Tidal now offers kid-friendly playlists

The streaming music service Tidal has just announced a variety of kid-friendly playlists.

How to Listen to Music With Friends Far Away

Listening to music together is one of the best social activities. Topics for discussion might center on lyrics, instrumentation, or artist back-catalogs. But what happens when your music-loving pals live far away?

Thanks to the apps listed below, it’s easy to listen to music with friends at the same time, even if you aren’t together. Most of these apps require you to have access to a music streaming service, such as Spotify Premium or Apple Music.

But other than that, all of them are totally free to use. Allowing you to listen to music with friends far away!

1. Vertigo

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In addition to letting you listen to music with friends, Vertigo lets you start your own public channel—like a radio station—for strangers all over the world to listen to. If you aren’t sure what to listen to, visit the homescreen to listen in to trending live sessions from other people. These are great ways to potentially find new music or gain acclaim as a DJ.

Using Vertigo requires a music streaming subscription. After downloading the app and syncing with Spotify Premium or Apple Music, start a listening party to stream your beloved tracks to friends using the app at the same time.

Concerned about whether the artists involved still get royalties when you listen? Since Apple Music and Spotify Premium provide the content, musicians profit as normal through those services with each listener counting as a separate stream.

Download: Vertigo for iOS | Android (Free)

2. EarBuds

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Solely for iOS users, EarBuds is geared towards listening in on celebrities and sports stars. That might mean tuning in to your favorite quarterback’s pre-game playlist or checking out what they listen to during off-season training.

But EarBuds isn’t only for athletes. Create your own channel to stream your music live with friends as well. Connect EarBuds to your Apple Music or Spotify Premium account then create a playlist to share with the world.

Title each playlist to tell people what you’re doing while you listen to it. That way you can show off the music you enjoy for different activities. Share a link to your live stream with friends and keep the conversation flowing on the Chat page.

Download: EarBuds for iOS (Free)


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If you and your friends use a lot of different devices—iPhone, Android, Mac, or PC—JQBX is the best way to listen to music together across all of them. Pronounced Jukebox, this multi-platform service is available for iOS, macOS, Android and even as a web app.

The only limitation is that everyone needs to have a Spotify Premium subscription.

After signing in to JQBX, make a private listening room and invite friends to enjoy the music together. Otherwise, join JQBX community members for a global song-sharing session.

Cheer the songs you love and boo the ones you don’t. You can then take a look at the trending songs to listen to what’s most popular with JQBX users across the globe.

Download: JQBX for iOS | macOS | Android (Free)

4. we:fm

Yet another app that’s only for iOS users, we:fm lets you listen to music at the same time as other friends using the app. Like JQBX, it only works with Spotify Premium for the time being.

Once you connect your music streaming account, you can then connect to Facebook and find other friends using we:fm. Now you can broadcast music for friends to tune in and chat about the songs you’re listening to together.

If you don’t want to listen live, start a new chat within we:fm to share songs with friends for them to listen to later. Or turn on private mode so you can keep listening to those showtunes without worrying about others judging you.

Download: we:fm for iOS (Free)

5. OutLoud

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Advertised as a social jukebox, OutLoud is only a good option if you want to listen to music with friends who live close to you since it only works up to 100 feet. Ideally, it’s best for creating a party soundtrack, since OutLoud only plays music from a single device. But you could use it to share music with a neighbor.

Take a few seconds to set up a playlist. Then ask friends to add tracks from their own device using Spotify, Apple Music, or SoundCloud. Put your speakers up to the window and there you go: you’ve got a block party going.

In OutLoud, everyone gets a say over the playlist as you can vote for the tracks you to move them higher up the playlist. The highest voted songs play next, so you can enjoy the best music first.

Download: OutLoud for iOS | Android (Free)

6. Quorus

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Quorus lets you enjoy music as a collaborative process with your friends. Unleash your inner DJ and launch a live session to stream the music you’re listening to, then invite friends to join in and listen with you.

Choose how many people are allowed to contribute to add songs to your session, letting your friends add their own flavor to the playlist. You can even password-protect your stream or make it private to get more control over who can join in.

It’s easy to join other people’s ongoing live sessions, too. You might even make some brand new friends by using this app to listen to music together.

You can use Quorus with a free Spotify account, but it works best with a Spotify Premium subscription. That way, the songs play through each person’s Spotify account so the artists still get their fair share.

Download: Quorus for iOS | Android (Free)

7. Odesli

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Odesli is a little different from the other apps on this list. Rather than being an app designed to let you listen to music at the same time as your friends, Odesli is a web service that makes it easier to share songs across multiple platforms.

Geared towards musicians wanting to share tracks with fans, Odesli creates a page for each song with links to that song on every music platform. This includes Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, Soundcloud, and more.

Find a shareable track by typing terms into the search box, then send the link to your friends. Now they can easily listen to the same music as you even if you both listen to music on different platforms.

How to Listen to Music Online for Free Instead

As you can see, there are lots of different apps and services you can use to listen to music together with friends, even when you’re far away from each other. But you may have noticed that all these options depend on using a music streaming service.

Streaming music is a great way to get access to an enormous library without using up your storage. And if you would rather not play for a streaming service, check out these ways to listen to music online for free instead.

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Listen while you work: Apple Music and Spotify playlists for focus

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Spotify Hits Windows Software That Downloads Tracks & Removes DRM

With more than 271 million users across 79 markets, Spotify is the most popular music streaming service in the world.

Its 50 million song library is accessed by 124 million paying subscribers, who gain additional features such as an ad-free experience and the ability to download tracks to their own devices for offline listening. These tracks are encrypted so can’t be used outside the Spotify software, at least by conventional means.

