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Spotify releases two new hot playlists for summer 2020

Spotify's winning feature is its customized playlists that offer you daily listens, commute-friendly audio, fresh releases from your favorite artists, family and couple-friendly mixes, a way to see your current or older favorite songs, and more. The service has now updated one of its seasonal playlists, Your Summer Rewind, for 2020 and released a new hotlist of the songs it expects to be this summer's hits.

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Shared Piano is a Google experiment for jamming with your friends remotely

Lockdown has been especially hard for musicians around the world, whether professionals who play in bands or amateurs who like to noodle around with their friends sometimes. Google's latest web-based experiment could help with that, allowing groups of up to 10 to play music together remotely.

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Google delays YouTube Music transfers due to 'high demand'

Google's long-awaited transfer tool for YouTube Music debuted a month ago, and surprise, it's getting swamped. Google now warns users that transfers are "delayed" because of high demand. Transfers are still happening, but they're going to be slow enough that Google felt the need to warn everyone.

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Google Play Music vs. YouTube Music: Everything you need to know

As YouTube Music's migration tool continues to roll out, many Play Music subscribers are likely asking themselves if it's finally time to just give up on holding out and switch to Google's new music streaming service. But as Play Music will die by the end of 2020, it could also be just as good a time to take your music collection to a personal cloud (or offline entirely) and switch to something like Spotify or Tidal as your paid streaming solution. Doubtless, many of you are wondering if making the switch to YouTube music is really worth it at all, and how it compares to the soon-to-die Play Music in key ways.

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Switching from Spotify to YouTube Music: Everything you need to know

I've been a loyal Spotify user since what feels like the year the service launched, and a premium subscriber since 2014. Spotify premium has tons of great extra features, and I absolutely think it's worth the money if you're considering a paid music streaming subscription. But as I've been spending a lot more time at home of late, I've started watching a lot more YouTube, and the various pre-roll and mid-roll ads were starting to grate on me. Of course, you can remove those ads—by signing up for YouTube Premium. But that would also give me access to YouTube Music, meaning I'd technically be paying for two music services.

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Plex launches its standalone music player and server management apps on Android

Plex started its own video streaming service not too long ago, but the platform remains dedicated to fans who value it for its core capabilities — managing and accessing their own media. To make life easier for these people, the company has introduced two new apps as part of its Labs program: Plexamp, meant to be the go-to destination to listen to your music, and Plex Dash, a mobile server management tool. The biggest caveat: You need the Plex Pass to use either.

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Tidal is offering 4 months of Premium and HiFi subscriptions for just $4

The Coronavirus pandemic has forced the majority of the population to stay quarantined at home. Some people may find it difficult to work from home, especially when confined alone. Thankfully, music can be a good motivational factor, especially when it doesn't cost much. To help people go through the situation, Tidal is offering its paid subscriptions for just $4 for four months.

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Spotify lets you edit your profile from the mobile app

Spotify is one of the most popular music streaming services, and with good reason. It has the best algorithms for guessing what new music you'll like from its vast catalog. Another great feature that Spotify has to offer is its social integration. If you want, your friends will be able to see what you're listening to so that they can check it out. Until now, you've only been able to change your profile picture and username on the website, but as of this week, you can edit your profile from the mobile app too.

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Roland's Alexa-enabled GO:PIANO is a musical instrument that lets you play music and order food

Smart speakers can play your favorite tunes and help you achieve a variety of daily tasks, such as controlling smart devices, ordering food, or checking the weather. However, they're not particularly common in musical instruments, but Roland just released a keyboard that lets you play your own music and interact with Alexa with a single device.

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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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