Earlier this week YouTube's Chief Business Officer Robert Kyncl penned a sunny blog post applauding his platform's payouts to musicians — $US1 billion ($1.3 billion) derived from advertising in the past 12 months alone. That's an objectively large sum. It's also a devastatingly low figure compared to pretty much every other online music service.
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If you've got Sonos's excellent wireless speakers set up around your house, chances are you stream your music to them with your smartphone. Chances are, too, that music comes straight from the 'net — and probably from your Spotify subscription. If all these things are true, then Sonos' most recent update will make you happy: you can now throw music to your Sonos setup without leaving the Spotify app.
It's not unusual for running programs to write data to your hard drive. Say, saving a configuration file or committing to a database. A few megabytes never hurt anybody. But tens of gigabytes an hour? Up until recently, the Spotify client was wreaking this sort of data-based havoc, though a patch has supposedly solved the problem.
Music is an important indicator of a person's character. I refuse to date anyone who regularly listens to Dave Matthews Band, for example, because Dave Matthews Band is terrible. But sometimes you don't discover this important information until it's too late, and then you're stuck on a lame date with someone who has awful taste in music.
Spotify has changed the way humans listen to music — for better or worse. But one feature that is undeniably awesome is the Discover Weekly playlist, a curated collection of songs, updated at the beginning of every week, which helps people find new artists to love. Spotify is now doubling down on this algorithmic bit of magic with a new weekly playlist called Release Radar.
Spotify, the original titan of the music streaming world, is packed with plenty of great — but there are still plenty of third party add-ons that can enhance the original app even further. Here are some of our favourite utilities for doing more with Spotify and taking your streaming to the next level.
Just in case there was any doubt that Poke-fever has taken over the world (thanks to the success of Pokemon Go), here's a fun fact.
Spotify streams of the Pokemon Theme "Gotta Catch 'Em All" have increased 362 per cent globally in the past week. That's right, we are playing Pokemon, talking about Pokemon, dreaming about Pokemon and listening to Pokemon.
Do you remember those birthday cards that played a song when you opened them? Do you remember how they were sort of cool, but everyone closed the card immediately out of embarrassment? That is how I feel about Spotify's new feature, which lets you create a personalised playlist to go with your out-of-office email.
Apple is under fire after it allegedly blocked Spotify's new iPhone app from being released in the App Store. According to a Recode report, Spotify's general counsel sent a letter to Apple's legal team claiming that Apple is "causing grave harm to Spotify and its customers" by not allowing the latest version of the app to reach iPhone users.
If you're listening to music from your phone while you're out in the car, or while you're commuting home on the train or bus, it makes sense that you should share it with everyone in your house once you get there. With that as our criteria, we've built a short list of five of our favourite Android apps that take streaming music, radio and audio out from your earphones and pipe it into the real world through your house's wireless speakers and your TV.
If you have a hard time getting your day started on a Monday, you're not alone. In a recent online survey conducted by Ipsos in partnership with Spotify, 66 per cent of Aussie respondents agree that they have too little motivation on a Monday. But the good news is that music can help beat the Monday blues.