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Whether you want to create mixtapes, listen to Internet radio, or generate Smart Playlists that update themselves, be sure to read this collection of tutorials to get the best out of using playlists in iTunes.

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Spotify Rolls Out New Darker Interface And A New Home For Your Music

Wednesday April 9, 2014

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Spotify recently announced via its blog the launch of a radical new look that sports a darker theme and improvements to the icons and text. Spotify's revamp isn't just cosmetic either. One addition worth noting is you no longer have to rely on playlists or stars to add songs to your personal library.

The introduction of the newYour Music option has been designed to give you a more natural (and easier) way to save, manage and browse the songs you want to keep in your personal music library. The company says in its blog, "Save albums and browse their beautiful cover art, gather your favourite artists and create playlists for every mood and moment. Found a song or album that you like? Just hit save to add it to your collection. It's that simple."

There's also an improvement to the Browse facility which the popular music service says delivers better content which is more relevant and localized. However all these changes won't be seen straight away by everyone. Spotify say the process will be gradual for its iPhone, desktop, and Web Player users.

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iTunes FAQ: Can I Transfer Songs From The iPod Touch to iTunes?

Thursday April 3, 2014

iPod TouchYou may think that syncing songs between your iTunes library and iPod Touch is only a one-way process. Most of the time you'll probably update your Apple device with new songs and apps from the library on your computer. However, you can also transfer content the other way too.

But why would you want to do this?

It is sometimes useful to be able to transfer content from your iPod Touch -- to a new computer for example when you don't have a local backup at hand, or can't download from iCloud.

If you need to transfer iTunes purchases which may only be on your iOS device, then read our tutorial on transferring songs and apps from the iPod Touch to a new computer.

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Pandora Radio Subscription Increase Fueled By 'Rising Royalty Fees'

Wednesday March 26, 2014

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Pandora Radio recently announced via its blog that it will be raising the subscription fee for Pandora One due to increased costs. The Internet radio service has kept its monthly fee at $3.99 for quite some time, but this will now be increased in May to $4.99 for new subscribers.

Commenting about the changes, Pandora said on their blog, "The costs of delivering this service have grown considerably. For example, the royalty rates Pandora pays to performers via SoundExchange for subscription listening have increased 53% in the last five years and will increase another 9% in 2015."

The company also revealed that their yearly subscription option will also be ending. To lessen the blow Pandora say that existing annual subscribers will be migrated at a loyalty price of $3.99 per month -- this works out at $47.88 for twelve months ( a 33% increase). However, monthly subscribers (current and those who sign up before May) won't see any increase.

Even with these changes, the company will be hoping that churn rate will be low seeing that it's still a cheaper streaming option compared to other services such as Spotify, Rdio, etc.

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Report: iTunes Radio Third Most Popular Service For Streaming Music

Friday March 21, 2014
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Launched only last year, Apple's iTunes Radio is now the third most popular streaming music service -- beating Spotify and Google Play All Access into fourth and fifth place respectively. According to a new report by Edison Research (called The Infinite Dial 2014), 8% of Americans aged 12 and over listened to iTunes Radio. Surprisingly, this eclipsed Spotify (6%) and Google Play All Access (3%).

However, it was Pandora Radio which had the lions share with an impressive 31%, followed by iHeartRadio quite a way off at 9%.

Considering iTunes Radio is currently only six months old, it will be interesting to see whether it can build on this promising start with sustained growth.

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