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Amazon Prime Music releases exclusive recordings as ‘Amazon Acoustics’

Amazon Prime Music releases exclusive recordings as ‘Amazon Acoustics’

The Video portion of Amazon's Prime service scored its own exclusive this week with the signing of the three ex-Top Gear hosts, but now it's Music's turn, as the company debuted an exclusive collection of acoustic recordings. The collection, simply titled Amazon Acoustics, features a wide range of big-name artists and indies, with 32 tracks of both original recordings and covers. While the tunes are exclusive to Amazon, they aren't just for Prime members, as regular customers can purchase them as well.

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Prince releases ONE SONG to Spotify

Prince releases ONE SONG to Spotify

This morning Prince released a singe by the name of "Stare" to Spotify exclusively. This is now the one song available from Prince on Spotify other than tracks on soundtracks and associated labels. After removing all of his singles and albums from Spotify and other streaming services earlier this month, Prince has returned with one song. The idea here, clearly, is that Prince doesn't need to have all of his music available all the time. Instead, he'll reveal one track at a time, pushing the hype machine in strange new directions.

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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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The Last of Us soundtrack will soon be on vinyl

The Last of Us soundtrack will soon be on vinyl

Think carefully and you might remember hearing mention of The Last of Us soundtrack being slated to eventually arrive on vinyl. Your memory isn’t playing tricks on you — mention of the plans were made way back in December 2014, and now we’re finally hearing more about the imminent release: the vinyl soundtrack will be available to buy this upcoming Wednesday, and it will feature a stunning new cover made by the same designer who made the originally teased cover for the release.

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Spotify takes on Apple Music with AI personalized mixtape

Spotify takes on Apple Music with AI personalized mixtape

Spotify is rising to the challenge of Apple Music's human-curated playlists, promising the sort of individualized mixtape that only a computer could deliver. Dubbed Discover Weekly, Spotify's new service looks at each user's listening history and then comes up with suggestions based on that, along with what related tracks other people are listening to and adding to their own playlists. That's then wrapped up into a new "mixtape" every week.

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UK High Court makes it illegal to copy your own music again

UK High Court makes it illegal to copy your own music again

Music and movie fans in the UK were happy when a law was passed in the UK last October that allowed them to make legal copies of CDs and DVDs that they had purchased in an effort to convert them to digital media for use on the go. The UK High Court has now come back and said that it is illegal again to make copies of legally owned movies and music.

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Spotify’s new map shows musical tastes of a thousand cities

Spotify’s new map shows musical tastes of a thousand cities

Have you ever wondered what other people in your city are listening to? If so, Spotify's newly created Musical Map will be of particular interest. The map uses Spotify's glut of data to create playlists based on the listening habits of users across 1,000 cities around the globe. The map presently includes cities in the Americas, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and parts of Asia. Clicking on a city will pull up a link to a playlist on Spotify that was created to show what kind of music is popular in the region.

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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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