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Spotify Beefs up their Free Tier (Freemium)

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Today, April 24, 2018, Spotify announced their brand new free version of the Spotify Mobile App (iOS | Android) at Gramercy Theater in NYC.

Spotify is one of today’s leading music providers (Currently 90 million users) and with their new free tier, users can now listen to music on the fly that much easier. The previous free tier for Spotify had limited amount of shuffles a user could use. With the new version, users can listen “on-demand” to any song they want, as many times as they want, as long as the song appears on one of the 15 personalized “Discovery Playlists” such as Daily Mix, Discover Weekly, Release Radar, or Today’s Top Hits.

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That comes out to be around 750 tracks and over 40 hours of music that one can listen to on-demand, without using a Shuffle feature. You want to listen to a particular song for free, you got it!

This is particularly nice because it means that each time you search a specific song, and add it to a playlist, Spotify with automatically make recommendations that are similar for you.

The feature that I am most excited about is Low-data mode. (Called Data Saver), which will cut data consumption by up to 75% !

In the past, Spotify didn’t allow offline listening to music for free, which meant users had to either use wifi, or pay for Spotify Premium in order to utilize “Offline” mode. (Ability to play music from your playlists when offline).

With this new data system, it caches the music ahead of the stream via 3G. This allows user to listen to more music while using just wireless data. On top of this, Spotify also is optomizing the streaming of the tunes itself as well as the application as a while with other UI changes to save both data and power.

Unfortunately, as expected, advertisements will still occur with this updated free tier version of Spotify. Don’t want the ads? Upgrade your account to Spotify Premium today!

As of today, Spotify is built upon three tiers: ubiquity, personalization, and freemium.

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The Energy Bus

Recently I read this book, The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon. 

The Energy Bus takes readers on an enlightening and inspiring ride that reveals 10 secrets for approaching life and work with the kind of positive, forward thinking that leads to true accomplishment – at work and at home. Jon infuses this engaging story with keen insights as he provides a powerful roadmap to overcome adversity and bring out the best in yourself and your team. When you get on The Energy Bus you’ll enjoy the ride of your life!

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iOS 11 Beta 4 Released

iOS 11 Beta 4 is in and it is in a much more stable state!

“The fourth developer beta brought some of the most significant changes we’ve seen yet in an iOS 11 beta. A much-desired swipe feature for clearing Notifications on the Lock screen has been added, and there are also several visual tweaks to icons throughout the operating system.” See overview below:

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Wow! A Year has passed already!

Being this is my very first Blog post, I plan on keeping it short and sweet.

On May 26th of 2017 marked my one year of working as a Software Testing Consultant. I have learned more over the past year then I would have ever thought possible! The amount of skills I have learned and grown in this short time span has been very rewarding. From learning the fundamentals of software testing using Black Box Software Testing course site, to reading and teaching myself Java programming language using Alan Richardson’s Java For Testers book and learning about and how to use Selenium/Webdriver in testing. It has been an incredible year so far and I am looking forward to continue pushing myself to learn keep up with(if not always ahead) of the latest Tech trends, new tools, skills, and techniques.

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