Digital music and audio

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‘More meaningful connections’: will Spotify’s updates mean a proper payday for artists?
The biggest ever update to Spotify’s app is set to bring artists and fans closer together. But given the platform’s longstanding lean-back experience, has the horse already bolted?

Rhian Jones

16, Mar, 2023 @10:54 AM

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Last night AI DJ saved my life? Testing Spotify’s virtual radio host
A male voice offers ‘commentary’ as the service curates a stream of songs I’ve heard before. Do I really need this?

Alaina Demopoulos

02, Mar, 2023 @6:00 AM

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My kids often baffle me. But at least we agree on subtitles | Adrian Chiles
Research suggests young people use subtitles more than their elders. I suspect this reflects their love of text – and the vagaries of today’s sound designers, writes Adrian Chiles

Adrian Chiles

01, Mar, 2023 @1:03 PM

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Spotify to cut 600 jobs after CEO admits to expanding too quickly
Music streaming service becomes latest tech firm to announce cuts after pandemic overexpansion

Dan Milmo Global technology editor

23, Jan, 2023 @3:55 PM

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Enough with the year-in-review app alerts: here are the online habits I really want to track in 2023 | Michael Sun
Annual wraps remind me I’m tethered to my phone like a sad puppy. So give me a round-up from the app with the plainest of truths

Michael Sun

04, Jan, 2023 @2:00 PM

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I’m dreaming of a bestseller: what makes Christmas songs stick?
We analyse the most popular festive songs to find that all we want for Christmas is mid-century nostalgia

Carmen Aguilar García, Michael Goodier, Lucy Swan and Pamela Duncan

20, Dec, 2022 @9:00 AM

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Is TikTok killing off the pop music bridge?
It’s a trend that’s been spotted by everyone from Sting to social media users: the bit of a song between the verse and chorus is disappearing. Are short attention times to blame, or is this simply another evolution in songwriting?

Hannah J Davies

09, Dec, 2022 @11:30 AM

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Has Spotify really wrapped up the mystery of musical taste?
As the streaming giant parcels up the data on our personal listening habits, two authors reflect on how taste is formed – and why our music choices are never entirely our own

Katie Hawthorne

05, Dec, 2022 @4:00 PM

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Make it pop! Do we really need the Beatles to sound new?
Classic songs are now remastered to compete with contemporary pop on streaming services. But what do we lose when Yellow Submarine is ‘de-mixed’ for generation playlist?

Eamonn Forde

02, Nov, 2022 @4:43 PM

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The Playlist review – stick with it for the brain-breakingly weird ending
Netflix tells the origin story of Spotify, but Daniel Ek – the most powerful man in music – is no Steve Jobs. Still, it’s worth watching for the jolting discomfort you’ll feel after the finale

Stuart Heritage

13, Oct, 2022 @11:23 AM

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Sonos Sub Mini review: big boom upgrade in a compact box
Smaller, cheaper bass add-on for wifi speakers and soundbars delivers in all the right areas

Samuel Gibbs Consumer technology editor

05, Oct, 2022 @6:00 AM

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New audiobook platforms are launched to rival Amazon’s Audible
Spiracle will feature titles from independent presses, while last month, Spotify also began offering audiobooks to US customers

Sarah Shaffi

03, Oct, 2022 @6:09 PM

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