Spotify Introduces Darker Theme for Android

Spotify announced a new update for Android this morning, one that introduces their new darker theme, along with refreshed typography and rounded iconography. In Spotify’s words, “Playing your favorite music has never look so good.”

Spotify notes in today’s announcement that they introduced a new feature called Your Music within the last few weeks because they know how much you love playlists. Your Music helps you save, organize, and browse your favorite tunes. Finally, they are improving the Browse feature to make it easier to find specific types of music, whether it be something to fall asleep to or the perfect playlist to “get you geared up for the big night out.”  (more…)

Sprint and HTC Introduce One (M8) Harman Kardon Edition, Give Spotify Away Too

This morning, Sprint and HTC announced the One (M8) Harman Kardon Edition, a special edition model of this year’s flagship that features a fresh paint job (mixture of black and gold), special audio enhancements, and includes a pair of Harman AE-S ear buds. This product announcement has been a “culmination of a months-long project” with the three players hoping to “redefine the way people listen to music on their smartphones.”

The device will be available May 2 for $0 down (plus tax) and 24 monthly payments of $28.34. If you do some basic math there, the phone will retail for somewhere around the $650 mark. With that in mind, the Harman Kardon AE-S ear buds retail for $149, so the whole package carries a solid value.  (more…)

Feature Request: Google, Don’t Make Music Listening on All Access an Individual Experience

Welcome to another edition of our feature requests. Last time, we asked Motorola to tweak its Active Display features to be a bit more like AcDisplay, to make things a bit easier to use. Today, our request focuses on Google Music All Access. We are humbly asking Google to let us get other people involved, because as The Beatles once said, we all get by with a little help from our friends.  (more…)

Report: Apple Debates Bringing Official iTunes App to Android

In an interesting story that broke late last week, it is being reported by Billboard that Apple is currently mulling over the idea of launching an official iTunes application for Android devices. At the heart of the report is a year-over-year drop in iTunes percentage of sales, as well as an 11% drop in music sales in the US.

As a new source of income, Apple will also attempt to launch a true on-demand service to compete against Spotify, Beats Music, and Google’s All Access, according to this report. (more…)

Pandora Adds Personalized Station Recommendations

Is there a place for Pandora in a post-Spotify world? Apparently so, because 76.2 million people last month listed to 1.58 billion hours of music on the service. Still, Pandora isn’t resting on its laurels: the company announced that it’s launching personalized station recommendations on both Android and iOS.

The recommendations – up to 6 artist stations to add or listen to at a time– are determined based on current listening preference, song likes and dislikes, and your station list. As has always been the case with Pandora, the more you engage with the product, the more it will learn your musical preferences and be able to further optimize the station recommendations. They can be found both at the “create a station” screen and at the bottom of your station list. Also, your station recommendation list is refreshed when a new station is created or deleted.  (more…)

Spotify Streaming Comes to Mobile Phones and Tablets For the Price of Only a Few Ads

Most people will agree that Spotify’s streaming service is a great service, but the only problem is that you can’t take it with you. Unless you paid for Spotify Premium, streaming has been a desktop and laptop only service, until today. Starting today, Spotify can be streamed on phones and tablets for free, as long as you follow the rules.  (more…)

Spotify Updated in Google Play, Notification Bar Controls as Well as Improved Radio Playback

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For those who continue to use Spotify over Google’s All Access, the Android app received an update today, bringing a nice list of features with it. Inside, users can now control their tunes from within the notification area (a huge deal for most people), as well as much improved radio playback. There are some bug fixes, plus, users can now use telepathy to control the app. Wow! Oh, wait, they were joking? Rude, Spotify.  (more…)

Google Music All Access Can Eat Data Like No Other, Be Careful Tiered Data Folks

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One of the biggest announcements to come out of Google I/O last week was Google’s new streaming music service called Google Play Music All Access. It’s like Spotify meets Pandora, in that you can check out any album at any time, play them as many times as you’d like, or use them to create special radio stations. It works on both mobile and desktop and is currently available as a free trial, but will jump up to a monthly subscription service once the trial ends. You can sign-up before the end of June and lock in for $7.99 per month, however, the price will go up to $9.99 on July 1. It’s pretty awesome, though, that’s for sure.

But for many of you who are considering a move to All Access from something like Spotify, there is something you should consider should you have had the unfortunate pleasure of moving to a tiered data plan with your wireless carrier (shared data plans included). All Access lacks any sort of control over the quality of the music that is streaming through your device, meaning it can eat up data in minutes.  (more…)