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MTN’s launched a time-based music streaming service called, duh, MusicTime

Mobile network MTN recently bought music streaming Simfy Africa. Now it’s using its new acquisition to launch a novel take on a streaming service — which it’s calling a ‘world first’ called MusicTime. As the name suggests, the service lets users buy streaming access by time. MTN subscribers can buy 120 minutes of access to the service for R5 or 300 minutes for R10 ...[Read More]

Get Spotify Premium for R6 – that’s not a typo

For those of you who have been holding off on getting a Premium Spotify subscription. Do it now. It’s only R6 — what costs R6 these days? You can’t even get a Simba Chips Party Pack. We know, the free tier is essentially the Premium tier with ads. But Spotify SA just announced a special price of R6 for a Premium subscription for the first three months. Thereafter you will be charged the norm...[Read More]

Deezer adds South African radio stations to its lineup

Music streaming service Deezer is adding South African radio stations to their ‘Live Radio’ lineup, with plans to add even more in the future. If you’re not into Spotify or Apple Music, you’re likely subscribed to Deezer. It could be described as the ‘underdog’ in the music streaming space but, weirdly, a range of wearables have Deezer capability. The service is available on Android Wear, Apple Wa...[Read More]

You can download YouTube on your Nintendo Switch today

YouTube is launching on the Nintendo Switch today, which means you can finally use the small, colourful gaming console for more than its impressive lineup of games. The first major video-streaming app launched on the Nintendo Switch, was the Hulu app in November last year. But as y’all know — we ain’t got no Hulu in this country (if you read that like a Western Sheriff, plus ten points for y...[Read More]

Disney makes its Disney+ streaming service official, announces several new shows (including Loki)

Disney, the mouse-fuelled media juggernaut that now owns Star Wars and most things Marvel (all of them, when the contracts expire), has had its own streaming service in the works for a while. The company has now made the service’s title official, revealing a handful of the starting lineup when it launches in late 2019. Say hi to Disney+. Not the most imaginative name, we know, but hopefully ...[Read More]

DJs will soon be able to mix while streaming music on SoundCloud

Who even needs hard drives anymore? Streaming is so much more convenient, and doesn’t fill up all the space on 128GB smartphones — so you have more space for pictures of your pug. Not all streaming offerings are cut from the same cloth, though. Outfits like SoundCloud have had to change things up to survive in the cut-throat music streaming industry.  One thing SoundCloud has always got righ...[Read More]

Spotify announces more Premium features and an updated Wear OS app

The world’s most popular music streaming service, Spotify, has recently announced a whole range of new features for its Premium-tier users, as well as an app for Google’s Wear OS. Firstly, the Spotify Premium changes — the most noteworthy of which is the streamlined navigation in the app (we appreciate slick interfaces, okay). The five tabs at the bottom have been condensed into ...[Read More]

Joox partners with DStv so you can stream music for free

Multichoice’s DStv is on a path to “put together the best 360 entertainment package in South Africa”, according to a press release announcing a new partnership. The new partner? Local streaming service (think a South African Spotify), Joox… which, not coincidentally, is also part of the Naspers stable that includes DStv, Showmax, Voov and others. If you’re a DStv subscriber, you’re in ...[Read More]

Apple is giving away their original content… for free?

Earlier this year Apple announced that they are producing their own range of original shows. And initially, it sounded like a strange thing — for Apple to go up against the likes of Netflix and Amazon, but now it looks like they just want to spoil their users… or further ingrain their loyalty. Anyone with an Apple device, be it iPhones, iPads, or Apple TVs (but not Macs, for reasons un...[Read More]

Google testing Project Stream, an in-browser game streaming function for Chrome

We’re getting more and more used to streaming our content — whether it’s video files from a media server or music and video from Spotify and Netflix. The next target is gaming, obviously, and while there are solutions out there — like not-available-in-SA PlayStation Now — Google’s got a slightly different idea called Project Stream. Project Stream is a streaming...[Read More]

Apple acquires Shazam and promises an ad-free app from now on

Shazam is probably one of the more innovative apps available. Pretty much every person who has listened to music in a public space has thought “I wonder what this song is called?” at some stage and Shazam neatly stepped in to provide solutions to those musings. Obviously Apple feels the same way, because it has officially completed its acquisition of Shazam. The company confirmed it was buying Sha...[Read More]

Spotify will allow (some) indie artists to upload their music themselves

Our fave music streaming app, Spotify, has announced that selected independent artists will be able to upload their music directly to the service, which bypasses the need for third-party distributors that to date have been the only way for indies to get their material on the world’s biggest music-streaming platform. The new feature is available through the standalone Spotify for Artists app ...[Read More]

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