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  1. Spotify Blocks Users For “Improperly Downloading” Tracks With Third-Party Software Spotify has reportedly blocked the accounts of several customers after they "improperly" downloaded tracks from the service using a third-party software tool. Audials Music exploits Spotify to stream music to users at breakneck speed while recording tracks locally as MP3 files. This was noticed at Spotify and has resulted in users being suspended from the service for abuse. Streaming services like Spotify have revolutionized music consumption online by offering access to massive libraries at a reasonable price. Premium subscribers are also able to save music locally to their own devices but these tracks are only playable within Spotify itself, meaning that those hoping to amass a private collection of music – playable on any device – are left disappointed. In an effort to fill this gap, numerous software tools have appeared over the years claiming to help users download and keep tracks from Spotify in MP3 format. While this is technically possible, users of one specific piece of software have discovered that Spotify is able to detect their license-infringing behavior and put a stop to it. ‘Audials Music’ Bills Itself as a Premium Music Downloader Audials Music is a software tool that gives users the ability to stream and save content from a wide range of services including Spotify, Amazon Music, Deezer, TIDAL and Soundcloud. It achieves this by capturing audio streams, trimming them down into individual tracks, and saving them locally as MP3 files. According to the service, this can be achieved at breakneck speed. Indeed, Audials Music claims to download content from Spotify at 30 times the standard pace, something that allows users to quickly amass large libraries of audio material in a convenient and permanent format. Unfortunately, users of Audials Music are discovering that Spotify knows what’s going on. Audials Music Users Get Their Accounts Suspended By Spotify A few weeks ago, Audials Music users began posting to the company’s official forum, noting that they had received an email from Spotify stating that since abuse had been observed on their accounts, they had been blocked. “Spotify has determined that your account was involved in an improper use of the Spotify service that violates the terms of use, including potentially improper downloads,” the company’s email reads, as per a statement from the Audials team. The problem, it appears, is that Spotify holds data on when and how its subscribers access audio content and as a result was able to determine that users triggered faster streaming with Audials than is usually allowed. Audials explains as follows: “Spotify apparently stores detailed data about each user in the long term. In particular, it saves when you have heard which piece of music. Basically, this data should look identical, whether you are only playing or recording,” the company writes. “But Audials has a ‘high speed’ function. This quasi ‘makes time pass faster’, so that Spotify plays music faster, and so the recording succeeds faster. However, this means that the data stored by Spotify could say, for example, that you have listened to music with a playing time of 50 minutes within 5 minutes. “We strongly suspect that this is the criterion used by Spotify to select users for temporary bans. So far, we have only received reports from users who actually used the ‘high speed’ option and were blocked,” the company adds. Audials Says That Accounts Can Be Unblocked While users of Audials were no doubt disappointed to have their accounts blocked by Spotify, a new statement published by Audials suggests that a little groveling to the Swedish streaming platform results in suspensions being reversed. “If you have been temporarily blocked by Spotify, it is advisable to contact them via (link) and ask them to unblock the account, which according to the reports here happens without any problems,” Audials write. “If you want to avoid being blocked, you should especially not use the Audials ‘high speed’ option when recording, especially not after you have been unblocked.” Audials add that the ‘high speed’ feature available at Spotify isn’t present on other streaming services so the problems aren’t experienced on Amazon Music or Deezer, for example. There’s no suggestion that Spotify is able to detect the streaming and saving of tracks played at normal speeds either, so for now no more account suspensions in this respect are expected. Is It Illegal to Record Streams? Audials Says No Audials says that as long as users do not circumvent the DRM that protects tracks, the recording of streams is “clearly legal under US copyright law” but cautions that sharing those tracks is illegal. However, Spotify’s terms and conditions expressly forbid such activity. “Spotify respects intellectual property rights and expects you to do the same. We’ve established a few ground rules for you to follow when using the Service, to make sure Spotify stays enjoyable for everyone. You must follow these rules and should encourage other users to do the same,” its user agreement reads. Copying, redistributing, reproducing, ‘ripping,’ recording, transferring, performing or displaying to the public, broadcasting, or making available to the public any part of the Spotify service or its content is expressly forbidden. This means that if Spotify can show that any of this has taken place, it’s well within its rights to “suspend your access to the Spotify Service at any time, including in the event of your actual or suspected unauthorised use of the Spotify Service..” Spotify Blocks Users For “Improperly Downloading” Tracks With Third-Party Software
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  3. xSpotify Manager Features: ✓Self App Auto-Update ✓Regular Mod Section Available ✓Amoled Black Section Available ✓Lite Mod Section Available ✓Search Versions Available ✓Quick Search Filter Enabled ✓Menu With Various Features ✓In-App Downloader ✓Lightweight App (Less than 15MB) ✓No Advertisements HOW TO USE: •PREREQUISITE: Uninstall your current Spotify App. •STEPS: 1. Select the modification you want. 2. Upon seeing the dialog, tap on "DOWNLOAD MOD". 3. The application will start to download the modded spotify app. Please note to do not exit, cancel or close the app while downloading. 4. Once it finished downloading, you can now install the modded application. 5. You can find the modded apk file at /storage/emulated/0/xSpotify Manager/*here*. Homepage: Link Changelog: [01/24/2021] NOTE: Since version 3.1 had an issue installing updates (Parsing Error), you'll need to manually update the manager by getting the apk here. •Added "Device Model" •Added Directory Path </storage/emulated/0/xSpotify Manager/> [Downloaded APKs & Update will automatically be copied on the xSpotify Manager] •Added Dialog for Donation •Added Dark Navigation Bar •Lowered SDK to 28 (Experimental) •New Download File UI •New Download Update UI •Changed App's UI (Round corners removed) •Improved App's Stability •Fixed Some Grammatical Errors •Fixed Download Update Parsing Error (Installing issue) •Various Bugs Fixed Site: https://www.upload.ee Sharecode: /files/12804490/xSpotify_Manager_v3.2.apk.html
  4. How to control Spotify while playing a game in Windows 10 While playing a game, you may want to listen to your playlist rather than the in-game music to get the most out of your gaming experience. Unfortunately, it can be a pain to alt-tab out of the game to control your music. To make it easier to listen to Spotify playlists, you can use the Xbox Gamebar and its Spotify widget to control your music playback without ever leaving your game. Before you get started, you will need to download and install the Spotify desktop app or the Windows 10 Spotify app. While playing a game, even in full-screen mode, you can open the Xbox Gamebar by pressing the Windows key simultaneously as the G key on your keyboard. This keyboard combination will display an overlay on top of your game that lets you control the computer's volume, capture video, see a performance monitor, and shows a toolbar full of other widgets at the top of the screen. To control Spotify while in a game, you need to click on the Widgets menu, as shown by the red arrow, and then select the Spotify widget. Open the Spotify widget in the Xbox Gamebar If this is the first time you open the Spotify widget, you will be asked to log in and link the Xbox Gamebar with Spotify so that you can control the app using the in-game overlay. Link the Xbox Gamebar with Spotify Once you link your Spotify account, you will now be able to control Spotify, pause and play music, and select songs directly from within the game. Controlling Spotify using the in-game Xbox Gamebar overlay To get out of the Xbox Gamebar, simply click anywhere else on the screen or press the Esc button on your keyboard. Your Spotify music will now play in the background while you are playing the game. Source: How to control Spotify while playing a game in Windows 10
