Music Software

Google Play will close Artist Hub by the end of the month

Google Play's Artist Hub is no longer accepting new sign-ups and will reportedly shut down April 30. The service, which lets smaller indie artists post and sell their music on the Google Play Store and Google Play Music, redirects new users to YouTube for Artists.

Google didn't immediately respond to a request for comment but told 9to5Google the move is part of its plan to replace Google Play Music with YouTube Music.

SEE: Google Play to offer in-game rewards for watching video ads on Android

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Topics: Android Software , Android , Apps And Software , Music Software

Spotify Premium subscribers now get free Hulu TV and Movie streaming

If you have Spotify Premium, you can get Hulu's ad-supported service at no extra cost, starting Tuesday.

The offer works for new and existing Spotify Premium users. If you already have Hulu, you can also take advantage of the deal.

SEE: Best Spotify alternatives for streaming music in 2019

If you're new to Spotify Premium, after you sign up for the offer, you'll get the Premium streaming service and Hulu free for the first 30 days. After the first... Read More &raquo

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software , Music Software , TV & Movies

Smartphones are more harmful than helpful in the car, despite recent advances

One of the first rules that a person is taught when they start driving is to focus all their attention on the road and their surroundings. Now that 77 percent of people in the US have smartphones, "no distractions" has often come to mean "no smartphones."

But if you turn off or put your smartphone away while you are driving, you become keenly aware of what you'll be missing. You won't have maps and navigation, which can help you... Read More &raquo

Topics: Maps , Text-to-Speech Software , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software , Music Software

Apple ignores its push notification rules again and promotes Apple Music

If you have an iPhone, you might've received some push notifications about Apple Music recently. The company offered an extra three months on a free trial last weekend and most recently alerted iPhone users to a chance to gift a friend a free month on the music platform.

If you tap the alert, you can send a referral to someone who doesn't use Apple Music. However, if you get a referral and you've already used your 3-month free trial, you'll... Read More &raquo

Topics: iTunes & iPod Software , iOS Software , Apps And Software , Music Software

If you're using an ad blocker, Spotify will suspend or terminate your account

Spotify (download for iOS or Android) is cracking down on listeners using ad blockers on the free version of the app.

The music and podcast streaming service updated its user guidelines to say that as of March 1, any account using an ad blocker will be suspended or shut down.

Last March, Spotify found that two million users were using ad blockers on the free version of the app. The discovery happened before the company's planned... Read More &raquo

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software , Music Software

Are you tone deaf? This app can tell you

If you've ever wondered if you're the one in your friend group who is singing off-key, Harvard University's department of psychology might be able to tell you.

Researchers at the university have opened a new lab to study the science of music. The citizen science platform lets the general public take several music quizzes to contribute to research.

SEE: How the Listen music app for iOS works with gestures

Are you tone deaf?

The Tone-deafness Test takes about... Read More &raquo

Topics: Apps And Software , Music Software , Educational Software

Here's what my Spotify Cosmic Playlist said about me

Spotify (download for iOS or Android) took the next step in music personalization and released playlists inspired by Zodiac signs. The 12 playlists were curated by astrologer Chani Nicholas and carry a theme for the month. Nicholas also includes a reading for the sign.

Of course, many people believe in horoscopes to varying degrees. Whether you believe or not, Spotify is offering a fun way to discover new music that might be tailored to you in way... Read More &raquo

Topics: Astrology Software , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software , Music Software

You can finally mute artists on Spotify and here's how to do it

Instead of just giving a "thumbs down" on a song you don't like, Spotify (download for iOS or Android) is working on a feature that will allow you to block an artist.

The "don't play this artist" mute feature will appear in an upcoming update to Spotify's iOS app, Thurrott first reported.

Muting an artist will block their music on your personal library, playlists, Discover Weekly, Daily Mixes and more. You won't be able to manually... Read More &raquo

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software , Music Software

Dolby testing '234' music production app to compete against SoundCloud

Dolby is developing a music production app capable of measuring background noise before you begin recording and then eliminating it, according to TechCrunch.

App users can purchase audio effect packs to enhance their sound with multiple EQ settings. Artists can share their recordings with third-party apps like SoundCloud or Dolby's audio social network.

Dolby hopes the app -- codenamed '234' and formerly tested under the name Dolby Live -- will draw musicians and artists away from SoundCloud. The company... Read More &raquo

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software , Music Software

Spotify launching new Car View mode for simple music control while driving

Spotify (download for iOS or Android) is rolling out Car View, a simplified way to use the music streaming app while driving. The launch seems to be limited for now, showing up on Pixel 3 XLs only at this point, according to 9to5Google.

Car View presents a minimalist display of the artist's name and song title. You'll only have access to necessary controls like track changing, play, pause, favorite and shuffle. Here's how to tell if the... Read More &raquo

Topics: Android , Apps And Software , Music Software