Month: April 2019

Spotify is first to 100 million paid subscribers

More than 100 million users worldwide now pay for Spotify Premium, the company has announced. Spotify reached the milestone by growing paid subscribers by 32-percent year-on-year. Including free subscribers, Spotify now has a total of 217 million monthly active users worldwide. That includes two million Indian users who joined after the company launched its service there in February.

Globally, the numbers put Spotify well ahead of Apple Music, its closest competitor, who reportedly had 50 million paid users worldwide at the beginning of April. However, in the US Apple’s music streaming service in winning, according to the Wall Street Journal, with 28 million subscribers compared to Spotify’s 26 million.

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Spotify’s latest earnings also further illuminates the company’s podcasting ambitions. The company says it intends to develop a better advertising model for podcasts, which will include better “targeting, measurement, and reporting capabilities.” This suggests the company plans to develop ways of letting podcast producers place different ads in a podcast depending on the user being targeted, similar to the ads played during ad-supported music listening. Spotify recently acquired the podcasting companies Gimlet Media, Anchor, and Parcast, and currently offers a quarter of a million podcasting titles on the streaming platform.

By the end of this quarter, Spotify says it expects to have 222 to 228 million users, including between 107 and 110 million paid subscribers. The company also says that voice speakers are a critical area for its growth. Last year Spotify ran a promotion where it gave away a free Google Home Mini speaker to every family account subscriber. However, the company’s rumored first-party speaker hardware is yet to materialize.

Spotify is still losing money despite its subscriber growth. The company posted a loss of €142 million ($158.3 million) for the January to March quarter, compared with a loss of €169 million in the same period last year.

Source from theverge.com.

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Solution to play Apple Music on Airplane mode without Wifi

Sometimes you need to open your Airplane Mode, but how to open your Airplane Mode?

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, open Control Center from the Home screen, then tap iPhone Airplane Mode icon. You can also go to Settings > Airplane Mode and tap the slider to turn it on.

If the airline allows it, you can use Wi-Fi and Bluetooth while in Airplane mode. But most of the time, you don’t have wifi at all, if you want to still enjoy the Apple Music songs, how to do?

Here you can try to use Macsome iTunes Converter to convert your downloaded Apple Music songs to the plain audio formats like MP3, AAC, FLAC and WAV, and then you can transfer the unprotected audio files to your iPhone.

Quick guide to Convert Apple Music to MP3, AAC

Step 1, Go to download the latest version of iTunes Music Converter by clicking the next download button according to your system, and then install and run it.

In the next, all the conversion are working with Macsome iTunes Converter for Mac.

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Step 2. Click “+” to import the downloaded Apple Music files.

Please make sure that you have downloaded the Apple Music files you want to convert and they can work normally on your iTunes.

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Step 3. Click the setting icon to set the output format and output folder.

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There are four output formats including MP3, AAC, FLAC and WAV for users to choose. If necessary, you can also reset the related audio parameters.

Step 4. Click the “CONVERT” button to start your iTunes music converting.

Converting Apple Music songs to MP3

After the conversion, you can find the converted files and sync them to your iPhone and then play them anywhere and anytime.

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Alexa Support for Apple Music Expands to Sonos Speakers

Amazon Echo devices have been able to use Alexa-based voice commands to control Apple Music since December, but the feature has been limited to Amazon’s own devices until today. 

Sonos One and Sonos Beam owners in the United States, United Kingdom, and Ireland are now also able to use Alexa to control Apple Music after adding the Apple Music skill to the Alexa app.

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To get Alexa controls for Apple Music on Sonos, users will need to update to the newest version of the Sonos app, enable the Apple Music skill in the separate Amazon Alexa app, and link an Apple Music account.

From there, Sonos owners will be able to use commands like “Play My Chill Mix on Apple Music,” or “Play Beats 1 Radio on Apple Music.”

