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Google Play Music now supports podcasts

Google has released an update for its Play Music streaming service that adds support for subscribing and listening to podcasts. The anticipated and much-requested feature can suggest recommended podcasts based on your interests.

Many Netflix users to see price hike in May

Netflix will raise prices on about 17 million of its standard accounts next month, and most people have no idea. How will these subscribers react?

Amazon wading into virtual reality with its own video experiences

An Amazon job listing spotted online has revealed the company is working on building its own virtual reality platform. The video-oriented system will place the retail giant into competition with established brands including Facebook, HTC and Samsung.

Spotify reportedly launching streaming video service this week

Spotify will launch its upcoming streaming video service later this week according to reports. Android users may be able to start watching video within the next few days and iOS users will only be waiting a little longer.

iTunes Radio free streaming to end as it folds into Apple Music

Apple has announced it will be folding iTunes Radio into Apple Music from the end of January, discontinuing free streaming and requiring users buy an Apple Music subscription to keep listening. The company will continue its free Beats 1 service.

Netflix banning the use of proxies to access its content

Netflix has announced it is deploying new techniques to detect when proxy services are being used to access its network. Proxies circumvent the controls that limit some Netflix shows to specific regions, breaking the company's license terms.

Spotify hit by new $200 million copyright suit

Los Angeles - Streaming leader Spotify has been hit by a new copyright lawsuit seeking $200 million, in the second such case within weeks.

Netflix now available in over 130 new countries

On January 6, 2015, Netflix extended its services to over 130 countries overseas, more than tripling the streaming service's presence and making it available to every continent.

Yahoo's new video app guides you from searching to streaming

Yahoo has announced a new video guide app for smartphones designed to cut down the time required to find a show to watch and start streaming it. Yahoo Video Guide can help you decide what to watch based on your mood.

Streaming services rule the Internet, games threaten to break it

Streaming services now account for the vast majority of the data transmitted over the Internet during peak hours in the U.S. Netflix continues to be the most popular provider and represents 30 percent of all peak downstream traffic.

Amazon claims it's building a Prime Video app for Apple TV

Amazon is reportedly working to create a Prime Video app for the Apple TV despite removing all references to the device from its store last month. The move could give Prime Video more users but may lead to less Amazon hardware sales.

Sony to rival Microsoft with PS4 game streaming to Windows, Mac

The president of Sony's studios division said today the company is working on building an app for Windows and Mac that will let gamers stream titles from the PlayStation 4. The feature will directly rival Microsoft's Xbox One to Windows 10 streaming.

Google 'experiment' lets you stream Android apps from the web

An update to the Google search app on Android devices has enabled a new feature that lets users stream apps from the Internet if they don't already have them installed, opening the door to richer search experiences and marking a new first for Android.

Sky to 'set TV free' with an all-new range of set-top boxes

European TV provider Sky has unveiled an all-new range of set-top boxes and mobile apps that combine to create a "whole new way of watching TV." The service is supposed to seamlessly blend live and on-demand content.

Rdio is shutting down and selling itself to Pandora

On-demand music provider Rdio has confirmed it is shutting down and filing for bankruptcy. Several of its "key assets" will be sold to streaming provider Pandora, making it the third music service to die in the past week.

Google launches YouTube Music to mixed reviews

Google has officially launched YouTube Music in the U.S. The service is designed to take on rival streaming apps including Spotify and Apple Music. Users can listen for free or enjoy an "amplified experience" for a $9.99 per month subscription.

London duo Oh Wonder attracted big buzz thanks to online smarts Special

Few musicians attracted as intense attention as Oh Wonder, a London duo who were earning rave reviews a year before their first EP was released. How? By teasing fans with posting one song a month for a year on Soundcloud.

Google unveils ad-free subscription YouTube for $10 a month

Google has today taken the wraps off its long-rumoured YouTube subscription service. For $9.99 a month, members will get ad-free access to every video on the service as well as exclusive benefits including offline download and background playback.

6.5 million people are now paying for Apple Music

Apple CEO Tim Cook has ended the speculation surrounding how many users Apple Music has managed to retain by saying the service now has over 6.5 million paying subscribers. The number still falls significantly short of industry leader Spotify.

Amazon's new Fire TV goes head-to-head with Apple TV, costs $100

Not content with just unveiling tablets today, Amazon has also announced two new additions to its Fire TV range. The new model features support for 4K Ultra HD videos and a 75 percent performance increase in a package designed to rival the Apple TV.

'Game of Thrones' takes eight early Emmys; HBO grabs 29

Los Angeles - The 67th Emmy Awards will be handed Sept. 20. But, many winners were announced at a gala last night (Sept. 12) in downtown Los Angeles

Google launches YouTube Gaming to compete against Twitch

Google has launched its new version of YouTube dedicated to gamers. The website and app will make it easy for players to watch and broadcast the games they love most, throwing YouTube into direct competition with the Twitch streaming service.

Spotify to users: 'We have heard your concerns loud and clear'

Spotify's updated privacy policy has had a lot of people up in arms this week owing to its requests to track nearly everything that a user does on their phone. Now, the company has apologised and explained - after debating with Minecraft maker Notch.

Spotify set to end 'free' streaming next year

Music streaming service Spotify is looking to move towards a premium-only model next year, according to reports this weekend. Listening for free with adverts will no longer be an option as the music industry pushes for greater revenue from streaming.

Morrissey offers three unreleased tracks for free

Manchester - Morrissey has put three songs on-line for fans to download. These are previously unheard demos from his album ‘Years of Refusal.’ The singer is currently without a record contract, yet continues to make the headlines.

Streaming music rips off artists, says David Byrne

New York - Musician David Byrne has criticized music streaming services. The former Talking Head notes that artists are receiving pennies for millions of plays. Moreover, music labels, distributors, and streaming companies will disclose how much money is made.

Apple is preparing its all-new Apple TV for launch next month

It is looking increasingly likely that Apple will unveil a redesigned Apple TV media streaming device next month. It will be receiving a substantial overhaul for the first time since 2012, introducing new features and controls.

Spotify will now make you a new playlist to try every Monday

Spotify is launching a new way of discovering music to listen to. The streaming service will be adding a feature that will automatically generate users personalised playlists of tracks that they may like, refreshing the list with new entries each week.

TV streaming should be treated like cable operators: U.S. judge

In a landmark ruling for the world of TV broadcasting and streaming, a U.S. judge has ruled that one streaming company could be entitled to a license that would let it transmit the copyrighted content of other broadcasters over the Internet.

Report: Apple wants to launch a TV streaming service this fall

A new report has claimed Apple may be intending to follow up on Apple Music with a new TV streaming service that could be ready to launch as early as this fall. The company is currently negotiating with cable networks and affiliate feeds in the U.S.
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