Stations: Spotify Rolls Out A New App For Listening To Playlists

Are you an Android Spotify user? A new app called Stations gives users an easy access to music. Spotify has discreetly released this new app for Android. The new standalone Spotify app allows users to browse quickly, create a playlist and listen to various stations.

 

Spotify rolls out a new app for listening to playlists

 

The company said that it is currently experimenting the app Stations. It further described the app as “the easiest way to listen to the music you love. Totally free.”

 

Android users were quick to discover the Stations’ listing in the Google Play Store. However, it was found out that as of Tuesday evening, the app Stations is not yet compatible with smartphones in the U.S and several other countries. What we know so far is that the app is available only in Australia.

 

But Android users who already used the app claims that Spotify’s new app aims to reduce the long process of searching for music. This seems true because the company said that the app would start playing music as the user would open it.

 

 

Users can also have a quick glance at the playlists largely displayed on the screen. Then users could browse all the playlists by scrolling, but users who subscribed the app for free will get ads.

 

Those users who subscribed a Premium service could actually a skip track when using the Spotify’s app. Aside from this, the app also offers other services like personalized playlists such as Discover Weekly and Release Radar.

 

“As you listen, it learns what you like and creates personalized stations that you’ll love,” the Spotify’s new app description reads.

Kindle Fire features, still no match for iPad

The new bargain priced Kindle Fire has received good reveiws lately and it seems that it has ignited public interest on the tablet arena. Unfortuantely, with the gazillion updates Amazon and other tablet manufacturers have done to their devices, it’s a pity that it’s hard to read books on.

The Kindle Fire is suppsed-to-become 2012‘s most affordable tablet. Its $200 price tag is cheap and a better choice compared to other terrible Android brands that seem to sprout out from China.

Apple’s iPad has a legit rival in Samsung’s Galaxy Tab series. Much like their bigger brothers, the tablet arena also seems to have two dominant brands in the market in 2012.

But the Kindle Fire is no iPad. That is one fact that is clear. It feels like a brick. Just like a Soviet version of Apple’s innovation. Some even argue that you should not call it a tablet.

But there are also things that this little gizmo can brag about. One, it has tons of video, music and Amazon lets you keep formats that isn’t restricted to the Kindle alone. It’s like a big iPod that gives you the ability to surf the web and check emails.

 Unfortunately, it isn’t good for reading ebooks.

British Telecom sues Google over Android

If think Google has been subjected to too much patent entanglements already (remember Microsoft, Oracle, Apple and eBay lawsuits?) due to their Android platform, think again.

The search giant now faces another slew of patent infringement cases from one of UK’S biggest telecommunications company, British Telecom.

If there’s any difference in this patent case filed against Google from the others however, is that BT isn’t settling for just the Android infringement case. They are also filing cases against infringement in Google’s other products like Maps, Search, Music, Books, Offers, and their latest, the Google+ social network.

BT is claiming billions of dollars for “willful and deliberate infringement” for their six key patents which were allegedly infringed by Google and its products.

Florian Müller, an independent expert on international patient litigation says that the Android has already faced “more than enough” intellectual problems already. “Now Google faces one more large organisation that believes its rights are infringed. BT probably wants to continue to be able to do business with all mobile device makers and therefore decided to sue Google itself,” he adds.

Online streaming supasses illegal file-sharing

According to a study conducted by Music Ally’s media and technology researches, illegal file-sharing in the UK has fallen big time (yay!).

The study, which was published last Monday, showed that between December 2007 and January 2009, the number of people who regularly file-shared dropped by a quarter. The trend was most pronounced among 14-18 year olds.

It also showed that more and more teens are opting to steaming music and video sites such as YouTube, Spotify, MySpace, among others.

Researchers wrote: “Nearly twice as many 14-18-year-olds (31 per cent) listen to streamed music on their computer every day compared to music fans overall (18 per cent). More fans are regularly sharing burned CDs and Bluetoothing tracks to each other than file-sharing tracks.”

This move towards music and video streaming though has some uhm, negative effects in the internet.

According to Larry Roberts ( the guy who invented – yep – the ARPANet and packet switching), traditional packet-based routing is not built for streaming services which results to poor streaming qualities.

“Keeping up with bandwidth demand has required huge outlays of cash to build an infrastructure that remains underutilised,” he wrote. “To put it another way, we’ve thrown bandwidth at a problem that really requires a computing solution.”

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http://www.businessweek.com/globalbiz/content/jul2009/gb20090713_439306.htm

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