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Show off your superior musical taste with Spotify's new Blend playlists

Show off your superior musical taste with Spotify's new Blend playlists

Spotify's biggest strength is the data it gathers on your music-streaming habits. That powers its excellent recommendation system, but it also aids in a bit of musical navel-gazing courtesy of the semi-regular stories and dynamic new playlists the company creates for you. Today there's a new "Only You" story rolling out via the Spotify app that shows off some of your more curious musical habits. The long-awaited Blend feature for creating a playlist based on the musical tastes of two different people is also rolling out in beta, though it's a little buggy.

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Spotify now lets you read its own podcasts

Spotify now lets you read its own podcasts

After building a kingdom for podcasts and advertising, Spotify is now testing the waters for automatically-generated transcripts for its original and exclusive shows.

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Apple Music just changed everyone else's plans for lossless audio

Apple Music just changed everyone else's plans for lossless audio

Lossless audio seems to be the next significant advancement in music streaming. Amazon has been offering a high-quality plan since 2019, and in February, Spotify announced a new HiFi plan to launch later this year. Leave it to Apple to shake up the entire ecosystem with its announcement of lossless audio. Starting next month, all Apple Music subscribers will gain access to improved audio quality along with select Dolby Atmos tracks at no extra cost.

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Spotify now lets you skip right to the good part when sharing podcasts

Spotify now lets you skip right to the good part when sharing podcasts

Over the last few months, Spotify has been redesigning and improving its app to make it easier to find the music you're looking for. These improvements are continuing as the company announces changes to the way music and podcasts are shared.

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Spotify hits a billion Android installations, doubling in just two years

Spotify hits a billion Android installations, doubling in just two years

Spotify wants to be your first, last, and only destination for all things audio. And based on the amount of people using it on Android, it's certainly getting there. Yesterday the app passed the notable 1 billion download mark on the Play Store. Now that Google Play Music has been axed (rest in peace), Spotify is the most downloaded music app on the platform. Notably, Spotify rapidly climbed from the 500 million mark to a billion in just over two years.

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Spotify's finally rolling out that snazzy new library UI

Spotify's finally rolling out that snazzy new library UI

For several months now, Spotify has been testing a new interface for its library on mobile devices. Redesigns can be controversial, but the response to the UI changes on Android has mainly been positive. Although many of Spotify's users have had access to the improved library management since February, its new UI design is finally official.

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If Spotify just increased its subscriber count by 21%, why are its prices going up?

If Spotify just increased its subscriber count by 21%, why are its prices going up?

The last few weeks have been jam-packed with Spotify announcements. The music streaming giant made some big moves, from its first hardware product to an all-new redesigned desktop experience. None are quite as controversial as yesterday's price hikes, raising subscription fees for customers throughout much of the world. All eyes have been focused on the company's Q1 earnings report, as rumors of a potential slowdown in subscribers swelled over the weekend. However, that doesn't seem to be the case.

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Spotify’s paid podcast subscription service one-ups Apple’s offering

Spotify’s paid podcast subscription service one-ups Apple’s offering

With the video streaming market starting to feel a little saturated, audio and podcasts, in particular, could be the next big focus. Apple reiterated its commitment to the medium by introducing a paid subscription service. Shortly after, arch-rival Spotify has come up with its own subscription platform that one-ups the Cupertino giant in one major way.

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Spotify is about to get all up in your Facebook app

Spotify is about to get all up in your Facebook app

Spotify and Facebook are two of the biggest players in the mobile software market. But being a streaming music platform and a tool for the slow, screaming destruction of civil society (respectively), they don't have a lot of crossover. That's about to end. This morning Spotify announced that it's going to allow its users to listen to Spotify music and podcasts via a mini-player directly in the Facebook app on Android and iOS.

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Spotify's price hike is coming to the US, too, but only for family plans

Spotify's price hike is coming to the US, too, but only for family plans

After months of rumors about a potential Spotify price hike, it's finally happening. Affected customers have been sent emails with the bad news, and the new pricing model is set to come into effect from June 2021 for current subscribers and from the end of April for new users. The change impacts Premium Student, Duo, and Family plans in Europe and the UK, with your monthly fee set to go up by around £1-2 (€1-3). Folks in the US are luckier, though, with only the Premium Family plan affected by a single dollar. We should point out that in all cases, the "standard" Spotify Premium plan is unaffected — for now.

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