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Sprint and Spotify is rumored to be partnering

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AT&T partnered with Beats Music earlier this year to offer its customers access to discounted subscriptions to the streaming music service. Now there is a rumor that Sprint will be setting up a similar deal with Spotify, according to Re/Code. The deal is expected to go live on April 29th. It is believed that Sprint will allow its customers to sign up for free Spotify trials and allow them to pay for the music service through the Sprint billing system. We’ll know more when the deal is made official. Stay tuned, folks.

Rhapsody ends partnership with Echo Nest following Spotify acquisition

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Rhapsody has announced it is ending its partnership with The Echo Nest, which was acquired by Spotify a few weeks ago. Rhapsody said it was never completely satisfied with recommendations from any third party and is going to develop its own music personalization service.

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Spotify acquires The Echo Nest

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Music streaming service Spotify has acquired The Echo Nest, which is a music discovery service. The Echo Nest was used for powering Spotify’s radio service. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek claims that this deal will lead to the “best music intelligence platform on the planet.”

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Spotify hints at IPO by hiring a U.S. financial reporting specialist

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Spotify, the popular music streaming service, is hiring a U.S. financial reporting specialist, which hints at an IPO coming sometime in the near future. According to a banker source with Reuters, Spotify could be valued at as much as $8 billion.
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Forgotify helps you discover the 4 million unheard tracks on Spotify

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Did you know that there are 4 million unheard tracks on Spotify? That is around 20% of their catalog. This is why Lane Jordan put together a service called Forgotify. He worked with this project with his friends J. Hausmann and Nate Gagnon. Forgotify has created a database to crawl Spotify’s API for songs that have a play count of zero. After the song has been played once, it disappears from the website but lives on in Spotify unlikely to be found again. Many of Spotify’s undiscovered tracks are older songs.

Spotify: App is now free on tablets, smartphone app gets shuffle feature, Led Zeppelin catalog added

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Spotify has announced today that their app for the iPad and Android tablets are now available for free as of today. In the past, the tablet app was only available for people willing to shell out $10 per month. The Spotify desktop or browser-based program is available for fee.
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Spotify pays around $0.007 per stream to artists

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Spotify has revealed the average figures of how much artists make from their service in terms of royalties. Spotify pays an average of $0.007 per play, according to figures reported on the Spotify Artists website. Spotify has paid over $1 billion in royalties since launching in 2008. Of that $1 billion, $500 million was paid out in 2013 alone. Spotify is asking artists not to focus on the small amount per stream, but rather the accumulative earnings from a great album. Spotify keeps 30% of the money from subscriptions and ads.
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Spotify may launch free mobile access on December 11th

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Spotify may be offering mobile access to their music service for free, according to The Wall Street Journal. The free mobile tier will be launching on December 11th at a press event in New York. Users will not get unlimited on-demand access, but it will be less restricted if they listen to playlists or collections that they created. Spotify sent out press passes to the event last week saying “We’re having a media event. Like to come? There will be donuts.” Spotify’s mobile app is free to download, but only the “radio” can be accessed. After paying a monthly fee, Spotify will let you access any album, artist, or playlist you have created.