The biggest music-streaming service in the world, Spotify, has signed a new major partnership with Samsung, the biggest smartphone producer in the world. Spotify will now be the official music service provider for all of Samsung’s products, including smartphones, televisions, tablets, watches, and speakers. In the future, when you purchase a Samsung product, Spotify will be integrated into the set-up process on new devices, as well as merged into Samsung’s voice assistant program and Samsung’s smart-home apps.Although never directly addressed by Spotify CEO Daniel Ek, there is now a clear competition between Spotify and Apple‘s Apple Music, as the latter app comes readily installed on all of Apple’s iPhones and also just landed a deal to give Verizon smartphone customers six months of free service. With Samsung being the biggest smartphone producer in the world, Spotify should have a less strenuous battle reaching smart-phone users around the world. Plus, unlike Apple Music’s subscription-only service, Spotify offers an ad-supported listening tier that costs nothing for the consumer, allowing a more pleasant experience for first-time Spotify users unfamiliar with the app’s interface.In a recent Q&A with his own company, CEO Daniel Ek explained that the partnership,Reduces the friction for users to get Spotify up and running on multiple Samsung devices once the accounts have been linked” and “allows us to create a seamless music listening experience together for the user that would be hard for either of us to build alone.” He added, “We believe that this significant long-term partnership will provide Samsung users across millions of devices with the best possible music streaming experience, and make discovering new music easier than ever — with even more opportunities to come.So what does this mean for Spotify? It’s likely we will see a rise in overall Spotify users and artists joining the platform. It also could mark the transition out of a completely Apple-product dominated world, but we’ll just have to wait and see. [H/T Rolling Stone]
City lived up to that bullish statement as they secured an ultimately comfortable victory over the Swans at the Etihad Stadium thanks to a Samir Nasri double and Alvaro Negredo free-kick. The win lifted them up to third in the table and maintained their 100 per cent home record. The priority is now to carry that form into away performances, starting with next week’s trips to West Brom and Southampton, after losing four times on the road this season. Asked if he was confident of reaching the top during December, Pellegrini said: “I can answer your question after we finish the two games we are going to play away. “I have a lot of trust in this team. We have to play six more Premier League games during December. “We hope we can do it, it will be very important for us. “We are six points behind Arsenal, that is too much. “We will try to cut this, but if Arsenal continue winning it is not easy. Pellegrini revealed in his programme notes prior to his side’s 3-0 win over Swansea in the Barclays Premier League that he wanted to begin 2014 at the summit. “I would like to arrive at the new year in first place but if that is not possible, then no more than three points from the number one position,” he wrote. Press Association Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini accepts his team must now deliver away to make good on a challenge to reach top spot by new year. “It will be difficult but if you can’t be top a good target for our team is to be three points behind.” After thrashing Tottenham 6-0 last week, City looked in the mood for more goals as they tore into Swansea early on and went ahead through Negredo after just eight minutes. But Swansea responded and dominated the remainder of the first half. They should at least have been level by the interval but Jonathan de Guzman put a good chance over. City upped the tempo after the break and eased to victory with goals from Nasri in the 58th and 77th minutes. Nasri, after toiling last season, is enjoying a rich vein of form but Pellegrini insists there is no magic formula to his revival. He said: “I think Samir played very well, especially the second half. He also played very well in the Champion League. “He is playing free, he is happy and he feels again he is an important player. “The way he plays maybe is very comfortable for him also.” Pellegrini was happy with his side’s second-half display. He said: “I am very pleased because we won against a very strong team. It is not easy to play against them. “They have a lot of possession of the ball. “We played too quickly in the first half after the goal. We lost too many balls and they started attacking but in those moments we defended very well. “That was important. I just remember one clear chance of Swansea in the first half. “In the second half we improved with the ball. We scored two goals more and we had three or four clear chances.” Swansea boss Michael Laudrup felt his players could be pleased with their performance despite the scoreline. The Dane said: “I think it is a little strange to stand up here after a game you lost 3-0 and feel we did many things right. “I think we played very well in the first half and even at the start of the second half. “But to win against teams like this, especially when you play at their home, you have to take the few chances you get and keep on playing. “But I think we did well until the third goal, and after that the game was over. “It is a strange feeling. Of course I am not happy we lost 3-0 but on the other hand I am not really disappointed because I think the players did what they could, what they should.”
