BlackBerry Music Updated with Intelligent Shuffle
Research In Motion is offering an updated beta version of its BlackBerry Music product to Beta Zone testers. New features of the social music service include the ability to favorite songs, favorite contacts, and see the favorite songs of those contacts. New friend invitations now show users the prospective friend's music playlist before the friend request is accepted. BlackBerry Music also adds an intelligent shuffle feature, and a default friend. The software is available from the BlackBerry Beta Zone.
Apple Releases Fourth iOS 8.4 Beta
Apple has made iOS 8.4 Beta 4 available to developers for testing. The latest iOS 8 beta adds a new version of the music application ahead of Apple Music's debut later this month.
Starbucks Adds Spotify Music Discovery to Mobile Apps
Starbucks today expanded the scale of its mobile application to include Spotify-backed music discovery. People who visit Starbucks stores will be able to use the Starbucks mobile app to discover what songs are being played in-store and save those songs to a personal Spotify playlist.
Google Play Music Searches Reveal Playable Results
Google has updated its Play Music app for Android devices and made it possible to play songs directly from search results. Now, when users search for a song, album, or artist, the top three results include a "play" button that lets them jump immediately to those songs.
Apple Music for Android Adds Music Videos
Apple recently updated its Apple Music application for the Android platform and added access to music videos. Apple says thousands of music videos are now available to Android users, allowing subscribers to browse through new videos or search for specific songs or artists.
Microsoft Adds OneDrive Streaming to Android and iOS Xbox Music Apps
Microsoft has rolled out updates to the Android and iOS Xbox Music apps that adds the ability to stream music stored in OneDrive. The free feature doesn't require a subscription, so people can upload songs to OneDrive and stream them to their Android or iOS device.