Spotify Intros Free Option
Streaming music service Spotify today revealed a free option that lets mobile users in the US listen to music for free, supported by audio ads. The option is available only on iOS devices for now. The mobile app previously cost $10/month to use. The free version lets users tailor the music played to types of music and artists they like. Upgrading to the $10/month service lets users choose songs. Competing services Pandora, Slacker, and Songza already offer a free version of their service.
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.
Pandora Launches Premium Music Service
Pandora today finally launched its long-awaited Pandora Premium music service for mobile devices and the web. Pandora Premium is a $10-per-month music streaming service that competes with Apple Music, Spotify, and Google Play Music.
Pandora Plus Gives Listeners More Control
Pandora today announced Pandora Plus, a revised version of its $5-per-month music streaming service. Pandora Plus offers ad-free listening with the ability to skip and replay songs, as well as listen offline.
Apple Music Gets the Attention of Antitrust Regulators
New York and Connecticut want to be sure Apple Music, the new streaming service announced by Apple this week, doesn't violate antitrust rules. Universal Music Group, responding to requests from the attorneys general of New York and Connecticut, said it is not colluding with Apple nor its rivals to impede competition in the music streaming market.
Microsoft Pauses Groove Music, Spins New Tune with Spotify
Microsoft today announced changes to its music offering for Windows devices that will see it transition from its own Groove Music service to Spotify. According to Microsoft, the Groove Music media player application will continue to work for playing back owned music on Windows devices, but it will no longer offer the option to stream, purchase, or download music after December 31.