It's that time between Black Friday and CES when the news cycle becomes a snoozefest, but your intrepid host Brian Heater sallies forth into the abyss along with Terrence O'Brien and Sarah Silbert to bring you this week's tech tidbits. Led Zeppelin landed on Spotify to mark yet another major artist holdout that's finally crossed over to digital services. Blockbuster, however, failed to change with the times and finally announced the closure of its last remaining UK stores. This leads the gang to reflect on Red Vines, beaded video-store curtains and the dearly departed Tower Records. There's plenty in store in this week's show, so hang on tight and head on down to the streaming links below for another edition of the Engadget Podcast.

Hosts: Brian Heater, Terrence O'Brien, Sarah Silbert

Producer: Jon Turi

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02:05 - Led Zeppelin comes to Spotify
06:04 - Spotify goes free on mobile devices through the magic of shuffling
09:33 - Instagram debuts Direct, letting users share photos and videos with select friends
18:34 - Ubuntu gets its first smartphone deal, comes to high-end devices in 2014
28:51 - Microsoft has sold 2 million Xbox One consoles to date, maintains 'record-setting' pace
30:21 - Blockbuster to shutter all of its remaining UK stores
38:44 - Facebook is reportedly working on a 'sympathize' button to show support for somber updates

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Engadget Podcast 372 - 12.12.13