  5. It's official: Spotify has raised its subscription prices Premium Family gets the biggest price hike (Image credit: Spotify) We knew Spotify had been trialling the idea of raising subscription prices in the UK and now the price hike is official. Spotify has sent out emails to subscribers informing them of its plans to increase prices from the 30th April. Premium student goes from £4.99/€4.99mth to £5.99/€5.99mth and Premium Duo moves from £12.99/€12.49mth to £13.99/€13.99mth. The biggest price increase affects the Spotify Premium Family tier, which jumps from £14.99/€14.99mth to £16.99/€17.99mth. It appears as though the Premium Individual tier has avoided a price increase. While announcing the price changes will come into effect on the 30th April, it appears Spotify is giving current subscribers an additional month at the "old" price to soften the blow. This means the new price will take effect from their June billing date. If you're currently on a trial, Spotify will give you one month on the current price before the increase takes effect. Back in March, a survey was sent out to Spotify users that floated the idea of increasing prices for the Premium Individual, Duo and Family plans to £10.99, £14.99 and £19.99. We're assuming the feedback from this survey has helped shape the new prices revealed today. Spotify's price hike news follows reports from earlier today that it could also be about to launch podcast subscriptions. Now all eyes will be on how much the streaming giant decides to charge for its upcoming Spotify Hifi tier, which promises “music in lossless audio format, with CD quality”, and how it stacks up to rival tiers from the likes of Tidal and Amazon Music Unlimited. Are you a Spotify subscriber? What do you think of today's announcement? Let us know in the comments below. Source: It's official: Spotify has raised its subscription prices
  6. Spotify’s mobile app now supports 36 new languages, including many Indic ones It’s been slightly over two years since Spotify entered the Indian market. In that time, the music streaming service has introduced several new features to attract more users in the country. It has even slashed its prices to compete with domestic alternatives like Jio Saavn and Gaana. Furthermore, Spotify has launched a lite version of its Android app for users with entry-level smartphones and bandwidth restrictions. But despite these efforts, domestic alternatives continue to dominate the music streaming market. This is likely due to two main factors — price and regional language support. Spotify is now addressing one of these factors with the latest update for its mobile apps. During its Stream On event last month, Spotify revealed that it planned to expand to over 80 new markets and introduce support for 36 new languages. While the web version of the service has already received support for the new languages, Spotify is now finally rolling out an update for its mobile apps with the additional language support. The latest Spotify update brings support for these languages: Afrikaans, Amharic, Azerbaijani, Bengali, Bhojpuri, Bulgarian, Simplified Chinese, Croatian, Danish, Estonian, Filipino, Gujarati, Hindi, Icelandic, Kannada, Latvian, Lithuanian, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Norwegian, Odia, Persian, Portuguese for Portugal, Eastern Punjabi, Western Punjabi, Romanian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Swahili, Tamil, Telugu, Ukrainian, Urdu, and Zulu. This update will likely help Spotify gain some traction in emerging markets with a high concentration of regional language speakers. However, it may not make a huge difference in India because Spotify is still one of the pricier music streaming services in the country. Subscriptions from alternatives like JioSaavn, Wynk, and Gaana are not only much cheaper, but they often come bundled with mobile recharges, so users don’t have to pay anything extra to use them. On top of that, domestic services offer a wide selection of regional music, which may not be available on Spotify. Source: Spotify’s mobile app now supports 36 new languages, including many Indic ones
  7. Spotify HiFi will stream lossless audio to Premium subscribers for an additional fee Spotify is one of the most popular music streaming services in the world today, and it’s about to add one of the most-requested features — lossless audio quality. During its Stream On event today, Spotify announced that starting later this year, the platform will start offering lossless audio streaming. The new offering will be an additional quality tier available to Premium subscribers in “select markets.” Spotify confirmed to 9to5Google that this won’t be included in the cost of Premium, but will be a competitively priced add-on. The company says more details are coming “soon.” Artists and fans have told us that sound quality is important to them. We agree, and that’s why today at Stream On we announced Spotify HiFi. Beginning later this year, Premium subscribers in select markets will be able to upgrade their sound quality to Spotify HiFi and listen to their favorite songs in the way artists intended. When this feature arrives, it will deliver “CD-quality, lossless audio” to your device as well as compatible Spotify Connect speakers. Apparently, the company is working with some major speaker manufacturers to ensure that more people can experience the improved audio quality of Spotify HiFi. During the Stream On event, Spotify also announced a partnership with AGBO, the entertainment company founded by Avengers directors The Russo Brothers. Source: Spotify HiFi will stream lossless audio to Premium subscribers for an additional fee
  8. Spotify to launch in 80 new markets across Asia, Africa, Caribbean, Latin America Spotify revealed the plans, which will kick off in the "next few days," at its Stream On virtual news event Monday. Angela Lang/CNET Spotify said Monday it will expand significantly to more than 80 new markets across Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and Europe over the next few days, a rollout that would expand its availability to more than a billion people around the world. The company will also make Spotify available in 36 new languages, including Romanian, Hindi and Swahili, so it supports more than 60 languages total. It is Spotify's broadest expansion to date, bringing the service to a total of more than 180 markets. All the new markets are listed at the end of this article. Spotify at the moment is available across about half of the world, "but there are still millions of creators and billions of listeners who don't yet have access to Spotify," CEO Daniel Ek said, adding that more details would be released shortly. The new Spotify countries will have the ability to sign up for free and paid Premium plans; in select markets, Spotify will offer Individual, Family, Duo and Student Plan options too. It will be available on mobile and with its desktop web player, with some exceptions. The company will work with partners to introduce Spotify on more platforms, including TVs, speakers, wearables and cars in the coming months. Listeners will be able to select and search from Spotify's worldwide catalog -- one that may be limited by licensing rights, but Spotify said it "will continuously work with local rights holders and partners to expand its catalog to include more local offerings." In the