It’s not yet clear if other Alexa-enabled devices will also be gaining support for Apple Musiccontrols in the future, but right now, the feature is available on all Amazon Echo and Fire TV devices along with the Sonos One and Sonos Beam.

Source from Macrumors.com

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How to turn off Canvas videos in the Spotify Android app

If you are Spotify Android App users, you will find that when you listen to Spotify Music, there always videos popping up on the playback screen in place of the normal album artwork. Spotify calls these “Canvas” videos. But maybe you don’t want these videos, how to turn off them?
The following guide will show you how to turn off Canvas videos in the Spotify Android app.

  1. Open Spotify on your phone.
  2. Tap Your Library on the bottom navigation bar.
  3. Tap the settings icon in the top right corner.
  4. Scroll down and tap the toggle next to Canvas.

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That’s it — you’ve officially turned off Spotify’s Canvas videos. Should you ever find yourself wanting to turn them back on, simply repeat the steps shown above.
It looks so simple, now you can also go to take a try and turn off Canvas videos in the Spotify Android app.
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Useful Tips to play Amazon Audiobook on MP3 player

All the purchased Audiobook from Amazon are protected and limited, and users can’t easily play, transfer or backup these Amazon Audiobook freely. The following will show you tips to help users to play Amazon Audiobook on MP3  player or other audio player devices.

Here Macsome iTunes Converter can help you, which supports converting audiobooks and apple music even on the latest iTunes 12.6.1.27, and supports saving audiobook’s chapters when you convert to AAC format. But it don’t support the split function.

All the steps to get rid of the DRM are quite simple, and no additional app to install.

First, free download the software according to your computer system, and install it on your computer.

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Then run the iTunes Music Converter, and choose the Audio book files you want to convert from the iTunes Books library.

Please make sure that you have authorized the purchased Audiobooks to the device or the computer so as to play them normally.

And now click Profile button and select the required profile in Output File Format drop-down list.

Preferences output Settings

You can also click the software menu and select Preferences to customize the Output Settings by clicking Choose… to set the destination.

Finally, click the Convert button to start the conversion. Meanwhile the paid Audiobook’s DRM is removed as well.

Converting Audio books to MP3

After the conversion is done, you can play the purchased Kindle Audiobook on any MP3 or other audio player as you like without DRM any more.

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Cast Apple Music to your Chromecast, TV or Google Home speaker, maybe

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A recent teardown of the Apple Music app on Android revealed that the iPhone-maker is working Chromecast support into its music streaming service.

As with all APK teardowns, it’s important to remember that uncovered features are often works-in-progress and may not be representative of the final product. Further, features may never see completion. With that said, let’s take a look.

Apple released Apple Music 2.8 at the beginning of the week with support for Chromebooks and a revamped ‘Browse’ tab that featured more editorial highlights. However, the company quickly released update 2.8.1 and 2.8.2 to fix a bug that caused the app to “unexpectedly close or fail after an upgrade for some users.”

9to5Google decompiled that latter APK, which rolled out on March 29th, and found four code strings related to Chromecast. These strings included two application IDs.

Developers receive these IDs when they register an application for Cast support with Google. Registering allows developers to add custom colours and branding on TV screens and smart displays. However, it’s odd that there are two different IDs.

This likely means users will be able to send music playing in the Android app to a Google Home speaker, smart display, Android TV or Chromecast. Further, depending on how Apple implements support, users should be able to control playback from Apple Music on their phone.

Earlier this year, Apple Music for Assistant briefly appeared in the Google Assistant settings page alongside YouTube Music, Google Play Music and Spotify. Google later removed Apple Music, noting the appearance was related to a software bug.

The upcoming Cast support could herald the future release of Assistant integration as well. While similar in purpose, the main difference between Cast support and Assistant integration is the latter doesn’t require the Apple Music app. Users can just ask Assistant to play a song from Apple Music.

Finally, version 2.8.2 of Apple Music does not include Cast support, just the beginnings of its integration. Users should expect that to come in a future release when Apple finishes it.

Source: 9to5Google

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