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Last.fm users will now have access to the 20 million songs available on Spotify

Political Takeout Podcast: Tory modernisation, the Guardian versus the NSA, and Ed Miliband's pub problem

This week we discussed Tory modernisation, asked if the Guardian should face prosecution over the Snowden leaks, and wondered whether it matters if Ed Miliband doesn’t go to the pub. We were joined in the studio by broadcaster Sam Delaney, Ruth Porter of the IEA, and down the line by former MP Louise Mensch, Index on Censorship’s Michael Harris, and Bloomberg’s Rob Hutton.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford urged his police chief today to release a video that media reports say show him smoking what appears to be crack cocaine

Political Takeout Podcast: Tax, blocking child pornography, and Rob Ford's out-of-office activities

Political Takeout is a funny but informed review of the week’s news and politics

Apple shows off its new iOS 7

Tim Cook launches iTunes Radio free streaming service to rival Spotify

It was a reminder that the Prism surveillance scandal was hardly halting the global demand for new technology. On Monday night Apple, one of the eight companies implicated in the recent Prism surveillance leaks, launched its eagerly anticipated online music streaming service.

Google shares hit record high as it starts streaming music market to take on Spotify

Google's market value rose beyond $300bn last night after its shares closed above $900 for the first time.

Beyond easy to set up: the Bayan Audio Streamport

A week with: The Bayan Audio Streamport Universal

Digitise your old stereo in style

Singer Adele, winner of the Best Original Song award for 'Skyfall,' attends the Oscars Governors Ball at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood

Adele helps UK reach billionth music single download

Acts such as Adele and Maroon 5 have helped push the UK record industry to a new milestone with the one billionth download of a digital single.

The Minx 200 Wireless Speaker brings with it the fantastic sound that Cambridge Audio is renowned for

A Week With: Cambridge Audio Minx 200 wireless speaker system

Price: £429.95
Connectivity: Bluetooth/Airplay
Power: Mains

Music industry reaches 'tipping point' as quarter of Brits get music online

More than one in four Brits buy or stream music online and one in five only buy digitally, according to new research

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If you regularly wreck mobiles, need a watch that can take a kicking or fancy a water-proof MP3, check these out...

Digital revenues jump to $5.2bn

The music industry saw worldwide revenues from digital jump 8 per cent to $5.2bn (£3.3bn) last year, and these now represent one third of all sales, according to the IFPI trade body.

Caught in the Net: Atlas puts Bradford back on the map

I was starting to get worried for a moment there: Bradford Cox (below), as frontman of art-rockers Deerhunter and in his dream pop solo project Atlas Sound, has been ridiculously productive in recent years – releasing six albums in four years, not to mention numerous EPs and demos.

Album: Zomby, Dedication (4AD)

The more you listen to Dedication, the more alluring Zomby's stripped-back eskibeat dubstep pieces become. They're like small, beautiful flowers that only bloom the more familiar they become.

Spotify crosses the Atlantic

Spotify, the digital music service already popular in Europe, launched in the United States yesterday.

Digital music service Spotify launches in US

Spotify, a digital music service already popular in Europe, is now available in the United States.

Flotation flyer for Pandora

Pandora, the internet radio company with 90 million subscribers, soared in value on its debut on the New York Stock Exchange yesterday, following in the footsteps of LinkedIn and Yandex to become the latest soaraway dot.com flotation.

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