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Amazon’s Prime Music stores tracks on an SD card

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To help you conserve that limited storage space on your Android device, Amazon is letting you download Prime Music tracks to an SD card. If your go-to device has a slot for extra memory, you’ll be able to store music from Amazon’s streaming library for offline listening. – Billy Steele, Engadget

Prince is still using Spotify to promote new music, one song at a time

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Prince may have pulled his music from nearly every streaming service, but that’s not stopping the artist from using them for promotional purposes. He has a new single, titled “Stare,” that’s available for streaming as a Spotify exclusive. Don’t get your hopes up, though, as the new track is the only song you’ll be able to stream from the service. […] Despite revoking access the full collection of albums, it seems the musician still sees value in those other services as he’s certainly using them to circulate new music. – Billy Steele, Engadget

Amazon’s Fling is its version of AirPlay and Google Cast

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[Amazon] revealed its Fling feature this week, a tool that will allow developers to include a way to control media from a mobile device on your Fire TV. Right now, the software will let you send video, audio and still images from an Android or iOS device to the set-top box (or dongle, we’d surmise) for viewing. – Billy Steele, Engadget

Prince removes his music catalog from streaming services

Unless you’re a Google Music or TIDAL customer, you may have noticed that Prince’s catalog is absent from your go-to service. Music from the artist is gone from the likes of Spotify, Rdio and Deezer, leaving Jay Z’s streaming venture and Google Music All Access as the only two places you can still listen on demand. According to Prince’s artist page on Spotify, the musician’s “publisher has asked all streaming services to remove his catalog.” – Billy Steele, Engadget

Apple will reportedly debut its music streaming service at WWDC

[T]he audio subscription option will launch at WWDC in June as part of an iOS update that annually rolls out soon after. Reportedly priced around $8 per month, the music service is said include features like curated playlists and content tailored to users’ personal tastes — both of which are key pieces of Beats Music. As you might expect, an app for the new service will make its way to Apple TV, and the same report claims a redesigned (read: slimmer) case and more capable remote control are on the way for Cupertino’s set-top box. – Billy Steele, Engadget
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A new Chrome extension makes it easier to add Dropbox files in Gmail

The add-on, which is currently in beta, works much like adding images, docs and more to emails stored in Google Drive. Selecting the file with the Dropbox menu option attaches it, and inserts a link into the body of the message. Of course, like Drive, tapping into Dropbox allows you to send items that are larger than Gmail’s size limit. – Billy Steele, Engadget 
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Disney CEO: ESPN’s standalone service won’t arrive anytime soon

Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger tempered the excitement this week with statements that indicate a cable-free option for the sports network isn’t part of any immediate plans. “We also are mindful of the value of the expanded basic bundle to this company, and we do not believe that there is any reason for us to attempt to take out some of this product, particularly ESPN, quickly or right now,” Iger explained. – Billy Steele, Engadget 
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ESPN offers standalone subscription for the Cricket World Cup

Talks of ESPN’s standalone options are nothing new, and for the Cricket WorldCup 2015, the network is offering a cable-free standalone subscription. Access to the event’s six-week slate of 49 matches will cost viewers $100 for viewing on the web. […] The matches won’t air on WatchESPN or any of the traditional channels, but pay-TV companies like Dish Network and Time Warner Cable will serve it up as a pay-per-view add-on — if you’re looking to bundle the bills. – Billy Steele, Engadget
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Nickelodeon’s standalone streaming service is coming in February

With networks announcing new streaming options on the regular, Nickelodeon is set to reveal a standalone service of its own. During an investor call this morning, Viacom chief Philippe Dauman said the kid-friendly channel will announce its subscription plans in February, targeting mobile devices. – Billy Steele, Engadget 
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