Music

Spotify adds video clips and podcasts to music streaming service

As expected, Spotify unveiled new features for its music streaming service at a special media event in New York City. The company announced it will be adding videos and podcasts to its platform alongside "activity-based playlists," according to Tech Crunch. The announcement comes a few weeks before Apple is expected to unveil its revamped music services, such as an "all-new" Music app.

First iOS 8.4 Beta Features Redesigned Music App

Apple seeded the first iOS 8.4 beta to developers on Monday. The new release comes only a few days after iOS 8.3 was released to the public. The official release notes only mention Apple's "all-new" Music app, which has been redesigned to make "exploring your music collection easier and more fun," and iTunes Radio.

iOS 8.4 Music App

iOS 8.4 users will be able to personalize Playlists with their own descriptions and art, and recently added artists will now be displayed at the top of your library so they're easier to locate. Other new features include Global Search, an improved "Now Playing" section with "a stunning new design that showcases your album artwork," the ability to wirelessly stream music from the Now Playing window and a new MiniPlayer that allows you to see what track is playing while you browse your collection.

Google Play Music for the iPad Found Hiding in iPhone App

It looks like Google Play Music will be the next subscription-based music app to land on the iPad. A 9to5Mac tipster has discovered that an iPad version of Google's music app has been lurking inside the iPhone app.

We’ve received another tip stating that changing the app’s “UIDeviceFamily” key from 1 to 2 within its info.plist file will provide the same iPad layout shown below. We’ve independently tested and confirmed this to be true.

Google Play Music iPad

9to5Mac has also posted additional screenshots and video of Google Play Music working on Apple's tablet, but their authenticity hasn't been confirmed.

Spotify Now Available for the iPad

Spotify has been converted into a universal app making the popular iPhone music platform available to iPad owners for the first time. Version 0.5.0 gives both iPhone and iPad users access to millions of tracks from thousands of albums. Changes include Retina display graphics, an even easier to browse catalogue, new high-definition cover art, trending playlists and grouped by user searches.

iPad Applications

Spotify is free to download from the App Store with the option to upgrade to a Spotify Premium account. Non-premium users can test out the service for 48-hours completely free. Read on for a complete list of changes.

Walmart Brings Their Online Movie Streaming Service to the iPad, Closes MP3 Store

Walmart announced that they're closing their MP3 download store the same day they launched Vudu's movie streaming service for the iPad.

To avoid the restrictions of Apple's app store, the retail giant decided not to offer an iPad app. Instead the Vudu icon for your iPad home screen redirects you to the Vudu website, where you can rent or buy over 20,000 movies and watch them online. Rental prices start at $4 for standard definition to $6 for full high definition. I guess Walmart's low prices don't apply to the iPad. A copy of Beetlejuice goes for $9.99. You can probably find the same movie on DVD for $5 at a Walmart store, or stream it all month for the same price through Netflix.

Walmart

Vudu also allows you to stream movies through other devices like Internet-capable HDTVs, Blu-ray Disc players and the PlayStation 3.

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