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Samsung Milk Music will soon milk users for ad-free subsistence

Some things are just too good to last, as some say. While Samsung surprise of a music streaming service may now be currently be free, both from price and from ads, that might not be the case in the very near future. Samsung has not so subtly revealed that there will be an ad-free Music Milk subscription that, of course, means that free users will start to see ads pretty soon.

Beats Music update brings widget, social interaction

If you’ve been enjoying Beats Music, the music streaming service is about to get a lot better. An incoming update brings a much needed widget, and improves the way you track the listening habits of friends. Offline listening and downloads have also been fixed, according to the change log.  

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.
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