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Will 2017 See The End of Sonos?

Image by Thomas Lang (CC by 2.0) The company lays off an ‘unspecified’ number of employees. Then, they make deals with their rivals. Now, the CEO steps down. Will 2017 be the end of Sonos? In a blog post on Sonos’ website, Sonos CEO and co-founder John MacFarlane stepped down.  Titled, ‘The Next Generation of […]

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Pandora and iHeartRadio Rank As Streaming Favorites Among Amazon Echo Users

Image by Rob Albright (CC by 2.0) An Alexa-enabled only device music subscription may help Amazon Music Unlimited route the competition in 2017. Yet, a new study shows dipping numbers for Spotify ahead of their IPO, and Echo users aren’t buying Music Unlimited. Right after the holiday season, Amazon reported booming sales for Alexa-enabled devices, […]

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Spotify Is Testing Smoother Proximity Hand-Offs Between Phones and Speakers

With competition between music streaming services continuing to intensify, Spotify is focusing on smooth peripheral hand-offs. Spotify is now testing a new feature that will allow users to hand-off music playback between two devices, such as a phone and a smart speaker system. The feature works by first letting you select your favorite devices in […]

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As TikTok’s Music Licensing Reportedly Expires, Owner ByteDance Purchases AI Music Creation Startup JukeDeck

Capitalizing on the rapid growth of music consumption in the app, TikTok parent company ByteDance has confirmed a major acquisition. The Chinese conglomerate has purchased Jukedeck, an AI music startup in the UK. As with most AI-centered music startups, Jukedeck has developed a software which allows users to create music with artificial intelligence.  Over three […]

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Alibaba’s Xiami Music Partners with MQA to Offer Lossless Audio Streaming in China

British audio tech startup MQA has been quietly building partnerships in the music industry. Several months ago, Jay-Z’s music streaming service, TIDAL, rolled out MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) streaming on iOS and Android devices. Rhapsody International then announced a deal with the audio tech startup in May.  The partnership between Rhapsody-owned Napster and MQA means […]

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Spotify Lite Officially Rolls Out to 36 Countries

Last summer, and to beat the competition in emerging markets, Spotify quietly unveiled an alternative version of its app. Dubbed Spotify Lite, the company first tested the 15 MB app in Brazil. Visually, both apps look similar.  Yet, under the hood, the company has made several key changes. Stating it “saves you data, battery, and […]

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