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Music-Streaming Service Spotify Signs Major Partnership Deal With Samsung

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] read more

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Analysis on Match: Wales 0:0 Bosnia and Herzegovina

first_imgNeither team played with much fluency in a tight first half, but the match burst into life in a second period peppered with chances at both ends.Home goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey produced several excellent saves to deny the visitors, while Wales were close to snatching a late winner through Ashley Williams and Gareth Bale.After winning their previous match in Andorra 2-1 and with other results going their way, a draw was enough to take Wales to the top of Group B.Chris Coleman’s side were backed by a vociferous crowd of 30,741 at the Cardiff City Stadium – though it also included a very vocal away following – a record attendance for an international fixture at the venue. They face Cyprus at the same ground on Monday.Injuries had disrupted preparations for Wales, with Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey and Joe Allen of Liverpool the most notable absentees.Joe Ledley and Jonathan Williams were given the formidable task of replacing them – and containing a dangerous Bosnian midfield featuring Roma’s Miralem Pjanic.Williams created the game’s first chance, as his corner was headed over by his namesake, captain Ashley Williams, in the seventh minute.It was not long before Bale had his first effort on goal, latching on to a long pass from Ben Davies but sending a deft volley over the bar.The Real Madrid winger was not as influential as usual, primarily because the world’s most expensive player was stalked everywhere he went by Everton’s Muhamed Besic.As well as shackling the hosts’ main threat, Bosnia showed flashes of their own attacking potential in the first half with a couple of shots from distance from Pjanic.And they were quickly on the front foot after the restart.Hennessey had to make two excellent saves to deny Haris Medunjanin and captain Edin Dzeko, while the Crystal Palace keeper was well beaten by a Pjanic free-kick that curled narrowly wide.The hosts had a glorious chance to take the lead against the run of play, but an unmarked Ashley Williams headed over from Bale’s free-kick.That was the catalyst for a frantic finale, with Hennessey brilliantly saving a Pjanic free-kick and Bosnia goalkeeper Asmir Begovic producing the save of the night to palm away Bale’s fierce angled shot. (Source: BBC Sport)last_img read more