majority of these markets, Spotify will launch with its full podcast catalog, with some exceptions. For the others, the company said it would will work with local partners to introduce more podcasts. The news came out of Spotify's Stream On event, intended to reveal how the streaming-music giant wants to improve both creator and fan experiences on its service. Monday's two-hour virtual event was expected to release news both for listeners of Spotify and for audio creators using the service. The company revealed it will launch HiFi, a new subscription tier for high-quality audio, in select markets later this year. On Monday, Spotify said that its expansion into new local markets would work to make the service available as quickly as possible in as many places as possible, so some markets will launch with a core library of content and features that will evolve over time. Spotify, the biggest streaming service by both listeners and subscribers, hasn't held one of these events since 2018 when it overhauled its free mobile tier. It amped up what you could hear with a free account, unlocking on-demand songs that previously were available only to paying customers. Changes like those, and Spotify's obession with expanding into podcasts of late, have vaulted the company to 345 million listeners and 155 million paying subscribers as of the end of last year. Spotify's new markets will be Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Botswana, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Cameroon, Chad, Comoros, Côte d'Ivoire, Curaçao, Djibouti, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Eswatini, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Macau, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Micronesia, Mongolia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Source: Spotify to launch in 80 new markets across Asia, Africa, Caribbean, Latin America
  9. Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen launch podcast on Spotify It is another landmark moment in Spotify's aggressive push to dominate the podcast business. Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen during an election campaign rally in Madison, Wisc., on Nov. 5, 2012.Jason Reed / Reuters file Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen are making a podcast. Spotify on Monday announced the launch of "Renegades: Born in the USA," featuring the former president and the legendary rock star in conversation on issues ranging from politics and the state of America to fatherhood, marriage and manhood. The conversations will span eight episodes, the first two of which go live on Monday. The podcast, produced by Barack and Michelle Obama’s production company, Higher Ground, is decidedly the highest-profile collaboration in the history of podcasting. "It is a personal, in-depth discussion between two friends exploring their pasts, their beliefs, and the country that they love — as it was, as it is, and as it ought to be going forward," Spotify said in a statement, noting that the two men "have formed a deep friendship since they first met on the campaign trail in 2008." It is also another landmark moment in Spotify's aggressive push to dominate the podcast business. The Swedish streaming service has committed more than $500 million to acquiring podcast companies and has struck exclusive deals with big names including Joe Rogan and Kim Kardashian and major brands like Warner Bros. In 2019, Spotify signed an exclusive deal with the Obamas to produce podcasts. Their first production, The Michelle Obama Podcast, was the top global podcast when it launched last summer, and Spotify is betting that the Obama-Springstreen series will have similar appeal worldwide. Many of the conversations between Obama and Springsteen are likely to focus on fixing America's cultural and political divides. "How did we get here? How could we find our way back to a more unifying American story?" Obama asks in his intro to the show. "On the surface, Bruce and I don't have a lot in common. But over the years, what we’ve found is that we’ve got a shared sensibility. About work, about family and about America. In our own ways, Bruce and I have been on parallel journeys trying to understand this country that’s given us both so much." Obama and Springsteen unveiled the "Renegades" podcast during a virtual Spotify event in which the company also announced an expansion of their D.C. Comics shows and a new partnership with the Russo brothers, the directors of “The Avengers” films. Source: Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen launch podcast on Spotify
  10. Requirements: 4.0.3+ Overview: Spotify is now free on mobile and tablet. Listen to the right music, wherever you are. Spotify is now free on mobile and tablet. Listen to the right music, wherever you are. With Spotify, you have access to a world of music. You can listen to artists and albums, or create your own playlist of your favorite songs. Want to discover new music? Choose a ready-made playlist that suits your mood or get personalized recommendations. Listen for free on mobile • Play any artist, album, or playlist on shuffle mode Listen for free on tablet • Play any song, any time Spotify Premium features • Play any song, any time on any device--mobile, tablet, or your computer • Download music for offline listening. • Enjoy amazing sound quality. • No ads – just uninterrupted music. • No commitment - cancel any time you like. WHAT'S NEW We’re always making changes and improvements to Spotify. To make sure you don’t miss a thing, just keep your Updates turned on. ★★★ MOD Unlocked ★★★ Unlocked Spotify Connect; Seek FWD button added to information bar/tablet mod; Visual ads blocked; Audio ads blocked; Seeking enabled; Unlimited shuffle; Choose any song; Extreme audio unlocked; Repeats enabled. Note: Some server-side features require paid subscription. This is first OLD version when bans started happening, works with old accounts and new accounts + added all the new patches to it. This is the most stable version of Spotify with no FC and everything is working. A comment from mrdude about this version: This app has no advertisements More Info: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.spotify.music&hl=en Download Instructions: [credits: mrdude & Balatan] Site: https://www.upload.ee Sharecode: /files/11803025/Spotify__v8.4.43.632__Mod___Recommended__.apk.html
  11. Spotify is now free on mobile and tablet. Listen to the right music, wherever you are. With Spotify, you have access to a world of music. You can listen to artists and albums, or create your own playlist of your favorite songs. Want to discover new music? Choose a ready-made playlist that suits your mood or get personalized recommendations. Listen for free on mobile • Play any artist, album, or playlist on shuffle mode Listen for free on tablet • Play any song, any time Spotify Premium features • Play any song, any time on any device--mobile, tablet, or your computer • Download music for offline listening. • Enjoy amazing sound quality. • No ads – just uninterrupted music. • No commitment - cancel any time you like. What's New: We’re always making changes and improvements to Spotify. To make sure you don’t miss a thing, just keep your Updates turned on Default Mod Features: Unlocked Next Track; Unlocked Pevious Track; Unlocked Seeking FWD/BWD Unlocked/Able to Select Any Songs & Albums Unlocked Repeat Once/All; Unlocked Shuffle; Unlocked Very High Audio (Visual, WIP); Disabled Force Shuffle; Unlocked Spotify Connect (Premium Bypass); Unlocked On-Demand Sharing; Unlocked Canvas Sharing; Unlocked Voice Feature; Unlocked Volume Control; Unlocked Animated Heart; Unlocked Lyrics Sharing (Works only in supported countries); Unlocked Storylines; Unlocked Sing-along (Works only in supported countries); Unlocked User Playlist Annotation (New Feature); Unlocked Follow Feed; Unlocked Editorial Mode; Unlocked Full Screen Stories; Unlocked Facebook Login; Disabled Audio Ads; Disabled Video Ads; Mod Changelog: ✓ Minor Bugs Fixed Note: Some server-side features [Downloads] require paid subscription. Google play Info: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.spotify.music Download: (v8a) Site: https://www.mirrored.to Sharecode: /files/OIF6AVEW/Spotify-v8.6.0.830_build_69736114-Mod-arm64-v8a.apk_links Download: (v7a) Site: https://www.mirrored.to Sharecode: /files/BJVS70Y9/Spotify_-_Music_and_Podcasts_v8.6.0.830.apk_links
