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Spotify is holding my favorite podcast hostage with its terrible app

Spotify is holding my favorite podcast hostage with its terrible app

Last November, my favorite podcast—The Last Podcast On The Left—signed a 2-year exclusive distribution agreement with Spotify, for what was very likely a very substantial sum of money. That deal meant that as of February 2020, the show would only be available for Spotify users. And it wasn't just The Last Podcast On The Left, but the entire Last Podcast Network (LPN) and all of its millions of listeners. They would have to download Spotify to listen to new episodes of LPN's many popular shows, and they would no longer be able to do so via traditional podcast feeds (the exception being LPOTL Patreon subscribers, who can still access a traditional feed by paying $10/month).

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How to manually add and remove content from your 'Play Next' queue on Android TV

How to manually add and remove content from your 'Play Next' queue on Android TV

Android TV's homescreen is probably getting a massive revamp soon, but until it does and until that update rolls out to our TVs and set-top boxes, we're all stuck with the current interface. One way to partially improve that is an old trick we recently re-discovered that allows us to manually choose what shows up in our Play Next queue.

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

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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Spotify is getting rid of its ridiculous 10,000 song library cap

Spotify is getting rid of its ridiculous 10,000 song library cap

Probably the biggest drawback to Spotify as a heavy user has been the arbitrarily low music library cap the company imposed. 10,000 might seem like a big number in isolation, but when it comes to music, that's not actually a ton of songs. Well, that won't be a problem going forward. In what I will argue is the biggest news of the week, Spotify is getting rid of its ridiculous 10,000 song library limit, and imposing no cap at all.

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Spotify offers new subscribers 3 months of Premium free, $10 for prior users

Spotify offers new subscribers 3 months of Premium free, $10 for prior users

As with most businesses hurting from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the name of the game at this point is staying above water. That means making offers you'd otherwise not in normal times. For Spotify, that means bringing on new customers to Spotify Premium free for 3 months and bringing back lapsed subscribers at a discounted price.

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Play Music's ridiculous device authorization limit is still an issue with YouTube Music

Play Music's ridiculous device authorization limit is still an issue with YouTube Music

Do you remember how many smartphones you've owned? And do you remember the first phone you've ever used with a subscription service like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Spotify, YouTube Premium, or Google Play Music? While the companies behind these services probably save that information to some server, Google is the only one among them that will rub that knowledge into your face. As long-time users probably know, Play Music comes with a hard 10-device limit that doesn't automatically kick off older devices, instead only allowing four manual deauthorizations every year. If you frequently switch devices (or merely factory reset them), you might have already ended up running into the limit at some point in the past, locking you out of the service you pay good money for.

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Spotify Kids launches in the US, Canada, France — now available in 12 countries (Update: New features)

Spotify Kids launches in the US, Canada, France — now available in 12 countries (Update: New features)

To give parents peace of mind while their children are listening to music, Spotify is introducing a separate app for younger users. Only hand-picked, kid-friendly audio content will be available through the new app, whose bright and colorful UI with oversized buttons will make it easier for little ones to explore.

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Spotify Group Sessions let you control music playback in real-time with friends, now in beta

Spotify Group Sessions let you control music playback in real-time with friends, now in beta

If you ever wanted to have joint control over listing sessions with friends or family, Spotify is introducing a feature that enables exactly that. It's called Group Sessions and is being made available in the beta version of the app for testing right now. The company has been working on the functionality for quite some time but the timing of this wider availability couldn't be better since it gives us something to mess around with while in lockdown

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Apple Music expands to 52 new countries, is now available in 169 total

Apple Music expands to 52 new countries, is now available in 169 total

Since it launched in 2015, Apple Music has always been one of the most widely available music streaming platforms in the world, only rivaled by Deezer. The service started out with more than a hundred countries and added a few throughout the years, but it's now going through its largest expansion: 52 new countries and territories can benefit from it, and new subscribers from those locales get a free six-month trial to test things out thoroughly before committing to a paid subscription.

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New 'hide song' option in Spotify will let Premium subscribers tweak Playlists (Update: Rolling out)

New 'hide song' option in Spotify will let Premium subscribers tweak Playlists (Update: Rolling out)

Spotify is giving its Premium-subscribed customers the ability to hide songs they don't want to hear in more types of playlists. A new "hide song" option in the three-dot context menu will let you skip a specific track before you get to it.

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