Imran Ajmain

1,754 Flips | 5 Magazines | 119 Likes | 1,262 Followers | @imranajmain | Read . Write . Travel

Spotify Celebrates Awkward Family Texting With Music

<b>WHAT:</b> A new campaign to promote the streaming service’s family plans taps into the meme-tastic world of awkward texts with your parents.<p><b>WHO:</b> Spotify<p><b>WHY WE CARE:</b> Look, just admit it. We’ve all laughed at least a few times over the last few<p>what feels like 15years at the various clickbait articles on …

Text Messaging

YouTube debuts its official VR app on Daydream

Google’s Daydream View VR headset-controller combo, which the company showed off last month, is now available and it’s got a slew of apps to show off its capabilities. One of the most exciting among them is YouTube’s all-new VR experience.<p>The app, which is currently only available through Google’s …

You can finally control your Sonos with the Spotify app

Today is a good day — it’s finally possible to ditch Sonos’ horrible app and play all your music through Spotify.<p>After having teased the highly anticipated feature for a long time, the company today released a public beta that includes the option to control all music through the Spotify app.<p>By …

Spotify Connect now available on Sonos in beta

Spotify has announced Spotify Connect is now available in public beta on its speakers enabling users to use the Spotify app to control their music exclusively.<p>Once Spotify is enabled via the Sonos app, users can stream to any Sonos speaker on the network, as well as create groups of speakers from …

Smart Homes

YouTube deal ends years-long fight over music videos in Germany

German music fans haven't had it easy in the past 7 years. A royalty dispute with music rights group GEMA has forced YouTube to block thousands of music videos in the country, leaving locals no choice but to either find alternative video sources or (gasp) settle for audio alone. At last, though, …

YouTube Red

Spotify is urging listeners to vote with a message from Barack Obama

In case you haven't heard, President Obama <i>really</i> wants you to get out and vote.<p>He's spent months encouraging Americans to cast their ballots while …

Barack Obama

Rising star: YouTube playing key role in Google's success

YouTube's FameBit Purchase Could Mean Big Bucks For Musicians

Earlier this month, Google announced it had purchased influencer-focused startup FameBit, which was created to connect brands and those creating video content, most of which makes its way to YouTube. Much of the talk around this deal has focused on vloggers, comedians and those that create …

Profit

Drake's 'One Dance' is Spotify's most streamed song ever

All hail Drake, the king of music streaming.<p>The rapper and singer's "One Dance" is Spotify's most played song, the company said in a tweet. It's been streamed over 880 million times.<p>James Blunt last year said, possibly in jest, that he gets paid £0.0004499368 per Spotify stream. If Drake is on the …

Apple Music

Spotify launches new Samsung smart TV app for free users

(For 2015 and 2016 TVs only)<p>Spotify is launching a new-and-improved app for Samsung smart TVs, promising both paid and free users a better way to access music. The app itself isn't that interesting, but the fact that Spotify's making it available to free users is.<p>Spotify, of course, is available on …

Goldman Sachs uses Spotify ads to find new recruits

<i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>If I asked you to imagine a typical Goldman Sachs employee, I fancy you'd conceive of someone white, overly self-confident and very sweaty in the evening.<p>It may be that the famous investment bank is trying …

Goldman Sachs

Amazon undercuts Spotify and Apple Music with $7.99 streaming for Prime members

Amazon is introducing its answer to Spotify and Apple Music, and it's playing to win.<p>Amazon on Wednesday launched Amazon Music Unlimited, its …

Apple Music

Spotify hit by 'malvertising' in app

A malicious advert pushed through the free tier of the music streaming site has opened ‘questionable’ pop-ups” for some users<p>Spotify has become the latest service to be hit by “malvertising”, after a malicious advert pushed through the free tier of the music streaming site started opening …

Ad Blocking

Google acquired YouTube 10 years ago today

Ten years ago today, Google snapped up YouTube for a then-hefty $1.65 billion. In the intervening years, our concept of what constitutes a “big startup acquisition” has been turned on its head — we’re looking at you, WhatsApp — but nonetheless, YouTube represents one of the most notable and …

YouTube says some games are weirdly popular by region

Some games are universal -- <i>Minecraft</i> and <i>Grand Theft Auto</i>, for instance, are popular in almost every country despite being different from each other in nearly every way. <i>Pokémon Go</i> is also a hit everywhere except, not surprisingly, Russia. After checking game streams against regions, YouTube …

