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Microsoft Launches Streaming Music Service to Compete with Spotify

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Microsoft Launches Streaming Music Service to Compete with Spotify
Microsoft will launch a music streaming service this month, in an attempt to get some of Spotify’s market share. Spotify allows users to stream music for free with intermittant advertising, and the option purchase downloads. Peter Bale, executive producer of MSN, told The Telegraph: “Music is an important area for Microsoft. We are looking at launching a music streaming...

Microsoft Launching U.K. Music-Streaming Service This Month

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Microsoft will touchdown in the U.K. later this month with a new music-streaming service to rival sites like Spotify. The music service from Microsoft, according to a report today in the UK Telegraph, will offer users the chance to stream music for free and also download to own. The service would be operated and owned by Microsoft, while being promoted through MSN...

Microsoft Unveils ZuneHD: New Rival for iPod Touch?

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The touch-screen conversation just got a whole lot more interesting. Well, at least for a little while. Yes, Microsoft has announced a new Zune HD portable, touch-screen media player designed to play rival against Apple’s iPod Touch, but it’s going to be a tough road knowing their new toy is up against Apple’s behemoth marketing machine and ubiquitous ‘cool’...

Zune Pass Offers Unlimited Music, Until You Stop Subscribing

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Penny Arcade is usually a gaming webcomic, but today, music is the focus after Microsoft aired a new commercial for the Zune Pass, which gives you unlimited music for fifteen dollars a month. The catch? If you stop subscribing to the service, all of your music gets erased. Penny Arcade says it best in today's comic: "It'd be like you murdered all of your...

Seeqpod To Be Sold, Saved From Bankruptcy

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After getting repeatedly sued by major labels, music search engine Seeqpod filed for bankruptcy in early April 2009. But now CEO Kasian Franks says Seeqpod will avoid shutting down because a large company is going to buy it. He told Wired that Seeqpod is now in "final acquisition talks" with a partner that "is in the [same] position" as Apple, Google or Live...

Microsoft Automates Musical Composition

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[youtube ypycpKQxXR0 570 420] Songsmith, the newest music production tool from Microsoft, is designed to create automatic compositions from your recorded vocals. You record your singing onto the PC, and the program generates a song to accompany you. The results, while hilarious, are a bit scary. Now that the software has reached the public, Songsmith’ed...

Round Up: Pandora Ads, Guitar Hero Denounced, MSN Mobile

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Pandora now has ads, Guitar Hero gets slammed, and Microsoft competes with iTunes, all in today's round up! The popular free music site Pandora is now adding 15 second invasive advertisements, interrupting the music, and repeating every 20 songs. This action isn’t entirely unexpected, as online music sites must pay...

Zune Player Crash Gets Examined

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The universal Leap Year failure of the Zune 30GB on New Year’s eve became nationwide headline news. Now the leaked source code has been diagnosed. The examination is pretty enlightening, as it explains exactly why the crash happened. The driver with the defective code is common to all Windows CE devices, and for those who are inclined toward coding, here’s an excerpt from the...