For the past few months, I've been testing a new capability that integrates Spotify Premium with the Sonos connected speaker system.
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Spotify this week said that it now has 40 million paying subscribers, up from 30 million in March. That means that the music subscription service is growing well over twice as fast as its closest competitor, Apple Music.
In the coming weeks, both Amazon and Pandora are expected to upend the digital music industry and offer streaming services to consumers that start at just $5 per month. Will this be enough to disrupt the market leaders?
I didn't see this one coming: Sonos announced today that it will open up its excellent connected speaker solutions to partners, starting with Amazon Echo and Spotify. This means that Sonos users will no longer be stuck with the middling Sonos Controller apps they currently need to use to access the speakers.
Spotify announced today that it is dramatically lowering the price of its Family Plan subscription. Now, you can get six individual Spotify Premium accounts for just $14.99 per month.
Over the weekend, we were treated to premature reports that Spotify had killed support for its app on Windows phone. But Spotify has since clarified matters: Windows phone support is continuing, and a new version of the app will better support Windows 10 (Mobile).
A few tidbits from around the web: Windows Defender goes from goat to hero, Audible gets a nice update on Windows phones, worries over slowing iPhone sales growth, Spotify to add videos, and "Peak Prime."
Spotify announced this morning that it has partnered with Starbucks to bring its streaming music service to over 7,000 US-based Starbucks retail stores.