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Spotify is working on shared-queue social listening

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If you are thinking to do parties when your friend is not with you, then the new update from Spotify is probably for you. The update is known as “Social listening”.  You can easily allow multiple people on that list of songs which you are listening to. They can also make changes on that list. The process is to scan a certain Q-R code which is unique for each group. After scanning, you will get easy access to that specific group. Spotify will also increase the update to the level where you can hear all the notes ups and downs at the same time as your friend is listening.

This update will give a hike on the number of users because anybody can download and add their friends on that listening queue. This experience of togetherness will give the Spotify more popularity among the masses. It will also be a unique app from Apple music, YouTube music, and any other rival application.

A spokesperson of Spotify stated to TechCrunch that:

 “We’re always testing new products and experiences but have no further news to share at this time.”

Spotify already has the feature of merging friends’ playlists and this update is giving you the feeling of sharing music on a real-time.

The feature is almost the same as the Turntable.fm, which was launched in the year 2011. It was a startup app where you can play a DJ and you can also choose the songs by a voting process which is done by a group chat. The app has gone through a very bad phase and the authority was bound to shut down the app in the year of 2014. After that Facebook launched “Listen With” and that was the main key idea for Spotify.

The Spotify members also experienced some added advantages. The listeners who are online will be visible in the menu bar after connecting the phone with WIFI or Bluetooth.

There is a help screen on the app which says that:

 “Listen to music together. 1. On your phone, play a song and select (Connected Devices). You’ll see a code at the bottom of the screen. 2. On your friend’s phone, select the same (Connected Devices) icon, tap SCAN CODE, and point the camera at your code. 3. Now you can control the music together.”

After following these, you can find your friend who is online on the list.

All the similar apps have the same features with a per month premium membership of $9.99. But Spotify has use of personalizing the playlist after discussing with friends who are online at that moment. But according to some people, the feature is a copy of Apple music.

As the year is passing, the app is updating and removing some useless features like messaging inbox and they are promoting the user to join the third-party message services to share songs. It also has a major problem that if a song is not played for a certain number of times, then the artiste can’t get a promotion on the popularity list of masses.

Spotify is the only app which gives the experience of listening to music on a social level. The vibration will touch you. That is the way where you can get a real feel of the music.

 

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Microsoft finally brings its To-Do application to the Mac operating system

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Microsoft finally brings its To-Do application to the Mac operating system

In the year 2017, Microsoft said that it will be shutting down Wunderlist which was a company acquired by Microsoft in order to forge their to-do application.

After acquiring the company, Microsoft released its to-do app. It has launched the To-Do as the application is called on Windows, Android, and iOS and expanded its feature set. This application will now be available in Mac operating system too.

This morning, Microsoft announced that their To-Do application will now be available in the Mac operating system. All the core features of the application will be working with the application. Some of the handiest features of this application are utilized tags, share list, work offline and manage tasks. The Mac operating system will take advantage of the new platform which offers a handful of shortcuts.

There was a Worldwide Developer Conference this month where the company ended up announcing all their tools and they started calling it Project Catalyst. Under this project, Apple is trying to bring all the applications to release their products for the Mac operating system. The Project Catalyst helps developers build a new application with the help of the existing codebase which will is being used in iOS applications.

Microsoft was not ready to be a part of the Project Catalyst and this is why they went in a very different route. The company wants to ship totally brand new applications for the Mac operating system.

“We’re not currently working on new features for Wunderlist as we’re concentrating on our new app, Microsoft To-Do,” a spokesperson said. “Once we are confident that we have incorporated the best of Wunderlist into Microsoft To-Do, we will retire Wunderlist,” they added.

This is a big step for Microsoft to release a completely new software just for the Mac operating system.

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Google accused of copying lyrics of different songs from Genius for their search results

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Google accused of copying lyrics of different songs from Genius for their search results

In a recent report from the Wall Street Journal, there have been accusations made on Google by Genius Media by saying that Google copies song lyrics from their website to use them in their search results.

If you have ever looked for Google Search, then you have seen that there is a box appearing alongside the general search results. It basically shows the lyrics of the song. Some lyrics websites have taken issues with this because this means that they will receive less traffic from users.

Genius Media is accusing Google of copying all the lyrics directly from their website and using them in Google search results.

Genius made a change to its site back in 2016 where it started:

 “Alternating the lyrics’ apostrophes between straight and curly single-quote marks in exactly the same sequence for every song.”

This effectively acts as a watermark for the copy, and when the apostrophes are translated into Morse code, it spells out “Red Handed.”

Google has been notified by Genius multiple times in the last two years about the stolen lyrics. The company had already explained that all the lyrics were directly licensed from partners. Google also came out with an official statement that they will be looking over and investigating the whole matter. Google is not really at fault right now because past complains from Genius might have triggered an investigation far more sooner but nothing like this has happened yet.

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Amazon Spark, the two-year-old Instagram competitor has finally shut down

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Amazon Spark, the two-year-old Instagram competitor has finally shut down

The two-year-old Amazon Spark, the competitor of Instagram has finally closed its business. With the growing popularity of social media, Amazon has capitalized on the shopping trends and released Amazon Spark so that it can compete with Instagram. The experiment which is popularly known as Amazon Spark has finally come to an end.

The service which has been provided by Amazon Spark is very bland in nature. On Instagram, people can follow their friends, interests, and brands which makes it very engaging. Amazon Spark is much more focused on sale and shopping. The company had tried to mock Instagram previously with different fashion inspirations, but Instagram can win over them because the reach of Instagram is much more widespread.

Amazon, till now, has not commented anything about this and when they were asked about the company shutting down, they did not reveal anything. Amazon has decided that they need to comment on the apparent shutdown of the Spark but all the services which were present on the website are all gone now.

The URL of the site amazon.com/spark now redirects to the new site, #FoudItOnAmazon. The site is like a product discovery tool

There has been a lot of use for the interesting find tab since the year 2016 for people who are looking to make everything easy. This was the perfect way for the platform to let people browse all the different looks in a convenient manner.

The site Interesting Finds has a very clean look and it makes looking for products on the website very convenient. People who know about this option often use it and they are the one who has mentioned about the service being discontinued.

According to all the latest reports, from the company, it is evident that Spark is the one which is shutting down and Interesting Finds will still be available so that it feels convenient for the people.

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