One tool that turns this business model on its head is Windows-based application XSpotify. The tool has gained popularity for a number of reasons, not least its ability to remove DRM from the tracks stored in Spotify’s extensive library and permanently download them for keeping on users’ machines.

XSpotify has been quietly growing its userbase, offering track downloads from both free Spotify accounts (in 160 kb/s, 32-bit, 44100 Hz .ogg) and premium accounts (in 320 kb/s, 32-bit, 44100 Hz .ogg) while pulling down metadata such as artist, title, and album covers. Considering the above and its ability to block ads, it’s no surprise that Spotify eventually took legal action to tackle the spread of the tool.

This week, Washington-based law firm Perkins Coie LLP sent a broad takedown notice to Github, where XSpotify was available for download, citing breaches of the DMCA by the app and its developer.

“Copyrighted files on Spotify’s services are protected by encryption. Spotify uses a key to decrypt the copyrighted files so legitimate users can listen to the copyrighted files through the Spotify services. Spotify’s encryption system prevents users from listening to copyrighted works without Spotify’s decryption key,” the notice reads.

“XSpotify states that it is a ‘DRM bypass’ that allows users to ‘Download all songs directly from Spotify servers.’ XSpotify’s technology circumvents Spotify’s encryption by stealing the Spotify key and using it in a way Spotify prohibits, namely, enabling users to access encrypted copyrighted content without authorization.

“By providing technology that circumvents Spotify’s access controls, XSpotify violates 17 U.S.C. §§ 1201(a)(2),” the law firm writes.

The section of US law cited by Spotify’s attorneys is clear. Among other things, it states that no person shall offer any technology to the public that is “primarily designed or produced for the purpose of circumventing a technological measure that effectively controls access to a work protected under this title.”

In addition to removing the main XSpotify repository, Github was also ordered to delete almost 130 others that carried forks of the popular tool. At the time of writing, every repository reported by Spotify as infringing has been removed. Of course, XSpotify is still available for download from other locations but whether its developer will continue his work after this warning shot is yet to be seen.

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Apple Music secures multiyear deals with the world’s largest record labels

Apple has signed new multiyear deals with the largest record labels to secure streaming rights for Apple Music.

Spotify’s New Home Screen Is Full of Your Favorites

Spotify has updated the home screen on its mobile and tablet apps, putting your favorites front-and-center. This should help Spotify users cut through the swathe of content available and zero in on the music and podcasts they actually enjoy.

Spotify Hosts More Content Than Ever

Spotify has always offered music to listen to. However, in recent years, the streaming service has made a big thing of creating playlists personalized for individual users. It also hosts podcasts, and Spotify even offers a personalized podcast playlist.

What this all means is that there’s now more content than ever to listen to on Spotify. But sometimes it’s difficult to find that content. However, as detailed in a post on For the Record, Spotify’s redesigned home screen should help us all find that content.

How to Navigate the New Spotify Home Screen

Spotify’s new home screen greets you with “Good Morning,” “Good Afternoon,” or “Good Evening” depending on what time of day you log into the app. Directly underneath this is a rotating selection of albums, podcasts, and playlists.

This will change through the day to reflect what you listen to at various times. So, if you normally start your day with a particular podcast, that will make the cut. And if you work out in the afternoon to a particular playlist, that will make the cut.

Under this you’ll find your Recently Played, Your Top Podcasts, New Podcast Episodes, Made for You, and more besides. The common theme being that these are all aimed directly at you, being either what you listen to or what Spotify thinks you should listen to.

Making the Spotify App Easier to Use

This all makes your Spotify homepage much more useful than it was previously. And you can be fairly confident that by clicking on Home and scrolling down the page you’ll find something worth listening to. And all without needing to use the Search function.

This isn’t the only way in which Spotify has improved its mobile app lately. The latest version of the Spotify app for iOS uses simplified icons to make the UI easier to use. All of which should help Spotify battle back against Apple Music et al.

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Spotify refreshes the homepage to make finding your favorites easier

Spotify has refreshed the homepage to make finding the content you love even easier.

Spotify is working on ‘Hey Spotify’ support for quick voice activation

Spotify appears to be developing a new "Hey Spotify" feature that would make it easy to use voice activation while using the app.

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Spotify Makes Its Mobile App Easier to Use

Spotify has launched a new version of its mobile app for iOS. The new Spotify app is, according to Spotify, bigger, bolder, and better than ever. The changes are designed to make Spotify easier to use, with various UI changes to explore.

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Spotify’s mobile app has always been pretty solid. It’s easy to navigate, and finding what you need to find amongst the masses of content is simple enough. However, there is always room for improvement, and Spotify has decided to tweak its user interface.

What’s New in the Spotify Mobile App?

Spotify details the changes on For the Record. The company claims the new mobile app offers “a more streamlined, easy-to-use interface with fresh designs to actionable icons that will make playing your favorite song or playlist as simple as the tap of a button.”

The new mobile app features simplified icons. There’s now a universal Shuffle Play button that saves you a click. Furthermore, the Like, Play, and Download buttons (only for Premium users) are now grouped in a row in the center of the screen.

You can also see the cover art for all tracks everywhere except for in album view. This is designed to help you spot familiar songs without having to read the track listings. Lastly, a Heart icon will be displayed alongside all songs you have previously Liked.

Spotify is rolling out its new mobile app on iOS first, with Android to follow soon. If you want to access the new version, manually update your Spotify app on iOS. Then take the time to get to know the new version of the app and its user-friendly changes.

How to Share Spotify Playlists With Friends

While this isn’t the biggest update to the Spotify mobile app, the small changes do make it easier to find and play the music you love. And once you have saved your favorite music to a playlist, use our guide detailing the easiest ways to share Spotify playlists.

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