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Spotify feels the heat from Apple Music, matches 6-person family plan for $14.99/mo

Spotify is clearly feeling the competition from Apple Music, and is now matching the Cupertino company’s family deal of $14.99 per month for up to six family members. This literally halves the cost of Spotify’s previous family membership, as well as extending it from five to six people … more…Filed under: Apple Music Tagged: Apple Music, Music,…

http://9to5mac.com/2016/05/23/spotify-v-apple-music-pricing-family/

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Google brings podcasts to Google Play Music

Google today announced that it is (finally) bringing podcasts to its Google Play Music service in the U.S. and Canada. With this, it follows in the footsteps of services like Spotify, which recently launched podcast support out of beta, and — of course — iTunes, which was one of the first music players to support…

http://techcrunch.com/2016/04/18/google-brings-podcasts-to-google-play-music/?ncid=rss

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Pandora should revive Rdio as pay-for-what-you-want streaming

Music listeners are cheapskates. Few will pay Spotify or Apple $10 a month even to stream almost every song ever. Meanwhile, radio services like Pandora hardly scrape by on the meager ad rates after they pay out royalties. So if Pandora wants to resuscitate the battered corpse of Rdio it acquired for $75 million last year,…

http://techcrunch.com/2016/03/07/pandora-now/?ncid=rss

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The 20 Best Unicorn Companies For Paying Software Engineers Top Dollar

[tc_dropcap]Last week we brought you the 20 highest paying unicorns, based on median annual salary for all employees. This time around, we centered our search on the unicorns paying best for programmers.[/tc_dropcap] We pulled together all 153 unicorns currently listed on the Crunchbase Unicorn Leaderboard and then matched them up with data provided by Glassdoor to […]

http://techcrunch.com/2015/11/24/the-20-best-unicorn-companies-for-paying-software-engineers-top-dollar/

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Virgin America And Spotify Team Up For Free Inflight Music Streaming

Today, Virgin America announced a partnership with Spotify to give its customers free music streaming as part of its ViaStat program, which also includes Netflix streaming. ViaStat has gone on record saying it can deliver “12 megabits per second download speeds to each seat,” which is faster than anything I’ve ever experienced on a flight. […]

http://techcrunch.com/2015/10/20/virgin-america-and-spotify-team-up-for-free-inflight-music-streaming/

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Apple Music ‘adding features and cleaning up’ service this year, says iTunes Intl. VP

While Apple Music’s content library may be plenty, there’s undoubtedly issues with the software behind it as the product is new and faces the hurdle of integration with lots of legacy iTunes cruft. Some may find that okay during the start of the three-month free trial period, but Apple’s streaming music service will have to shape up and […]

http://9to5mac.com/2015/09/03/apple-music-itunes-international-interview/

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In Battle of Streaming Music Services, Simplicity Is the Killer Feature

Oh, Apple and Google: Why did you have to make things so complicated?

http://recode.net/2015/07/02/in-battle-of-streaming-music-services-simplicity-is-the-killer-feature/