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Spotify's announcement late last year that it would be offering an application platform for developers seems to be paying off.
The streaming-music company announced today that there are 12 new apps available on its service from a host of companies, including Universal, Sony, Warner, and Def Jam.
For classical music fans, Spotify boasts a new app called Classify that allows users to find songs based on composers, eras, and moods. Def Jam Recordings has unveiled an application designed for hip-hop and R&B fans that will "give you new experiences in music discovery and curation." There'… Read more
Subscription music service Mog may have finally found a new owner.
The struggling service has been acquired by HTC's Beats, the smartphone maker's audio technology company, a source told Business Insider. BI's Matt Rosoff cautioned that it was just one source and should be classified at this time as only a rumor.
A Mog representative did not respond to a CNET request for comment and declined to discuss the rumor with BI, saying, "We're always looking for the best opportunity for our business and shareholders, but don't comment on specifics of those conversations. Nothing … Read more
There was a time when streaming audio meant sacrificing fidelity. Many early Internet radio stations delivered an AM-quality 64Kbps stream, while the "good ones" topped out at 128Kbps.
Even Spotify for iOS, the app version of the popular music service (which CNET called "the best free music option since stealing"), could muster only 160Kbps--a bit better than FM radio, but a far cry from CD-quality.
My, how times have changed: Spotify for iOS can now stream music at 320Kbps.
That's a big deal for folks who typically listen through headphones, which is where you can … Read more
Audio Hijack Pro is an affordable audio-recording workhorse for the Mac, capable of capturing audio from applications, devices such as microphones, or any other source that runs through your machine.
Audio Hijack Pro's clean, two-paned, iTunes-like interface focuses on sources that you can capture--which means just about anything, from software to hardware. By default, the left pane includes some of the usual suspects that you might want to record (DVD Player, iChat, iTunes, QuickTime Player, RealPlayer, Safari, Skype, your system audio, and default system input), but you can easily add additional sources, such as other apps or devices.
You … Read more
Popular music subscription service Rhapsody today brings its library of tracks to Android tablets running Honeycomb.
While Rhapsody has long been a fixture as a music player on many Android phones and the iPhone, today's newly released app was specifically created for tablets. And different from the iPad app, it's not simply a scaled-up version of its smaller-screen counterpart. According to Chief Product Officer Brendan Benzing, the folks at Rhapsody "re-imagined the entire experience" in order to take advantage of the extra screen real estate of a tablet and the capabilities of the Android Honeycomb OS. … Read more
Last week I wrote of my love for speaker docks.
You know the only thing better? A wireless speaker, one that lets you stream music right from your smartphone or tablet--no docking required. (Here's a list of CNET's top portable Bluetooth speakers.)
While supplies last, Ben's Outlet has the refurbished Altec Lansing InMotion Air IMW725 wireless speaker for $99.99 shipped. It lists for $199.99, and the best price I've seen elsewhere is $136.
Its name notwithstanding, the InMotion Air does not incorporate Apple's AirPlay technology. Rather, it supports wireless audio streaming via Bluetooth, … Read more
Grooveshark.com, a free music streaming service, could soon feel even more legal heat from the music industry.
Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group are readying a lawsuit which could be filed today, according to The New York Times.
The action follows a Universal Music lawsuit filed last month against Grooveshark, claiming its employees posted more than 100,000 pirated songs. Grooveshark called the suit a "gross mischaracterization of information."
Sony and Warner are expected to make similar complaints in their suit.
Grooveshark has yet to see the Sony and Warner lawsuit, but vowed to defend itself. … Read more
Spotify said today that it was opening its server up to developers who can create apps that link into the streaming music service's vast library of songs.
Essentially, the company plans to turn its service into a platform for developers, who can build HTML 5-based apps that CEO Daniel Ek says are "seamlessly integrated, both visually and functionally."
"We're opening up the platform in way that really makes Spotify yours," Ek said during a press conference today.
The Swedish company is hoping to emulate the success seen by Apple and Facebook, which have created … Read more
Spotify today sent out invitations for a global press conference at the end of the month teasing "what's next" for the music streaming service.
The invitation was light on details, only saying that founder and CEO Daniel Ek and "a special guest or two" would be around to make an announcement. The conference is scheduled for November 30 at 9 a.m. PT.
Already a popular service in Europe, Spotify launched in the U.S. in July. It's unclear how successful its model has been so far and what the company plans to add … Read more