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In a press conference this morning, streaming  Spotify announced the launch of a Spotify Apps platform into their streaming music service.  According to CEO, Daniel Ek, the service will bring better recommendations, ticketing and editorial content.  Launch partners include Rolling Stone, Billboard, Last.fm and Songkick amongst others.

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Millions of people are listening to digital  music via sites like Spotify and Pandor. These sites have strong followings for a number of reasons one of which being  the concept of  “passive discovery” or the ability to  stumble on new content based on artist or genre searches.

Amsterdam-based startup, Shuffler.fm is putting a new spin on that discovery process by aggregating music directly from blogs like Pitchfork, TheMusic.FM, and Stereogum in their  The service  allows listeners to play continuous mixes by genre..  In addition, music blogs can create their own dedicated pages that include a “play this blog” button.

While this may be nothing ground-breaking in the space,  Shuffle.fm’s slick new tablet interface offers users a great way to discover new artists (and music blogs for that matter) with some contextual relevance.  At the very least, it’s a refreshing change from the algorithm-based model we’ve become accustomed to thus far.

Shuffler.fm is currently available in the iTunes store and their pitch from SXSW’11 can be viewed here

Award winning social music service, Spotify is finally heading state side.  The announcement has been highly expected  after the company completed a $100MM round of funding and secured music rights deals with EMI and SONY in recent months.

The service provides streaming music on consumers’ PC’s and mobile devices in a radio-like fashion while at the same time integrating social elements.  Spotify already has 10MM users in Europe (1MM of which are paid subscriptions).  In addition, the company is rumored to be working on a streaming music deal with Facebook.

“We have updated our landing page in advance of launch. Still no specifics on the launch I’m afraid, just We’re working hard to launch the service in the US as soon as possible. All we can say right now is watch this space!” said a Spotify representative according to Mashable.com

via FierceMobileContent

According to FierceMobile, Mobile music discovery solutions provider Shazam will integrate digital streaming music service Spotify, offering iOS and Android device users in Europe direct access to full-track versions of songs they’ve tagged and identified.

The service currently has 10MM users across Europe but it’s US market entry is unannounced.  BusinessWeek reported in mid-June that the four majors–Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and EMI Music–want Spotify to follow the lead of rivals like Rhapsody and eMusic by introducing premium monthly subscriptions to U.S. consumers, enabling the music industry to share in resulting revenues.
Read more: Shazam integrates Spotify full-track streaming – FierceMobileContent http://www.fiercemobilecontent.com/story/shazam-integrates-spotify-full-track-streaming/2011-01-13#ixzz1Aw8eVvAN