Verizon Revamps V Cast Music App for Android
Verizon Wireless today announced a new version of the V Cast Music application for its Android devices. The new application puts all of Verizon's music-based content in one spot, including full song downloads, ringback tones and ringtones. Full song purchases will range in price from $0.69 to $1.29, and will be MP3 files that are free of DRM (digital rights management). Verizon said that it will package multiple versions of the same song (track plus ringtone, etc.) in reduced-cost bundles. Verizon also said that it is offering Jukebox programs that will rotate the ringback tones that callers hear. The new version of V Cast requires Android devices running 2.1 Eclair and up. Users will be prompted to update their V Cast app the next time they launch it.
Facebook Integrating Song Samples from iTunes and Spotify
Facebook today announced a change to its iOS app that it hopes will help people discover more music. Facebook users will now be able to share Music Stories, which are 30-second snippets from shared songs or albums.
Google Updates Play Music with Songza Features
Google today pushed out an update to its Play Music service that adds new, curated play lists. The refreshed service gains its tools from Songza, which Google purchased over the summer.
Google Renames Chromecast, Adds Tech to TVs
Google today expanded the ecosystem of devices compatible with its casting technology to include standalone displays. The company partnered with Vizio and has added direct casting support to Vizio's P Series displays as well as Vizio's soundbars and speakers.
Apple Retunes Apple Music for Android Devices
Apple today released Apple Music 2.0 for Android handsets and the app introduces a number of features found on the iOS version. To start, Apple Music for Android drops all elements of Google's Material Design in favor of Apple's app design language.