Google’s Clock app can now wake you up with music from Spotify

Man shutting off alarm clocks

You probably never think about the Google Clock app on your Android phone. And unless you are one of those happy early risers, it’s not exactly an app that brings you joy. But every day, it wakes you right on time, with either some annoying chirps or other sounds that, over time, will stress you out. But stress no more. Google today launched an update to the Clock app that now lets you choose any song or playlist from Spotify to wake you up.

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Best Buy Stops Selling Music CDs

“I guess I’m going to have to buy the White Album again.”


When was the last time you wanted to buy a CD? Because you probably can’t remember, Best Buy has reportedly stopped selling them.

The big box electronics retailer officially stopped selling music CDs Sunday, according to Billboard. Sales fell in recent years as music streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music gained in popularity.

Best Buy’s CD sales have recently brought in just about $40 million annually.

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Independent record labels get boost from streaming music services

For decades, independent record labels have dreamed that if only they had the massive budgets to get their artists in front of music fans, the fans would love the music – and maybe even choose it over offerings from major record labels.

Now, with streaming services such as Apple Inc and Spotify Technology SA becoming the dominant form of distribution for recorded music, at least some of that long-held dream seems to be materializing, according to a new report from the Merlin Network, a UK-based nonprofit group that negotiates with the streaming services on behalf of more than 20,000 independent record labels and distributors and handles routing payments.

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Barclays sees 20 percent gain for Spotify, says it’s reinventing how music is sold

A trader during the Spotify IPO at the New York Stock Exchange, April 3, 2018.

Spotify is reinventing the way music is sold and could gain upwards of 20 percent, analysts with Barclays said Tuesday.

“Our optimism around SPOT stems from the company’s history of creating best-in-class products and user experience and innovating ahead of peers,” Barclays analysts said in a note.

The firm issued an overweight rating on the stock and a price target of $210. Shares of Spotify gained 3 percent Tuesday to close at $175.98.

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Here’s why it’ll be tough for YouTube Music to catch up with Spotify and Apple

YouTube Music launches

Many of us happily play the field when it comes to streaming our favorite movie and TV shows, with multiple subscriptions to services like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, maybe HBO and more. Music, though, is a different animal – if you already pay for Spotify, in other words, you don’t necessarily need to plunk down coin for a rival service that’s just going to get you most of what you already have access to.

It’s into that fray and an arguably already crowded competitive landscape that YouTube Music has turned a soft launch in May into widespread availability — now having launched in 17 countries, including the U.S.

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‘The Spotify for Books’ hasn’t worked yet. Here’s why.

No term garners more collective trepidation from the publishing industry than ‘the Spotify for Books’. From Oyster to Scribd, and Flooved to Entitle, countless outfits have professed to be on the brink of disrupting the world of books. So why have none achieved the runaway success of Spotify? Is the publishing industry fundamentally unsuitable to a model of unlimited consumption? Many would have you believe so. In reality, whilst the term has inevitably been overused, it has also been misused. This has paved the way for widespread confusion regarding business models and in many cases, unnecessary reticence from publishers.

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