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Somewhere along the line it was decided that $10 per month would be the standard rate for an unlimited streaming music subscription. Spotify and Apple Music both charge that amount for their base service, as do several others such as Rhapsody and Google Music. But is that too much for the general public at large? Amazon and Pandora seem to think so, as both are preparing to launch streaming services for as low as $5 per month.Pandora is a bit different than the other music services named. It's essentially an Internet radio model that learns what types of music you like and tries its best to play... Read more...
Nothing is simple when it comes to the music industry, especially where streaming is concerned. Ever since Napster originally hit the Internet and caused musicians, songwriters, and anyone else involved in the industry to see just how easy it is to share music online, there's been constant debate on how to better do things. We've even seen mega-stars like Taylor Swift chime in on various matters - something we've learned can have real effect. While it could be argued that Apple's size - and the amount of cash in its pocket - will keep it safe in the music industry while things continue to be debated,... Read more...
Another week, another Windows 10 Insider Preview build! This time, Microsoft is only targeting users on the 'Fast' ring, meaning that the build should be considered bleeding-edge with the possibility of noticeable bugs being present. If you're not concerned with such things, build 14352 has a couple of cool treats in store. At the forefront, Cortana has received a big update, with Microsoft touting the ability to turn the AI assistant into a personal DJ. Through its Groove music service, Microsoft allows you to use Cortana to pick and choose something to play, and then control it. Commands such... Read more...
At the beginning of the month, Amazon announced that it was expanding its family of Alexa-enabled products with the Echo Dot, a $90 hockey puck-shaped device that brings the power of Alexa to your existing speakers, and Amazon Tap, a portable version of Echo. The latter is now available to purchase for $130 with free two-day shipping for Prime members. Unlike Echo, the Amazon Tap is battery powered, hence why it's portable. Amazon says it provides up to 9 hours of music playback, giving you ample time to hang out with friends on the beach and relax all day long, or keep the backyard barbecue going... Read more...
Several companies have tried to topple Spotify in the streaming music space, including bigwigs Microsoft (Groove, formerly Xbox Music) and Apple (Apple Music), yet it remains one of the most popular options out there. But lest Spotify rest on its laurels, there's another big name reportedly crashing the party—Amazon.Amazon already dabbles in streaming music, which it offers as a free perk to its Prime members. However, it's not an all-out streaming service and instead boasts a comparatively small library of 1 million songs. What Amazon has in store for the streaming music space is a standalone... Read more...
It's going to be a merry Christmas for fans of The Beatles. At long last, they'll be able to stream hundreds of songs from the iconic band through a choice of nine different streaming services, including Apple Music, Amazon Prime Music, Deezer, Google Play Music, Microsoft Groove, Napster, Slacker Radio, Spotify, and Tidal. The Beatles music has been curious absent from streaming services up to this point, and it was only in 2010 that the band's music finally made its way to iTunes, seven years after Apple introduced it to the world. It could (and still can) also be heard on YouTube, which boasts... Read more...
A jury decided that Cox Communications should have to pay BMG $25 million for not doing more to prevent its subscribers from illegally downloading and sharing copyrighted music files. The award is less than a quarter of the maximum amount Cox could have been fined, though it's a huge blow to the ISP nonetheless. BMG took Cox Communications to court over allegations that it essentially ignored the illegal activity occurring on its network. It also took issue with the ISP failing to address repeat offenders by not sending notices to pirates or taking any action to stop some of them from sharing copyrighted... Read more...
Internet service providers (ISPs) and music labels alike are keeping a close eye on the outcome of a lawsuit BMG filed against Cox Communications. Following a week of trial hearings, BMG has asked the court to confirm that Cox failed to disprove that it's responsible for illegal sharing of copyrighted music that occurs on its network. If Cox is held responsible, it could face a fine of more than $200 million. That proposed amount takes into consideration 1,397 copyrighted songs that are part of the suit, each of which carries a maximum $150,000 in damages. All tallied, it comes to precisely $209,550,000,... Read more...
Apple users with massive libraries of songs now have a much higher ceiling when it comes to the number of tracks they're allowed to upload. As was previously promised just before Apple Music launched in late June, iTunes Match and Apple Music's scan-and-match feature now support match limits of up to 100,000 tracks.Previously Apple set the match limit at 25,000 songs, which for the average Joe is probably way more than enough. But for music lovers who've spent years amassing tracks, this is a big upgrade that should bring about a few smiles. Also, perhaps a few frowns from Android users -- Apple's... Read more...
Up to this point, Apple's been quiet on the virtual reality front - no doubt due to the fact that it has some not-so-super-secretive plans to jump into the automotive market soon. Well, it seems now is the right time to show off something VR-related, and to do so, the company has called-upon the help of its favorite band in the world, U2. Apple has worked with U2 quite a bit over the years, and given the band's pull, I'm sure its services are far from being pro bono. Last fall, Apple got into hot water after forcing an iTunes download of the band's latest album to user accounts, which to this day... Read more...
We hate to admit it, but where old tech is concerned - tech we grew up with - not everyone feels nostalgic about it with completely fond memories. It could be because the newer tech is just so much better, or more common sense. Take the old IDE cable interface, for example. Plugging that thing in was a true chore. So too was the need of having to manually set the dip switch at the back to treat a drive either as a slave or master. Who ever thought that was level of complexity was a good thing? While the SATA connector dramatically improved our storage's I/O connection, so too did optical media... Read more...
Loved today, hated tomorrow. That's how it goes on the Internet, which is made up of a fickle community of users that will turn on your in an instant if there's a perceived slight. Spotify, long considered one of the so called good guys of the Internet, is finding this out the hard way after making some key changes to its privacy policy. Spotify wants to collect certain information from your mobile device, including contacts, photos, and media files, all "with your permission," of course. What's more, Spotify puts the burden of local law on you, the user, to determine if that's a good idea and... Read more...
Proving once again that some lawmakers are still living in the stone age, the UK government has just reintroduced a law that deems ripping CDs and DVDs illegal. Want to toss that new album onto your MP3 player? Convert that DVD movie for viewing on the plane? No, and no. Don't even think about it. What's most ridiculous about this law is that it was remedied last fall, with "Copyright and Rights in Performances (Personal Copies for Private Use) Regulations 2014". That made it instantly legal for such personal ripping to occur, but as that has been effectively overturned, we're back at square one... Read more...
Microsoft announced name changes for its Xbox music and video features this week as part of its overall effort to create a familiar experience for users across all devices when Windows 10 launches. The Xbox Music app will become Groove, while Xbox Video will become Movies & TV. In a sign of just how Windows 10-centric things have become in Redmond, the updated apps will first be available in Windows 10 and then roll out to other devices.Xbox Music will receive more than just a name change. Groove will have an updated user interface and better support for keyboard, mouse, and touch navigation.... Read more...
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