Deezer has been testing SongCatcher, its in-app music recognition tool for several months, and now it's ready to launch it for all Android users. Later today, starting 3pm CET (in about 3 hours at the time of writing), the functionality should be live for everyone using the Android Deezer app. Read More
Changes are afoot at Spotify. The company, which went public recently, has a press conference scheduled for April 24. It's still a little early (and would be impressively fast) to see the potential hardware the company is working on, but all bets are open on the software side and it looks like Spotify will indeed be focusing the conference on its mobile app.
Over the past months, nay year, we've seen test after test in the Spotify app. A fullscreen playback screen pops up every now and then for users, a new UI started showing up recently with 3 bottom tabs and a focus on playlists (which I am eager to get), and then there's the driving mode that uses voice actions to control music as well as the Stations app which was being tested in Australia. Read More
Spotify could be in some trouble. $1.6 billion worth of trouble, to be exact. Variety reports that the music streaming giant is being sued by the Wixen Publishing Company for allegedly using thousands of popular songs by major artists without permission or proper compensation. Read More
Jay-Z's high-fidelity music streaming service Tidal is offering a 12-day free trial starting on December 25th. In comparison to normal trials—in which the start and end dates are determined per subscriber—the Tidal trial starts and ends for everyone on December 25th and January 5th, respectively. No credit card is required for the trial, so you can partake without worrying about an unexpected bill. The trial includes access to the premium tier, as well as the lossless Hi-Fi tier. Read More
If you are someone who would pay 20 bucks a month for lossless streaming audio, you would probably like the option to play those high-bitrate tunes through the receiver connected to the biggest screen in your house. It's only fair. Rejoice, audiophiles and audiophile wannabes (like me), because streaming service Tidal has released an Android TV version of its app. Read More
Tidal, the music streaming service owned by rapper Jay-Z, has yet to really take off. Despite the backing of several major artists (Beyoncé, Kayne West, etc), the high subscription price and lack of a major quality difference for most listeners has kept the user base low.
If you're part of the (likely small) cross-section of people with both a Tidal subscription and Sonos speakers, then I have some good news for you. Read More
Spotify has been making some news lately. Following on the heels of Google's hardware event today, the music streaming service has announced all users, Free and Premium, can use their voices to get tunes going on any Assistant-enabled device, meaning that it's not just limited to the Home anymore. Read More
Back at Google I/O in May it was announced that music streaming app Deezer would be getting Google Home integration, allowing subscribers to ask the smart assistant to play music from its extensive catalog. Users have been patiently waiting for further news on this, and today Deezer announced that the functionality was live in Germany and France. Later in the year, it will also be coming to the US, UK, Canada, and Australia. Read More
French music streaming service Deezer launched in the US almost exactly a year ago and its large catalog of songs has impressed as the company attempts to rival Spotify and Google Play Music outside of Europe. Since May, subscribers have also been able to use the service through Google Home, and the latest update extends functionality to Android Wear watches. Read More