Samsung's "Free and Ad-Free" Music Service Will Actually Cost $4 Monthly

Last month, Samsung introduced a Milk Music, a beautiful streaming radio service that it said would come free and ad-free with your new Samsung Galaxy phone. So it wasn't just slick—it offered you a cheaper better option to competitors like Spotify and Pandora. Awesome! Except it's not going to be free and ad-free at… » 4/18/14 11:14am Friday 11:14am

Spotify's Deep Black Redesign Makes Your Favorite Music Pop

Today, Spotify starts rolling out a new darker redesign. It's the biggest stylistic change we've seen since the service launched its web-based player in late 2012. The new look ditches the old app's overcast grays for a sleek facade that's blacker than hell—and it's so much more beautiful and useful for it. » 4/02/14 3:00am 4/02/14 3:00am

Report: Amazon Is Gearing Up to Add Free Streaming Music to Prime

Re/code reports the claims of industry sources who say Amazon is in talks to create a streaming music service that it would bundle with Prime subscriptions. The report makes a lot of sense, and if true, it would make Amazon Prime and even better deal than it already is. Think how amazing that would be! » 2/27/14 5:01pm 2/27/14 5:01pm

In Dre We Trust: Why You Should Try Beats Music

After a year of hype, Beats Music is finally here, and if it has a definitive pitch, the company's frenetic, towheaded CEO Ian Rogers served it to me over blaring punk music in a Lower East Side bar last week. "I've got [legendary producer] Jimmy Iovine calling me on the weekend and saying, 'What the hell is this… » 1/21/14 10:30am 1/21/14 10:30am

Rdio Copies Spotify, Goes Totally Free On the Web With Ads

Earlier today, Spotify removed listening caps from its web-based music service. And so the struggling Rdio streaming music service has decided to follow with its own announcement: Free on-demand music forever on the web—as long as you're willing to listen to some of the company's newly conceived advertising. Yup,… » 1/16/14 5:02pm 1/16/14 5:02pm

Last week, we learned that digital music sales dropped for the first time since iTunes in 2013. Thanks to Billboard and Nielsen's fresh year-end music report, we now know that there was significant 32 percent uptick in music streams in 2013. This doesn't prove that Spotify and the like are killing music sales, but it… » 1/10/14 9:48am 1/10/14 9:48am

Pure Audio's Flexible Wireless Music System Now Works With Any App

Pure Audio's new wireless streaming music system was already the most flexible out there, but now the company's opening up its platform even more. Rather than being bound to proprietary apps like the offerings from Sonos, Bose, and Samsung, Pure's multiroom system now works with any app. » 1/05/14 7:00pm 1/05/14 7:00pm

Digital Music Sales Just Dropped for the First Time Since iTunes

In 2013, digital music sales declined for the first time since Apple launched the iTunes Store 10 years ago. Are streaming music services like Rdio and Spotify to blame? » 1/03/14 5:20pm 1/03/14 5:20pm

Show Us Your Personal Spotify Year In Review and We'll Show You Ours

Yesterday we posted a playlist of the most streamed songs on Spotify from 2013, but you're better than the rabble, right? You have better taste than the pathetic mindless horde. If you log in to your Spotify account from the service's Year In Review page, it'll spit out stats about your year in Spotify jams. Show us… » 12/04/13 1:29pm 12/04/13 1:29pm

​Nokia MixRadio Is the Easiest Streaming Music Service Yet

Sometimes all you want to do is press play on a magical big red button and hear the music you like. That one-touch startup has never been done as simply as has been in Nokia Music's overhauled Windows Phone app, MixRadio. You turn it on, and it plays a station that's perfectly tailored to all the data you've ever… » 11/20/13 3:20pm 11/20/13 3:20pm

YouTube Wants to Make Its Own Paid Subscription Music Service

According to Billboard, YouTube is aiming to make its own Spotify-like subscription music service. There'll be a free streaming service (which, uh, should differentiate from free YouTube) and a premium tier that'll be like Google Music's All Access streaming service. Basically, every company wants their own music… » 10/23/13 9:48pm 10/23/13 9:48pm

What's the Best Way to Find New Music on the Internet?

So obviously the internet is a super useful tool for finding new music. It's a super useful tool for finding new anything. But there are so many music discovery things out there between Pandora, iTunes Radio, and like 30 different features in Spotify alone. So what's your personal favorite way to find new tunes on the… » 10/12/13 5:00pm 10/12/13 5:00pm