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In The Know: SoStereo's Weekly Music News Summary January 18, 2019

SoStereo's weekly music news summary with Deezer launching a new radio app, Mixcloud adds trending and more.
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Pandora Will Now Allow Voice Control:

In the rush for on-demand music streaming, Pandora has been somewhat left-behind, but it is still an important player in the market. Now it has announced a new feature for mobile – Voice Mode, which allows users to navigate the app using their voice similar to a “Hey Siri” or “Hey Alexa.” The company says this will work for requests like turn up and down volume or change song and less standard requests like “Play something for my workout.” This will be rolled out to all users on iOS and Android in the next few weeks with some getting it now according to The Verge.

Netflix Increases Subscription Prices In US:

Netflix is increasing its subscription prices in the United States. It will raise prices from $11 to $13, $8 to $9 and the top end from $14 to $16. The company is in a hot streak with viewership numbers high and sign ups higher than expected. Also it helps the company service its large debt load for original content.

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Mixcloud Adds Trending Charts:

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Mixcloud has added trending chart to its interface. This now allows users to see the mix shows that are hot at that moment in various genres across the platform. Users can filter this based on location and top listening countries around the world. This should add another valuable tool for creators to get more listeners to their shows.

Tidal Denies It Suspect In A Fake Streams Investigation:

Tidal has denied again that it is the subject of a fake streams investigation by the Norwegian government. The latest report by DN, who has been on this story from the beginning, says that Norway's National Authority for Investigation and Prosecution of Economic and Environmental Crime (Økokrim) are now investigation data manipulation by Tidal. DN reported instances notably for Kanye West’s The Life Of Pablo and Beyoncé’s Lemonade where numbers were artificially high and higher royalty fees were paid out as a result. Tidal denies that it is under investigation and is conducting an internal review of their own. It says in a statement via Endgadget, “Tidal is at this time not a suspect nor has there been filed charges. We have an ongoing dialogue with Økokrim. It would not be right to share the contents of this discussion with the press."

Deezer Launches Free “Radio By Deezer” App:

Deezer has launched a new radio app called Radio by Deezer. Completely free and for Android initially, the app would allow users to listen to over 30,000 terrestrial and live radio stations through the app. From the app, they would be able to identify songs played and then add them to your Deezer account. The app is now only available in the UK according to Music Ally. An iOS version is due soon.

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