Spotify Could Delay Album Releases For Free Users


Spotify has long offered a free tier to those who just want to stream music without having to pay for the privilege. They do have to put up with several restrictions, including the fact that they don’t have access to on-demand features, and they also have to put up with advertisements. Some of the biggest music labels haven’t exactly been too thrilled about Spotify’s free tier and they have been in negotiations with the company to try and figure something out. The deadlock could soon end as Spotify may reportedly delay album releases for users on the free tier.

The Financial Times reports today that Spotify has agreed to “window” important album releases meaning that they would only be available for paying members at least for a limited time. This would obviously incentivize more people to sign up for the paid tier and would thus subsequently lead to the increase in revenue that the labels generate from streaming services.

The scribe does mention that while this proposal has been put on the table, nothing has been signed as yet. It does point out that talks have “picked up considerably” since Spotify showed its willingness to adopt this idea.

Spotify has been engaged in these talks with Universal, Warner, and Sony who own the bulk of the music in Spotify’s library. Why wouldn’t they, given that they are three of the largest labels in the world.

There has been no official announcement about this from either Spotify or any of the labels so we’ll have to wait and see how this plays out.

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Apple Patent Hints At AirPods Being Used For Health Tracking

Headphones and gyms are two things that typically go together simply because a lot of people want to drown out the outside world and focus on getting into their “zone”. Now headphones can be more than just devices to deliver our music, as we have seen in the past where some headphones can even double up as fitness trackers.

Turns out that maybe Apple has something similar planned as well, thanks to a recently discovered patent by the folks at AppleInsider. According to their discovery, it seems that Apple has designed a pair of wireless earbuds that comes packed with sensors that will allow it to act as a health tracker as well as a pair of headphones.

If this sounds familiar, it is because Apple might have potentially laid the groundwork already with their AirPods earbuds, and what this means is that future versions of the headphones, or maybe different models, could come with these sensors. Some sensors that Apple has listed in their patent include an EKG, an ICG, a VO2 sensor, a GSR sensor, and more.

We have heard rumors in the past that Apple wanted to make the Apple Watch the ultimate fitness tracker, but it seems that with this patent, maybe Apple could be considering turning to their AirPods instead.

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Google Play Music Update Adds WiFi Streaming Quality Options

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When you’re connected to your carrier’s network and you’re using data, it is important to conserve it as some of us out there do not have unlimited data plans. This is why when it comes to music streaming, users have the option of selecting the quality which can help reduce data usage when you’re not connected to WiFi.

According to a report from 9to5Google, it seems that in the latest update to Google Play Music, Google has finally added streaming quality options to its app when used on WiFi. Prior to this, those streaming quality options were only offered when it detected that users were not connected to WiFi. We can only assume that this is because when connected to WiFi, data caps aren’t something to be concerned about and that users probably want to stream the best quality possible.

With this update, users can now choose the stream quality even when on WiFi. We’re not sure why anyone would want to choose anything less, but if you do share the home or office WiFi with a ton of people and don’t want to be hogging the bandwidth, we guess this should help alleviate some of that.

The quality by default is currently set to “Always High”, but users can now choose between Low, Normal, and High. The update also brings about the option to force “Always High” even when on mobile networks.

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Artist Uses VR To Create A Unique Music-Listening Experience

Virtual reality (VR) is slowly changing the way we approach games and video content, but what about music? Given that music is largely an auditory experience, we’re sure some of you might be wondering how VR might fit into it, but if you think about live concerts where there are light shows, fireworks, dancers, and so on, sometimes enjoying music is both a visual and auditory process.

This is why artists such as Bjork have created music in VR, and it seems that artist Nick Koenig (aka Hot Sugar) has thrown his hat into the ring as well. Dubbed “The Melody of Dust”, this is a new project by Koenig that is coproduced by Viacom NEXT and is expected to premiere at SXSW this week. It is basically a music video created in VR which is interactive at the same time.

Instead of you the listener just standing there, you get to interact with the various objects around you, with each object producing a different tone. After which a vortex will open up in the VR world and you will then toss in these various objects. Every three objects you throw in produces a different melody, and at the end you will get a song.

Koenig apparently recorded 87 different songs due to the various possible combinations, so in a way it’s kind of like those “Choose your adventure” games, or in this case it would be “Choose your song”. It is an interesting approach to combining both music and VR together, but whether or not this is a medium that artists and musicians will adopt in the future remains to be seen.

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Researchers Use Sound Waves To Trick Your Phone’s Motion Sensors

Our phones these days come packed with a ton of sensors, more so than the feature phones from back in the day. These days our phones can track all kinds of information which can lead to the creation of some pretty amazing and useful apps, as well as all kinds of fun games and whatnot.

Unfortunately it seems that there are two sides to every coin and according to researchers at the University of Michigan, they have discovered that sound waves could actually be used to trick and hijack the sensors in our phones. Basically what they have done is that when sound is played at a specific frequency, it will affect the spring structures into motions sensors such as the accelerometer, which in turn tricks it into thinking that the phone is moving.

So far what the researchers have managed to do with this “hack” is steer an app-controlled car, get a phone to spell out the word “Walnut” on a graph, and trick a Fitbit tracker to record steps that were never taken. Admittedly none of these “hacks” sound particularly scary, but the researchers have theorized that it could potentially be used to hijack drones or vehicles that might rely on such sensors for navigation.

Thankfully the fix is said to be relatively low-cost and the researchers have since reached out to manufacturers, such as Fitbit and Samsung, to inform them to the issue. Whether or not these companies take any action remains to be seen.

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Waze Will Now Support Spotify Playlists In Its App

Driving and listening to music are things that go hand in hand, but the idea of having to switch between navigational apps like Waze and your music app isn’t always a very good idea and it can be distracting, or especially if you need the directions and you can’t really spare a minute to stop navigating to switch apps.

The good news is that problem will be a thing of the past, especially if you use both Waze and Spotify’s services. This is because Waze has announced that they entering into a partnership with Spotify in which Spotify’s playlists will now be integrated into Waze’s app. This means that you will be able to access your playlists within Waze’s app itself and will no longer have to deal with app switching, which while driving is probably a bad idea anyway.

It also works the other way around because it seems that users will be able to navigate with Waze from within Spotify’s app, and vice versa. Users will also be able to seamlessly swap between apps when their car has come to a complete stop. Users can also set it up in such a way that their music can automatically begin playing once their journey begins.

At the moment it seems that only Spotify is supported so if you’re using another streaming service like Apple Music, Tidal, Pandora, and so on, we guess you’re out of luck for now, but who knows what the future could bring?

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