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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.

Universal asks Spotify to “strongly urge” users to switch to premium

While there is no doubt that digital music and music streaming services has totally revolutionized the way we listen to and consume music, what is still up for debate is how artists and music label are "properly compensated". The freemium business model, headed up by the biggest of them all, Spotify, has been causing a lot of friction in the industry. Now, even one of the stakeholders of the service is dissatisfied with how they are monetizing from users who have almost unlimited access to their catalog.

Samsung Milk Music now available on the web

Samsung is expanding its wings for non-Samsung users, at least in terms of its music streaming service Milk Music. If before only selected devices from the OEM are the only ones who can enjoy Milk Music, now everyone who wants to can also share in the fun as the web version is now available. You can either stick to the free use or you can sign up for a subscription, if you're that impressed with the music streaming service.

Coming soon: day pass ad-free music from Pandora

You have some friends over at your new pad, and you're all just sitting around, drinking wine, chilling to your music, when suddenly, an annoying ad interrupts everyone's conversation. Oopps, now everyone knows that you're using the free version of Pandora. While it's not really something to be embarrassed about (we're pretty sure most of your guests probably use free music streaming too), it does put a bit of a damper on your party when ads keep popping out every once in a while.

Shazam lets you access saved playlist right on Spotify

After only more than a month, Shazam is being updated to bring fans more convenience when it comes to listening to music on Shazam. After the Rdio and Spotify integration, Shazam now allows listening to full tracks in any Shazam playlist. And even when you're outside the app, say for example Spotify, you can access your Shazams saved to a ‘My Shazam Tracks’ playlist right there. You can do the same on Rdio too. And for those who like checking out the Shazam charts regulary, know that you can access them easily by tapping the Charts on tab to see the trending Shazams and global chart among others.
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