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New Sennheiser Orpheus flagship headphones will sell for $55K

New Sennheiser Orpheus flagship headphones will sell for $55K

The German audio specialists Sennheiser have revealed that they're making an updated version of their Orpheus, a set of flagship headphones that were first released in the '90s for $16,000, with only 300 sets produced. The electrostatic headphones were paired with an external tube amplifier, and designed to be the best headphones ever made. Now Sennheiser wants to do it again, this time going crazy with the luxury and premium factors, resulting in a pair of $55,000 cans.

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Sonos update will break Audible playback support

Sonos update will break Audible playback support

Sonos has announced that it will be updating its software next week, and while updates are almost always a good thing, this one will unfortunately come with an unwanted side effect: it will break support for Audible, meaning downloaded Audible audiobooks won’t be playable over Sonos. Says Sonos, “We realize this is frustrating. It frustrates us, too.”

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Apple releases Beats Pill+ speaker app for iOS, Android

Apple releases Beats Pill+ speaker app for iOS, Android

Apple today released a new app on both iOS and Android for its new Beats Pill+ wireless speaker, which was announced earlier this month. As the first app from Apple to see a simultaneous cross-platform debut, the software is used to control and sync devices to the $230 speaker. With the app installed on their phone, users can not only control volume remotely, but also use two Beats Pill+ speakers at once in an enhanced stereo arrangement.

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Three quirky new microphones from Gibson promise improved audio broadcasts

Three quirky new microphones from Gibson promise improved audio broadcasts

Neat Microphones, a sub-brand of guitar-maker Gibson, has just unveiled three new desktop mics the feature a style straight out of Back to the Future II's idea of the year 2015 from the 1980's. Dubbed Widgets, the three new mics feature colorful designs meant to look nice on any desk, as well as have their own specialty function. And priced at $99 each, they won't break the bank when it comes to making a step up from a laptop's built-in microphone.

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Google Play Music teases new podcasts portal

Google Play Music teases new podcasts portal

Podcasts are all the rage lately, and they partly have Serial to thank. Following the resurgence in popularity, we’ve seen music services increasingly advertise offering them, and now Google is getting into the mix. Today, the company announced that podcasts will soon be arriving on Google Play Music; the audio shows will have their own dedicated portal, which is currently up for podcasters to access.

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Blue announces Lola headphones, a follow-up to Mo-Fi

Blue announces Lola headphones, a follow-up to Mo-Fi

High-end microphone manufacturer Blue has just debuted its second pair of headphones, following after last year's impressive Mo-Fi. The new Lola headphones feature a similar design, but cut down on weight and offer a more comfortable fit. Blue says that the Lola headphones will still offer the premium sound of the Mo-Fi, due to using the same custom 50mm drivers as last year. But while the Mo-Fi also had a built-in amp, the Lola ditches it in favor of a light weight for longer periods of wear.

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Spotify pulls thousands of songs over royalty squabble

Spotify pulls thousands of songs over royalty squabble

All is not well on the Spotify front, with the music streaming service pulling thousands of songs from its library over an issue with royalties. The songs are covered under Victory Records, an indie label located in Chicago. On Tuesday night, most of the label’s songs were pulled, the reason revolving around troubles with how the royalties for the songs were determined and paid. Reportedly, Spotify failed to pay the songwriting portion of the royalties for up to millions of songs.

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Libratone Zipp and Zipp mini speakers have WiFi and Bluetooth

Libratone Zipp and Zipp mini speakers have WiFi and Bluetooth

Libratone has unveiled a new line of wireless speakers that are designed to make it easy to get a compact speaker that provides good sound into any room for your home. The new speakers are called the Zipp and Zipp Mini. Both of the speakers feature SoundSpaces capability and both WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity.

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Sonos adds Amazon Prime Music to streaming offerings

Sonos adds Amazon Prime Music to streaming offerings

Sonos speakers have been around for a long time now and make it easy for fans of streaming music services to get their favorite tunes into any room of their home or office via wireless streaming. Sonos has announced that it is now supporting Amazon Prime Music streaming, a service that Amazon launched in June of 2014.

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Spotify, Virgin America team to bring music in the sky

Spotify, Virgin America team to bring music in the sky

Virgin America, the airline, has teamed up with Spotify to offer the latter company’s music catalogue as a complementary service to its customers. This makes Virgin America the first airline in the U.S. to strike up a partnership with the music streaming service. Through this, those flying on the service will have access to all of the music on Spotify’s network, as well as more than 60 curated “mood lists” playlists that have music inspired by various cities.

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Android Marshmallow calls out “Professional Audio” devices for the future

Android Marshmallow calls out “Professional Audio” devices for the future

Google will be taking note of devices able to run low-latency audio (otherwise known as Professional Audio) starting with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. As we're seeing this week in a new set of rules laid out for developers on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Google is hoping to find and list devices that have a certain set of requirements, listing said devices as having Professional Audio in their latest Compatibility Definition Document (CDD) release. This means we'll be far more aware of which devices are able to play which files in the near future.

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Pioneer XDP-100R is another hi-res portable music player

Pioneer XDP-100R is another hi-res portable music player

Consumer electronics company Pioneer wants to take on the Walkman, even after the venerable Sony brand is itself trying to get back its footing in the market now almost obsoleted by smarpthones. It has just announced the upcoming availability of its XDP-100R, a standalone Portable Music Player or PMP. And like many PMPs that are trying to view for attention in a smartphone-obsessed world, like Neil Young's Pono or the most recent generation of Sony's Walkman, the XDP-100R is trying to sell the idea of high resolution audio as its killer feature.

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