Life and Style Last.fm users can now stream music from Spotify's catalogue

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

Album: Jon Thor Birgisson & Alex Somers, Riceboy Sleeps (Parlophone)

Riceboy Sleeps is the name under which Sigur Ros frontman Jon Thor Birgisson and his partner Alex Somers exhibit their artworks, and now serves as the title of their first album, the contents of which are accurately signalled in the press release's use of terms such as "contemplative dream-state" and "slowly evolving abstract landscapes".

Observations: Duffy's Mercy gets its second coming

As if we had not heard enough of Duffy's mega-hit last year, prepare for its second coming. Now "Mercy" has been covered to sound even more retro. Quite a feat, given how strongly the Welsh wonder channels the beehive glamour of Dusty Springfield and Lulu's wide-eyed exuberance.

Spotify launches 'CD quality' streaming

Spotify has introduced CD quality sound to its music streaming service in a bid to attract more users.



Spotify goes Mobile. Are iPods finished?

This morning, music streaming service Spotify posted a YouTube demo of its new mobile app for the Googlephone. It looks sleek and addresses the obvious issue of offline synching.

Spotify rumoured to be launching unlimited download service

Spotify, the Swedish streaming service fast gaining traction as the trendiest place to listen to music online, is rumoured to be launching a subscription-funded download service.

Music streaming site Spotify sees traffic soar

Visits to music streaming service Spotify.com have more than doubled in February, according to internet monitoring company Hitwise.

'95% of music downloads illegal despite boom'

The digital music business is booming but 95 per cent of downloads are still illegal and not paid for, according to a report published today.

Gadget of the week - Bach iPod, £499

It might sound like a lot of money to pay for an iPod but this is no ordinary MP3 player – it's a classical music fan's dream buy. That's because it's pre-loaded with 175 hours of J S Bach, plus an extra 63GB of memory for more stunning symphonies. It comes with three back-up DVDs containing the audio files for the complete Bach edition, in case any iPod novices manage to wipe the memory.

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The world in your ears

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/2008/10/cyberclinic-how.html">Cyberclinic: How loud is your iPod?</a>

Scarcely a day goes by without me coming across someone on public transport who has jacked up the volume of their mp3 player so high that I can hear it from several metres away, over the sound of train wheels, general chat and the noise of the driver telling us that the train won't be stopping at Stockwell tube station because of perpetual engineering works

WIN one of six fantastic MP3 players!

As we launch this competition it’s sunny outside, so we’ve decided that means it’s officially summer. So, what could be better than lounging outside in the garden, drinking lemonade, reading a good book and listening to some great music? Well, we can’t help with the garden, lemonade or book, but we can offer six lucky winners an MP3 player with built in FM radio. Can’t be bad!

Album: Various Artists, Thank You Friends: The Ardent Records Story (Big Beat)

The musical history of Memphis leans heavily on R&B, rock’n’roll and soul, but in the late Sixties, Ardent Studios was a lone outpost catering to the region’s burgeoning wave of Anglophile groups.

The Duke Spirit, Neptune

Label: You Are Here

Cyberclinic: How do these websites know where I live?

Graham Perkins emailed, complaining that the internet radio service Pandora.com was unavailable to UK users. We're not the first country to lose access to its customised music stations – most Western European listeners were shut out a few months back, and now Pandora has become a US-only service while arguments over licensing and copyright rumble on. Other sites, such as last.fm, will scoop up Pandora's listeners – but how does a website know which country you're in? And why did Pandora's statement say, "users in the UK and elsewhere will still be able to utilise the service through other means".

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there