Back at I/O, Google promised that the Home speaker will add more music streaming services like Deezer and SoundCloud, as well as open up Spotify to free accounts instead of being limited to Premium. The Deezer integration started rolling earlier this month, and now Spotify free seems to be following suit.
If you have a free Spotify account and are OK with listening to ads, not being able to skip songs all the time, and don't mind the lower quality audio, then you should be able to enjoy your music on the Google Home just like paid Spotify Premium subscribers have been for the past months. Read More
Boring car drives can be made more interesting by having something like music or a podcast playing in the background. However, they can also get more dangerous if you take your eyes off the road to fiddle with the screen. For that reason, Spotify is internally testing a new driving mode that aims to make listening to music on the go a little safer. Read More
Spotify has had a Facebook Messenger extension for over a year, but today it's getting a new feature. When you're chatting with friends, you can create a Group Playlist inside Messenger. Then, everyone can collaborate to build it up without leaving the chat. I'm sure that won't result in any arguments. Read More
Android O's third developer preview has just landed, and we're already spotting some pretty cool changes. Among the first we spotted is color-coding for rich media notifications, meaning that these notifications will be themed based on album art / video thumbnails. Read More
The Google Home already supports a large number of music streaming services - including YouTube Music, TuneIn, Google Play Music, iHeartRadio, Pandora, and NPR One. Today at Google I/O, Google announced more services will be compatible - including free Spotify accounts. Read More
Move over barcodes, QR codes, and all other forms of codes, Spotify is introducing another code for you to scan and artists/labels to print on their posters and billboards. It's calling it Spotify Codes and chances are the feature is already live for you in the Spotify app.
You can see Spotify Codes for songs, albums, artists, and playlists when you tap the overflow menu (the three vertical dots) next to them and reveal the artwork: they'll appear on the bottom of the image and look like a music wave. Read More
Now that Google has enabled multi-user support for Google Home, what can you do with your media? After a little research and a chat with Google Home support, I have the answer to that question. Keep in mind, this is the situation as of today. As we always do, we hope for these features to be fine-tuned and expanded.
This article assumes each user has already linked up to the Google Homes in their household. This is an easy process that the Google Home app will walk you through for each multi-user equipped device. Read More
Last year Spotify teamed up with lyric knowledge base Genius to add an interesting new feature to its iOS app. Behind the Lyrics takes the same annotations from Genius and bakes them directly into the Spotify app. According to the music streaming giant, millions of iPhone owners make use of this every day. And now, it's finally bringing the feature to Android. Read More
Spotify offers a great 50% off discount on its Premium plan if you're a student, making it a more attractive option for young adults who can't afford to pay the full price of a monthly subscription. However, until now, this was only available in three countries: US, UK, and Germany. Today, the offer is expanding to 33 other countries.
Spotify is using SheerID to authenticate and validate the eligibility of registered university students. And the lucky countries in question are:
- Czech Republic
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
If you live in any of these countries and want to get started with your Premium for Students subscription, head over to spotify.com/student and verify that you're eligible for the discount. Read More