read More

 

Spotty brings album artwork illustrations to Spotify’s playlist view

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 5, 2016

The Spotify app doesn’t normally show album artwork illustrations beside your songs in playlist view, but with a new free jailbreak tweak called Spotty, you can force it to.

Not only does it look better after the fact, but it helps make it a lot easier to recognize your music at a glance. Read More

 

Spotify could finally turn a profit in 2017, expand to China, Russia & South Korea

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 1, 2016

Apple Music rival Spotify could finally turn a profit in 2107, one of its board members told the media Thursday. Asked if the Swedish music service could become profitable soon, Par-Jorgen Parson, one of Spotify’s first investors, told Reuters that it was “absolutely” the case.

Spotify currently operates in 60 markets and has more than 40 million paid subscribers. Apple Music is available in 115 markets and has 17 million paying customers and over 30 million songs in its catalog. Read More

 

Spotify to fix a bug in desktop app causing massive data writes that could reduce SSD lifespan

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 11, 2016

Spotify’s desktop app for Mac, Windows and Linux has been found to be continuously writing massive amounts of data to local storage for no apparent reason—even when the app is simply sitting idle. As noted in Spotify’s support forum, on Reddit and elsewhere, users are seeing the desktop app write tens of gigabytes of data to local storage every minute or so. On systems outfitted with SSDs like most Macs, excessive data writes can reduce the lifetime of flash storage.

That’s because SSDs have a finite amount of write capacity and are prone to wear and tear. A Spotify spokesperson told ArsTechnica that a fix was underway via an update that’s being rolled out as we speak. Read More

 
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