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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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Ben Lovejoy

May 23rd

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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

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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

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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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Filed under: Apps Tagged: Apple, Apple Music, downloads, iTunes, Music, Revenue, sales

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Jordan Kahn

May 11th

Apple

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Apple Music is growing, but it’s not putting a dent in Spotify

Spotify Growth
After a rocky start characterized by a clunky and inconsistent UI, Apple Music has seemingly hit its stride. Not even a year old, Apple's streaming music service already boasts more than 13 million paying subscribers. And while one might reasonably assume that Apple Music's tremendous gains in just a few months is bad news for Spotify, the reality couldn't be further from the truth. As it stands today, Spotify currently has more than 30 million subscribers. What's more, Spotify VP Jonathan Forster recently explained in an interview with Reuters that Spotify has experienced an even faster rate of growth since Apple Music hopped on the scene last June.

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Yoni Heisler

May 11th

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Review: Definitive W7 + Play-Fi, hands on with an AirPlay competitor for home wireless music

I love the concept of streaming music around the home. There are a lot of great wireless Bluetooth speakers for wireless music on the move, but it’s still unclear what to choose for a static home environment. Apple’s answer is AirPlay, but it has flaws: no multi-room support from iOS devices, limited adoption by speaker manufacturers, and spotty reliability at best.

I’ve been trying an AirPlay alternative, called Play-Fi, which is a competing industry technology for home Wi-Fi music streaming from DTS. Specifically, I tested the Definitive W7 wireless speaker which integrates Play-Fi. Read on for my review  ….

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Filed under: iOS Devices, Reviews Tagged: Airport Express, iOS, Music, Music Streaming, streaming, wifi, Wireless

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Benjamin Mayo

April 22nd

Apple

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Tupac blasts Donald Trump in unearthed 1992 MTV interview

Tupac Shakur Blasts Donald Trump
Well before Tupac Shakur became a household name and transcendent rapper - we're talking pre-Death Row and even pre-Keep Ya Head Up - Pac was hardly one to shy away from speaking his mind and imparting knowledge upon the masses. Earlier this week, MTV News unearthed an old interview they conducted with Tupac back in 1992, months before his first album had even hit store shelves. During the course of the interview, Tupac waxes poetic on societal responsibility, poverty, the distribution of wealth and more.

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Yoni Heisler

April 21st

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Tupac blasts Donald Trump in unearthed 1992 MTV interview

Tupac Shakur Blasts Donald Trump
Well before Tupac Shakur became a household name and transcendent rapper - we're talking pre-Death Row and even pre-Keep Ya Head Up - Pac was hardly one to shy away from speaking his mind and imparting knowledge upon the masses. Earlier this week, MTV News unearthed an old interview they conducted with Tupac back in 1992, months before his first album had even hit store shelves. During the course of the interview, Tupac waxes poetic on societal responsibility, poverty, the distribution of wealth and more.

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Yoni Heisler

April 21st

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