Spotify Stories September 4

expiredSave $10 off a $60 Spotify Gift Card: $50, more from $8.50

LoadUp Gifts via Rakuten is offering the $60 Spotify Gift Card for $50 with free email delivery when code ELDORADO has been applied during checkout. Note: You’ll need to be logged in to your free Rakuten account to apply this code. That’s $10 off the going rate found at retailers like Best Buy and beats our previous mention by $1. Considering that Spotify Premium costs $10/month, this gift card will net you 6 months of service at the cost of 5. Scroll down to find more denominations on sale.

Spotify Stories August 29

Spotify has announced today that it is adding even more value to its already fantastic student plan that includes the music streaming service and Hulu for just $5/month. For US students who sign up this fall, they’ll be getting Showtime thrown in as well.

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Spotify Stories February 24, 2016

Spotify and the gym go hand-in-hand. Full access to nearly every artist (except Yeezy) and curated playlists make for a perfect pair. That said, getting “swole” isn’t exactly conducive to having an iPhone 6s Plus in your pocket. Sure there are some handy armbands designed for workouts but even those can leave your device exposed.

Funny thing is, Apple solved this issue a few years back with the iPod shuffle. Problem is, you’re limited to the songs within your iTunes library. A new Kickstarter campaign seems to have solved this issue. The Mighty Streaming Music Device combines your favorite Spotify playlists with an iPod Shuffle-like design. How does it work? Is it legal? All that and more below.

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Spotify Stories November 16, 2015

Mass Fidelity tries to solve virtual stereo sound with its new Core wireless speaker

It’s no surprise that multi-room speaker systems are set to break out this holiday season as a must-have gift. SONOS and others have been working for years to bring this technology to the mass market, fighting familiar names like AirPlay and Bluetooth along the way. Now, the whole home speaker market is set to blow up.

Mass Fidelity’s Core wireless speaker system wants a piece of that pie. After raising over 1.5 million dollars on Indiegogo, it’s prepared to launch its speaker system to the world. By using its “holographic” sound system, Core is able to produce a virtual stereo sound system that it claims is unrivaled in the home audio space. More details below.

Spotify Stories November 15, 2015

Amazon currently offers the 2-Room SONOS PLAY:1 Streaming Music Starter Set for $349 with free shipping. It would cost you $400 if you were to buy both of the included speakers individually at their regular price of $199.99 each. Aside from a few random discounts and another Starter Set promotion, we rarely see any deals across the entire Sonos speaker lineup. According to Sonos, this discounted Starter Set will only be available for a “limited time”. Matched at SONOS.com, Best Buy, and Target.

PLAY:1’s high-quality sound is driven by two Class-D digital amplifiers, one tweeter, and one mid-woofer. Add this Starter Set to a Sonos PLAYBAR and SUB to create a “true surround sound experience.” With access to a seemingly endless amount of online music services, including Spotify, Pandora, Deezer, and Google Play Music, the best-selling PLAY:1 is a solid foundation for your dream multi-room wireless music system. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars from 1,899 Amazon reviewers. expand full story

Spotify Stories October 20, 2015

Libratone Wi-Fi-enabled speakers have been around for some time, with a Scandinavian-inspired design and quality build. Its ZIPP line of speakers have offered Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity for a while now. Today, Libratone announced a smattering of new portable speakers focused on multi-room audio. Head below for more details on the new ZIPP and ZIPP Mini.

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Spotify Stories October 14, 2015

As if we needed another streaming service in our lives. Well, according to the new Electric Jukebox, we do. The space between our headphones has become a battleground for services like Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora. But for some, keeping track of all the features and monthly billing proves to be a bit much.

Instead of offering a streaming library across iOS, Android and other platforms with varying degrees of hardware compatibility, Electric Jukebox is rolling it all into one experience. Think Chromecast meets Spotify, kind of…

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Spotify Stories September 29, 2015

Bose is amongst our favorite audio manufacturers for Bluetooth speakers and home theater equipment. Today, news comes way of a fresh version of its popular SoundTouch 10 Bluetooth and Wi-Fi speaker system. The new SoundTouch 10 speaker will offer both mediums of connectivity and also serves as a means for piecing together a multi-room audio setup.