  12. Joe Budden Brings Podcast to Patreon, Joins Company as Head of Creator Equity After splitting with Spotify last September, the broadcaster says he trusts Patreon’s vision and “ability to expand the creator economy.” Five months after yanking his blockbuster shows from Spotify amid a dispute over compensation, podcasting powerhouse Joe Budden is partnering with another subscription platform that’s promising artists more leverage. His signature The Joe Budden Podcast with Rory & Mal and The Joe Budden Network will now be hosted on Patreon, the company announced Wednesday (Feb. 3). Budden will also take on the title of Patreon’s head of creative equity, an new advisory role that will have him focused on making sure creators on the platform have an equal seat at the table. The podcast industry has seen a number of major shows shift platforms in recent years, kicked off by The Joe Budden Podcast with Rory & Mal locking into an exclusive pact with Spotifyin 2018. Spotify — which committed to spending $500 million in 2019 to build up its podcasting division — inked exclusive deals with Barack and Michelle Obama, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and Joe Rogan, sending its share price up 8% on the day it was announced. Apple launched a podcast with Oprah’s Book Club in September, with talks of future paid podcast subscription services circling both companies. And Amazon, never to be left out, has launched its own slate of exclusive podcasts featuring DJ Khaled and Will Smith. In an interview with Billboard, Budden says, "The more I spoke with Jack [Conte, the co-founder and CEO of Patreon], one-on-one on the phone and learned more about his story, I learned that we were aligned in that initiative." "This isn't about one deal," Conte tells Billboard. "This is about the new emerging creative economy and this is about companies paying creators the minimum amount that they can get away with instead of what creators are actually worth, which is what Joe was feeling. And it's what I've been feeling for many, many years." Conte -- a musician and one half of the band Pomplamoose -- continues, “I come from the YouTube world and indie rock, he comes from hip-hop and Def Jam, but as we were talking about our own experiences and sharing our experiences, it was like we were telling the same freaking story.” Arguably the world’s preeminent hip-hop podcast and Spotify’s most popular podcast of 2019, The Joe Budden Podcast with Rory & Mal arrives on Patreon in a non-exclusive partnership that will provide subscribers to the show with additional episodes, behind-the-scenes footage and new video series called “Journey” produced by Budden, starting at $5 a month, with $10 a month and $25 a month options. (“These are additional bonus episodes, two per month at minimum, along with new content franchises that we're going to roll out that I've been working on during the pandemic,” Budden says.) The Joe Budden network will also develop content that will live on Patreon moving forward. Budden says there will be discounts on merchandise and access to a Discord server for subscribers. The arrangement means The Joe Budden Podcast with Rory & Mal will continue to be available on Apple Podcasts, YouTube, and SoundCloud. Budden pulled his podcast off Spotify last September after a multi-year exclusive agreement with the streaming service expired, amid tensions with the company over a number of issues including compensation. At Patreon, Budden’s earnings will come directly from his fans utilizing a membership model. Patreon’s cut of a subscription is currently capped at 12% (before payment processing fees), leaving the majority of revenue for creators. Rather than a set contract like Budden had at Spotify, The Joe Budden Network will be able to earn as much as its fans will pay, a good option for Budden, who has publicly pushed for years for creators to be paid their fair market value. “Every step along the way in my career, I've been either underpaid, undervalued or just without the information because they don't make it transparent to creators, especially young ones, the same young ones that they target,” Budden says. “The goal since maybe my last album has been to find what true value is,” he continues, “The system is still all the way broken and we're entering a new decade. At some point, somebody has to draw a line in the sand. I didn't feel like any of my content was valued properly. That's from Complex to Spotify to you name it, the story just continues. So when do people get tired of the same shit from the same people without attempting to break the standards and push the boundaries to incentivize us a little more? If we're the people that are raising the market share in these different places, it seems right that we should participate.” Conte agrees, and says a “creative renaissance” is on the horizon once platforms figure out the economics around creators and how to properly compensate them. “I believe that as the web starts solving payments, we're going to see an explosion of creativity to a degree that we have not yet seen. And I don't use the word ‘renaissance’ lightly. I believe we are about to enter a second renaissance of creativity,” Conte says, enthusiastically. “Creators have more value in the world. They do more for their fans. They do more for the Internet. They do more for the people around them than they're paid. And that needs to be fixed. And I do think this is the beginning of a new era.” The first Patreon-exclusive episode of The Joe Budden Podcast with Rory & Mal will be available Feb. 8 on Patreon.com/JoeBudden. Source: Joe Budden Brings Podcast to Patreon, Joins Company as Head of Creator Equity
  13. Spotify’s paid subscribers hit 155M, but company is still losing money Spotify‘s paid subscribers hit 155M at the end of the last quarter of last year, up 24% year-on-year. This compares to the last-declared figure of 60M from Apple Music. Total monthly active Spotify users, which include people on the free ad-funded tier, reached 345M, a year-on-year increase of 27% … Spotify revealed the numbers in its earnings report for Q4 2020. However, the WSJ notes that the company is still losing money – in large part because growing its subscriber base has only been achieved by a mix of extended free trials and low-cost introductory deals in developed markets, coupled with permanently low subscriptions in developing countries like India. The company posted a loss of €125 million, or 66 European cents a share, compared with a loss of €209 million, or €1.14 a share, the year before. While Spotify has periodically reported a quarterly profit, executives have said it would continue to give priority to growth—attracting new subscribers and investing in podcasting […] Average revenue per user for the subscription business fell 8% to €4.26, the equivalent of $5.13, from a year ago, as the company continued to attract new subscribers via discounted plans and charge lower prices in new markets such as India and Russia. In October, Spotify raised the price of its family plan in seven markets, a move the company said didn’t affect churn or customer intake. In February, it expanded price increases to another 25 markets, including in Europe, Latin America and Canada. Revenue from subscriptions rose 15% from the year before, to €1.89 billion. Advertising revenue grew for a second consecutive quarter after sliding in the first half of the year amid pandemic headwinds, jumping 29% to €281 million. Advertising, historically less than 10% of Spotify’s top line, accounted for 13% of revenue. It has become a growth area as the company expands its podcast business. Having more Spotify paid subscribers helps, as these are worth more than ad-funded ones, but the business model itself remains a tricky one. The vast majority of the subscriptions are paid to record labels, leaving only a slim margin for the service itself. Spotify made a big bet on diversification into podcasts last year, and has taken its first tentative steps into the audiobooks market. Both potentially offer ways to keep a higher proportion of revenue. Apple has been notably quiet about its own subscriber numbers. Historically, the company has announced hitting milestones in 10M increments, so the fact that there has been no announcement since the 60M one back in 2019 suggests that it hasn’t yet hit 70M. The great strength of Apple Music over Spotify as a business, however, is that the Cupertino company has no need to turn a profit. It can afford to use the service as simply one element in its Services portfolio and to help drive hardware sales for things like AirPods and HomePods. Photo by Cezar Sampaio on Unsplash Source: Spotify’s paid subscribers hit 155M, but company is still losing money
