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Rdio gets the jump on Spotify with API release, affiliate program

Rdio is a much-beloved streaming music service, and it's got one serious advantage over Spotify at the moment: it's already available in the U.S. So while Americans continue to wait for the arrival of Spotify, Rdio is doing its best to strengthen its position in the marketplace. To that end, Rdio is enlisting the aid of developers by releasing an API for the service and announcing an affilia...

Rhapsody offers 60 days of free music ahead of Spotify's U.S. launch

As the blogosphere continues murmuring about the impending (but repeatedly delayed) arrival of Spotify on U.S. soil, Rhapsody is taking advantage of the extra time by doubling down on free music. New users can now enjoy a full 60 days of free tunes on their computers and mobile devices. The hope, obviously, is that users will like Rhapsody enough to become paying customers and stick around. ...

'Apple just f***** over online music subs for the iPhone' -- Last.fm co-founder on Apple's 30% cut

Speaking rather frankly on IRC, Last.fm's co-founder Richard Jones has condemned Apple's move to grab 30% of content-based subscription fees: "Apple just f***** over online music subs for the iPhone." Jones' apoplectic outburst is just one of many, too. Rhapsody yesterday said it won't bow to Apple's subscription policy, and CEO of on-demand music streamer we7, speaking to paidContent, thinks t...

Groovylists makes Grooveshark playlists from iTunes, Last.fm, or Spotify

If you love music site Grooveshark for its huge streaming music library, but hate the process of recreating your favorite playlists for Grooveshark use, you'll love Groovylists. This little web app copies any playlist you've set up in iTunes, Spotify, or Last.fm, right over to Grooveshark, with a few limitations. Groovylists can't import playlists bigger than 200 songs, so you can't use it to ...

Spotify secures deal with Sony BMG, moves closer to U.S. launch

Spotify, at long last, and after monumentally failing to hit is initial U.S. launch deadline of 'before 2011,' has finally signed one of the big four music labels. Sony BMG, which represents 25% of the U.S. music market, is second only to the Universal Music Group. To enter the U.S. successfully, though, Spotify needs to secure at least Universal, and preferably both Warner and EMI too. There i...

Nokia kills off Comes With Music in all but 6 countries

Nokia's experiment with the OVI Unlimited Music service -- which the company branded as "Comes With Music" on many of its handsets -- is winding down. A Nokia spokesperson has stated that the service just hasn't gained enough traction to keep it going. Competition from other services -- like Spotify and iTunes -- ultimately proved to be too much in certain markets. Unlimited Music will still be a...

Shazam plugs Spotify into its iOS and Android apps

Shazam and Spotify have announced a new partnership, and the result is a new feature in the Shazam premium apps for iOS and Android. Once Shazam has identified that song for you, you'll be able to tap to listen to it immediately in Spotify. Play in Spotify will also be added to Shazam's free apps at some point in the near future. That sounds great, but it sure would be nice if more of us could ...

Spotify's U.S. launch delayed by cash demands from record labels?

As Spotify -- the popular online music service -- nears profitability in Europe, the situation isn't quite as rosy across the pond. With Spotify's hopes of a 2010 U.S. launch officially dashed, the company is still facing an uphill climb in the States. The sticking point, according to sources cited by The Telegraph, may be financial demands from the U.S. record labels. Concerned that users will h...

5 perfect computery Christmas gifts for your mother, father or family elder

Let's be honest: if you're reading Download Squad, you're in the 99th percentile when it comes to computer technology. You probably know how to touch type, or send a file across the world at the speed of light, and in all likelihood you own one of the big three video game consoles. Like all things that you've grown up with and come to rely on, though, you don't realize just how lucky you are to ha...

No Spotify in the U.S. this year, label deals still up in the air

Spotify is an excellent music service. At least, it appears to be, based on what our friends in Europe tell us. North American resident, of course, are still geo-blocked from using Spotify -- though we had been promised a U.S. launch in 2010. With just under four weeks left in the year, it looks like the reports we heard in October weren't totally accurate. In truth, Spotify is not close to cl...

Spotify for Android gets redesigned, is now faster and supports more devices

Spotify's mobile app for Android has received a major update. It has been redesigned, all the graphics have been reworked and they now scale well regardless of your device's resolution, rotation and pixel density. In fact, Spotify for Android now officially supports more devices than ever, including the Samsung Galaxy Tab. The HTC Desire HD, HTC Desire Z, Huawei U8300, Motorola Cliq, Motorola Cliq...

Limili iOS app identifies songs and then adds them on streaming music services

Limili is a new mobile app that identifies any song that's playing around you, almost exactly like Shazam. Limili does something that Shazam doesn't, though: it finds the song on your streaming music services, including Grooveshark, Spotify, Rhapsody and Last.fm. From there, you can add the song to your collections and playlists with a couple of taps. Limili uses Mufin's huge, pre-existing song...

Spotify Premium seven-day trial now available

Spotify has started making a seven-day trial of its Premium subscription available. Spotify Premium is a paid subscription that gives you access to all the top notch features such as higher quality audio, ad-free listening, mobile access, and offline mode for both desktop and mobile. The free trial does come with caveats though. First off, you'll have to enter your payment details when you...

Spotify nearing deals with major US record labels

Spotify, a streaming music service with more than 10 million users worldwide, is reportedly nearing music licensing deals with the four major US record labels. According to CNET, multiple sources with knowledge of the situation are claiming that Spotify has never been closer to securing the music rights it would need for a US launch. They've been plying label executives with offers of big money u...

Spotify for webOS is out, you still need a subscription to use it

Spotify has just launched another mobile app, this time for Palm's (now HP's) webOS. Those who own smartphones running this operating system, such as the Palm Pre and the Palm Pixi can now use their Spotify Premium subscriptions while on the go as well. Because, as with all other Spotify mobile applications, a Premium account is required for this app to work. Feature-wise, it's pretty much got ...