Virgin Mobile just updated their data plans to have higher allotments and now they’re set to introduce another change. Starting this Friday, October 9th, certain music streaming services will not count against your data.
If this sounds familiar, it’s because T-Mobile has been doing this since mid-2014 with their “#MusicFreedom” feature. The one difference here is that, for now, the only services on Virgin Mobile that don’t count against data usage are Pandora, Slacker, and iHeartRadio.
Virgin Mobile does say however that they will continue to add more streaming services to their #DataFreeMusic offering. So if your favorite service isn’t covered yet, such as Spotify, Google Play Music, or others, they could add it soon.
Since Virgin Mobile is a Sprint MVNO, it’s also possible that they might be testing the waters on a lower scale to see if people like the offering. That’s purely personal speculation, but it would be a good move for Sprint to make against T-Mobile.
But if you listen to one of the three services that are currently supported, it won’t count against your data usage starting Friday. If you’re a Virgin Mobile customer or looking to switch and you use these services, go ahead and check this out.
Source: Virgin Mobile via Android Central
After Google I/O, many Europeans were disappointed they would probably never see any of the new features for another few months, with Google sticking to its policy of being as slow as possible with worldwide updates.
Google Play Music All Access was revealed as the new music subscription service, for $9.99 users were able to listen to every track from the Google Play Music store via streaming.
The name was a little too long for some people and the price was a little too steep, but it seems Google has made adequate subscriptions since its arrival on the US Android store, it will now be coming to Europe after three months.
This will not be available across all of Europe and like many would expect it will not be coming to Germany. The greenlit countries are Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, and the UK.
In the UK the price will be £7.99 and in Europe it will also be €7.99 if the user subscribes before September 15. This is a rough exchange deal for the UK in currency. After the deal, it will be £9.99 or €9.99 we suspect.
We are glad Google has brought All Access to Europe and we hope a full rollout will come soon to more countries. With legal music agreements, we are surprised Google actually brought this outside the US.
Apple finally revealed iTunes Radio at the WWDC keynote event, the new streaming music service will be coming with iOS7 and features all the artists from iTunes.
iTunes Radio is built into the iOS7 Music app and is free to all users with iAds. Any users with an iTunes Match account will get iTunes Radio ad free and it will roll out with iOS7.
Featured Stations will be the core of iTunes Radio, these will allow users to find stations relevant to their music taste. Users can then change radio stations and change tracks on a station through the app.
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Apple could be making a big leap in the music streaming universe with iRadio, with the possibility of a free service backed by iAds. This does seem quite unusual for Apple, a company who take pride in overpricing for the luxury.
However, Apple have reportedly met with all three big music labels and sold their idea of the iRadio music service. iAds would allow labels to sink into the 500 million user accounts with relevant song choices, which could lead to more iTunes sales.
The move does seem clever and if the music labels will trust anyone, it is Apple. iAds have not been the success Apple was hoping for, with only 15% of all ad revenue coming from the ad service.
This may all change with new initiatives for ad exchanges and other incentives for businesses to use iAds. We expect Apple will become more flexible with placement and usage of ads on the iOS service in the future, as Tim Cook said at the D11 conference.
iRadio will hopefully be announced at WWDC, although it may have a different name and may run a different business model than the one reported. We will have to wait and see, WWDC 2013 begins on June 10.
The evolution of technology has gotten us far ahead. One such evolution is in terms of music and how we handle it. Today with the digitalization of music, users don’t really have to walk into a store and purchase a physical disc to listen to his/her favorite album. In the current era have something known as singles which can be easily downloaded over the internet. What makes it better is that downloads are directly synced onto your mobile device in the case of the iPhones (via iTunes). iTunes is a brand which took the music industry by storm, in a sense that there was no other competing rival standing against it. But things are different today. There’s a music service from Amazon and Google with several other brands standing in line to launch their own service (including Dropbox). And now, it’s the popular Beats Audio which is all geared up to follow suit. The audio equipment brand has just made its intentions clear to launch an audio streaming service, known as Project Daisy for now. Beats Audio has appointed Ian Rogers for the project.