  14. Spotify dabbles in audiobooks by offering nine public-domain works Initial titles include 'Frankenstein,' 'Great Expectations' and 'Jane Eyre.' stockcam via Getty Images Spotify’s aggressive move into content beyond music continues today, as the company is testing a small “pilot” of audiobooks on the platform. Specifically, nine classic audiobooks will be available starting today. This isn’t technically the first time Spotify has offered audiobooks, though before it only had a star-studded reading of the first Harry Potter novel. The nine new books are public-domain titles like Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations and Jane Austen’s Persuasion. Naturally, Spotify has again recruited some well-known names to read the books, including Hilary Swank (reading Kate Chopin’s The Awakening) and Forest Whitaker (reading Fredrick Douglass’s Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave). Besides the audiobooks themselves, Spotify is also including a complimentary “deep dive” on each book by Harvard professor Glenda Carpio. While these books are all public domain, the new recordings and the additional content from Carpio will be exclusive to Spotify; both free and premium users will be able to access these books. Whether or not Spotify will take its interest in audiobooks beyond this pilot remains to be seen — recording and offering a small selection of public-domain books is a lot different than providing a large library of modern and classic titles. Spotify itself noted that it runs lots of tests, some of which are just for learning’s sake rather than anything that becomes part of the product. But given the company’s big focus on spoken word content with podcasts, dabbling in books is a test that makes sense. Source: Spotify dabbles in audiobooks by offering nine public-domain works
  15. Spotify is now free on mobile and tablet. Listen to the right music, wherever you are. With Spotify, you have access to a world of music. You can listen to artists and albums, or create your own playlist of your favorite songs. Want to discover new music? Choose a ready-made playlist that suits your mood or get personalized recommendations. Listen for free on mobile • Play any artist, album, or playlist on shuffle mode Listen for free on tablet • Play any song, any time Spotify Premium features • Play any song, any time on any device--mobile, tablet, or your computer • Download music for offline listening. • Enjoy amazing sound quality. • No ads – just uninterrupted music. • No commitment - cancel any time you like. What's New: We’re always making changes and improvements to Spotify. To make sure you don’t miss a thing, just keep your Updates turned on. MOD FEATURES: •Unlocked Next Track •Unlocked Pevious Track •Unlocked Seeking FWD/BWD •Unlocked/Able to Select Any Songs & Albums •Unlocked Repeat Once/All •Unlocked Shuffle •Unlocked Very High Audio (Visual, WIP) •Disabled Force Shuffle •Unlocked Spotify Connect (Premium Bypass) •Unlocked On-Demand Sharing •Unlocked Canvas Sharing •Unlocked Voice Feature •Unlocked Volume Control •Unlocked Animated Heart •Unlocked Lyrics Sharing (Works only in supported countries) •Unlocked Storylines •Unlocked Sing-along (Works only in supported countries) •Unlocked User Playlist Annotation (New Feature) •Unlocked Follow Feed •Unlocked Editorial Mode •Unlocked Full Screen Stories •Unlocked Facebook Login •Disabled Audio Ads •Disabled Video Ads •Disabled Visual Ads •Disabled Third-Party Ads MOD CHANGELOGS: •Added "Local Import Music" (Credits: Sherlock Holmes) [NOTE: All imported musics can be found at "Your Library"/Like Songs (Playlist)] •Added Podcast More For You (New Hidden Feature) •Added Podcast Next Queue (New Hidden Feature) •Added Voice Assistance (New Feature) •Added/Enable Waze SDK Feature •Added/Enable Thumbs Mode Feature •Added/Enable Chromecast Filtering •Added/Enable Device Picker & Google Assistant Linking •Added/Enable Silence Trimmer Feature •Added/Enable Subtitles Autogenerated for Video Captions Note: Some server-side features [Downloads] require paid subscription. Google Play Info: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.spotify.music Download: (v7a) Site: https://www.mirrored.to Sharecode: /files/O5SMYEW4/Spotify_v8.5.89.901_Mod_v7a.apk_links Download: (v8a) Site: https://www.mirrored.to Sharecode: /files/FYIMDGZM/Spotify_v8.5.89.901_Mod_(Arm64).apk_links
  16. Spotify announces an exclusive podcast deal with filmmaker Ava DuVernay Image Credits: Michael Tran (opens in a new window)/ Getty Images Spotify continues to enlist big names for its podcasting efforts. The latest: Filmmaker Ava DuVernay and her arts collective Array. DuVernay has directed theatrically released films including “Selma” and “A Wrinkle in Time,” but she also made “13th” and “When They See Us” for Netflix, and she’s been an eloquent proponent for streaming as a more accessible way of telling her stories. Spotify says that through this multiyear partnership, Array will be creating exclusive scripted and unscripted programming for the streaming audio platform. For these productions, it will be working with Gimlet, the podcast network that Spotify acquired in 2019. “Recognizing the undeniable power of voice and sound, I’m thrilled to extend ARRAY’s storytelling into the realm of podcasts,” DuVernay said in a statement. “The opportunity to work with [Gimlet’s head of content] Lydia Polgreen and her passionate team drew us to Spotify as a home for our audio narratives and we couldn’t be more excited to begin this new creative journey.” In addition to acquiring Gimlet, Spotify has also signed exclusive podcast deals with Barack and Michelle Obama, Joe Rogan and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Source: Spotify announces an exclusive podcast deal with filmmaker Ava DuVernay
  17. How to Bust Your Spotify Feedback Loop and Find New Music Does the algorithm know you too well? Here’s how to shake up your recommendations for a more varied listening experience. Photograph: Justin Paget/Getty Images If you’re listening to music right now, chances are you didn’t choose what to put on—you outsourced it to an algorithm. Such is the popularity of recommendation systems that we’ve come to rely on them to serve us what we want without us even having to ask, with music streaming services such as Spotify, Pandora, and Deezer all using personalized systems to suggest playlists or tracks tailored to the user. Generally, these systems are very good. The problem, for some, is that they’re perhaps really too good. They’ve figured out your taste, know exactly what you listen to, and recommend more of the same until you’re stuck in an endless pit of ABBA recordings (just me?). But what if you want to break out of your usual routine and try something new? Can you train or trick the algorithm into suggesting a more diverse range? “That is tricky,” says Peter Knees, assistant professor at TU Wien. “Probably you have to steer it very directly into the direction that you already know you might be interested in.” The problem only gets worse the more you rely on automated recommendations. “When you keep listening to the recommendations that are being made, you end up in that feedback loop, because you provide further evidence that this is the music you want to listen to, because you're listening to it,” Knees says. This provides positive reinforcement to the system, incentivizing it to keep making similar suggestions. To break out of that bubble, you’re going