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iTunes Radio begins transmission in Australia

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With increased competition from Spotify, Rdio, Pandora, Beats Music and plenty of other streaming music services, Apple took a step away from its subscription-free iTunes Store and launched iTunes Radio in September of last year. But, as usual, it was originally only available for US listeners. Or at least until now. iTunes Radio is a free, ad-supported recommmendation-engine, similar to Pandora. Unlike Spotify or other subscription-services, you won’t be able [...]

Rdio takes their iPhone app design to the next level, adds new badges and menus

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Rdio, despite all odds, is continuing to compete with Spotify in leaps and bounds, yesterday releasing some new UI tweaks in their iPhone app. A new UI is now seen in the context menus for music, which are accessed by holding a song or album. You can then add it to your playlists or collection, or share and download the songs locally. The new UI style, where gradients, rich backgrounds [...]

Spotify takes on Rdio: web-native version available in beta

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As rumours earlier in the year suggested, Spotify have made a web version of their music streaming service available, despite no official announcement. Still in beta, and hidden from the public, the new web-native version works as expected, using a mixture of modern HTML5 and Flash components to offer the entire Spotify library to users. Also, sadly, the web version of Spotify doesn’t work with songs that aren’t available on [...]

Spotify now has 15 million users globally, including 4 million paying subscribers

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Spotify’s crusade against piracy and traditional music distribution seems to be paying off, if new stats are anything to go by. Launching down-under around 3 months ago, and originally launching in 2008 in Sweden, Spotify has quickly gained global and local attention as the go-to streaming music service, even more-so after their US launch. And to back this attention up, Spotify’s Chief Content Officer and Managing Director of Spotify North America, [...]

COMPARISON: Is MOG better than Spotify, Rdio and JB Hi Fi Now?

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We did this for Spotify, but now our chart is a little outdated. MOG, partnering with Telstra, has come to the market today. So we’ve decided to update our chart and compare the new service with the geek-loving Spotify, the Australian-based JB Hi Fi NOW and the other American service Rdio. So how does MOG fair? Find out, after the jump! The chart is below. And if you think we’ve [...]

The only feature I need to join a streaming music service

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So Spotify has finally launched in Australia, which looks like it’ll be the last piece of the Australian streaming music puzzle for a long time to come. And it’s really great, as Australian’s now have more choice than ever. But for me, I can’t choose any of these services. As a little bit of a background, I own a Windows Phone with 32GB of storage, which I use for all [...]

Why I’m not sticking with Spotify, despite the hype

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It’s been a big week for Spotify – coming to Australia with huge fanfare. Everyone, even I, quickly jumped on board with the Free version (I’m assuming some even paid so they could stream music on their phones). And after just a week, I know that I won’t be sticking around for long – it isn’t better compared to my current service of JB Hi Fi Now. And when I [...]

Spotify vs Rdio vs JB Hi Fi Now vs Zune Pass – which is better?

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After years of waiting, Spotify is finally out to Australians. However, it’s a bit late to the game with many other services already available – such as rival Rdio, JB Hi Fi’s NOW service and Microsoft’s own Zune Pass service. But is Spotify better than all of the others? We compared the features, the apps support and the all important price of all four services, so you can make up [...]

Spotify is now available in Australia

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After plenty of delays, Spotify has finally, officially launched in Australia with 16 million tracks streaming. The internationally acclaimed music streaming service is now set to compete with other music streaming services in Australia like JB Hi-Fi Now and Rdio in what looks like the next big way to listen to music. I hope Apple is paying attention. “We’re unbelievably excited to be here,” co-founder and CEO Daniel Ek says in [...]