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SoundCloud and Universal strike major licensing deal

SoundCloud and Universal strike major licensing deal

SoundCloud and Universal Music Group have reached a major licensing deal that gives SoundCloud access to a large catalogue and wide range of artists. This isn’t SoundCloud’s first licensing deal, but is its biggest to date; Universal Music Group has a large roster of big-name artists. In the recent past, SoundCloud struck a deal with the National Music Publishers Association, a consortium that includes Warner Music Group.

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Google Cardboard adds spatial sound for more immersive VR

Google Cardboard adds spatial sound for more immersive VR

Google's virtual reality Cardboard platform is getting even more immersive, with support for spatial sound. The latest addition to the Cardboard API, spatial sound will allow developers to position audio in 3D space around the viewer, even though they're only using a regular pair of headphones.

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Mickeyphon is a music visualizer that looks like Disney

Mickeyphon is a music visualizer that looks like Disney

If Daft Punk and Mickey Mouse had a love child, it would be the Mickeyphon. The Mickeyphon device is an orb with big mouse ears attached that looks like Disney's famous mouse. It does appear to be affiliated with Disney and the mouse Disney made famous inspires it.

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808 Audio’s new portable speakers boost the bass

808 Audio’s new portable speakers boost the bass

808 Audio has introduced several new portable speakers as part of its’ CES 2016 lineup, including the new and quite large Canz XL, a larger-than-typical portable speaker based on the Canz. The company also has some more svelte options in the pipeline, though, such as the Hex Light and the Hex LXS. 808 Audio plans to release the new speakers this upcoming spring season.

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Misfit Specter puts activity tracking into wireless headphones

Misfit Specter puts activity tracking into wireless headphones

Misfit has been busy at CES 2016, first announcing Ray, a sleek fitness wearable like those the company is more know for, and now its unveiled something entirely new: a pair of wireless in-ear headphones called Specter which feature activity tracking tech. The headphones appear similar to any standard Bluetooth earbuds, with a small clip-on base and a cord remote with music playback buttons, but are capable of tracking the standard data, including steps, activity, and even sleep (assuming users wear them bed).

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Jaybird Freedom wireless earbuds have customizable sound

Jaybird Freedom wireless earbuds have customizable sound

Jaybird has unveiled two new sets of wireless premium earbuds at CES 2016 called the Freedom and X3. Both of the earbuds offer customizable sound profiles that can be moved with the user from device to device. That means you don’t have to reset your sound preferences if you want to use the earbuds on multiple devices.

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Sony Glass Sound Speaker doubles as classy light

Sony Glass Sound Speaker doubles as classy light

At its CES event today, Sony announced its Glass Sound Speaker, a vertical round glass tube with an “LED source” on the inside. The Glass Sound Speaker, as the name suggests, is a speaker first and foremost, with the light serving as a gentle accent that blends well with most decor styles. This is part of Sony’s previously announced Life Space UX product lineup.

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Sony h.ear Series scores new wireless headphones and speakers

Sony h.ear Series scores new wireless headphones and speakers

In addition to its new Extra Bass products, Sony has added a variety of audio devices to its h.ear Series, an audio lineup including speakers and headphones. This time around, Sony has added three new models, the h.ear on Wireless NC headphones, h.ear in wireless earbuds, and the oddly named h.ear.go wireless speakers, all three of which boast bright, colorful designs. Sony will be launching the new items this upcoming Spring.

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Sony Extra Bass line expands with new speakers, headphones

Sony Extra Bass line expands with new speakers, headphones

Sony has announced an expansion to its Extra Bass audio lineup, adding news headphones, speakers, and an audio system. The lineup, as its’ name suggests, is targeted at those with heavy bass audio tastes; those who find themselves often disappointed by the bass from most consumer audio devices. Sony plans to launch all of the products in Spring, though prices haven’t been stated yet.

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Altec Lansing Super LifeJacket and Freedom Earbuds feature Bluetooth tech

Altec Lansing Super LifeJacket and Freedom Earbuds feature Bluetooth tech

Altec Lansing is on hand at CES 2016 and among the new items they are showing off in Las Vegas are the Super LifeJacket Wireless Bluetooth portable speaker and the Freedom wireless earbuds. The Super LifeJacket portable speaker is IP68 rated to survive underwater indefinitely without damage.

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Deezer lands for Roku users in France, UK, Canada, and Mexico

Deezer lands for Roku users in France, UK, Canada, and Mexico

Roku fans in a few select countries now have a new streaming option to check out with the launch of Deezer for streaming music. Deezer is now available in France, UK, Canada, and Mexico. The Deezer app for Roku TV users gives users access to tracks, albums, playlists, and their personal Deezer Flow.

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Apple Music rumored to get hi-res audio to match Lightning connectors

Apple Music rumored to get hi-res audio to match Lightning connectors

There might be another reason why Apple might drop standard 3.5 mm headphone jacks from the next iPhones after all. According to a Japanese website, Apple is gearing up to deliver high resolution, or hi-res, audio over its Apple Music streaming service. But in order to successfully do so, it will need to convert that digital data to high quality signals, something that regular headphone connectors aren't capable of. Instead, the new feature will leverage Apple's new Lightning connection audio specification, which it has released to its accessory partners last year.

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