to need to quite explicitly listen to something different. Companies such as Spotify are secretive about how their recommendation systems work (and Spotify declined to comment on the specifics of its algorithm for this article), but Knees says we can assume most are heavily based on collaborative filtering, which makes predictions of what you might like based on the likes of other people who have similar listening habits to you. You may think that your music taste is something very personal, but it’s likely not unique. A collaborative filtering system can build a picture of taste clusters—artists or tracks that appeal to the same group of people. Really, Knees says, this isn’t all that different to what we did before streaming services, when you might ask someone who liked some of the same bands as you for more recommendations. “This is just an algorithmically supported continuation of this idea,” he says. The problem occurs when you want to get away from your usual genre, era, or general taste and find something new. The system is not designed for this, so you’re going to have to put in some effort. “Frankly, the best solution would be to create a new account and really train it on something very dissimilar,” says Markus Schedl, a professor at Johannes Kepler University Linz. Failing that, you need to actively seek out something new. You could seek out a new genre or use a tool outside of your main streaming service to find suggestions of artists or tracks and then search for them. Schedl suggests finding something you don’t listen to as much and starting a “radio” playlist—a feature in Spotify that creates a playlist based on a selected song. (These may, however, also be influenced by your broader listening habits.) Knees suggests waiting for new releases or regularly listening to the most popular tracks. “There's a chance that the next thing that comes up is going to be your thing,” he says. But getting away from the mainstream is harder. You’ll find that even if you actively search for a new genre, you’ll likely be nudged toward more popular artists and tracks. This makes sense—if lots of people like something, it’s more likely you will too—but can make it hard to unearth hidden gems. Knees therefore advises trying to actively dig into the “long tail”—the huge number of artists and tracks that have few listeners but might just be your niche. While you can manually trawl through obscure artists and back catalogs, however, your recommendations will still likely tend toward the mainstream. “Even if you're in the long tail, it kind of pushes you back into the head, into the popular items, when making recommendations, because this is where the system is most stable,” he says. As a general rule, if you want to diversify your listening, you’ll have to put more effort into music discovery rather than allowing the system to do it for you. Instead of just listening to personalized playlists, you could follow playlists curated by individuals. “If you're relying on a platform to do the work for you, then you're basically in the radio mode, as people were before,” Knees says. There is another way that music recommendation systems can work, which could help bust the feedback loop: content-based recommendations. In this approach, recommendations are based on sound rather than other people’s listening habits. The system could quantify aspects of music such as tempo and find similar tracks based on those acoustic qualities. Schedl suggests you could even put a numeric value on things like “danceability” or “instrumentalness.” In this case, you could even adjust the system for diversity, by tuning how similar recommended tracks should be. How much this sort of content-based recommendation approach is used, however, is unknown, and it can be a very risky strategy in terms of user experience. Play too much of the same thing and a user might get bored; but play something too far out of their comfort zone and they might just leave. “You have this trade-off between sticking to really solid, no-risk recommendations by just doing what everybody does and, on the other hand, letting the computer make a recommendation based on the sound properties alone without knowing anything about the cultural aspects of music, which might completely break that expectation,” Knees says. This could be good—it might find the perfect song just for you—or it could completely undermine a user’s trust in the recommendation system. Meanwhile, if 2021 is the year you get back into music discovery, you’ll have to take the initiative to explore outside of your filter bubble. It’s likely, in fact, that you listen to a greater range of music since using streaming platforms than you did before. Perhaps, muses Knees, it was the extra effort required to find an artist or track in the past that made it feel more precious. Put in the work, then, and it might pay off. This story originally appeared on WIRED UK. How to Bust Your Spotify Feedback Loop and Find New Music
  18. This week it was revealed that Spotify wants to patent a technology that will enable artists to check whether their uploaded songs have elements that are too similar to others. One of the aims is to help artists avoid copyright infringement lawsuits. But, doesn't the thought of artistic impression being policed by a computer sound like an episode of Black Mirror? When I started writing music in in my teens, I didn’t even think about how to begin. I just did what every other starting writer does – I copied, emulated, plagiarized and otherwise ripped-off everything I’d enjoyed from the music I’d listened to thus far. Badly. Deprived of divine inspiration, it wouldn’t have been possible any other way. Show me a composer who hasn’t committed at least one of the above at some point and I’ll show you someone who spontaneously learned how to speak as a child without hearing others do so. It was for these reasons I was horrified when MBW reported this week that Spotify has filed for a patent to scan music uploads so that they can be assessed for potential plagiarism. The theory is that if a track (or part thereof) is deemed to be too similar to a preexisting track, the artist can adjust their creation, thereby avoiding accusations of plagiarism and potential copyright infringement lawsuits in the future. Without condoning professional musicians who think it’s acceptable (it’s not) to copy large parts of others’ tracks and pass them off as their own, it worries me that a computer program could end up with the power to stop an artist in their tracks and tell them to take another route. There are dozens of millions of songs on streaming services today and millions more besides. So, go ahead and hum a six-second tune of your own making right now. Guess what – someone, somewhere has done that before. Now hum another original tune without being influenced by any music you’ve ever heard in the past. You can see where this is going. Of course, we don’t know how or even if this technology will ever be used. It might be deployed moderately but if not, the thought of needing to obtain some kind of permission from an algorithm that could, in the future, have access to a database of every song ever made, sounds a bit like an episode of Black Mirror to me. Some may be thinking, “You watch too much Black Mirror”, and those people would be right. But imagine if this future technology fell into the wrong hands and was aggressively used to scan all of the music made thus far for ‘plagiarism’? There wouldn’t be enough copyright troll lawyers to go round. Or, imagine it comes pre-installed in your music software, stopping you in your creative tracks whenever it detects a collision. The thing about music is that it can’t develop or evolve without some kind of plagiarism, or ‘influence’ if you prefer a less loaded word. Proof of that is proudly on display when we search by genre, a particular decade, or music from a geographical region, because these artists copy from each other to perpetuate a style. Indeed, to a certain extent, and when it’s not carried out at the expense of others, music lovers enjoy a bit of copying because we know what we like and we want more of it. But, apparently, the threat of being subjected to a copyright lawsuit in the future is now so severe, artists might need to double-check with a computer that they haven’t accidentally ‘discovered’ someone else’s combination of notes, chords, or rhythms, having got there too late. Sad really. Finally, this piece would not be complete without a reference to what I and many others believe is one of the most important few seconds in recent musical history. I’m talking about the ‘Amen Break‘ from The Winston’s 1969 track ‘Amen, Brother’. This snippet of music has been plagiarized, ripped-off, stolen, and otherwise utilized in thousands and thousands of tracks for the last 50 years. There seems little doubt that had the proposed Spotify system or one like it been around the first time this sample was used without permission, the uploader would’ve been gently advised that this had been done before. Taking that to its logical conclusion, that loop would’ve been denied the chance to inspire thousands of artists to make music people love. Recycling is good and plagiarism isn’t always bad. Humans are programmed to copy. Let’s not get too carried away when nobody is getting hurt. Source: TorrentFreak
