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How Much Data Does Your Streaming Music App Eat Up?

A reader, Chris, wrote us yesterday with a very good question about streaming music services: “…how do they compare when it comes to data usage? How does Google’s compression compare to Pandora, Spotify or the Amazon player? Funky playlists and mood music is all well and good, but how much of my 4g/mo are they going to eat?”

Google Play Music Gets A New Look And Songza's Suggestion Superpowers

Today, Google Play Music gets smarter about the suggestions it offers, by taking into account the time of day, day of the week, and device you’re using. So when you’re dragging at the end of the work day, you get just the jams you need to get through it.

Bose's SoundTouch Wireless Systems Now Have Deezer Streaming Built In

A few weeks ago, fabled streaming music service Deezer finally made its way to America exclusively on Sonos systems, and exclusively in the form of its new, CD-quality Deezer Elite. Today, Bose gets in on the action too.

Report: YouTube Music Key Will Bring Offline Playback For $US10 A Month

Android Police reports that Google’s forthcoming subscription version of YouTube will be called YouTube music key. And even if there are lots of streaming music services out there, this YouTube offering sounds like it could be different in some exciting ways.

Steam Might Be Getting TV Shows, Movies And Music

A small update to Valve’s Steam software beta a few hours ago has added in some new app categories — including music, TV series, and films. Will you soon be able to buy and watch episodes of Gabe of Thrones through Steam?

Spotify Knows How Songs Make You Feel

Katy Perry makes you smile. OneRepublic makes you cry. David Guetta makes you angry (yeah, I know, me too). This is what Spotify has discovered in a study with a Dutch neuroscientist.

This Spotify Tool Makes A Playlist From Your Favourite Band's Last Show

Going to concerts is fun no matter what, but it’s a million times more fun if you know all the songs. Sadly, sometimes if you only know a cut or two, it can be hard to brush up on an artist’s whole catalogue before the show. Spotify’s new Set Listener tool is here to help.

Google's About To Ruin YouTube By Squeezing Indie Labels

It’s official: Google is about to ruin YouTube. A company exec told the Financial Times it will start blocking videos from record labels that refuse to sign licensing deals for its forthcoming premium service, YouTube Music Pass. This is the dumbest thing Google could do, and it threatens the very heart of what has always made YouTube so special.

Spotify Australia Boss: We're Successfully Fighting Music Piracy

Contrary to the insistence of media analysts, music piracy in Australia is not endemic, and streaming music services have contributed to stemming that flow — that’s the claim made by Spotify Australian chief Kate Vale, whose company is finishing up a project on Spotify’s impact on Australian piracy.

Apple Is Reportedly Getting Ready To Buy Beats For $3.2 Billion

According to the Financial Times, Apple is closing in on an acquisition of Beats, the headphone manufacturer turned streaming music service. The $US3.2 billion deal would give Apple control over a powerful brand, but it would at the same time be puzzling.

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