Music Apps

Shazam Adds Full Track Playback Option to iOS App

Shazam has updated its iOS app to version 7.7.0. The update adds the ability to identify and play any track inside the app using Rdio. Previously users could play any song recognized by the Shazam app, but the feature required opening the Rdio music player separately.

Shazam Version 7.7.0

You will still need to have the Rdio app installed on your device and an active account for full track playback to work, but now there is no reason to switch apps every time you want to hear a full song. Rdio is free to download from the App Store. It requires iOS 6.0 or later.

Beats Music Stops Accepting New Subscribers

It looks like the launch of Beats Music was a success. The company announced on its blog yesterday that is has stopped accepting any new subscribers due to some users "experiencing issues." New users who download the free app and reserve a user name this week will be contacted by Beats when registration is reopened. You will also receive 7 additional days on your trial for the inconvenience.

Beats Music iOS

Beats Music was released to the Apple App Store earlier this week. It is a subscription-based music streaming service that offers a library of around 20 million songs curated by "music experts".

Beats Takes a Gamble with $10 Music Streaming Service

Beats has officially launched it music streaming service for iOS devices. Like most mobile streaming services, Beats Music does not offer a free, ad-supported option. Instead, users must subscribe for $9.99 a month. The subscription service offers on-demand access to a library of around 20 million songs.

Beats Music

Beats has teamed up with veteran radio programmers Julie Pilat and Scott Plagenhoef to oversee a large list of "music experts" who will curate channels of handpicked music for a variety of situations. For example, the Beats Music "Highlights" section offers quick access to new music picked by famous DJs and music journalists. The app also features an option that will select the appropriate tracks based on what you're doing and where you're located.

Spotify Now Free for iOS and Android Devices

Spotify announced today that its mobile app will now be free on iOS and Android devices. The free version of the popular music streaming service was previously only available on desktop browsers. Just like Pandora, the free service will be supported by advertisements, and it will only give users access to specific select tracks. The new service will begin rolling out to mobile users starting today.

Free Mobile Spotify

You will still need a premium account if you want an ad-free experience or other benefits like offline listening. A Spotify premium plan costs $9.99 per month and gives you the ability to play any song at any time.

Beats Music Streaming Service Coming to iOS Devices

Luke Wood, president and COO of Beats Electronics, LLC told TNW that Beats Music will launch “within the next few months.” The new music streaming service will be available on the Web and on iOS and Android devices.

Beats Music Streaming

Wood said Beats Music would be different than current music streaming apps such as Spotify because it is going to "focus really heavily on playlists."

“We’re talking about real depth of personalization and knowing who I am, who you are, what we’re listening to, what we like, what we’ve listened to before and then offering up music that is highly relevant to our taste profile," Wood explained.

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