Today’s announcement comes on the heels of a big day at SONOS, that yielded a refreshed PLAY:5 speaker. Read on to find out how the latest Bose offering stacks up.  expand full story

Spotify Stories September 14, 2015

Over the last few years, I have become a huge proponent of multi-room audio systems. The ability to play one song in unison across my home or hand-pick from a variety of sources in each space is one of my favorite technology advancements over the last few years. While AirPlay systems can be tweaked to recreate this setup, it doesn’t offer the same refined experience as SONOS and the like.

Kickstarter veteran, Hidden Radio Design, is back with a new whole home speaker system that actively accounts for the shape and size of each room. After raising over 1.6 million dollars on two prior campaigns, the focus has now shifted to the HiddenHUB, an omnidirectional speaker system that aims to knock off some of the biggest names in audio.

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Spotify Stories July 21, 2015

expiredBose SoundTouch Portable Series II Wireless Music System: Black $269 shipped (Reg. $325)

Amazon offers the Bose SoundTouch Portable Series II Wireless Music System in black for $269 or white for $279.95 shipped. That’s a savings of 30%+ off the original listing, $56 better than the regular price and the best current offering.

Aside from the quality of the Bose name brand, these Wi-Fi enabled portable speakers can playback media from a variety of sources including your own personal library, Spotify, Pandora and others. Audio is controlled by the included remote or the SoundTouch app for computers, smartphones or tablets. These Bose speakers can be paired together across your home for multiple zones with different sources playing on each individual SoundTouch.

Amazon users rate these speakers 3.9/5 stars.

Spotify Stories May 20, 2015

After years of dominating the whole home audio space, SONOS is finding more and more competition every month it seems. Electronics maker Hitachi has announced that it is launching a new trio of wireless speakers that crowds the product category even further. It has included many features that SONOS lacks and is attempting to undercut them significantly on price… expand full story

Spotify Stories May 17, 2015

Update (5/18 12:30pm): Amazon has matched this pricing on the SONOS PLAY:1 two room starter kit for $349 with free shipping.

Crutchfield is making it easier than ever to get into the world of wireless whole home audio. The online retailer is offering two SONOS PLAY:1 speakers in white or black for $349 shipped. These regularly go for $199 individually and today’s deal delivers a savings of roughly $25 per speaker. This is within a few dollars of the best price we’ve seen for an individual PLAY:1 and the lowest current offer. Crutchfield’s excellent service and support are an added bonus to this deal.

These speakers are widely respected by consumers as an excellent bridge into the SONOS ecosystem. The PLAY:1’s feature two class D tuned amplifiers, one 3.5″ mid-woofer and a tweeter. The humidity-resistant design allows for the speaker to be placed in a bathroom or outside on humid days. With access to a variety of music sources, such as Spotify, Pandora and Beats Music, the PLAY:1 is a solid option for starting a whole home wireless music system.

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Spotify Stories April 30, 2015

There’s no other way to slice it — streaming services are the future of music. The days of walking into a CD store (remember Sam Goody?) are long gone and most people don’t even bother with iTunes downloads anymore. And as of right now, Spotify is running away with the streaming music crown.

It’ll usually cost you $9.99 per month to have access to Spotify’s full set of features, but for a limited time new subscribers can jump on the streaming bandwagon for just $0.99… expand full story

Spotify Stories April 22, 2015

Update (4/23 3:40pm): Apple has officially named djay 2 as its Free App of the Week.

Whether you’re a professional DJ or just enjoy spinning for your backyard parties, we’ve got a serious price drop on a very popular app today. For the first time since it’s release, iPad has gone free, it regularly goes for $10. djay 2 for iPhone has also dropped its price to free, for just the second time (Reg. $3).

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This full-featured DJ app puts users in complete control of the party with integrated support for Spotify and iTunes, enabling users to spin the latest hits anywhere. All you need to do is hook up your device to a sound system and djay 2 will enable you to perform live, create and record mixes or simply sit back and the let the app do the work for you.

djay 2 brings life to the party with a number of included audio effects with additional in-app purchases adding more custom mixing options. Not only is the feature list long, this app has all the connectivity and interface abilities that professionals would hope for. Bluetooth and AirPlay remove the need for a wired setup while popular MIDI controllers from Pioneer, Philips and many more are supported. Algoriddim has partnered with other companies to create hardware specifically designed for the djay 2 app that will help get you started.

Head over to our daily games and apps roundup for the latest deals on iOS, Android and consoles.

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Spotify Stories April 14, 2015

Big upgrades are coming to LG’s line of Music Flow speakers. Today, the South Korean-based manufacturer has released details on new wireless speakers and soundbars that expand its previously announced offerings while bringing new software compatibility with Google Cast and other services.

