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Extremely specific mood playlists will have you feeling emotions you didn’t know existed

Let me tell you a story. Imagine, for a moment, you’re lying on mossy forest floors, slowly transforming into a nymph. Your fingers are turning into flower vines. Your limbs are bleeding honey and growing thick skins of sepia bark, wings sprout in between your shoulder blades. Your breath sounds like the wind. Fireflies litter the air above you.

But that’s not a story. It’s the full name of an extraordinarily specific Spotify playlist. And if you’re wondering what exactly becoming a nymph sounds like, according to the playlist, it’s a lot like the music of Hozier, Daughter, and Twenty One Pilots.  Read more…

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Spotify rival Tencent Music posts maiden quarter loss of $130M on one-off costs

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Apple has a very blunt response to Spotify’s complaint

Well, it’s on now. 

Yesterday, Spotify publicly filed a complaint against Apple to the European Commission over “unfair” App Store rules, which allegedly make it hard for Spotify to compete with Apple Music on equal ground. 

Today, Apple responded by saying that Spotify wants “all the benefits of a free app without being free,” and throwing a couple more jabs for good measure. 

In a lengthy post on the company’s website, Apple said that Spotify has used the App Store “for years to dramatically grow their business,” but now it wants to keep the benefits of that ecosystem “without making any contributions to that marketplace.” Read more…

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Apple addresses Spotify’s claims, but not its demands

Spotify files complaint against Apple over ‘unfair’ App Store rules

Music streaming service Spotify has filed a complaint against Apple with the European Commission over App Store rules that give Apple an “unfair advantage at every turn,” the company CEO Daniel Ek announced in a blog post Wednesday.

In the post, Ek claims that Apple’s App Store rules make it hard for Spotify to compete with Apple’s own Apple Music on a level playing field.

“Apple requires that Spotify and other digital services pay a 30% tax on purchases made through Apple’s payment system, including upgrading from our Free to our Premium service. If we pay this tax, it would force us to artificially inflate the price of our Premium membership well above the price of Apple Music,” writes Ek.  Read more…

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