Spotify for Windows Phone 8 Arrives in Beta Form
Spotify has released a beta version of its music sharing and discovery application for the Windows Phone 8 platform. Spotify Beta Version 2.0 for Windows Phone 8 is a free download, though it requires a monthly subscription fee for playback on mobile devices (same is true of Android and iOS versions). The app lets WP8 device owners search through millions of tracks, explore friends' playlists, stream playlists via cellular and Wi-Fi or cache playlists for offline playback, as well as star tracks and create playlists on the fly. Spotify also links to users' Facebook accounts for sharing.
Deezer Opens Up Service to Everyone In the US
Deezer today made its music-streaming service available to anyone who wants it in the U.S. The service was previously limited to Cricket Wireless customers and those who owned Sonos home stereo equipment.
Spotify's Android App Gains 'Running' Playlist
Spotify today updated its Android app with the Running playlist feature available to the iOS app since May. Spotify Running places an emphasis on discovering the songs that match tempo to the runner's pace.
Amazon Brings Prime Music to Smartphones
Amazon today launched Prime Music, its own streaming music service. Prime Music is free to those who subscribe to Amazon Prime ($99/year), which also offers perks such as discounted shipping and Amazon Instant Video.
Sony Music Unlimited Goes Offline, Spotify Takes Its Place
Sony today followed through on an announcement made in January concerning Sony Music Unlimited and Spotify. Sony Music Unlimited has gone offline in all 19 countries where it was offered.
Spotify Intros Family Plans, $30 for Up to 5 Accounts
Spotify today announced family plans, a cheaper way to let family members enjoy the music streaming service on their mobile devices. The Spotify Family Plan allows each member of a family — up to five people — to create their own account with their own playlists, favorites, and devices.