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Tidal: Australian Review

Jay Z and his famous buddies made a splash yesterday at the relaunch of Tidal, the high-definition music streaming service backed by artists for their people. It promises to bring you all the music you expect with sound quality that can surpass the rest. So how does it hold up? We’ve been hands (ears?) on to find out.


Bring Back SoundCloud's Fantastic Desktop App

With all these rich musicians making a ruckus about Jay Z’s overpriced streaming music service, I’m getting a little emotional. Not about Jay Z’s overpriced streaming music service. About the bygone golden era of streaming music’s erstwhile golden boy: SoundCloud.


Taylor Swift Put All Her Music On Jay-Z's Pet Streaming Service

Taylor Swift, part-time pop star and full-time crusader for the rights of impoverished pop artists, made headlines last year when she yanked her music off Spotify. Well, streaming Swift is back — on a service you’ve probably never heard of.


Google Play Music Is Now An Even Better Spotify Alternative

Google Play Music just upped the capacity of it’s free music locker service from 20,000 songs to a whopping 50,000. Man Google’s really giving Spotify a run for the best online music service right now.


Vodafone Is Partnering With Stan To Bundle Video Streaming With Your Smartphone

Your Vodafone smartphone plan can already be bundled with music streaming from Spotify, but there’s another media soon to be available on your telco bill. Although they won’t say what the actual deal entails, Voda is partnering with video streaming service Stan.


These Are The Songs You Have Sex To, According To Spotify

Music for the bedroom is no longer a case of slipping Barry White onto your vinyl player and leaning in to your loved on. More likely, it means firing up a cloud-based playlist and routing it through your Bluetooth speaker. So, perhaps, unsurprisingly, Spotify knows exactly what you’re listening to when you do the deed.


Study Finds Record Labels Take Most Of The Streaming Money From Artists

Streaming music is controversial amongst many musicians who claim that they don’t get a fair shake of the revenue that’s being pulled in. A new study of the music industry by the French recording industry confirms suspicions that at least part of the reason artists are getting screwed is because labels are taking all the money.


Spotify Is Killing It, And That's A Good Thing

Sony just made PlayStation immeasurably better by ditching its own Music Unlimited service for Spotify, bringing the world’s most popular (and arguably best) on-demand streaming service to the word’s most popular next-gen gaming console.


Spotify For iOS Gets Sweet New Touch And Gesture Features

Spotify has just announced some neat new touch and gesture features for its iOS app that should make it easier to discover new music and build playlists. A new feature called Touch Preview allows you to press and hold on a track to hear a short snippet, so you can work out if you want to listen to it or not. Dragging your finger to another track while holding will take you to a new track; tapping will play the song as usual.


How To Make A Set-And-Forget Playlist For Your New Year's Eve Party

The decorations are all up, the beer is on ice and the mood is nice and loose for your annual New Year’s Eve party, but have you thought about the music? What are you going to rock out to at your party as the calendar ticks over to 2015? We’ve got you covered with the best playlists and streaming services your party could ask for.