Spotify vs CD vs Tidal: Is the debate over hi-res audio still relevant?

October 29, 2020

A couple of weeks ago, I found myself listening to an old favourite from my adolescence, Nine Inch Nails’ 1999 opus The Fragile. As a teenager, I played this double album to death on my Discman to the point where I can still vividly recall every subtlety that Trent Reznor meticulously laid down. Revisiting the […]

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Please Take Me Seriously: Reflections On TISM

October 8, 2020

From the beginning, TISM were crass, puerile, and aimed their contempt at all, from journalists to their own fans, and even themselves. They made their live debut in 1983 with ‘The Get Fucked Concert’ (disbanding immediately after, only to reform the next year), and released their debut single in 1985, ‘Defecate On My Face’. The […]

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Three new Hip Hop playlists to help you explore the rich history of the culture

June 25, 2020

The AU Review has always been about connecting readers with the best of arts, entertainment and culture. From music and books to travel and food, for more than a decade now the website has been dedicated entirely to discovery and re-discovery, celebrating the best experiences from around the world. To further that, we continue to […]

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Spotify now has a dedicated Disney hub for classics, Marvel and Star Wars

July 22, 2019

Disney-loving streamers using Spotify have some pretty nostalgic listening sessions ahead of them, as Spotify launches a dedicated “Disney Hub”. Created in response to the increasing popularity of Disney tunes on the service, the new list of curated playlists within Spotify was launched just last week from a partnership between the two companies. Just this […]

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Spotify redefines their free user experience with the launch of ‘Active Media’ for Australian users

July 2, 2018

This is a bit of an interesting one. From today, Spotify have announced the premiere of their ‘Active Media’ experience (for audio and video), on offer to all users of the free ad-sponsored platform of the site. If you find your vibe is interrupted by ads a little too much, this experience will give you […]

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Tech startup Musiio is using AI to build you a better playlist

March 5, 2018

How often do you jump onto Spotify looking for something to listen to and find yourself staring at the screen, unable to make a decision? Like scrolling endlessly through Netflix for something to watch, music streaming platforms are so content rich that users may find themselves paralysed by indecision. They know what they like the […]

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Spotify name Illy and Peking Duk amongst predicted ARIA winners

November 28, 2017

The ARIA Awards are kicking off in Sydney tonight, with performances from the likes of Gang of Youths, Lorde and Harry Styles scheduled to go down at the Star Event Centre, while award after award will be doled out to some of the country’s favourite established and emerging artists. Gang of Youths and A.B. Original are expected to have big night’s […]

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Tech Review: Sonos One is the most promising smart speaker out there

November 7, 2017

The official next step for speaker technology is upon us, ushered in with the advent of voice assistants like Amazon’s Alexa, Google’s Assistant, Apple’s Siri, Samsung’s Bixby and Window’s Cortana. We can now command our speakers to play music and give out all sorts of information thanks to robotic helpers ready and willing to serve, […]

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Qantas to start streaming Stan as part of their in-flight entertainment

March 23, 2017

Starting in just a few weeks, Qantas will be rolling out a new partnership with Stan which will see the Australian SVOD service incorporated into the airline’s in-flight entertainment. When the roll out is completed all domestic Qantas flights will have full access to Stan’s comprehensive library available for passengers travelling across the country. The […]

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Spotify and Live Nation launch new video series, Music Happens Here

March 11, 2017

Spotify, in partnership with Live Nation have launched an exciting new initiative – Music Happens Here. Presented by Hilton Honors, Music Happens Here, is a combined music and travel video series which focuses specifically on celebrating the impact of the geographical muse across the globe. Music Happens Here, presents as a chance for music lovers to […]

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You can now stream your Spotify tunes straight to Sonos speakers without ever leaving the app

December 7, 2016

Sonos’ smartphone app is pretty neat. It lets you control your Sonos speakers and what is playing on them all from one convenient location. How many times, however, have you been browsing Spotify in its own app, forgetting that it isn’t connected to your Sonos speakers? If you’re like is, you do this at least […]

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Music streaming service Spotify launches a new gaming channel

August 16, 2016

Music streaming service Spotify is now requesting the company of gamers of all ages. They’ve just released a gaming channel that incorporates all styles of gaming music, from classic 80’s mono-tunes and retro synth themes, to modern day masterpieces played by popular orchestras. 

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CHVRCHES, Vince Staples, Miguel and more to play the Spotify House at SXSW

February 23, 2016

The 2016 SXSW Spotify House has unveiled its roster of artists set to perform through SXSW Music this year and man, they’ve come out swinging! Last year saw the likes of Run the Jewels headline the house and this year, Spotify will be hosting acts including CHVRCHES, Miguel, Anderson .Paak, Vince Staples and more. The […]

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Meg Mac, SAFIA, Eves the Behavior and more feature on Spotify’s Spotlight on 2016 Artists

December 7, 2015

Spotify have released the Spotlight on 2016 artists list- a look ahead at who they predict to be the brightest stars of 2016. The list is curated by the team at Spotify and involves an analysis of music fan’s listening data, considering the following: The artists whose music is appearing in Spotify’s viral charts, which are […]

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