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]
Although most people believe Title IX was created to equalize women’s opportunity in sports, it was actually brought into law by the 92nd U.S. Congress on June 23, 1972, to give women in the work place equal opportunities. The law was introduced by Indiana’s Senator Birch Bayh. Patsy Mink of Hawaii, a U.S. Representative, did a lot of the preliminary work. She and many other women were concerned that women were being passed over in large numbers by the federal government when job opportunities occurred. The most publicity for Title IX has come in the area of sports. Since its inception, women’s participation in high school has increased 9 fold. Indiana first allowed women to participate like their male counterparts in 1976. Indiana actually had teams which were part of the IHSAA and not just the GAA (Girls Athletic Association). GAA was strictly intramural. Today Title IX not only means equal participation, but equal opportunity in every sense of the word. If you have a men’s team, you must have a women’s team–except for the obvious such as football. Today, in theory, women are to be paid the same as their male counterparts. I am not certain just how close this part of the law is being followed. There are still many cases that crop up, and many have nothing to do with participation. For example, sexual harassment has become part of Title IX cases as well as bullying. Many colleges are fighting some of these aspects saying that it is reducing men’s opportunity to participate now. What has occurred is when money is short the colleges reach Title IX equality by cutting out sports for both men & women. I think all will agree that for the most part Title IX has allowed women a much more level playing field.
Teams that include the Los Angeles Lakers, the Philadelphia 76ers and even the Boston Celtics are looking to Thursday’s 2017 NBA Draft to bolster their rosters with top college prospects.You can follow the NBA draft live on cable TV, radio and the Internet.The 2017 NBA Draft will be broadcast live on ESPN beginning at 4 p.m. Pacific time (7 p.m. Eastern) on Thursday, June 22, 2017, from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.ESPN will also be streaming the draft, and fans can follow the picks via live coverage at espn.com/nba/draft/live, or via the NBA’s Draft web site at nba.com/draft. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersESPN Radio is broadcasting the NBA Draft live on stations that include 710-AM in Los Angeles and 830-AM in Orange County.• LIVE COVERAGE: Latest Lakers, Clippers news and rumors ahead of NBA Draft and free agencyThere are two rounds in the draft, with 30 picks in each round. Teams are free to trade their picks, and many have done so in advance of Thursday’s draft.The Boston Celtics recently traded their No. 1 pick to the Philadelphia 76ers, who are expected to select 6-foot-4 guard Markelle Fultz of Washington, an insider told the Associated Press.The Los Angeles Lakers have retained their No. 2 pick and are expected to pick UCLA’s Lonzo Ball, a 6-foot-6 point guard who has drawn as much attention for his opinionated father LaVar as for his own play on the court. Don’t cry too much for the Celtics. They have the No. 3 pick in the draft, which they acquired from the 76ers via the Sacramento Kings. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error