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

Boy band One Direction have their Twittersphere in the palm of their hands

One Direction named top Global Recording Artist in new award

The British boy band beat Eminem, Katy Perry and Justin Timberlake

Spotify removes time restrictions on free desktop player

The music streaming service previously limited song plays on PCs to encourage subscriptions - is this a bold move or a desperate one?

James Ashton: A cautionary lesson? Sweden’s technical edge under threat after education reforms

Some think fees for foreign students are having a detrimental effect

Streaming services such as Spotify and Deezer have generated more than £100m in UK subscriptions last year for the first time

Spotify and Deezer streaming services surge in popularity as music downloading stalls

The number of songs listened to on streaming services in the UK doubled last year

Spotify set to launch free ad-supported mobile streaming service

According to reports, the mobile platform is set to launch on December 11

The Ministry of Sound is suing Spotify for copyright infringement

Spotify set to launch free ad-supported mobile streaming service

According to reports, the mobile platform is set to launch on December 11

Eminem, Drake and Jay Z have joined most streamed artist Macklemore & Ryan Lewis in Spotify's 2013 hot list

Eminem, Drake and Jay Z among Spotify's most-streamed artists of 2013

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were the app's most popular artists of 2013

Lily Allen's song has been banned from Spotify's promotional adverts

Spotify reprimanded over swear word in Lily Allen promotional email

The email contained the title of Allen's song 'F*** You'

Spotify answers Thom Yorke attacks by revealing '$0.006 per play' royalties figure

Music streaming service has received criticism from musicians, but boasts that is has paid out more than $1bn in royalties since its 2008 launch

Spotify has raised $250 million in a funding round led by Silicon Valley venture-capital firm Technology Crossover Ventures

Spotify raises £250 m backed by Silicon Valley firm ahead of Japanese launch

The fundraising values Spotify at $4 billion as company announced expansion plans in the US and Japan

Spotify user numbers grow globally as company's UK revenue falls

Spotify UK fell into the red last year, as subscription revenue fell and the music streaming service invested more in growth here.

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Billy Bragg hits back at musicians' criticism of Spotify

The singer calls on artists to fight labels not streaming services over low rates

Playlister allows listeners to tag tracks played across the BBC

BBC reveals new digital music service Playlister aligned with YouTube, Deezer and Spotify - but service is not competitor to Apple’s iTunes

Service allows listeners to tag tracks played by BBC radio presenters and songs performed on BBC television shows and then export them from their personal playlist to a chosen music streaming service

Ministry of Sound takes on Spotify in legal battle

Dance music brand claims that playlists created by Spotify's users infringe the copyright of the label's compilation albums.

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