Music streaming service Spotify said on Friday about 2 million of its non-paying users were suppressing advertisements, highlighting a potential revenue risk for the soon-to-be public company. Spotify had 157 million active users as of Dec. 31, of which about 71 million were paid subscribers who access ad-free versions of the service. Just weeks ago, the firm warned that it would be cracking down on users who rely on hacked apps to get around advertisements without paying, threatening to suspend or ban those who are caught. Scroll down for video Music streaming service Spotify said on Friday about 2 million of its non-paying users were suppressing advertisements, highlighting a potential revenue risk for the soon-to-be public company. File photo In a regulatory filing, Spotify said it previously included the 2 million users in calculations for some of its key performance indicators, including MAUs, ad-supported users, content hours, and content hours per MAU. The streaming … [Read more...] about Spotify reveals about 2 MILLION users have figured out how to stream ad-free without paying for a subscription
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At a press conference at E3 2019 in LA on Sunday, Microsoft announced the first details of a next-generation Xbox, the follow-up to its Xbox One console. Still known by its codename Project Scarlett, the new machine will be released in late 2020, with Halo Infinite as its leading launch title. Promising to “set a new bar for console power, speed and performance”, the new machine will feature custom hardware designed by chip manufacturer AMD, which supplied the technology for both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, and is also behind the architecture of Sony’s as-yet-unnamed next PlayStation. Project Scarlett will be built around AMD’s latest Zen 2 processing unit, which Microsoft claims is four times more powerful than the Xbox One CPU, and its newly-announced Radeon RDNA graphics architecture. Microsoft is promising support for real-time hardware-accelerated ray tracing, a graphics feature that allows highly authentic lighting and shadow effects, as well as 8K … [Read more...] about Project Scarlett: new Xbox console details announced at E3
AMAZON Music is now free to use in the UK and USA – giving you a thrifty alternative to Spotify and Apple Music. It gives you access to more than two million songs without having to pay a penny. Previously, you'd need to pay £7.99 a month for an Amazon prime membership to get Amazon Prime Music. This is an ad-free option that's still available if you want uninterrupted playback. But there's now a new option to get access to the same catalogue of music without paying a penny. However ads will play between songs, just like Spotify's free streaming tier.Amazon already offers free ad-supported streaming to Amazon Echo customers. This made it easy to play music using the Alexa digital assistant. Now anyone can access this same deal on iOS and Android devices. The same is true for Fire TV products, and through web browsers.The bad news is that you won't be able to select specific songs to play. Instead, you'll get access to "thousands of stations" that are based on songs, artists, … [Read more...] about Amazon Music is now FREE for everyone if you’re willing to hear ads – how to get the new tier today
A couple who live 5,000 miles apart are getting married - despite having only met each other three times in person. Brit Phil Watson met American Kristen Rosales on the online live streaming service Twitch and proposed to her on their third date. The pair bonded over their shared love of the popular video game Minecraft, with Mr Watson asking 32-year-old Ms Rosales to be his girlfriend in 2016. As their relationship developed, they would send each other t-shirts to smell - and then wear the tops for three days straight, Ms Rosales said. Read More Top news stories from Mirror Online The customer service adviser told The Sun : "It was kind of weird at first. "The more I got to talk to Phil, the more I looked forward to seeing him online. "I'd feel sad if he wasn't streaming or he wasn't able to talk with me. I was thinking, 'Why am I feeling like this, why am I so sad?'" Ms Rosales said her family and friends were initially sceptical about her new partner because they had never met. … [Read more...] about Brit marries US woman living 5,000 miles away after meeting her only three times
TwitchCon Europe is happening in Berlin this weekend, bringing together streamers and fans for two days of activities and meet-ups. But what exactly is TwitchCon and why is it so popular? The main TwitchCon is a convention held in America, but also has a European version so that fans on this side of the pond get to experience some of the fun. The event is made possible by online streaming service Twitch , which lets people broadcast themselves playing games , doing 'in real life' (IRL) activities and a whole array of content to viewers no matter of their location. Twitch is owned by Amazon and since the global giants bought Twitch in 2014 the platform has grown astronomically with people like Harry Kane, Dele Ali and other world superstars joining streamers to help promote games and the platform. With all this new found fame Twitch has been promoting the platform and its users with conventions in America. TwitchCon is a celebration of the Twitch community, creators, fans, … [Read more...] about What is TwitchCon Europe and why is it so popular with gamers?