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Sonos 5.5 Update Delivers Spotify Radio Integration

Do you love music enough to pay for a Spotify account? Did you also buy a set of Sonos speakers? Have you been upset that you haven't been able to use the former's Radio feature on the latter?

No, this isn't the introduction to an As Seen On TV product. But things in your life are still about to change for the better, and no, you don't have to act now. Well, okay, you technically have to make sure your software updates. Version 5.5 of the Sonos app adds support for Spotify Radio features such as starting a playlist based on a particular artist or track.

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The Xbox Music Android App Has Found Its Groove, Rebranding Takes Effect In Latest Update

Xbox Music is now Groove. This is news that Microsoft detailed weeks ago, but it's only now—coinciding with the release of Windows 10—that we're seeing the name change on Android.

In the latest version, the rebranding has taken place. Microsoft highlights the ability to upload your music to OneDrive, stream music with a Music Pass subscription ($9.99 a month or $99 a year), and save files for offline use.

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Not wasting any time, Sonos has already announced that it supports Groove. The integration is still in beta, but you're free to try it out right away. Look for it under Add Music Services.

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New IFTTT Channel Adds Spotify Integration To Enhance How You Use Your Online Music Library

IFTTT's web service can automate your life. You create recipes that do what you want done using simple if this then that commands. But to get cooking, you need to have on the right channel.

Today IFTTT has announced a new Spotify channel that lets you integrate your music library. Examples of what you can do include automatically posting to your social network accounts whenever you add a song to a playlist and emailing yourself a summary of all the tracks you save over the course of a week.

If your home is particularly smart, you can set your Philips HUE lights to match the album art of your most recently saved track.

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Rdio Introduces New 'Select' Plan With A Limit Of 25 Downloaded Tracks For $3.99 A Month

Today Rdio announced a new subscription plan that serves as a more affordable option for listeners who want to get rid of ads but don't want to pay $9.99 a month. With Rdio Select, folks can do so for just $3.99 instead.

What's the catch? Rdio Select gives you up to twenty-five songs at a time to carry around on your devices. You can keep them for as long as you're subscribed, but you need to remove songs once you're ready to add more. You can replace all twenty-five once per day. If this sounds bothersome, you're going to have to make the leap to Rdio Unlimited.

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Slacker Radio's Android App Gets A Big Redesign In The Latest Update... And Ringback Tones

Slacker isn't a music streaming service. Okay, it is, but it has a twist. Okay, I know, they all have twists. But Slacker isn't just about loading tracks. Think of it as Internet radio. Pandora? No, no, it's nothing like that. Users create and customize their own stations, then—okay, I see what you're getting at. Let's start over.

Slacker is a music streaming service, one of the many available in the Play Store. Today it's sporting a new look.

The company has provided a redesigned app with a tweaked interface that's intended to point you towards better recommendations. For starters, there's a "Today on Slacker" feed that highlights artists, albums, and stations that you might like.

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[Weekend Poll] Do You Pay For A Music Streaming Service? Which One?

I asked you back in 2013 which streaming music service you paid for - if any - and now a little over a year later, I think it's time for an update. Last time we held this poll, a full 50% of respondents indicated they paid for Google Play Music All Access (at least, it was the paid service they used most), with a sharp drop-off for Spotify, in second place at 14%. The next most popular option was, unsurprisingly, local media, with locker services like Amazon, Play Music sans All Access, and Subsonic next in line.


So, I'm going to try to keep the options basically the same again this time around, though obviously Play Music All Access now also includes YouTube Music Key, and Amazon includes Prime Music as part of Amazon Prime.

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Amazon Music 4.3 Makes Streaming Easier Thanks To A New Prime Music Section, Quicker Access, Better Search, And More

Those of you with an Amazon Prime account also have a stockpile of music open to you through the company's half-a-year-old streaming service, and with version 4.3 of the Android app, the retailer is making those tracks easier to access.

Instead of browsing through the company's virtual store shelves and adding albums to your library as though you were buying them, you can just browse through a separate Prime Music section. When you click on a song there, it simply starts playing. No fuss. But if you do want to add an artist's work to your personal library, the option is still there. Amazon says it has improved the search experience too, with queries yielding more thorough results.

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Rdio Expands To Two Dozen New Markets Spread Across The Caribbean, Central America, And Asia Pacific

Music streaming service Rdio is continuing its expansion efforts, and now it's available in 24 new markets spread across the Caribbean, Central America, and the Asia Pacific. This makes it available throughout virtually all of the Western Hemisphere.


Starting today, Rdio is available in the following places:

  • Anguilla
  • Antigua & Barbuda
  • Aruba
  • Barbados
  • Bermuda
  • The British Virgin Islands
  • The Cayman Islands
  • Dominica
  • Fiji
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Jamaica
  • Nauru
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Samoa
  • St Kitts & Nevis
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Vincent & the Grenadines
  • Suriname
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • Turks & Caicos
  • Vanuatu

Through a partnership with mobile network provider Digicel, the service is also available in seven additional regions.

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T-Mobile Adds 14 More Music Services That Won't Use Your Data, Including Google Play Music, Xbox Music, And SoundCloud

Early this summer, T-Mobile announced a Music Freedom plan that would allow customers to stream music from select services without impacting their data allotment. Some people opposed this offering on principle. Others were simply upset to see their favorite services not supported. Around these parts, Google Play Music topped the list of what folks wanted to see.

T-Mobile said it was going to do something about this, and now it has. Google Play Music is available to Music Freedom customers, in addition to 13 other services.

The list of additions include:

  • Digitally Imported
  • Fit Radio
  • Fresca Radio
  • Google Play Music
  • Live365
  • Mad Genius Radio
  • radioPup
  • RadioTunes
  • Saavn
  • SoundCloud
  • Xbox Music

These services join the 13 already available: AccuRadio, Black Planet, Grooveshark, iHeartRadio, iTunes Radio, Pandora, Radio Paradise, Rdio, Rhapsody, Samsung Milk Music, Slacker, Songza, and Spotify.

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DI.FM Maker AudioAddict Releases 'Fresca Radio' App Aimed At Latin, Hispanic, And Caribbean Music

The makers of Digitally Imported Radio (DI.FM) have hit the Play Store with another streaming app, and this time they're out to give fans of Latin, Hispanic, and Caribbean music reason to bob their heads, sway their hips, and tap their toes. The app, Fresca Radio, provides 40 stations filled with curated tracks. There's a Cuban Lounge station, one for Latin Metal, and another option dedicated entirely to Reggae.

Music streaming apps aren't such a rarity that they get a shoutout merely for existing. Why Fresca Radio catches our attention is pretty simple. Like DI.FM and the developer's other releases, basic streaming is free.

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