Spotify will soon ban accounts that use ad blockers

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If you won’t listen to ads, you can’t use Spotify for free.
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You could soon see your Spotify account banned or shutdown completely if you use an ad blocker.

The music streaming service’s updated terms of service, which go into effect on March 1, now specifically state that using tools or modified apps to block ads is prohibited.

Spotify CEO does not fear Apple’s massive cash pile

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Spotify is dominating audio streaming.
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Spotify is making a push to cement its self as the best audio platform in the world. The company revealed today that it acquired two podcasting companies and that it plans to spend big on original audio content.

Despite growing competition from Apple, Amazon and YouTube, Spotify is inching closer to having 100 million paid subscribers. In an interview on CNBC this morning, Spotify CEO Daniel Elk didn’t sound worried one bit about Apple and Amazon spending tons of cash to beat Spotify.

Spotify surges to 96 million paying subscribers

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Spotify is almost doubling Apple in paying subscribers.
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Spotify is closing in on 100 million paying users, hammering home its position as the No. 1 company in streaming music.

In its latest quarterly earnings, the streaming company revealed that it now has 96 million paying subscribers around the world. That’s up 8 million in three months, and 36 percent year-over-year. The company also made its first ever quarterly operating profit. But not all the news is good.

Spotify will let you mute artists you don’t want to hear

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You won't have to listen to music you don't like.
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Spotify will soon let you mute artists you don’t want to listen to.

It is currently testing a “don’t play this artist” feature in the latest version of its iOS app. Using it will prevent the artist’s tracks from playing altogether — even if they feature in a playlist, chart list, or on a radio station you listen to.

Best apps to download now for your new Apple Watch

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Best apps for your new Apple Watch
Apps! On your wrist!
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Cult of Mac Year in Review 2018For a long time, third-party apps on the Apple Watch sucked. They were slow, they were limited, and they often just didn’t work. Now, though, things have changed, and the Apple Watch is a fantastic way to get quick information and notifications, as well as controlling remote-controlling iPhone apps. Here are five great Apple Watch apps to get you started with your new Apple Watch.

Deezer tries to outdo Spotify with upgraded Apple Watch app

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Deezer hopes to offer the best wrist-based music experience yet.
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Following on from Spotify’s Apple Watch debut, rival streaming music company Deezer has given its Apple Watch app a major version 2.0 overhaul.

The upgrade includes brand new features such as direct access to recently played tracks, favorites, and Deezer’s “Flow” personal music discovery system.

Waze adds podcast controls to brighten up your commute

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The Waze Audio Player puts podcast controls right next to your driving directions.
The Waze Audio Player puts podcast controls right next to your driving directions.
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Long trips and podcasts go well together, and Google’s Waze navigation software just added support for controlling some popular streaming audio services from right within the app.

The goal of the new Waze Audio Player feature is making it less dangerous to adjust what you’re listening to while driving.

Spotify’s Apple Watch app arrives with minimal features

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This is the new Spotify app for Apple Watch.
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The world’s largest paid music streaming service is finally landing on Apple Watch.

Spotify finally revealed its first app for the Apple Watch today that will give wearers the ability to play, pause and skip songs from their wrist. The first version is a bit limited in features, but Spotify is teasing some cool new options that will be coming down the pipeline real soon.