  19. Requirements: 4.1+ Overview: Spotify is now free on mobile and tablet. Listen to the right music, wherever you are. Spotify is now free on mobile and tablet. Listen to the right music, wherever you are. With Spotify, you have access to a world of music. You can listen to artists and albums, or create your own playlist of your favorite songs. Want to discover new music? Choose a ready-made playlist that suits your mood or get personalized recommendations. Listen for free on mobile • Play any artist, album, or playlist on shuffle mode Listen for free on tablet • Play any song, any time Spotify Premium features • Play any song, any time on any device--mobile, tablet, or your computer • Download music for offline listening. • Enjoy amazing sound quality. • No ads – just uninterrupted music. • No commitment - cancel any time you like. What's New: We’re always making changes and improvements to Spotify. To make sure you don’t miss a thing, just keep your Updates turned on. Mod Info: Unlocked Spotify Connect; Visual ads blocked; Audio ads blocked; Seeking enabled; Unlimited shuffle; Choose any song; Extreme audio unlocked; Repeats enabled; Canvas enabled; Storyline enabled; Disabled / Removed unwanted Permissions + Receivers and Services; Analytics / Crashlytics disabled. Note: Some server-side features [Downloads] require paid subscription. This app has no advertisements More Info: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.spotify.music Download Instructions: [credits: mrdude & Balatan] https://www.upload.ee/files/11786836/Spotify_v8.5.59.1137__Mod_.apk.html
  20. Spotify is now on mobile and tablet. Listen to the right music, wherever you are. With Spotify, you have access to a world of music. You can listen to artists and albums, or create your own playlist of your favorite songs. Want to discover new music? Choose a ready-made playlist that suits your mood or get personalized recommendations. Listen on mobile • Play any artist, album, or playlist on shuffle mode Listen for free on tablet • Play any song, any time Spotify Premium features • Play any song, any time on any device--mobile, tablet, or your computer • Download music for offline listening. • Enjoy amazing sound quality. • No ads – just uninterrupted music. • No commitment - cancel any time you like. What's New: We’re always making changes and improvements to Spotify. To make sure you don’t miss a thing, just keep your Updates turned on. Mod Info: Remove Ads/Analytics Disable Audio Ads Unlock Spotify Connect Unlock Shuffling Unlock Repeating Unlock Seeking Unlock Extreme audio Unlimited Skips Choose any song Unlock Spotify Canvas Share Canvas to IG Story Spotify Lyrics V2 Unlock Storyline Unlock Behind Lyric Special Blue Theme Google Play Info: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.spotify.music Download: Site: https://www.mirrored.to Sharecode: /files/5G3EZC7R/Spotify_-_Music_and_Podcasts_8.5.74.834_[Mod]_[Blue].apk_links
  21. Unlike the streaming behemoth, the artist-focused platform lets fans support their favorite musicians directly 5 million: That’s how many digital albums were sold on the music platform Bandcamp in the last year, per the Los Angeles Times. With its artist-first business model, Bandcamp, founded in 2008, has become the favored platform for many independent musicians who are frustrated with the minuscule royalties paid out by dominant streaming platforms like Spotify. In March, when live performances dried up due to the pandemic, Bandcamp announced that on the first Friday of every month, it would waive the 15% cut it takes on digital sales (and 10% on physical sales), allowing artists to receive contributions from fans in their entirety. Bandcamp also lets fans support their favorite artists by paying above the listed price for music and merchandise, and says that more than 40% of buyers have opted to do so since the pandemic began. The company boasts on its website that fans have paid artists a total of $587 million through its platform. Bandcamp has been profitable since 2012, and according to the company, sales over the last month have grown 122% year-over-year. The company has grown while eschewing promotional tools that drive listeners to top artists like bestseller charts and tastemaker playlists, hoping that listeners will explore and discover artists they like on the platform by themselves. Its focus on discovery and artists is in stark contrast to Spotify, which uses powerful algorithms to determine exactly what you want to listen to, pays artists fractions of a penny per stream, and has been criticized for allowing spammers to game its platform with fake collaborations, fake movie soundtracks, and SEO-spam. But being beloved by indie artists and their fans isn’t enough to dominate digital streaming in general. Bandcamp’s 5 million digital album downloads are a very long way from posing anything like a threat to Spotify, which has 130 million paying subscribers. Much like owning albums on vinyl, overpaying for them is cool now. Source
  22. Spotify’s first exclusive DC Comics podcast, Batman Unburied, explores Bruce Wayne’s psychology It’ll premiere in 2021 Spotify Spotify announced the first podcast that’ll come out of its exclusive DC Comics deal today: a new show called Batman Unburied. The narrative podcast will explore the “darker aspects of Bruce Wayne’s psychology.” It’ll debut in 2021, and for now, no other details are being released. David S. Goyer, the screenwriter behind Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins, will executive produce the podcast. Goyer also came up with the idea behind the story. Although this isn’t much to go off, it’s promising for DC fans that Spotify’s partnering with reputable names in the comics space and will likely continue that trend with future shows. The company is directly competing with Pandora and SiriusXM, which inked a deal with Marvel Comics to release exclusive podcasts on both platforms. So Spotify needs to bring in well-known talent to helm big shows if it’s to entice people to spend their time on the DC Comics shows over the scores of other podcasts on competing platforms. Beyond comics, Spotify has continued to sign exclusive podcast deals — including with the Obamas, Kim Kardashian West, and Joe Rogan — in hopes it can keep listeners on its platform even after they finish the show they originally wanted to hear. Spotify’s first exclusive DC Comics podcast, Batman Unburied, explores Bruce Wayne’s psychology
