Not long ago, Guvera was one of the better options for music streaming. Being free via ad support was its biggest draw, and being Australian-owned didn't hurt either. Unfortunately, after being turned away by the Australian Securities Exchange in June, Guvera's gloomy financial position revealed itself — and it wasn't pretty.
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Think streaming music, and the first name that springs to mind is probably Spotify — but there are some great alternatives out there. Both Apple and Google have music services for streaming, downloads, and playing local files across phones, tablets, and desktop. There are lots of different ways to compare the two services, but we're going to try and simplify it by starting with all the similarities. Here's how Apple Music compares to Google Play Music.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple is in talks to acquire Tidal, also known as Jay-Z's music streaming service that lets you listen to Kanye's music a little bit earlier.
Last year, Apple jumped into the streaming music game with Apple Music, which turned out to be a wholly uninspiring clone of Beats Music. Here comes Apple Music's second movement, but will it be enough?
If you jumped on the music-streaming bandwagon, there's a good chance you've been left with a shelf full of CDs gathering dust. Lucky for you, there are a couple of apps that make adding your old albums to Spotify super easy — so you can finally throw out all of that physical media for good. Here's how to do it.
I have a tendency to fall down what I'll call "internet research holes". Recent romps include reading the entire Daenerys Targaryen character page on the Game of Thrones Wikia, the entire post history of a person who supposedly writes for Total Sorority Move and the collected web history of Beyoncé and Jay Z's marital problems. (I should note here that I do not watch Game of Thrones, read Total Sorority Move, or know Bey and Jay personally.) No matter the subject matter, the process is always the same: open up my computer, follow my heart and sit in bed for the next two hours fixating on whatever I find.
One great feature we lost in the transition from iTunes to all-you-can-eat streaming services is the smart playlist. When you have 30 million tracks to choose from, queueing up everything you've not heard for six months makes less sense. Thankfully, you can bring the feature to Google Play Music with a simple Chrome extension.
Soundcloud just introduced a $US10 ($13) per month streaming music service in the US called Go ($US13 if you sign up through the iOS app), which adds only two new features to the existing offering: the ability to listen ad-free and download music for listening offline. Is it dead in the water? Oy Soundcloud.
In the age of free Spotify and cheap Apple Music, it's very hard for competing music streaming apps and businesses to stay alive. After Rdio closed its doors late last year, JB Hi-Fi NOW is next on the chopping block — the Aussie music listening service will shut down in a month from today.
Less than a year ago, Tidal was a punchline: a vanity project promoted by a slew of out of touch musicians who knew a crap ton about making music, but absolutely nothing about selling it. Now, Tidal is the number one free app on the Apple App Store.
Ever since I learned the best music site on the internet is being acquired by Pandora, I've been sick about losing the amazing Christmas playlist that I've been carefully curating for years. Thankfully, Rdio and Spotify have made it really easy to export and re-import my playlists. Here's how to do it.
Faltering internet radio Pandora's newest effort to reinvent itself is a newly personalised radio station called Thumbprint Radio, which is based on all of the thumbs you've ever given the service.
Briefly: You can soon sign up for the Google Play Music family plan announced earlier this spring. Rolling out in Australia over the next few days, $US15 ($21) connects up to six accounts to Google Play Music. Considering Google Play Music ordinarily costs $12 per month, this is a great deal. (Although, the logistics of splitting the cost between 6 people are impractical.) I should note that both Spotify and Apple Music offer similarly priced plans.
There, I said it.
As countless Rdio fans sit back helplessly as their accounts go dark, it's time to be blunt. Spotify continues to outpace its growing army of competitors, and if you're going to spend money on a streaming music service, you should sign up for Spotify Premium. Or save a few bucks and get the free version, because it's pretty damn great, too!
Briefly: As you've probably heard if you're an Rdio user, the music-streaming service is shuttering its doors. The fate of the company's assets is clear — sold for $US75 million to Pandora — but the wind-down process has now been outlined.
The news that Pandora is buying bankrupt Rdio is very sad indeed, and leaves many of us wondering what will happen to the Dad Rock playlists we spent years perfecting. Here's a way to export them, for now.