streaming music

Sonos update adds Google Play Music support

Google Play Music support has arrived on Sonos this morning. The support will be available for those using the Android app, as well as the controller app on a desktop. And interestingly, you'll also be able to stream Play Music (to a Sonos setup) direct from the Play Music app in the same way you have been streaming to a Chromecast.

Rhapsody and Napster add Chromecast functionality

Rhapsody and Napster are coming to Chromecast. Rhapsody has announced the duo of Android apps will gain Chromecast functionality soon, with iOS integration coming later. This news rounds out most major music streaming providers with regard to Chromecast support.

Songza will soon play music based on weather changes

Songza recently updated their service to provide a very unique take on suggested music. Users can now opt to let Songza offer up music based on weather, using The Weather Channel as their back-end solution. Already good at suggesting the right music for an occasion, Songza just got a lot better.

More evidence Spotify is preparing for an IPO

There is increasing evidence that Spotify is readying themselves for an IPO. A new report notes the streaming music service is lining up financial backing, which is usually a precursor to going public. Banks will underwrite a company’s IPO, and Spotify is said to be in discussions with several major financial houses.

Pandora One subscription fees will soon increase

Pandora has detailed some upcoming changes in terms of One subscription pricing. In a bit of news that few like to hear, it seems the rates will soon be going up for new subscribers. Pandora has also said they will be allowing current (active) subscribers to remain at the same rate, and that they will be ending the annual subscription option.

Details emerge on Amazon streaming music service, set-top box

Amazon is reportedly tapping alternative streaming media for their unreleased set-top box. The device, which has been rumored as being in production for a while, has been “confirmed” to include Hulu Plus on launch. Further netails note that Netflix will be included as well, and the device could stream an Amazon music service, should they be able to strike a deal with record labels.

Spotify purchases Echo Nest, a music data company their competitors use

Spotify has made an acquisition, snatching up Echo Nest for an undisclosed amount. The company powers recommendations and playlists for a wide variety of media firms, including Spotify competitors like iHeartRadio, Beats Music, and Rdio. They also have a hand in more mainstream content suggestions, though Spotify doesn’t hint any many changes taking place.
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