In addition to bringing its Office desktop applications to the Windows Store, Microsoft also revealed today that music streaming app Spotify will soon be available to download from the Store.
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An update to the Cortana app on Android has confirmed that Harman Kardon's new Invoke speaker - which will use voice controls powered by the digital assistant - will support a range of music services.
Spotify is recruiting for someone to "lead an initiative to deliver hardware directly from Spotify to customers; a category defining product akin to Pebble Watch, Amazon Echo, and Snap Spectacles".
If you were planning to listen to Jay Z via Spotify or Apple Music - think again. The artist has pulled the majority of his catalog for the time being. Jay Z owns Tidal, a rival streaming service.
Spotify says that it will "only be making critical security updates" to its app for Windows phones, with no further features on the way - but the app will remain functional and available on the Store.
Spotify has increased its subscriber base by another 10 million in less than half a year, growing to 50 million subs since September, and maintaining a significant lead over Apple Music's 20 million.
After 18 months as a Tidal exclusive, Prince's classic Warner Bros. catalog will finally make its way to other popular streaming services during the late singer's Grammys tribute on Sunday night.
The European Commission has proposed new rules under which citizens of the Union will be able to skirt geo-blocking and use their online subscriptions anywhere in the 28-nation bloc.
Revenue across both the App Store and Play Store have increased from approximately $5.2 billion to around $8.7 billion. Spotify, Netflix, Tinder, and LINE contributed the most to the figure.
Spotify appears to be testing design changes to the 'now playing' view for some users of its Android app, including a greater focus on album art, along with revisions to the user interface.
More than a year after launch, Apple's Music streaming service now has 20 million paying subscribers. While that's an impressive user base, it's still only half that of Spotify, Apple's competitor.
Music-streaming app Spotify was seen writing gigabytes of unnecessary data onto users' storage drives. It particularly put SSDs in danger, as it could potentially shorten the drive's lifespan.
It was recently discovered by a Spotify user that the service would randomly open links, which are infested with malware. The issue was seen occurring on a PC, Mac, and Ubuntu computer.
A new report claims that Spotify has entered negotiations to acquire SoundCloud for a rumored $700 million, in an effort to strengthen its userbase against the competition.
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After announcing in March that it had 30 million subscribers, Spotify now says that that number has already grown to 40 million, maintaining a healthy lead over Apple Music's 17 million subscribers.
Boku and Spotify have announced new agreements to enable customers to pay for Spotify with their mobile in both Germany and Italy, reaching agreements with leading network operators in both countries.
New research from ICM Unlimited suggests that music streaming actually increases the sales of vinyl too. The group of people most likely to listen to music on vinyl are those aged between 25-34.
SoundCloud has started its venture into the premium streaming music market with a service called SoundCloud Go, looking to offer a great alternative to Spotify, Deezer, and Apple Music.
According to RIAA's annual report on the state of the music industry, streaming is now the biggest revenue stream, but the industry association thinks the devil is in the details.
Despite the fierce competition from other streaming services such as Apple Music, the Spotify family is now 30 million strong, and it's not showing any signs of slowing down.
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Horacio Gutierrez became Microsoft's General Counsel in November after Brad Smith was promoted to company president, but he's now confirmed that he will leave the company next month to join Spotify.
Spotify has confirmed that it is not abandoning its app on Windows Phone, and is soon rolling out an update which will improve support for Windows 10 Mobile devices, whilst pledging further updates.
Spotify will no longer support its Windows Phone application, according to a customer support representative for the firm. They did, however, hint at the possibility of a Windows 10 application.
Spotify has started a new promotion that will give users of its Premium service a free Google Chromecast. The promotion runs until 11:59pm CET on February 28th 2016 or while supplies last.
New music streaming site, Wefre, launched two weeks ago with a Kickstarter campaign. Now it has postponed the site and cancelled the Kickstarter fearing legal ramifications.
Spotify is set to release updates to their Android and iOS apps over the next few weeks that will enable something that had only previously been available to select beta testers: video streaming.
A new report has indicated that Apple Music has now over 10 million paying subscribers. The service is also catching up to rival service Spotify at what looks like quite a fast pace.
In the final week of 2015, Spotify has been slapped with a hefty class action lawsuit for failing to identify rightsholders in order to pay royalties and acquire appropriate licensing.
Songs from The Beatles - one of the biggest acts in music history - will finally be available around the world from midnight on December 24, through nine major music streaming services.
Like it promised in September, Google has introduced a family plan for its Google Music service that will allow up to 6 people to listen to ad-free music on its service.
Spotify has always offered all the music on the service to all members. But the company is said to be considering giving artists the choice to make their music available only for paying subscribers.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has revealed that the company's music streaming service, which launched at the end of June, now has over 6.5 million paid subscribers, with millions more using the 90-day trial.
A new study which breaks down the number of consumers who continue using Apple Music and the surprising numbers of individuals who are no longer utilizing the streaming service.
Sony Music's CEO has revealed in an interview that Apple's rumored ad-free music streaming service will finally be unveiled at the company's annual developer conference tomorrow.
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Spotify has announced their new service today that will integrate more audio, video and original content into their existing service. The service will also offer new channels and ways to intake audio.
Starbucks says they will bring Spotify's streaming music to all of it's company-operated stores across the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. to allow you to control the music in your Starbucks
New Spotify users could be limited to just three months of free ad-supported music, under a proposal put forward by two major music labels ahead of the launch of Apple's new subscription service.
Spotify is said to have been in talks with numerous content creators, including many who produce videos for YouTube, as it plans to launch a video streaming service, which may launch this month.
If you've loved the easy access to free on-demand streaming music on platforms like Spotify, then Apple might be making a move to the top of your hate list.
Sony has announced that it is closing its Music Unlimited service in March, replacing it with a new 'PlayStation Music' service, powered by Spotify, and coming to the PS4, PS3 and Sony Xperia devices.
Piracy, especially music piracy, has apparently disappeared from Norway. This seems to be because of easy to access to affordable, convenient and legal music streaming services.
After Taylor Swift removed her music catalogue from Spotify, she faced quite some criticism from people claiming that she had 'sold her soul to Google', her spokesperson put these rumors to bed.
The Beats music subscription service will reportedly be rebranded under iTunes, and pushed to all iOS devices in an OS update next year - but it will continue to operate on a paid subscription model.
For the first time in a long time iTunes is no longer the dominant player in the music industry, at least when it comes to Europe where streaming services like Spotify now brings in more cash.
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After originally launching on iOS and Android, Spotify is finally bringing its free music streaming feature to Windows Phone. Users are now be able to stream music without a subscription