Apple hints at Apple Music for ‘gaming consoles’ after PS5 leak

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Is a rollout imminent?
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Apple’s website has been updating to include a reference to Apple Music for “gaming consoles.” It comes less than a week after the service was first spotted (but unavailable to download) on PlayStation 5.

The reference all but confirms Cupertino is indeed working to bring Apple Music to the latest game systems from Microsoft and Sony, alongside Apple TV, which is already available on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S, and Xbox Series X.

iOS 15 problems continue as iPhone 13 owners report CarPlay crashes

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Will it ever end?
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The long list of problems that have surfaced in iOS 15 continues to grow as iPhone 13 owners report new issues with CarPlay.

Some say they are unable to play tracks in Apple Music or third-party apps like Spotify without the system crashing completely. There are some fixes you can try, like disabling the equalizer if it’s active, that may solve the problem.

Spotify acknowledges battery drain complaints on iOS 15 and iOS 14.8

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A fix should be on its way.
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Spotify says it is looking into complaints regarding increased battery usage under iOS 15 and iOS 14.8. A growing list of users are reporting that the Spotify app has been draining their battery life since they updated their devices.

“We’ve passed your info on to the relevant team and we can confirm they are currently looking into it,” the music streaming giant told one customer.

Check out Philips Hue’s new light show (and its Spotify partnership)

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The Signe floor lamp and a light strip add ambiance.
The Signe floor lamp and a light strip add ambiance.
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Signify, the parent company of Philips Hue, put the word out last week that funky new lighting products are coming. Some are out now and some will light up later. A new partnership with the music platform Spotify has launched, too.

Several items offer the gradient technology Philips Hue added last year to its Play Lightstrip.

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Spotify snaps up AI startup Podz which helps listeners find the perfect podcast

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Podz launched its "Audio Newsfeed" on iOS in February.
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As part of the podcasting arms race between tech giant, Spotify has acquired Podz, an AI podcast discovery service for an undisclosed amount of money. Podz generates (or generated) short audio clips that populated a Instagram Stories-style timeline users could flip through to find podcasts they were likely to enjoy listening to.

Apple claps back against Spotify, Tinder and Tile in antitrust letter

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Spotify is one of the companies that has taken issue with the App Store.
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In a letter to the judiciary subcommittee investigating antitrust complaints against Apple, the company takes aim at companies like Spotify, Tinder and Tile.

All three companies previously criticized Apple’s dominance of the App Store. But Cupertino says they are simply airing “grievances related to business disputes” rather than making legitimate arguments about competition-related issues.

Apple Music Hi-Fi may be on the way

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Apple Music Hi-Fi will have to take on Spotify HiFi.
Apple Music Hi-Fi is only a rumor. But there’s at least one good reason to think it’s true.
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Apple Music Hi-Fi, a version of the streaming music service offering higher-quality audio, could debut “in the coming weeks,” according to an unconfirmed report.

What the new streaming rate will be is unclear. But it will have to take an on improved version of archrival streaming service Spotify.

Use this $20 Spotify music converter to save all your favorite songs

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Spotify Music Converter for Mac lets you download songs so you can take them anywhere.
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Whether you’re working out or focusing on work, music can be a helpful tool to keep you motivated and productive. While Spotify Premium allows you to download music for playback later (helpful when you’re flying or traveling), you’re still limited to downloads on a maximum of five devices. And if you’re only using the free version of Spotify, you can’t download songs at all — making your subscription pretty ineffective if you’re hiking or out somewhere remote without service.