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Facebook places ‘Listen’ button on artist pages, now takes you to your go-to streaming app instantly

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/04/17/facebook-listen-button/

Facebook places 'Listen' button on artist pages, now takes you to your go-to streaming app instantly

If navigating away from a musician’s timeline on Facebook to get a quick listen isn’t your favorite activity, you’re in luck. The folks in Palo Alto dropped a “Listen” button on artist pages today, giving you access to popular tracks instantly. Situated right beside the ever important “Like” button, the new feature first asks if you’d like to open your favorite music-streaming app — either Spotify, MOG, Slacker Radio or Rdio. If you’ve yet to link a service to FB, it’ll ask which you’d prefer to use. Once prompted in Spotify, for example, the app heads to the band’s library and begins playing selections from the Top Hits category. The “Listen” button then becomes a play / pause control and clicking one on another artist’s page makes the change in the app in a flash. To grab a look at the new control in action, head to your band of choice to give it a try.

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Source: http://gizmodo.com/5891762/why-sony-music-unlimited-offering-offline-playback-is-so-awesome

Why Sony Music Unlimited Offering Offline Playback Is So AwesomeSony Music Unlimited, the all-you-can-hear music subscription service that represents Sony’s answer to Spotify, MOG, Rhapsody and so on, added a crucial new feature to its Android app on Thursday: the ability to store music on an Android smartphone or tablet so that music fans can play it back without using a WiFi or wireless data connection.

We say “crucial” for a number of reasons – among them that cellphone providers are capping the amount of data you can stream each month (here’s how AT&T’s “unlimited” plans stack up, for example). Offline playback is also key for planes, subways, highways, and other places people like to listen to music but have a hard time streaming it. It also saves your battery, because the music only has to travel from your phone’s or tablet’s local memory to your earphones, instead of through your phone’s power-hungry WiFi or cellular radio.

In essence, it lets you take full advantage of the economics of a streaming service without sacrificing the convenience of downloads.

Evolver.fm asked Sony Entertainment Network vice president and general manager of global digital video and music services Michael Aragon why Sony Music Unlimited added the feature; he responded:

Our initial focus for the Music Unlimited service was to use our advantages of having great ‘living room’ products such as the PlayStation 3 and Bravia Internet Connected TVs to create a great in-home music experience. We accomplished that – evident by our one-million-plus active user base. However, we always knew that music mobility is a key part of our consumers’ lives and that having music available when they are not connected – on planes, on road trips – is an important part of the experience. So, in response to our customers’ wishes for offline playback, we wanted to make sure we came out with this feature as quickly as possible.

Sony Music Unlimited streams music to the home devices he mentions, as well as the Sony Music Unlimited app for Android and Android tablets, all from the same account, free for up to 30 days. The update that adds this offline playback feature rolls out today.

Why Sony Music Unlimited Offering Offline Playback Is So Awesome Evolver.fm observes, tracks and analyzes the music apps scene, with the belief that it’s crucial to how humans experience music, and how that experience is evolving.

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