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New Naxos affiliate brings classical playlists to streaming

One of the common critiques of streaming is that those platforms favor the pop and rock charts to the detriment of niche genres. A new playlisting brand aims to improve the access to classical music on the top streaming services. It’s called unCLASSIFIED, at its goal is to create dynamic playlists based on mood or activity. Continue Reading

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Spotify playlist updates: Sponsorships and statistics

Spotify has debuted a new outlet for brands to get involved with the streaming company’s popular playlists. Sponsored Playlist puts a brand’s name on one of Spotify’s curated playlists, with the sponsorship options designed to match marketing needs with a musical audience. This marketing option is now available in the U.S. and in beta in the UK. Continue Reading

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Qus joins cross-platform playlisting scene, but can the trend last?

The cadre of apps for listening and playlisting across streaming services has got yet another member. Qus is an app that can pull tunes from YouTube, SoundCloud, Spotify, and Deezer in addition to locally stored tracks. This is becoming a more common approach to mobile listening, but few of the latest entries have shown anything that indicates they’ll stand the test of time. Continue Reading

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A vision for agnostic playlists at Soundsgood

Last year marked the beginning of a trend toward music players attempting to create a platform-agnostic listening experience, a single service where you can pull songs from all around the web to get the most comprehensive library possible. The first wave of those platform-agnostic apps has largely fallen silent, but the latest to try a hand at it is Soundsgood. Continue Reading

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How Spotify’s expanding content options could create new businesses

After launching in October, Spotify has continued adding to its roster of In Residence shows. These playlists bring a new content approach to the streaming service, one that sounds more like a podcast or a radio show. Now that Spotify is also finally beginning the rollout of its long-awaited video options, it appears that the company is positioning itself as an entertainment hub for more than just on-demand music. Continue Reading