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Classic rockers AC/DC finally arrives on music streaming services

Music streaming may be big business now, but not all artists are immediately on board to have their entire catalog available for the world on various platforms, without actually paying for them per se. There are those who take some time before finally allowing their labels to put up their music on places like Spotify, Rdio, Deezer, and Google Play Music (and now, Apple Music as well). One of the most popular rock bands in the world, AC/DC, has finally agreed to join said services and classic rock fans couldn't be happier.

CloudPlayer puts you in control of your music

The name CloudPlayer can be a little confusing because there are apps already named as such. For one, there's Amazon's Cloud Player and several other cloud players available. CloudPlayer is yet another music player that lets you control your favorite music. It's linked to your other cloud accounts so whether your audio files are stored on your Google Drive, Dropbox, or OneDrive, you can play your fave tunes anytime, anywhere.

LINE launches streaming music service in Japan

Japan may be the second-biggest music market in the world, but the industry is vastly different as it is still compact discs that account for more than half of their music sales. The country's largest social network, LINE, will now aim to go where others have not gone before (at least in Japan): digital music streaming services. LINE Music is now available for a monthly subscription, offering unlimited access to millions of songs in their library.

Apple Music coming to Android this fall

After the Google I/O Developer Conference, geeks have the WWDC 2015 to keep them busy. While the two events have two different markets, we're happy to announce that Apple and Google are finally working together by allowing some products and services to work on the other platform. Take for example this Apple Music. The new service won't be available only for the iPhones but will also work on Android devices.

Spotify now available as an app for Android Wear

When smartwatches and wearables came on the scene, listening to music on your mobile devices became even easier. Not that you'd listen to music directly from something on your wrist, mind you. But controlling the music without touching your smartphone saves you a few minutes and several movements as well. One of the most popular (yet controversial) music streaming services will be arriving soon to your wearables. Welcome Spotify to the (apparently 4,000-app strong) world of Android Wear.

MixRadio finally expands to Android, partners with HTC and Adidas

One of the more popular music streaming services today, MixRadio, has just announced that it will expand into other areas and try to capture the rest of the mobile world. MixRadio wants to bring the service to iOS and Android after previously being available only on Windows Phone. It hopes to rival the likes of Spotify, Tidal, and Rdio. In case you don't know, MixRadio started as Nokia Music which was renamed to Nokia MixRadio but things soon had to change after Microsoft purchased Nokia's mobile division.

Rdio announces Select monthly plan, way cheaper in India

There are numerous music streaming services out there and even before more will be added to the lot, Rdio has introduced a new program called Rdio Select perhaps to keep current subscribers and attract more users. It's a low-cost subscription program that allows users to download a maximum of 25 new tracks everyday with a $3.99 monthly fee. Downloaded songs can be played offline so you can listen to them even when you're mobile and there's no Internet connection.

Grooveshark shuts down service, apologizes for “serious mistakes”

In a very honest open letter to the public, music streaming service Grooveshark officially announced that it was shutting down for good after almost ten years of providing access to popular music to the masses. But unlike most companies who just let everybody know they are closing by just not being there anymore, they admitted that their wrongdoing led to this moment and that they are paying (literally!) for that mistake by turning over everything to those they have wronged.

Slacker Radio revamps look, adds ringtone option (for Verizon only)

In case you've forgotten that it exists, in the wake of Spotify, Pandora, and even Jay-Z's attempt at music streaming (Tidal), Slacker Radio is still alive and kicking, and apparently, not slacking off. They have just updated their Android app with a newly-refreshed look, and with some new features to boot. It's about time for a revamp in order to keep up with the competition and also differentiate itself from the others.

Amazon Prime Music launches “Prime Stations”, soon for Android

The slowly growing music streaming market has got another competitor on the block, and it comes from online retail giant Amazon. "Prime Stations" will now be integrated into their Amazon Prime Music service, available on several platforms, but sadly, not yet for Android devices. If you're used to listening to curated music online ala Pandora or Spotify, then this new service can be an alternative, just in case you've already gone through the whole catalog of available playlists in your current online music streaming of choice.
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