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

Look up, it's the future: Learning to love 'the cloud'

No more downloads, no more upgrades – more and more of us are allowing the internet to control our computers. But geeks and technophobes alike are anxious about where the data lives. Rhodri Marsden thinks we should stop worrying and learn to love 'the cloud'

The tech year in focus: Our winners and losers of 2010

There was more wizardry than ever to enjoy in 2010, but it wasn't without its drawbacks, says Rhodri Marsden

Royalties and costs send Spotify's losses spiralling to £16.6m

Spotify, the music streaming business that provide listeners with an alternative to piracy, saw losses soar to £16.6m in its latest financial results.

White Lies, Shoreditch Town Hall, London

If we're to believe what the music industry tells us, that 2011 is going to be the year we see the resurgence of guitar bands, tonight's Now Playing event hosted by Three and Spotify is ahead of the game.

Music pirate launches new assault on US

The internet entrepreneur credited with the dubious honour of all but inventing online piracy has revealed he is to launch a fresh attempt to bring free music to millions of US web users.

'Evening Standard' wins top awards

The Independent's sister newspaper, the London Evening Standard, has won two of the most prestigious accolades in publishing, being named Media Brand of the Year and also receiving the Grand Prix Gold at the Media Week awards.

Rhodri Marsden: Will Ping change the way we share music?

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Culture Club: Flamingo (Vertigo/Mercury), Brandon Flowers

Readers review this week's big album

Apple unveil social network Ping and new iPod range

"The Apple Store is down!" wailed voices on the web at 5.15pm yesterday. "When is it back? What's going to be on there when it does?"

Spotify signs deal to bring its service to the living room

Spotify has signed a deal to take its music-streaming service beyond the PC and into every room in the house, in a move to encourage more customers to pay for a monthly subscription.

The Business On... Daniel Ek, Spotify

Let me guess: another youthful internet mega-star

Cultural Life: David Baddiel, writer

Theatre: I don't go much. I never got taken when I was young and it still feels a bit of an alien experience. I did, however, see 'Hair' in the West End recently, which I thought was great, and 'Red' on Broadway, which had some brilliant acting in it but dramatically was simply Rothko's essays put into dialogue.

The Friday Playlist – Bret Easton Ellis edition

Inspired by the devilishly smart online campaign for Bret Easton Ellis’ Imperial Bedrooms which includes a Spotify soundtrack to the novel, for this week’s Friday Playlist I’ve tried to expand the idea out by using music references from Ellis’ entire ouevre

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Robert Parker interview

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