Members of the Wisconsin women\’s hockey team skate off the ice Saturday following an emotional season-ending 4-3 loss to Ohio State.[/media-credit]VERONA — Just one year after storming to an NCAA National Championship, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team saw their season cut short with a final blemish in a year filled with pockmarks.Both games went down to the wire as the Badgers were upset by visiting Ohio State in the first round of the WCHA playoffs.In a best-of-three series, UW could not contain OSU’s two Patty Kazmaier Award nominees, Hokey Langan and Natalie Spooner, as each recorded hat tricks en route to the Buckeyes sweeping the Badgers in two overtime games at the Eagle’s Nest in Verona.National champions just a year ago, the series loss marks the first time Wisconsin has failed to qualify for the WCHA Final Face-Off since the league expansion required a quarterfinal series to be played prior to the tournament.Taking off from where they left things in a 3-2 win in game one, the Buckeyes entered game two of the series with an efficient offense that kept the Badgers on their toes.Nearly seven minutes into the game, Langan found an open look from the right side of Wisconsin goaltender Alannah McCready where she deked and pushed it through.The Buckeyes displayed a strong offense early that was able to sustain possession of the puck long enough to create good looks at the net.“A lot of their shots got through,” McCready said. “They were blocking a lot of ours, which was unfortunate but they never gave up and were working hard until the end and it paid off for them.”Things continued to look grim for the Badgers. About two minutes later, Langan again struck for the Buckeyes on a power play, firing down an open lane from the right faceoff circle and in the net.However, the Badgers refused to lie down and watch the Buckeyes escape unchallenged as they would even the score before intermission.Two minutes after Langan recorded her second goal, freshman Alev Kelter fired a laser from the left faceoff circle that was redirected by sophomore Carolyn Prevost in front of the goal to cut the lead in half.Later, with 54 seconds left in the first period, Wisconsin struck again when team captain Jasmine Giles knocked in her sixth goal in five games after receiving the feed from sophomore forward Brooke Ammerman.“Brooke had it behind the net, she luckily got the pass out to me and I threw it to the far side,” Giles said. “I just luckily got it in and over her shoulder.”Momentum began to steadily swing in Wisconsin’s favor in the second period, but the Badgers could not quite cash in. Though Wisconsin maintained strong possession of the puck near the Ohio State goal the Badgers were repeatedly turned away as the Buckeye defenders successfully clogged the lanes.Out of 30 second-period shots, the defense blocked 13.“We shot right into them half the time,” senior forward Kyla Sanders said. “We were talking about it in the locker room, how there were so many attempted shots — we just had to make that quick move to get around them but it didn’t work out.”The Buckeyes reclaimed the lead 16 seconds into the third period when Langan completed her hat trick off a shot from the left circle that hit the bar and bounced in.Competition heated up from there as the referees allowed several small physical altercations to play out.“We noticed the refs maybe put their whistles away for a moment but they brought them back in overtime,” interim head coach Tracey DeKeyser said. “I think they were just trying to maintain control and safety through the game but at the same time, letting the intensity and the emotion take its course.”As time continued to tick away, the intensity of the Badgers grew.But thanks to a high level of preparedness, panic never settled in. The Badgers pulled McCready for an extra skater, and Sanders was able to push the puck into the net with 1:06 remaining to secure overtime.“We had practiced a scenario like that — we figured it would be a one-goal game either night and so we practiced pulling our goalie,” DeKeyser said. “They executed, which was great to see.”Although they were riding a wave of momentum heading into overtime, UW committed a devastating turnover three minutes into the period and could only watch as OSU’s Raelyn LaRocque broke free and took on McCready one-on-one before flipping the puck into the net for the 4-3 win.“Unfortunately we got so excited in the offensive zone we had five people below the tops of the circles and that generated a breakout for them,” DeKeyser said.Friday’s game featured a similar script; only it was Wisconsin that jumped out to an early lead.Five minutes into the game, Ammerman put back a rebound off an attempt from Giles near the goal. Seven minutes later, Breann Frykas launched a shot from the right face-off circle that gave UW a 2-0 lead heading into the first intermission.Ohio State stole the momentum back in the second period when Spooner recorded two goals to tie it up heading into the second intermission.After a scoreless third period, Spooner delivered the final ingredient of her hat trick in overtime, shooting nearby the goal to collect the 3-2 win.