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Virgin Media partners with Spotify
Jul 6th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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Spotify has signed on the dotted line to herald a much awaited partnership with the internet service provider, Virgin after reports last October.

There has been a dearth of initiatives from ISPs to support the drive against digital piracy except for a few of them including Sky Songs service which went down last year due to lack of users.

Virgin’s web and mobile packages will now make Spotify available for £4.99 and £9.99 respectively. Another interesting part of the partnership will be a Spotify app which will feature in Virgin Media’s TV set-top box using Internet connectivity.

There is however lack of clarity about the pricing of the app’s usage via the TV set-top box. We need to see if the broadband and mobile customers will get any discounts on their way to Spotify’s 13 million songs.

It will be later this year that the integration of Spotify with Virgin will go live. There has been complete confidentiality about the revenue sharing agreement however.

Virgin Media partners with Spotify
Napster launches iPhone and Android app
May 20th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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Napster is now a legal service and it has come up with an iPhone and Android app using which its users can listen and buy music on their Smartphones.

The app is available free for download in the iTunes and Android market and it has Napster’s 15 million song library apart from ability to save playlists and recommended artists information.

Music can be saved on the handset and the same can be played whenever you have internet connectivity. Spotify was in news because of halving its free music allowance and the entry of Napster seems to be at a good time. In order to succeed, Napster will however have to deal with a lot of other competitors viz., Last.fm and TuneIn Radio.

The best part of it is however the fact that you do not need to be glued to a computer anymore just to enjoy some music as you can access your library from mobile.

Though Napster is free to sign up, you need to subscribe to get some features like offline mode, unlimited streaming and connection to home devices. You can either pick a subscription for £5 per month (or £50 for the year) for the Napster Unlimited or £10 per month (£100 for the year) for the bells and whistles package.

More Android devices get Spotify
Dec 2nd, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Spotify Android 2.2

Spotify, the streaming music service has dedicated mobile phone apps for the iPhone, Android and Symbian platforms and most recently the service provider launched its services for the Windows phone so as to enable its premium music services to customers.

Spotify for Android handsets has been modified for better by enabling support for new screen resolutions which was a drawback so far because of the high resolution that they feature. The latest supported devices include Sony Ericsson X8, Samsung Galaxy S, and Samsung Galaxy Tab.

On-The-Fly screen rotation will now be available for mobiles with a slider keypad and that would sound sweet for all those who use HTC Desire Z or Xperia X10 Mini Pro. The lag reduction while switching between tracks is another improvement on the performance front. An album art related bug and another bug related to widget display have been fixed.

Spotify users can access the music library with six million songs at a subscription of £9.99 per month. The users can shuffle, skip, pause, rewind, and fast-forward the music collection.

And while you do all this on Spotify in the background, you can multi-task by texting or making calls. To add to this, Spotify playlists can be played offline also when there is no internet connectivity. The app lets you sync music ‘one-the-fly’ which makes every selected track available right away on both your mobile and computer.

INQ Mobile developing a Spotify-branded phone?
Oct 12th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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UK based mobile phone maker, INQ Mobile is reportedly working on developing Spotify-branded phones. Business Week quoted INQ Mobile chief executive about the company’s intentions to integrate Spotify into its future phones.

mobile maker has also been in news for of late because of news that it is making a mobile phone with Facebook branding slated for a first half 2011 launch in Europe. Facebook denied the news about its branded phone in repeated attempts and INQ declined to comment on this news. INQ has been involved with Facebook earlier too and has sold handsets with Facebook features.

There were no official comments from Spotify which launched an app for Windows Phone 6 OS last week. The music streaming service has thus made dedicated mobile phone apps available for all major platforms viz., iOS, Android, Symbian and Windows Phone platforms.

Spotify users can access the music library with six million songs at a subscription of £9.99 per month. The Windows version of the application allows Spotify customers access streaming music on the move using 3G or Wi-Fi. The users can shuffle, skip, pause, rewind, and fast-forward the music collection.

And while you do all this on Spotify in the background, you can multi-task by texting or making calls. To add to this, Spotify playlists can be played offline also when there is no internet connectivity. The app lets you sync music ‘one-the-fly’ which makes every selected track available right away on both your mobile and computer.

