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Free mobile version of Spotify to be introduced

According to the Wall Street Journal, Spotify is about to introduce a free mobile version. The new ad-supported offering will allow nonpaying mobile users to play a limited number of songs on demand, but will mostly serve up music based on the user’s input, much like custom radio services such as Pandora. This move makes […]

Rdio, please don’t die!

According to Techcrunch, Rdio is laying off people – allegedly up to 35 people or 25% of the work force –  “to improve its cost structure and ensure a scalable business model for the long-term”, as TC quotes a Rdio spokesperson. In other words: Rdio’s investors are getting cold feet thinking about the burn rate. […]

Spotify Discovery now live

Spotify Discovery, announced back in December (and mentioned here) is now live for the web player: “The Discover page is available from today on our brand new web player which is now available to all users. Just head over spotify.com on your computer to try it out. We’ve also started to gradually roll out the Discover page […]

Spotify Follow now live

Spotify just posted that Follow,  announced back in December is now live. Now on Spotify, you can follow all the people who turn you on to the music you care about. Find out what friends and artists are listening to in real time, and check out the music that matters to the trendsetters in your life.

The 3 stages of music discovery

Recently Spotify’s Daniel Ek introduced Spotify Discovery (read the wrap up here). In his speech he pointed out the benefits of context for music discovery. So just to pick up his point, here’s what I think are the three stages of music discovery – radically simplified. 1) User searches 2) Recommendations 3) Context In the […]

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