Hey, streaming subscription music fans, it looks like Spotify has finally been approved by Apple, and it will be appearing in the App Store shortly. You may not realize how big a deal this is at first glance, but trust me, this is huge. Spotify is a service that gives you all-you-can-eat access to music for a set fee each month. The app appearing on the iPhone and iPod touch means that you can use another store besides iTunes to listen to, and download, music. Yes, Spotify even lets you listen to downloaded tracks if you are offline. This is a game-changer, and we look forward to getting our hands on Spotify once it is released!
Logitech has launched their Squeezebox Boom. The all-in-one network music player handles digital sound with an integrated 30W amp, high-performance speakers, and simple set up. Plug it in with no other wires, then use your existing home network, Internet radio, or subscription service. After selecting a password, the Boom will remember it. Expandable to other rooms with additional Squeezeboxes, it also has a 3.5mm headphone jack for privacy. Look for it beginning this September with a $299.99 price tag.
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MTV Networks’ URGE and RealNetworks’ Rhapsody have announced that they will be combining forces to try to compete with iTunes. Naming the venture Rhapsody America, it will be accessible to computers, PMPs, and Verizon Wireless’ VCast. Beginning this September, MTV will push the new service and provide music playlists as well as other programming. Michael Bloom, former GM of URGE, will be in charge and said that for now, URGE customers can use both services. There is no word yet on how much Rhapsody America will cost its subscribers.
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