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Taylor Swift song is 8 seconds of static, still hits #1 in Canada

Taylor Swift song is 8 seconds of static, still hits #1 in Canada

How often do you download a song without previewing it first? If it is an artist you're fond of, the odds are likely high, as you figure it's something you'll want in your collection. We have to assume that is the reason behind what happened in Canada recently, where a newly released Taylor Swift song hit the #1 slot...even though it was only 8 seconds of loud, obnoxious static. It's either that, or our Canadian friends have a rather eclectic taste in music.

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Shia LaBeouf music video tells tale of “actual cannibal”

Shia LaBeouf music video tells tale of “actual cannibal”

We’ve reached peak Shia LaBeouf, and the actor superstar himself isn’t even directly involved. His name is involved, and indeed it does appear that the artist Rob Cantor does truly believe that he is speaking about Shia LeBeouf, but Shia is not actually in the building. What you’re about to witness is pure, unadulterated entertainment and musical magic the likes of which we’ve not seen for… at least a week. This this "peak" goes entirely the opposite direction of the peak Matthew McConaughey.

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New Gorillaz Album release tipped for 2016

New Gorillaz Album release tipped for 2016

This afternoon a sort of offhand mention of the next Gorillaz album in a chat with Damon Albarn has set social networks on fire. The next release of the entirely virtual cartoon band has been long awaited, with the previous newest release having been made back in the year 2012. It’s been quite a while since Blur headman Albarn has released anything with Blur - since 2003, as it were - while his next The Good, the Bad & The Queen album is currently far closer to release, right after the one he's just released.

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Google Music integrates Songza suggestions to crush Beats

Google Music integrates Songza suggestions to crush Beats

This week the folks behind Google Music’s acquisition of Songza have let it be known that Songza has officially joined the party. They’ve been a part of the Google company for a while now, but just this week they’re appearing in the Google Music app for the first time. Just like Rdio did with TastemakerX, Google did with Songza, adding a new layer of interest to their music service. With this boost comes Songza’s "concierge" music feature, the piece of the puzzle that tells you what’s best to listen to at what time of the day.

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Beats Music tipped cut to $5 as streaming wars amp up

Beats Music tipped cut to $5 as streaming wars amp up

So you saw Beats Music earlier this year and were impressed, but not enough to pay the monthly fee imposed until now? It may be that Apple has seen what Beats Music (now owned by Apple) is all about and wants to cut the price per month. The new pricing - in a pitch heard thirdhand from Apple - is being suggested at $5 USD. That price might never be met. What’s far more likely is that Apple will cut the price, but that music labels they’re working with will still want at least $7 or $8 USD from end users like you.

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Spotify Family slashes Premium with subscription sharing

Spotify Family slashes Premium with subscription sharing

For many, upgrading streaming music service Spotify to premium and escaping adverts is a must-have, but it can get expensive if everyone in the house wants their own subscription. Spotify Family aims to address that - and boost the company's own coffers in the process - by offering cuts on rates if up to five people sign up in a single family. Since you don't necessarily want to subject your children to your Abba addiction, or reveal to your spouse how much you like Taylor Swift, each user keeps their own login details, personalized recommendations, and playlists along the way.

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Twitter Audio Cards official; listen while you tweet

Twitter Audio Cards official; listen while you tweet

If you find a lot of music via Twitter, it can be a bit bothersome to have to migrate away from the app just to listen to a track. At least with the mobile version of Twitter, that’s about to change. Twitter is announcing a new feature named Audio Card, which lets you click on a shared track for playback right in their app. You can also continue browsing your stream while the track plays, as it docks to the bottom of your screen.

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Alpine Headphones lets you literally feel your music

Alpine Headphones lets you literally feel your music

If you know anything about Alpine Audio, it's likely in relation to the company's automotive offerings. Despite its usual focus, the company has introduced a pair of headphones with an interesting twist on tradition: technology that lets you literally feel your music. Simply called the Alpine Headphones, these cans work in conjunction with the Alpine Level Play iPhone App (sorry Android users) to add an extra sense to your music sessions. They are available now at Apple stores for $299 USD.

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Axent Wear Cat Ear Headphones unleashes your inner feline

Axent Wear Cat Ear Headphones unleashes your inner feline

Have you ever wanted to look like a cat while listening to your favorite tunes? No? Well, apparently thousands of people do. Their dreams may just come true now that there's Axent Wear, headphones that creates a fusion of all your feline desires, your personal and social audio needs, and bright LED lights around your head. That is, of course, if you're willing to take the risk of putting your money in a crowd-funding campaign to stand out from the crowd in a stylish, or ridiculous depending on your personal bent, way.

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Bono says sorry about that automatic iTunes album

Bono says sorry about that automatic iTunes album

Last month Apple surprised its users with U2's newest album for free, something that resulted in a huge number of downloads...not all of them intentional. Some users expressed frustration with the automatic downloads and the inability to reverse them, which eventually prompted Apple to release instructions on how to nuke the album. Fast-forward a bit and Bono has addressed the mini snafu in response to a fan's question, saying that he is sorry for the forced download and explaining what went awry with their "beautiful idea".

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