Grand Theft Auto

Amazon Music Unlimited is taking on established streaming services, as company looks to corner home-listening market through integration with Echo smart speakers<p>Amazon has launched Amazon Music Unlimited, a competitor to Spotify and Apple Music, as part of the company’s push into music …

Apple Music

Spotify And Tinder Partner So You Don’t Have To Ask “What Music Do You Like” Anymore

<b>WHAT:</b> “Tinder Anthem,” a new feature on the ubiquitous dating service that allows users to showcase “that one single track that tells your story.”<p><b>WHO:</b> Tinder, in partnership with Spotify.<p><b>WHY WE CARE:</b> As Bumble users already know, 30% of all pre-date conversations when you’re in the target Tinder …

Spotify Just Made The “Shuffle” Button A Thousand Times Smarter

Daily Mix is a new personalized playlist that blends songs you love with new, undiscovered gems that fit right in.<p>Matthew Ogle wants Spotify to stop feeling so much like a music app. That might sound counterintuitive, since Spotify is pretty much synonymous with streaming music these days, but his …

Apple Will Stop The Music As Spotify Jumps Into Japan

Spotify, an ever-popular music streaming service in Western countries, says it will start regular service in Japan from November.<p>Is its turntable spinning backwards or something?<p>Japan is tough for any foreign company because of differences in language and culture plus distribution obstacles. Apple …

Apple Pay

Spotify is serving malware-infested ads to its users [Update]

It seems Spotify is in for trouble as numerous music lovers are reporting that its freemium streaming service is pushing malware-infested ads to its users.<p>According to a user report on the company’s forum, running Spotify Free on the desktop periodically causes your browser to open various …

Malware

Your Tinder match can now judge you by your most-played songs on Spotify

If your music tastes tend toward the embarrassing, it might be time to clean up your Spotify account.<p>Starting Tuesday, Tinder users will be able to …

Apps

YouTube stars fined £265k for promoting Fifa gambling to minors

YouTuber Craig 'NepentheZ' Douglas and business partner Dylan Rigby have been fined £265,000 for promoting an online Fifa gambling ring to …

New data shows Apple Music contributing to rebirth of music industry, but it’s not winning over Spotify users

The rise of streaming music has not been met with praise from some in the music industry. While a handful of artists have continued to resist the platform and push album purchases, a mid-year update from the Recording Industry Association of America shows that streaming music is helping the …

Pandora’s Spotify rival won’t be ready until later this year

Pandora's free tier will also receive an update<p>As Pandora prepares to overhaul its entire music streaming service, users are going to have to wait a bit longer until the full on-demand subscription product is ready. The online radio service is preparing to shift into a full-fledged music streaming …

Spotify added a 'Concerts' tab to artist pages so you can actually listen to live music

Spotify is getting a small but useful update for informing you of your favorite artist’s latest moves: you can now view concerts right from individual artist pages.<p>To be clear, the company has featured concert dates in its ‘On Tour’ section since 2013, but I’d argue a simple list of tour dates on …

Graphic Designer Recreates Brand Logos In His Own Lettering Style

<b>Graphic designer and lettering artist</b> David Milan, who we have featured previously, is back with a new project called ‘#TypeMyBrand’.<p><b>For this …

Spotify's new Kids section uses music to encourage language development and parental bonding

Spotify today introduces a new Kids category that aims to help parents and their children bond over music, and encourage kids to develop their language skills with in-app prompts.<p>The Kids & Family category now offers a variety of playlists for everyday activities, such as bathtime, bedtime, …

Spotify has a new video game music section. Here are our favorite playlists

Today, Spotify launched a new Gaming category where you can easily find gaming music, playlists and soundtracks.<p>Last year, I spent hours searching for all the individual classics from the Fallout franchise to make my own playlist on Rdio (RIP). Today, doing that is a lot easier on Spotify.<p>To get to …

Soundtracks

Spotify’s Release Radar Is Like Discover Weekly For New Music–And Just As Good

Spotify’s newest personalized playlist uses the logic of Discover Weekly to handpick tracks from new releases.<p>Like it or not, the Internet is the new record store. As brick-and-mortar landmarks like New York’s Other Music and Rebel Rebel shutter their doors, we’re left to roam cavernous, digital …