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(Update: Now on Alexa and Bose devices) Sonos speakers now support Spotify Free accounts

 

Two years after hitting Google Home, Spotify Free joins a list of over 100 streaming services already available through Sonos. Sonos and Spotify have rolled out an update today that enables you to access Spotify Free through your Sonos devices, so you can spice up your office holiday party straight from your desk at no extra cost.

You can stream Spotify's entire catalog on shuffle by launching the streaming service through the Sonos app or directly from Spotify.

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Deezer HiFi brings lossless audio to Android, iOS, and the web

Music streaming service Deezer is expanding the availability of its lossless membership tier, known as Deezer HiFi, to include Android, iOS, and the web. Opening up HiFi access to these platforms, in addition to the previously available desktop support, will give users access to millions of FLAC (free lossless audio codec) files.

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TikTok owner ByteDance plans cheap music streaming service aimed at developing markets

Chances are that you've at least tried streaming music by this point — whether you're willing to pay for a subscription is another story. Streaming subscriptions add up, and it can be difficult to justify adding another $10 to $15 to the pile. TikTok owner, and absolute monster of a startup, ByteDance plans to release a competitively-priced music streaming service for budget-minded consumers.

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Google Play Music marches to the beat of its own drum, reaches 5 billion Play Store downloads

We all know Google Play Music's days are numbered and it's only been playing second fiddle to YouTube Music for over a year. You can't unring that bell, but at least Play Music is getting the opportunity to enjoy its swan song: the app has now crossed 5 billion downloads on the Play Store.

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YouTube Music relaxes its draconian restrictions when traveling to an unsupported country

The music industry doesn't make things easy for any service in the business of distributing songs. Despite the tight laws and regulations, most music services have figured out a way to make your subscription valid across country borders. That, however, has never been Google's strongest suit, and YouTube Music is one of the biggest examples. When the service launched, subscribers noticed that if they traveled to an unsupported country, they lost all of their privileges. That doesn't seem to be the case anymore.

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YouTube Music finally gets gapless playback through server-side rollout

If you regularly use YouTube Music to experience songs, either through just the audio or with the accompanying music video, you might have lamented on its inability to properly playback songs with seamless transitions. That sucks if you're trying to sink into a full, continuous LP like Pink Floyd's "The Dark Side of the Moon." But some users are now reporting that the app is starting to do so in what appears to be a server-side feature rollout.

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Google Home starts letting users transfer streams between speakers and displays

Maybe you've taken smartening up your home seriously to the point where you have a smart speaker, display, TV, or a combination of any of them in every room of your house. With all that space and all the people you share it with, you may have wanted to start listening to music or watching a show on one device, then move it over to another. It's previously been a small ordeal to have to do that, but with late changes to the Google Home app and Google Assistant, you'll be able to make it happen at the voice of your whim.

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[Update: Now in stable] Apple Music beta adds Chromecast support and 100,000 radio stations

Earlier this month, Apple Music received a beta update that added a new dark mode and synchronized lyrics with the music. While that did cross off two of the most wanted features in the app, there was still one request that Apple hadn't yet answered: Chromecast support. Now, nearly four years after the service launched on Android, it can finally play our tunes on Chromecast speakers.

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YouTube Music debuts new weekly playlist, tests interface tweaks

Streaming music apps have been looking at ways to add value to the in-app experience for both users and artists alike. Spotify, being the biggest fish in the pond, has pulled off the most of these experiments, but upstart (in a very loosely relative sense) YouTube Music has had its innovations with video and art integrations, too. But today, it's gone to the core of its music serving experience with a new top releases playlist and some design changes in testing that could grab more plays for publlishers.

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Amazon Music Unlimited gets big price cut for Prime Student members

Amazon invests a ton of money into services like Prime Video and Amazon Photos for them not to get used. So, if you have a Prime Student subscription to get magic markers, USB drives, and self-care packages rushed over to your dorm in two days or less, perhaps consider getting Amazon Music Unlimited. The company is cutting the price of the add-on to just 99 cents per month.

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