Seven new speakers will be available from LG with the expanded capability of Google’s services. Each new model fits a different need for consumers with wireless and portable speakers as well as soundbars in this round of releases. expand full story

Spotify Stories April 10, 2015

expiredFill your home w/ wireless music: SONOS PLAY:5 gets a rare discount, now $329 (Reg. $399)

If you’ve been unsure about getting into whole home audio, now is the chance to make the jump. Newegg is offering the SONOS PLAY:5 Wireless Speaker (black) for $329 shipped. This is a very rare deal on SONOS’ flagship speaker, the original wireless audio device that started its line of products.

The SONOS PLAY:5 regularly retails for $399 at retailers like Amazon, the only promotions that we’ve seen include gift cards, not discounts. Finding any SONOS device for nearly 20% off is a no-brainer. I currently have six SONOS speakers in my home, and I must say that it is a nearly flawless audio experience. The design is well thought out and audio stays perfectly in-sync throughout my house.

It features five individual speakers: two mid-range drivers, two tweeters and a subwoofer, the PLAY:5 is designed to fill a large room with sound. It is controlled wirelessly via the SONOS iOS/Android app, offering playback from Spotify, Pandora, Beats Music, Tidal and more. Pair these with other SONOS speakers for a complete home audio solution.

Over 2,800 Amazon customers rate this speaker 4.4/5 stars, with 70% of reviewers giving it 5/5 stars. 

Spotify Stories March 30, 2015

Spotify finds an exclusive gaming console home w/ Sony’s new PlayStation Music service

After being teased in January, Spotify and Sony have launch it’s new PlayStation Music service today. This console exclusive deal brings over 30 million songs to both the PS4 and it’s older counterpart the PS3. Utilizing Spotify’s Connect feature, users can control playback on the console via Android or iOS. If you’ve already got a Spotify Premium subscription, you’ll be able to link that account and have full access to PlayStation Music on day one.

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Spotify Stories March 3, 2015

Wireless Whole Home Audio: up to $100 off or Amazon credit w/ select Bose & HEOS by Denon products

Amazon is running separate promotions for both Bose and HEOS by Denon wireless whole home audio speakers. Select Bose SoundTouch Wireless Music Systems are up to $100 (or more) off depending on the model, which include all Series II models. Much like SONOS speaker systems, these devices deliver wireless whole home audio solutions with music from services like Spotify and Pandora.

The full breakdown of Bose discounts:

Additionally, Amazon is also offering up to $100 credit with a purchase of HEOS by Denon wireless speakers. Smaller HEOS 3 will garner a $50 Amazon credit, as will the larger HEOS 5 model. The HEOS 7 is eligible for a $100 Amazon credit as a part of this promotion.

Bose Terms and Conditions:

For a limited time, get up to $100 off select top-rated SoundTouch wireless music system from Bose. Offer ends April 4, 2015, and does not apply to purchases from other sellers on the website. Discount is included in the current Amazon.com price.

Denon Terms and Conditions:

To receive the credit:

  • Add your HEOS wireless speaker to your Cart.
  • Complete checkout.
  • Your Amazon.com account will be credited when your HEOS product ships.

Amazon.com Credits

  • $100 with the HEOS 7: bigger is better when it’s time to party.
  • $50 with the HEOS 5: elegance meets performance.
  • $50 with the HEOS 3: portable and the perfect place to start.

Spotify Stories February 17, 2015

Free Google Play download of Jason Aldean’s latest album Old Boots, New Dirt

Let’s talk about irony. Jason Aldean followed Taylor Swift’s lead and pulled his latest album from Spotify over issues with the services payment structure. Now, you can download a DRM-free copy of his Old Boots, New Dirt album from Google Play for free. So, while it was a blow when Aldean pulled his latest album from Spotify, today’s deal brings it to everyone for free and we’re all for that.

Enough chatter. Get downloading.

Spotify Stories February 6, 2015

There are a plethora of ways to control media on your Mac, and now developer eyeSight is leveraging your built-in iSight cam to offer gesture controls for free.

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Spotify Stories February 4, 2015

Update: (2/26 10:03am): The limited edition Blue Note PLAY:1 speaker will be available for order on March 5th at 1pm EST directly from SONOS. With only 4,000 units available we expect this product to sell out quickly.

