This portable music player is basically iPod shuffle for Spotify [Deals]

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These little Mighty Vibe music players let you take more than 1,000 tracks from your Spotify library anywhere you go.
These little music players let you take more than 1,000 tracks from your Spotify library anywhere you go.
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With streaming services like Spotify, the age of the iPod seems to be coming to a close. But we also live in the era of reboots, so it’s no surprise that the classic iPod shuffle-style player is once again relevant in the age of streaming.

Spotify’s fight against increased rates is good for Apple Music

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The #CancelSpotify movement is a win for Apple.
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Spotify’s efforts to avoid paying higher rates is giving Apple Music a big advantage, according to a new report.

Apple is the only major music streaming company that isn’t appealing a decision to increase the rate paid to songwriters. As a result, Apple Music is getting all the love on social media.

Apple Music finally passes Spotify in U.S. paid subscribers

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Apple Music beat its biggest rival in the U.S.
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More Americans pay to listen to Apple Music than Spotify. The Swedish company had been ahead since the iPhone maker got into the streaming music business back in 2015, but Apple finally closed the gap. And its growth is continuing to outpace its rival in the US.

Spotify still has many more paid subscribers globally, however.,

Spotify trials new Premium Duo plan for two

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Spotify has started testing a new Premium Duo plan for two.

The bundle offers two Premium subscriptions at a significantly discounted rate. It makes Spotify the only music streaming service to offer a couple’s plan — but it does come with some caveats.

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Spotify Premium update October 2018
Spotify isn't happy with Apple.
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Spotify’s whining could spark antitrust probe of Apple

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Spotify vs. Apple
The war between Spotify and Apple Music is heating up.
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Is Apple using its control of the App Store to squeeze out rivals? That’s the question European competition regulators are looking into.

This news comes after Spotify complained that it is nti-competitive that this company is  required to give Apple a big share of subscription fees paid through the App Store.

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Spotify thinks it's about time Apple was forced to change.
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Apple Music sides with artists in battle for higher royalty payouts

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Apple decided not to fight the ruling to pay songwriters more.
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Every major music streaming service is joining together to appeal a controversial ruling that increases payouts to songwriters. Everyone except Apple Music that is.

Spotify, Google, Pandora and Amazon have teamed up to fight the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board’s decision to increase payouts to songwriters by 44%. Apple is the only major streamer not planning to fight the ruling, causing some artists to heap praise on the iPhone-maker for its stance.