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Genius sues Google over anticompetitive use of its lyrics (Updated)

Google's knowledge graph is a two-edged sword. On the one hand, it's great for us users and offers us information at a glance before we ever need to enter a website. On the other hand, publishers are losing a lot of impressions because people don't click through to them anymore. This is particularly evident for lyrics providers; ever since Google started to offer song texts in search, traffic has naturally dropped for them. Now, one of the biggest players, Genius, has accused the search engine of illegally lifting lyrics from their platform and has provided evidence in the form of clever apostrophe use.

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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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(Update: Rolling out) Google launches Play Points in US to reward you for Play Store spending

In a time when our media consumption — from video to music to books and more — is stratified across myriad platforms and when we just can't be bothered to download another application that'll end up taking precious space on our phones, Google faces the challenge of consumer malaise as it battles for its piece of those markets. One way it has tried to get people excited for apps again is with its all-you-can-eat Play Pass scheme. Another tool that the company has deployed in other countries and is launching in the United States from today is a loyalty program covering everything under the Play Store tent called Play Points.

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Spotify will soon let artists pay to send you notifications

Your Spotify app might be a little more active in the coming weeks. The company has announced a test in the US that will allow artists to pay to promote new releases by pushing notifications directly to your phone. Spotify says you can opt-out of these alerts, but only if you pay for the premium service.

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'Now Playing' music detection feature gets better with the Pixel 4

Google first debuted a feature called 'Now Playing' with the Pixel 2 and 2 XL, which listened for music being played around you and matched it with a locally-stored database (it doesn't send a continuous stream of audio to servers for matching). The Pixel 4 was announced today, and among its many upgrades include changes to Now Playing.

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YouTube Music will replace Play Music as a pre-installed app in Android 10

It has been more than a year since Google revamped its music and video offerings with the YouTube brand front and center. The company signaled that YouTube Music would eventually replace Play Music, and it's moving one step closer to making that a reality. Devices that ship with Android 10 will no longer have the Play Music app pre-installed. Instead, they'll have YouTube Music.

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Spotify's Family Mix playlist and explicit content parental control is rolling out to more users

A few months ago, Spotify announced some new features for its Premium Family plan that would be tested with users in Ireland for a short time before being made available to more users in the fall. The Family Mix playlist and parental controls that will make the Family plan far more appealing are now rolling out to users in the US as part of a wider rollout.

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Spotify brings seekable audio progress bar to notifications on Android 10

Android 10 brought a handy feature that displays a media progress bar directly in the notification bar, which various apps can benefit from. Unfortunately, Spotify didn't  implement this feature fully, as it didn’t initially allow users to interact with the progress bar. However, the company fixed it, as the bar is now seekable, letting you jump to your favorite part directly from your notifications.

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OnePlus Mumbai music festival will be headlined by... Katy Perry

Here's a thing that's really happening: OnePlus, purveyor of fine mobile devices (and soon, televisions), is putting on a music festival in Mumbai, India this November. Katy Perry is headlining. You read all of that right.

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Google removes option to send Play Music subscription gifts in latest app update

Google's messaging strategy is famously terrible, but its approach to music isn't much better. Google is moving slowly but surely to make YouTube Music its only music service, and that means more signs that Play Music is being mothballed. The option to purchase Play Music gift memberships is gone in the latest version of the app, and the webpage version probably isn't long for this world.

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