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Spotify: One Direction’s ‘Drag Me Down’ breaks record

Spotify: One Direction’s ‘Drag Me Down’ breaks record

There are four types of Spotify artists: those who never see any plays at all, those who enjoy moderate-but-could-be-better plays, those who enjoy tons of streaming but complain about it, and those who get tons of plays and are apparently perfectly content. One Direction, it seems, falls into the latter group, as it hasn't pulled its music from the streaming service in a fit of huffiness and it has broken the streaming service's latest one-day streaming record. Such is the good life.

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VK-1 Classic, Legacy and Carbon headphones are handmade in France

VK-1 Classic, Legacy and Carbon headphones are handmade in France

French company Aedle has introduced its VK-1 luxury headphones in Classic, Legacy, and Carbon iterations. All three versions are handmade (assembled by hand, that is) in France, and feature a minimalist but stylish design that eschews typical plastic elements for things like hand sewn lambskin leather and CNC-milled aluminum. Each version of the VK-1 headphones feature their own colors, but carry over a distinct foundational design that makes them immediately recognizable as part of the company’s product line.

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JBL Flip 3 Bluetooth speaker boosts the bass

JBL Flip 3 Bluetooth speaker boosts the bass

Harman has introduced its new JBL Flip 3, a cylindrical portable speaker that updates the product line. The speaker is said to offer “powerful sound” despite its diminutive size, and it is splash proof, which enables it to operate in places where it is subjected to moderate water exposure (it can be cleaned under the tap, says Harman). Other improvements over the JBL Flip 2 speakers include “richer bass” and better overall audio quality via the use of dual passive radiators. The speaker will start shipping later this week.

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Plantronics BackBeat SENSE Review – Smarter Bluetooth headphones

Plantronics BackBeat SENSE Review – Smarter Bluetooth headphones

You’re spoiled for choice right now with wireless headphones, but Plantronics is hoping the new BackBeat SENSE can slot in with a mixture of clever tech and everyday flexibility. Lightweight and quietly handsome, they may not have in-your-face branding of some rivals, but they come from a company with a solid track-record both in audio and in wireless devices. Bluetooth offers more than just cutting the cord, mind, and Plantronics claims to be doing more than most with its smart wireless system.

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Zipbud Slide updated earbuds ‘zip’ to prevent tangles

Zipbud Slide updated earbuds ‘zip’ to prevent tangles

Zipbuds, the company that had decided to battle with tangled headphone cords, first introduced its zip-able earbuds around this time last year as a Kickstarter campaign. The design allowed wearers to "zip" the two audio cables together, preventing tangles. The crowdfunding campaign proved successful, and Zipbuds has since launched additional models such as a pair of Zipbuds that glow. This week the company launched its latest product lineup: Zipbuds Slide.

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Marshall debuts London, an Android phone build for rock & roll

Marshall debuts London, an Android phone build for rock & roll

Marshall, the company most known for their guitar amps, has just announced its first Android smartphone, and it features a focus on music that will make other devices claiming the same more than a bit envious. The phone is called London, and while it's styled to resemble a guitar amp, it actually comes from Marshall's headphones division. With two headphone jacks on the top, dual front-facing speakers, and even a dedicated M button for accessing music, the London is a phone that marches to its own tune.

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Neil Young pulls streaming catalog, says quality is worse than AM radio

Neil Young pulls streaming catalog, says quality is worse than AM radio

Neil Young took to Facebook today with a crotchety diatribe against streaming music and a list of things he says sound better: AM radio, cassette tapes, 8 tracks, and apparently every other form of music delivery that isn't Internet streaming. He was blunt in his statements: "Streaming sucks. Streaming is the worst audio in history." And, it seems, his music is too good to be enjoyed through such inferior methods. He'll be back to streaming maybe someday, he says, but only when it sounds better than AM radio.

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Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear Black Chrome earbuds unveiled

Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear Black Chrome earbuds unveiled

All has been quiet on Sennheiser's Momentum product front until recently -- the company has introduced a new pair of Momentum In-Ear headphones in Black Chrome. The announcement was made as part of Sennheiser's upcoming IFA 2015 showcasing, and they'll be launching in September to coincide with the event's arrival. The new black chrome version is similar to the black red variant that Sennheiser introduced last September around IFA, but will feature a new sleek design that stands out from the crowd.

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SoundCloud for iOS: ‘significant’ update adds several features

SoundCloud for iOS: ‘significant’ update adds several features

In late May SoundCloud released its app for the Apple Watch, expanding its reach on Apple devices while lending additional features for those with the new wearable. Now it has followed that up with another update for its iOS app, one the maker calls "significant" as it brings many features like new playback controls and improved sharing functionality. The update is available now from the App Store, so if you haven't updated yet be sure to do so.

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