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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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YouTube Red: How, When, and Why

YouTube Red: How, When, and Why

This morning YouTube revealed a subscription service that'll encompass not only all of the video content they have to offer, but music from Google as well. With YouTube Red, users will pay a monthly fee to be able to view the vast majority of YouTube content without advertisements, and offline, too. This service ties in with Google Play Music - and YouTube Music Key - as they'll soon all be offered under the same umbrella, for the same monthly fee, all at once.

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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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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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B&O’s BeoPlay H7 headphones are wireless, beautiful

B&O’s BeoPlay H7 headphones are wireless, beautiful

Bang & Olufsen has introduced its new BeoPlay H7 wireless headphones. This latest pair of headphones features a wire-free design coupled with advanced features like a touch-based control pad. As with the maker's other products, the functionality is joined by sleek form, with both aluminum and leather making its way into the construction. On top of it all, B&O promises the headphones offer "amazing sound quality."

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Google gives away Rick Astley’s greatest hit

Google gives away Rick Astley’s greatest hit

Few musicians have tasted such delicious "one hit wonder" delights as Rick Astley, creator of the internet's favorite song "Never Gonna Give You Up." It's the song you use to "Rick Roll" your friends. You link to the video, you link to the song, you link to Rick's image if you're feeling like your friend knows the joke well enough. Today Google has collaborated with the master himself, giving away the full "Playlist: The Very Best Of Rick Astley" to Google Play Music users today.

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Electric Jukebox is a streaming music dongle for your TV

Electric Jukebox is a streaming music dongle for your TV

You may roll your eyes at the idea of yet another streaming music service, but Electric Jukebox aims to differentiate from rivals like Apple Music and Spotify by making things drop-dead simple, with no need for an app or any device configuration. Electric Jukebox is simply a HDMI dongle that plugs into a television and uses a WiFi connection. The device is meant to appeal to people who have no understanding of what a streaming music service is, and whose most complicated music decision was picking a radio station.

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iHeartRadio adds a personalized radio station

iHeartRadio adds a personalized radio station

iHeartRadio is a drop in a sea of big-name music streaming services, having to contend with the likes of Pandora, Spotify and more. Today it announced an addition that may help it compete: a personalized radio station that knows what you listen to and gets smarter as you continue to stream. The personalized radio station is called "My Favorites Radio", and it mixes a little bit of everything you listen to together.

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Inateck BH1001 Bluetooth sport earbuds mini-review

Inateck BH1001 Bluetooth sport earbuds mini-review

Gone are the wired shackles of past headphones and earbuds -- we live in the wireless age, and with it comes freedom from wires. That's what makes certain wireless earbud models a little bizarre. You've likely seen them; they feature a thick plastic neckband which wraps behind the neck and rests on the shoulders. That's large, garish, and for many users, uncomfortable. Fortunately, not all wireless earbuds feature that design. Inateck's BH1001 earbuds are one such example.

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Gramovox Bluetooth Gramophone 2.0 ships in November

Gramovox Bluetooth Gramophone 2.0 ships in November

Those who want a touch of hipster-chic in their homes but don’t want to fully embrace retro technology can find a nice compromise between the two with Gramovox’s Bluetooth Gramophone 2.0, an updated version of its first Bluetooth Gramophone. The audio player can stream music from your mobile device, but does so without making it obvious — to those unaware, it simply looks like a small wooden box with a large horn speaker.

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Razer Music is a place for producers to share tips and tricks

Razer Music is a place for producers to share tips and tricks

At first glance you might think that the newly announced Razer Music is a place where games familiar with the Razer brand can go to download music. On investigation Razer Music is more of a place for musical pros to come together to share content, trade tips and secrets on digital music production and performance.

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Meze’s 99 Classics luxury headphones ship next month

Meze’s 99 Classics luxury headphones ship next month

Headphones are available in a bunch of shapes and sizes with price ranges that span from the cheap to the luxurious. Meze’s 99 Classics headphones are on the latter end of that spectrum, providing an unusual, gorgeous design that far outpaces most headphones on the market. The 99 Classics are part of Meze’s Classics series; they’re described as “classy” and “timeless”. The headphones are up for pre-order now, and will be shipping next month.

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