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4 Ways to Get Better Audio from Your Smartphone

Among the many portable gadgets that the smartphone has killed off—digital camera, PDA, sat nav—is the MP3 player. Phones are now very competent jukeboxes with some great apps, but are you putting up with an average-quality listening experience when you don’t need to? Here are four ways to change that.

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August 3rd

Mobile

The future of listening to music is feeling it, according to Timbaland

SubPac M2 Male Side Everyone likes a good vibration — which is why recording artist Timbaland teamed up with SubPac, a Los Angeles-based startup that has created a wearable device set to redefine entertainment through new immersive physical-sound technology. Read More

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Jessica Naziri

July 12th

Gadgets

Report: Amazon planning standalone subscription music service to compete w/ Apple Music & others

Reuters reports that Amazon is preparing to take on Apple Music, Spotify and the other music streaming services with a similar, full-fledged competitive subscription music service. That would be a step up from the limited catalog of music it currently offers to subscribers of its Prime shipping service that bundles perks for various Amazon services for a monthly or yearly fee.

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Filed under: Apps Tagged: Amazon Music, Apple Music, iOS, Music, Prime, service, Spotify, subscription

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Jordan Kahn

June 10th

Apple

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Google AI produces a melody that rivals the Casio keyboard concerts of our youth

Burning Man Piano It’s 1989. You’re upstairs in your room, fresh batteries in your Casio SA-1, prepping for your concert. The built-in beats are hot. You’ve been listening to the “Wake me up before you go-go” demo song and you think you’ve been inspired. You select instrument number 02, “HONKY-TONK PIANO.” It’s time to tickle the plastic ivories and burn… Read More

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Devin Coldewey

June 1st

Gadgets

Spotify feels the heat from Apple Music, matches 6-person family plan for $14.99/mo

Spotify is clearly feeling the competition from Apple Music, and is now matching the Cupertino company’s family deal of $14.99 per month for up to six family members. This literally halves the cost of Spotify’s previous family membership, as well as extending it from five to six people …

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Filed under: Apple Music Tagged: Apple Music, Music, Spotify, Spotify Family Membership, Streaming Music

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Ben Lovejoy

May 23rd

Apple

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Watch These DJs Troll the Heck Out of a Crowd By Screwing with the Drop

Watch These DJs Troll the Heck Out of a Crowd By Screwing with the Drop

DJ duo Mashd N Kutcher (get it?) are known pranksters, so it’s no surprise that they always have fun playing around with their fans. Here’s a good one in which they set the crowd up with the perfect beat drop—only to cut right into Vanessa Carlton’s “A Thousand Miles” instead.

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May 19th

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Test how your listening skills compare to a music producer

Listening Skills Test Online
Just like a wine taster's palate or an art student's sense of bullshit, your listening skills are something that can be trained and honed. Music software company iZotope has a fun challenge to see how well your ears stack up against the competition. As spotted by CDM, iZotope has an entire guide out that will help teach you about equalization, compression and digital audio. The equalization section has a bunch of interesting videos to explain the basics of EQs (balancing different frequencies), so that you'll get a better understanding of what your car stereo does when you flip it between Rock and Pop. There's also an explainer on the more complicated side, breaking down terms like "Peak Level" and "RMS."

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Chris Mills

May 13th

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Comment: It would be more surprising if Apple had not discussed a post-iTunes world

While Apple has denied a report that it was planning to stop selling music downloads in either two years or 3-4 years, the denial to Re/code was somewhat vague.

Apple rep Tom Neumayr wouldn’t expand on [the ‘not true’] comment, except to make it clear that he was responding to both timelines proposed in today’s story from Digital Music News.

And really, nobody should be surprised if the broader report is true: that Apple has discussed how and when it might exit the music download business …

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Filed under: Apple Music, Opinion Tagged: Apple Music, iTunes, Music, music downloads, music sales, streaming

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Ben Lovejoy

May 12th

Apple

Mac

Taylor Swift dances to The Darkness in latest Apple Music ad

Taylor Swift is continuing her partnership with Apple Music, with yet another ad featuring the singer and the streaming service. The new minute-long commercial features Taylor Swift dancing around to ‘I Believe In A Thing Called Love’ by The Darkness.

Swift demonstrates using the Apple Music discovery features (via the ‘Friday Night Rocks!’ playlist) to find the track. The ad ends with the slogan ‘Dance like no one’s watching’.  Watch the ad after the jump …

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Filed under: AAPL Company, Apple Music, iOS, iOS Devices, Tech Industry Tagged: Apple Music, Music, streaming, subscribers, Taylor Swift

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Benjamin Mayo

May 12th

Apple

Mac

Report: Apple could shutdown iTunes music downloads in favor of Apple Music within two years

A report from Digital Music News today citing sources close to Apple claims the company is currently considering a plan that would see it shutdown its iTunes Store music download business within two years. The move would mean the company would stop selling downloads of music from iTunes and instead focus entirely on monthly subscriptions to its Apple Music streaming service.

But the report does add that a 3 to 4 year timeline is also something being considered by Apple executives:

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Jordan Kahn

May 11th

Apple

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