Music Apps

Metallica Joins Spotify, Reminisces with Napster Cofounder Sean Parker

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich and Napster cofounder Sean Parker met for an interesting conversation at the Spotify press event in New York City on Thursday. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek's announcement that Metallica would be joining the music streaming service was followed by an interview with Parker, who is a Spotify board member, and the outspoken Ulrich. The two talked about their legal feud and long history. You can watch the entire Spotify event below, or skip to the Parker/Ulrich Q&A at the 36:00 mark.

Spotify also announced a few new features including a Follow tab which allows users to get music recommendations from friends, artists, influencers and media in real time. The all-new Discover tab uses social tools with content from Pitchfork, Songkick Tunigo and more to continually seek out the most relevant content for you.

The page includes:

· New single and album releases from the artists you follow

· All the music and playlists shared by influencers you follow

· Intelligent recommendations based on your listening history including music, reviews, and concerts

Sony Releases Music Unlimited Application for iOS Devices

Sony officially launched its Music Unlimited app for the iPhone in New Zealand on Monday. The app should be available in the U.S. and other supported markets soon. It is free to download and offers two paid subscription options: a $4 Basic plan and a $10 Premium plan with 30-day free trial. The music streaming service was previously only available to Android and PlayStation 3 owners.

Mobile Music Streaming

The Basic plan grants you access to all the basic channels, while the Premium plan offers access to Sony’s full catalogue plus other goodies (see list of Premium features below). Spotify users should know what to expect. The Sony Music Unlimited app is compatible with the iPhone and iPod. It's also compatible with the iPad but it's not optimized for the device.

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