  23. Spotify now has its own iOS 14 widget Quickly get back to whatever you were playing recently Image: Spotify In the weeks since iOS 14’s release, more and more apps have been adding new features that take advantage of what’s in Apple’s latest update. And now, Spotify is joining in. Today, the leading subscription music service announced the launch of its widget for iOS 14 and iPadOS 14. Similar to Apple’s own widgets for Apple Music, Spotify’s serve as a means of quickly getting back to something you were recently listening to. You can pick between small and medium sizes, but Spotify doesn’t yet offer a large-sized iOS 14 widget. “The Spotify iOS widgets will display up to five of the recently played artists, playlists, albums or podcasts covers,” a Spotify spokesperson said by email. “Users can tap on the covers to dive straight back into their content.” The small widget displays just whatever you were playing last while using the app. To add Spotify widget to your Home Screen Make sure you’ve updated to the latest version of Spotify. I’ve noticed that sometimes an app’s widgets won’t show up until after you open it following the update, so try that if you don’t see them at first. Touch and hold a widget or an empty area on the device home screen until the apps jiggle Tap the Add button (+) in the upper-left corner Select the Spotify widget in the list Select the size of the widget you wish to add from the 2 options available (1x1 small square or 2x1 rectangle), then tap “Add Widget” Place the widget, and tap “Done” to confirm I’ve noticed some other useful widgets popping up recently, including from Dropbox, Otter, and other apps. If you’ve got any favorites you’ve discovered, please do share in the comments. Spotify now has its own iOS 14 widget
  24. Spotify Duo for couples is cheaper than the standard family plan Couples with no kids can save $7/mo and get access to middle-ground playlists. Enlarge / This promo clip for Duo is exactly what you think it is—green puppet is a classical musician who declares his superior taste, and blue puppet "can spot a good song when he hears it." Spotify Today, Spotify announced that it is expanding its Duo plan to 55 markets, including the United States. In a nutshell, Spotify Duo is a dual plan for couples—who must reside at the same physical address—without a family. If you want Spotify Premium service, the appeal of a family account is obvious—individual Spotify Premium accounts go for $9.99/mo apiece, while a family account that covers up to six people goes for $14.99/mo. Duo sits in between the two at $12.99/mo—for the most part, it's simply Family without the family, offering fewer total accounts and no parental controls. The new Duo plan also comes with a feature called Duo Mix, intended to provide mutually enjoyable playlists based on the preferences of both partners on a Duo plan. The mix is automatically generated, and its overall tempo can be changed by tapping "chill" or "upbeat" icons on a mobile device. Each song on the artificially generated playlist includes the profile picture of the partner whose tastes it was generated from—so if you still can't agree on music, you can at least definitively target the responsible party when "Never Gonna Give You Up," "Who Let The Dogs Out," or some strange indie folk song starts playing. Enlarge / In 2019, two-person households were the single largest US segment, at 34.51 percent. statista Some outlets have expressed surprise at Duo's appeal—characterizing it as "solving a problem few people face." But the plan makes a lot more sense if you assume—rightly or wrongly—that customers will follow Spotify's actual restrictions. Both Spotify Duo and Spotify Family require all plan members to live at the same physical address. Two-person households were the largest single group in the United States in 2019; when combined, households of between three and six persons were only slightly larger at 35.9 percent total. In all likelihood, many Spotfiy Family members "cheat a little" and include a non-residential friend or family member in their account. But for those who play by the rules, Duo is a win—even if it's only a $2 win—for millions of potential customers. Spotify Duo for couples is cheaper than the standard family plan
  25. Despite both Spotify and Deezer having a free-tier for listeners on a budget, some users prefer to use unofficial clients that allow them to obtain the premium service for free. Spotify has dealt with these users by threatening to ban accounts but Deezer is taking an altogether softer approach. Today’s legal music streaming services are providing a service that would’ve been unimaginable 15 years ago. Not only do they provide access to tens of millions of tracks, they do so conveniently, on multiple platforms, and at a fair price. In fact, streaming services like Spotify and Deezer go a step further by offering a free-tier that costs nothing. In many respects and for most people, it’s the often-mentioned piracy-busting formula made reality. Of course, there are some outliers. Piracy of Streaming Platforms Despite ticking most boxes, streaming platforms still have to contend with piracy. In the majority of instances this is carried out either by people who can’t pay, want additional features such as permanent downloads of DRM-free music, or simply don’t want to consume the ads that make the free-tier possible. These people often use custom or modified Spotify and Deezer applications, obtainable from a number of unofficial sources and installed mainly on the Android platform. They can remove ads, act as downloaders, and also remove other restrictions imposed by streaming platforms on their free-tiers. It’s unclear how many people use them but both Deezer and Spotify would like to mitigate their use. Spotify and Deezer’s Anti-Piracy Measures Over the years, both Spotify and Deezer have taken action aimed at disrupting modded and custom clients from accessing their networks. In 2017, Deezer targeted popular tool Deezloader and many related project forks. A year later, the company spoiled the party for reincarnation app Deezloader Reborn and later targeted Deezloader Remix. Spotify has been active too. In March 2020, a law firm acting for Spotify took down a piece of Windows software that allowed users to download and remove DRM from music tracks while skipping ads. XSpotify, which also carried an ad-blocking feature, was described as a tool that “steals” Spotify encryption keys in breach of the anti-circumvention provisions of the DMCA. Just two months later, Spotify sent a wave of DMCA notices to Github, hoping to make modded clients harder to find. Appealing Directly to Pirates: The Spotify Approach While the anti-piracy actions detailed above were never publicized by Spotify or Deezer themselves, sometimes the companies’ actions (when they directly involve pirating ‘customers’) become too big to hide. Most notably, around March 2018 Spotify mass-emailed an unknown number of users warning that their activity had been noted and their ‘pirate’ client had been disabled. After thanking recipients for being Spotify users (even pirates need accounts), Spotify changed its tone. “If we detect repeated use of unauthorized apps in violation of our terms, we reserve all rights, including suspending or terminating your account,” Spotify wrote. Appealing Directly to Pirates: Deezer’s Sweet Talk This week, a number of people using modified Deezer clients received an interesting email directly from the ‘Deezer Security Team’. At least one user posted a copy to Reddit, with others confirming they’d received the same communication. “We see you,” the email begins, with a small pirate flag waving alongside. “We know that you’re not using the official version of Deezer, and we’re not going to stop you.” As disarming sentences go, this is a pretty big one when it comes to piracy. While Deezer knows that these specific users are pirating its service, has their email addresses (and probably all of their IP addresses too), and could instantly ban them or worse, it says it will do absolutely nothing. Not even the threat of a ban makes it to the email. The image above was posted with the title “Respect” suggesting that being nice to pirates is a better headline approach than being too aggressive. And, while there were some critical voices, there was also a lot of support for Deezer as a company. Interestingly, however, the company’s message, that people should be worried about malware, wasn’t a topic of conversation in the places we found it reported. Whether any of this will result in modded-client users signing up to Deezer is another matter but viewing the company as a friend, not a foe, might bode well for future relations. And keep people away from rival Spotify. Source: TorrentFreak
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