Music and audio bling make terrific presents, so here's a nice assortment of goodies. While audiophile gear can be quite expensive, picking out a selection of terrific gift ideas that won't break the bank is still doable. Prices start at $10 and go up to $100. I'll trot out another list of $100+ gift ideas in a few days.
Spotify said on Wednesday that it has expanded to 20 new markets around the world.
The music service had expanded to 35 markets from 17 this year. But with additional 20 announced today, that brings its total presence to 55 markets.
The announcement comes as Spotify announced that its mobile app would be available for free, potentially expanding its listener base.
The new markets will get the free mobile app from day one, CEO Daniel Ek said.
Here are all of the markets Spotify currently serves:
Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Denmark, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, … Read more
Google Play Music taps into Google's extensive music library and uploads and stores your own music collection in the cloud. The only downside is that you can't purchase songs and subscriptions directly from the app.
After installation, Google Play Music will ask you to sign in to your Google account, but if you're using any other official Google apps you will be signed in, automatically. The product comes free of charge, but in order to have access to Google's full library of songs, a $10-per-month subscription is required. While testing, the app proved to be silky … Read more
Apple has brought on a new sales executive to help it generate more cash off its streaming-music service iTunes Radio.
Apple has hired Michael Pallad to oversee part of the company's iTunes Radio ad sales, CNET has heard from industry sources. AdAge was first to report on the hiring on Tuesday. Pallad previously served as the executive vice president of sales at major radio company Cumulus Media.
iTunes Radio launched in September. The service is Apple's foray into music streaming and represents stiff competition to services like Pandora, Spotify, and others. Apple has been sprinkling in ads into … Read more
Vevo, an MTV for the Internet age, is just getting started.
It now reels in 5 billion video views a month -- imagine the entire US population sitting down to stream Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball." Fifteen times over.
Vevo is in 13 countries, and it's on multiple platforms like Android and Samsung smart TVs -- and it just added one more.
On Tuesday, Vevo joined a short list of online entertainment ventures on Chromecast.
Waking up to the loud beeping of an alarm clock is no way to start a day, particularly if you regularly hit the snooze button and repeat the process once or twice before rolling out of bed. Pandora offers a better way. The free Pandora Radio app for iOS just received an update that introduces a new design for iOS 7 along with a long-awaited alarm clock feature.
To set the alarm, tap on the menu button in the upper-right corner when viewing the Now Playing screen. At the bottom of the menu you'll see a new line for … Read more
Yesterday's update of Google Play Music for Android (v5.3.1316M) added external SD card support for offline music. Users who have an Android device with an SD card slot will now be able free up their device's internal storage by saving offline music files onto an external card.
The feature is only available on KitKat for now, with "experimental support on some older devices." If you have one of those devices, such as the Galaxy S4, here's how to change the offline storage location to your external card:
Go to Google Play Music's … Read more
Xbox Music users now can identify their music and listen to it across different PCs and mobile devices courtesy of Gracenote.
Buying a $10-per-month Xbox Music Pass entitles you to tap into the new service, which can identify albums and songs you already own and unlock your music online. All of your music can be unlocked, including songs bought through Amazon or Apple as well as those ripped from your CDs.
Samsung rumors run rampant in this week's episode.
First, insiders are predicting that a "lite" version of the giant Note 3 could be released early next year. And, not even a year after the Samsung Galaxy S4 dropped, Sammy could already be gearing up to release the Galaxy S5. And this time, it might have a more-premium feel.
The biggest news this week, though, is the rumor that YouTube is working on a subscription-based service called "Music Pass." Imagine ad-free YouTubing. Sounds good to me.
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I'm almost exclusively a Johnny Mathis and Bing Crosby guy when it comes to holiday music, but if your tastes are more eclectic than mine, you may enjoy Apple's holiday gift of a free, eight-song playlist.
You'll find Apple's offer in the Apple Store app -- not to be confused with the App Store -- for the iPhone (but, oddly, not in the Apple Store iPad app.) From the Holiday tab, scroll down to the Holiday Cheer menu item. Tap on it and then tap the Download button, at which point you'll get kicked over … Read more