Spotify inched a little closer to owning the whole music streaming market today. Microsoft announced that its own subscription streaming service, Groove, will be mothballed, and that it's arranged a partnership to move you Groove-lovers into a safe zone with all your tunes.
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While competition online starts the same way as that in offline markets, my research shows it often settles very differently online.
When surgeons listen to music they like, they are both more efficient at closing incisions and their technique improves. It's a fact.
But what exactly are surgeons listening to while you're under the knife? Thanks to Spotify, we have the answer. TL;DR: mostly rock.
I'm listening to Lana Del Rey right now. Her first album dropped during an emotional phase of my life, and while I'm sometimes embarrassed to admit it, I really like Born to Die. But, until a week ago, I avoided listening to it because my listening activity flipped a switch with my friends who could see me listening to Lana Del Rey on Spotify. Yes, my friends would see my listening habits, and then they'd make fun of me. This is what a world without privacy looks like.
Chances are you've signed up to at least one streaming service -- but are you making the most of the best-quality music on offer? A quick audit of your apps can boost both streaming and downloaded bit-rates, so you're always assured of the highest fidelity audio flowing through your pricy headphones to your eardrums. Which means you hear more of the music and a little less of the noise that can accompany lower quality music files.
Over the next month, I'll be spending upwards of 90 hours in the air, and probably just as long sitting in airport lounges and standing in queues -- I travel a fair bit for work. I always have a laptop and a couple of phones with me, but juggling them all is a pain. I find it much more relaxing to switch everything off and put it away, except for one phone I have filled to the brim with movies, books, music and podcasts.
When you're getting it on with your other half, do you put on some smooth tunes - or are you one of the people that have made the Cantina Band song from the Star Wars: A New Hope Soundtrack by John Williams the top track Aussies add to their Spotify "sexy times" playlist?
I love this fact far too much. I have never felt more patriotic than I do right now. I'm just so proud of you all. You're all such giant nerds and I love you all so much.
Just before the Grammys, it's good news for fans of Purple Rain and When Doves Cry -- Prince's back catalogue is now streaming over Spotify, Apple Music and some other subscription music services. Prince was famously anti-Spotify and other mass-market streaming services -- except Tidal, for a while -- but you can now enjoy his music wherever you are.
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.
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.