SONOS has announced that it will be releasing a limited edition PLAY:1 speaker to commemorate 75 years of Blue Note Records. This modified version of the popular $199 PLAY:1 speaker will feature a unique blue color and will come with “custom-designed” drivers and dedicated amps for this release. The Blue Note limited edition PLAY:1 is set to launch “soon” with a $250 price tag and will include exclusive content curated for SONOS by Blue Note producers and artists.

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Spotify Stories January 27, 2015

Free two month Spotify Premium trial

Update (1/27 noon): As noted by a reader, this promo is only open to new Premium subscribers.

Spotify is killing it recently having racked up over 15 million paid subscribers. I’ve been using its Premium service for several months and couldn’t imagine going back to manually downloading music and managing my iTunes.

It’s usually $9.99 per month with a free 30-day trial, but if you use this special promo link then you can lock in two months for free. Premium service gets you the ability to play any song without ads, download music, and iOS playback.

Start your free trial and see why everyone is moving to streaming music services.

Spotify Stories January 19, 2015

The motion controlled armband device known as Myo previously went up for pre-order via the Thalmic Labs online shop and will now soon be available via Amazon. Myo is a gesture controller designed to track hand motion, among other things, that supports a wide range of applications from gaming and typical UI navigation on your Mac, to remote control of devices like the Ollie and flying drones.

Head below for more details, availability information and to see this thing in action:

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Spotify Stories January 2, 2015

expiredSmart LED 120Hz HDTVs: Samsung 55-inch $680 (orig. $1,000), Sharp 60-inch $700 (Reg. $900), more

Amazon offers the Samsung 55-inch (UN55H6203AFXZA) 1080p 120Hz Smart LED HDTV for $679.99 with free scheduled delivery. Best Buy also has it for this price. This is a savings of $320 off the original listing and the lowest that we can currently find it. At Amazon, 206 users have rated this HDTV 4.2/5 stars.

This Samsung HDTV features a 120Hz refresh rate and 240Hz Clear Motion Rate, two HDMI intros, DTS 5.1 decoding and built-in WiFi. Smart features include Netflix, Hulu Plus, Pandora and YouTube.

Next up, Best Buy has the Sharp Aquos 60-inch (LC-60LE644U) 1080p 120Hz Smart LED HDTV for $699.99 shipped. This is $200 off the regular price, a match of our Black Friday mention and the lowest that we can currently find it. This HDTV features 1080p resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, three HDMI inputs and smart functionality.

If you needs require a smaller television, ShopDivvy via eBay Daily Deals offers the manufacturer refurbished VIZIO 42-inch (E420i-B0) 1080p 60Hz Smart LED HDTV for $319.99 shipped. This is the lowest currently price we could find and $30 better than new from Amazon. This highly-rated HDTV has three HDMI inputs and smart functionality.

expiredYamaha 5.1-Channel 4K Network AV Receiver with Airplay $273 shipped (Reg. $350)

Rakuten offers the Yamaha RX-V477 5.1-Channel 4K Network AV Receiver with Airplay for $272.99 shipped. This is a savings of $77 off the regular price and the lowest that we can currently find it. This receiver is rated 4.3/5 stars by 27 Amazon reviewers.

The Yamaha RX-V477 features six HDMI inputs with 4K UHD pass-through, is AirPlay compatible in addition to supporting Spotify and Pandora streaming via the iOS app. It is energy star certified and includes Yamaha’s YPAO sound optimization system for automatic speaker setup.

Full specs from Yamaha:

Key Features

  • 5-channel powerful surround sound
  • 115 W per channel (8 ohms, 1 kHz, 0.9% THD, 1-ch driven)
  • 80 W per channel (8 ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.09% THD, 2-ch driven)
  • HDMI® (6 in / 1 out) with 4K Ultra HD pass-through for super high resolution images
  • AirPlay®, Pandora®, Spotify music streaming service and AV Controller App
  • HTC Connect™ for music streaming from HTC Connect compatible smartphones
  • Front panel USB digital connection for iPod® and iPhone®
  • FLAC, WAV 192 kHz / 24-bit, Apple™ Lossless 96 kHz / 24-bit playback
  • Virtual CINEMA FRONT provides virtual surround sound with 5 speakers in front
  • Extra Bass enriches powerful bass sound even with small speakers
  • Gapless playback compatibility allows play without interruption
  • YPAO™ sound optimization for automatic speaker setup
  • Multilingual color OSD for improved visibility (English, German, French, Spanish, Russian, Italian, Japanese and Chinese)
  • ECO mode operation for about 20 percent less power consumption

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