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  1. Record Label Sues Spotify Because People Can Make Playlists

    It's the latest in frivolous lawsuit technology.

    Record label Ministry of Sound is suing music service Spotify because its users can create playlists that mimic MoS's compilation albums and share those playlists with friends. Lest you think the United States has a monopoly on dumb lawsuits, this is all happening in the U.K.

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  2. Angered by Low Payment for New Artists, Thom Yorke Pulls Music From Spotify

    When it comes to distributing pop music online, Thom York is actually something of an authority on the matter.

    Thom Yorke took to Twitter over the weekend to harangue music-streaming service Spotify over the low rates it pays musicians for the rights to stream their music. The Radiohead frontman -- who knows a thing or two about successful digital music distribution -- is responding to the low rates, which amount to fractions of a cent every time a song is played, by taking his ball and going home, removing his songs from the service. That means fans will not longer be able to listen to Yorke collaboration Atoms for Peace or his solo album The Eraser on Spotify.

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  3. Twitter Launches Music Service That Sort of Works, Ignores Android Completely

    Twitter launched it's recently rumored music service today! Twitter #Music was announced this morning on Good Morning America, and comes in the form of an iOS app and web service. Notably absent is an Android version of Twitter #Music, so I'll focus on the web service which at the moment seems buggy and not fully formed.

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  4. You Can Listen to All the Grand Theft Auto Radio Stations on Spotify and iTunes

    With the anticipation and excitement for Grand Theft Auto V reaching new levels daily, it's a wonder that it took this long, but it's finally happened: Rockstar's released playlists of all the Grand Theft Auto radio stations on Spotify and iTunes, starting with Grand Theft Auto III and even including handheld games like Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars.

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  5. Spotify Reportedly Set to Launch Video Service With Original Content

    Spotify has all but eliminated my need to ever buy music. For a few bucks a month I can queue up practically any song I can think of and rock out. Now they supposedly want to bring that same level of convenience to video. Reports say Spotify is going to launch a video streaming service like Netflix that will offer original content -- also like Netflix. That's all well and good, but I already have Netflix.

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  6. Finnish Police Take Winnie the Pooh Laptop From Nine-Year-Old Accused of Piracy

    Seriously, Finland? We understand that Internet piracy is a problem, but this is just too much. Police raided the home of a nine-year-old girl and confiscated her laptop -- her Winnie the Pooh laptop -- because she was accused of downloading one song off The Pirate Bay. That really happened. We all live in this world now.

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  7. Xbox Music Service Pricing Leaks, Similar But Worse Than Spotify

    Microsoft apparently didn't learn too terribly much from the whole Zune fiasco, as the leaked pricing plans for their Xbox Music service aren't exactly competitive. It looks like a month of the unreleased service will cost a cool $9.99 in the United States, with a slight discount if users purchase a year worth. That's the same amount one might pay to Spotify for a Premium membership, which is honestly a better deal. Maybe they just think Xbox 360 users aren't aware of this fact?

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  8. Why You Wouldn’t Have Wanted Spotify in the ’80s

    We often forget how good we have it. We live in a world of high-speed broadband Internet, 3G connectivity, and Wi-Fi networks, and it's made us reliant on things that didn't even exist ten years ago. Could you go back to listening to commercial radio all the time? I didn't think so. Still, if an alternative like Spotify had existed way back in the 1980s, it probably wouldn't even have been that great. Squirrel Monkey, software de-maker extraordinaire, has whipped up a vision of streaming audio for a different decade.

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  9. Spotify Extends Unlimited Free Streaming Indefinitely

    A few months ago, some U.S. Spotify users had a rude awakening: The unlimited free streaming they'd become accustomed to turned out to be a 6-month trial, something Spotify mentioned from the start, but was glossed over by many. The revelation occurred -- when else -- right around the 6-month anniversary of the U.S. Spotify release. But for anyone affected, or expecting to be affected any day now, there's good news. Spotify has now extended its unlimited free streaming trial, and it seems to be an indefinite extension.

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  10. Your Free Spotify Experience May Be Ending Soon, It’s Only A 6-Month Trial

    So you got Spotify as soon as it came to the States. You've been jamming on those free tunes like it's your job. Free Spotify has become a vital part of your everyday sanity-preservation strategy. Well you better get ready because there's an end. You may not have been aware -- I know I wasn't -- but "free unlimited Spotify" never really existed. What you experience as free unlimited Spotify is actually an automatic  6-month trial of Spotify Unlimited, except with ads. The real kicker? Spotify's 6 month anniversary in the U.S. is rolling around next week. So this is a good time for a reminder.

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