Rogers said in a statement – “After years of fighting and uncertainty, it’s now undeniable all the world’s music will be available on every device by just clicking play. However, the current streaming experiences aren’t good enough. They aren’t good enough for fans, who need it to be easier to find music they love. And they aren’t good enough for artists, who want to grow their audiences and make money. This is the opportunity I’ve been working toward my entire career.”
It seems like the right time to step into the music streaming arena, as almost every major cloud player seems to be interested in having a music streaming service of its own. But since Beats Audio doesn’t belong to that niche, its move will be interesting to see. Bear in mind, Beats Audio has a lot of big ticket names behind it. Its CEO, Jimmy Iovine is a music industry mogul known for signing several new talent and making them instant stars. This new service will benefit greatly from Trent Reznor too (Nine Inch Nails) as he has been appointed the Chief Creative Officer for this project. Iovine himself spoke greatly about the project and said – “What’s missing from the digital music landscape is a cultural context. We need to bring an emotional connection back to the act of music discovery. With Trent and now Ian we have the right team in place to do it.”
Beats Electronics acquired music service Mog in July last year, which gave birth to suspicion if the company had something under wraps. It has now formally confirmed the arrival of this service which should break cover in the latter part of 2013. It will be interesting to watch how Apple and other rival services react to Project Daisy now.
If you’ve forgotten about this gem, it’s been away from the Google Play Store for around a year now, but Grooveshark has made quite a comeback deciding to compete with the likes of Pandora. With so many new options added to the application with the best of all being free unlimited music streaming, you can expect this application to be a fantastic alternative to other applications like Pandora. Here’s some of the new free features that you can expect to see in Grooveshark’s comeback:
- Unlimited streaming of over 20 genre Radio Stations
- Hand-tagged selections from the millions of songs in our library
- Launch a custom Radio Station based on any song you choose
- Skip and like songs
Those are just the free features. Grooveshark has a premium subscription for those who are wanting more features, but it’s going to cost you a bit of money to shell out. ($9 per-month subscription):
- Free, unlimited on-demand music streaming
- Take your music collection with you everywhere: Favorites, Playlists, Radio Stations, and the community of music fans on Grooveshark
- Offline your most frequently played songs for uninterrupted listening even when there’s no stable connection
- Choose from one of our genre Radio Stations or launch a personalized station based on any song in your queue, with no song skip or listening limits.
- Save particularly good sessions as Playlists for continued listening later
- Create, save, and share unlimited Playlists with friends
- Connect your social media profiles to easily share your music with friends
- Explore Popular songs and see what the Grooveshark community is listening to
It sounds nice and all, but I am really hooked on Pandora. With everything being completely free and it only being ad driven, I really like Pandora as opposed to using Grooveshark. I mean, the ads in Pandora aren’t very annoying, in fact they take up a miniscule amount of space. What need is there to pay for a music subscription if you can just get one that is completely free right at your finger tips?
Aside from that, it might be interesting to check out how Grooveshark is going to compare to the likes of Pandora or Spotify. It’ll probably have a influx of downloads, but since both Spotify and Pandora have millions of downloads, I highly doubt that Grooveshark will be going anywhere high anytime soon, if not at all.
Right now the current version of Grooveshark is sitting at 2.7.2 and will require you to have Android 2.0 and up. Is anyone actually interested in tying this after their comeback? I’ll probably be giving it a go, but again, I doubt I will be sticking with it as Pandora already has me. Besides, Pandora has been out longer and thus has had more time to improve while Grooveshark is just now starting to get in the game. I totally think that at least for now, Pandora is what we should be sticking with.
Anyone going to try it? Let us know in the comments below! We’d love to hear how its working for you!
source: Talk Android
This has been a long time coming, way back in September, myself, Kyle (TDG), RussellHolly, Aaron BuckNAH, and Aaron Kasten all went to NYC to a press event. If I remember correctly there were 75+ vendors showing that day. In the middle of the show floor was the Slacker booth. After a lot of walking, taking photos, talking, and basically being completely overwhelmed – I found myself talking to the Slacker Radio crew.
They walked us through the Slacker app for Android, spoke of some of what was coming, and then dropped this bombshell regarding Slacker Premium. I have been a Slacker fan for a long time. I basically completely dropped Pandora after the Slacker app dropped for Android. There have always been a few changes I wished they would make, but never enough to stick with any other streaming service.
More after the break