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AOL shuts down its entire music division

AOL shuts down its entire music division

AOL has announced that it will be shutting down its entire music division. AOL's music division had been struggling for quite some time, especially since most users opt for more popular music services like Spotify and Pandora. However, AOL Music had stood its ground longer than other similar music services, such as MSN Music and Yahoo Music, both of which shut down in 2006 and 2008 respectively.

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Twitter to launch standalone music app

Twitter to launch standalone music app

Twitter is apparently looking to bring some music into its service. The company is getting ready to use We Are Hunted, a music discovery service it had acquired 6 months ago, to help build itself a standalone music app. The app will give personalized music recommendations to users based on the musical artists the user follows, and the musical artists the user's followers follow. The service, while less personalized, will still be usable for those without a Twitter account.

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YouTube tipped to launch its own music streaming service

YouTube tipped to launch its own music streaming service

YouTube is rumored to be gearing up to launch a subscription-based music streaming service. The video-streaming juggernaut is hoping to become a fully-fledged media juggernaut in the future it seems. The service is said to have a free model which allows users to listen to all the music they'd like, but with ads popping up from time to time. It's no different than when ads pop-up before/while you're watching your favorite YouTube videos. A paid subscription would of course remove the ads for an uninterrupted music-listening experience.

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Yahoo to end its music service in China

Yahoo to end its music service in China

Yahoo China has announced that its Yahoo Music service will be permanently shutdown on January 20, 2013. This announcement follows a similar one from Google that took place in September in which Google stated that its Chinese music service would be taken offline. The closure comes after Yahoo's sale of its share of Alibaba, a Chinese e-commerce website, for $7.6 billion.

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The Infinite Jukebox: Justin Bieber, tweaked, forever and ever

The Infinite Jukebox: Justin Bieber, tweaked, forever and ever

Most of us know that feeling of loving a song so much that we have it on indefinite repeat, but The Infinite Jukebox takes that to a new, algorithmically (and just plain rhythmically) brilliant level. The handiwork of Paul Lamere, the online music player takes a single track and breaks it down into beats, then links together any beats that sound particularly similar. Playback can continue as standard, but it can also jump between those linked points in an ever-evolving song.

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