The Spotfiy app for Windows Mobile is being made available for users on Windows phone 6 in seven European countries viz., UK, Norway, Sweden, Spain, Finland, France and the Netherlands. The download is available directly from m.spotify.com or from the Windows Marketplace. Windows Phone 7 will get its own app for Spotify as per Microsoft.

UK based mobile phone maker, INQ Mobile is reportedly working on developing Spotify-branded phones. Business Week quoted INQ Mobile chief executive about the company’s intentions to integrate Spotify into its future phones.

Windows Phone gets Spotify app
Oct 4th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Windows7 Spotify

Spotify, the streaming music service has so far unveiled dedicated mobile phone apps for the iPhone, Android and Symbian platforms and now the service provider has launched its services for the Windows phone so as to enable its premium music services to customers.

Spotify users can access the music library with six million songs at a subscription of £9.99 per month. The Windows version of the application allows Spotify customers access streaming music on the move using 3G or Wi-Fi. The users can shuffle, skip, pause, rewind, and fast-forward the music collection.

And while you do all this on Spotify in the background, you can multi-task by texting or making calls. To add to this, Spotify playlists can be played offline also when there is no internet connectivity. The app lets you sync music ‘one-the-fly’ which makes every selected track available right away on both your mobile and computer.

The Spotfiy app for Windows Mobile is being made available for users on Windows phone 6 in seven European countries viz., UK, Norway, Sweden, Spain, Finland, France and the Netherlands. The download is available directly from m.spotify.com or from the Windows Marketplace. Windows Phone 7 will get its own app for Spotify as per Microsoft.

App for Android Phones from We7
Sep 20th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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Popular music streaming service in the UK, We7 launched an app for Android based handsets along with a free two-week trial period. We7 has thus taken another step forward to take its major competitor, Spotify.

Both the competitors offer free versions of the apps which can then be upgraded to £4.99 computer based versions and £9.99 mobile-supported versions.

The Telegraph puts the launch in the same league as the launch of a similar app from We7 for iOS, Apple’s mobile OS in February this year.

The company’s CEO put the launch as a logical step given its strategy to support users access music wherever and however. The app is available for a nominal monthly fee of £10 which can enable you to six million music tracks though the two-week trial is for free.

Users who subscribe to the Premium Plus plan get access to streaming music or cached music. The app for Android platform is different from its iPhone version in its user interface and other such features. It has support for offline mode to let you play tracks while you are away from internet, haptic feedback support, themed playlists and syncing capabilities.

Celebrity ‘musical journey’ from Sony Ericsson, 3 and Spotify
Apr 24th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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People who pick the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 and Vivaz get two months free subscription to Spotify and the manufacturer has launched a unique project to show-off this offer by tying up with 3 and Spotify.

The Stereophonics, Mumford & Sons, The Courteeners, Ellie Goulding and Keane are some of the important artists who have been put together for this campaign by Sony Ericsson. Playlists from these artists would be put together for Spotify based on their recent travels.

Some very important artists have been put together for this campaign, ranging from The Stereophonics, Keane and Ellie Goulding to The Courteeners and.

The playlists have been created inspired by their travels – for example the Stereophonics created a playlist with inspiration drawn from travels in their tour bus to Glasgow from NewCastle.

3 to provide Spotify on Sony Ericsson Vivaz
Mar 17th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda
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Spotify, the streaming music service will be provided by 3 on the Sony Ericsson Vivaz.

The Sony Ericsson Vivaz has got an 8.1MP camera and it is surely going to be a hit with YouTube freaks, thanks to its HD video recording capability, an 8GB memory card and ease in uploading videos. Sony Ericsson has provided a 3.5 mm headphone jack and a MicroUSB port with the Vivaz.

Ergonomic design, social networking features including in-built Twitter and Facebook applications, focus on multimedia, and GPS support are some of the important features of the handset. FM Radio and TrackID features are a plus.

And 3 has just made it look all the more attractive by making it a mobile with media providing access to six million tracks by Spotify. 3 believes that the users can get the best experience from Smartphones like Vivaz when they leverage their network which is designed for mobile internet.

Vivaz can be connected using HSDPA and Wi-Fi. The users who choose the Vivaz handset with 3 get to make free skype calls and unlimited instant messaging by using Windows Live. And to add more to it, 3 is on Twitter promotion all through March where it is providing the tweets for free.

For those who want to pay one shot, the Vivaz will burn a £330 hole in the pocket and it will come for a £35 per month charge for a 2 year contract.

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