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AIAIAI TMA-2 modular headphones bring swappable parts

AIAIAI TMA-2 modular headphones bring swappable parts

Love headphones but haven't been able to find the perfect pair for you? AIAIAI might have the solution: its new modular headphones, which includes a variety of cables, headbands, and ear cups, among other things, allowing for a tailored music listening experience. In addition, if one part of the headphones in particular wears out before the rest, owners can simply order a replacement component and swap it out themselves, eliminating the need to tinker with a broken pair or replace them entirely.

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Aivvy Q smart headphones learn your music preferences

Aivvy Q smart headphones learn your music preferences

Wireless headphones are convenient, but the overall listening experience isn't quite as streamlined as it could be -- making playlists, finding songs, downloading albums, and similar things all distract from the music listening experience. The Aivvy Q headphones are bid as a way to remove those hassles without suffering for it, and that is thanks to integrated smart technology. The Aivvy Q headphones learns the listener's music preferences over time and takes over the experience, including allowing the user to listen to music offline without setting up a local library.

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Jambe is a new drum-like electric instrument for iOS

Jambe is a new drum-like electric instrument for iOS

A new instrument has been created, bringing with it the best drums have to offer with an atypical design and support for iOS devices. It can be played like drums using drumsticks or your hands, but it is far more portable than traditional drums and it has a step up on them via the use of smart technology. The drums can be configured using the related iOS app, which includes different instruments to which the Jambe can be set, giving it different sounds for different musical needs.

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Twitch x Rhymesayers: the hip-hop game-stream team-up

Twitch x Rhymesayers: the hip-hop game-stream team-up

Back when Twitch announced they were about to have a music program earlier this year, rap label Rhymesayers collective ears perked up. Having an collection of songs and artists that resonated with gamers already, the Rhymesayers crew knew that a Twitch team-up would be a marriage worth tapping into. Just this week, Twitch announced their collaboration - along with streaming video games from their offices and homes and hosting community events, Rhymesayers would be delivering a 100 tracks from their catalog to Twitch for gamers to stream and archive legally.

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Soundbrenner Pulse wearable helps musicians keep to the beat

Soundbrenner Pulse wearable helps musicians keep to the beat

Wearables, particularly smartwatches, are showing up everywhere, and they will most likely become even more ubiquitous with Apple jumping into the market. Almost all of them help us consume or control content with very simple gestures. But what if they can actually help us make content? That is the proposition that the Soundbrenner Pulse is trying to make. It's basically a wearable metronome with a bit of smarts thrown in, helping musicians stay in rhythm, whether practicing or performing, alone or with a whole band.

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TIDAL might be all hype

TIDAL might be all hype

This morning Jay-Z announced that he wasn't the only new co-owner of the streaming music service TIDAL. Alongside him were Beyonce, Kanye West, Jack White, Daft Punk, Jason Aldean, Nicki Minaj, The Arcade Fire (Win and Regine), Madonna, Rihanna, Usher, J. Cole, Deadmau5, and Alicia Keys. Included in the streaming music service's New content today are exclusive playlists from Aldean, Deadmau5, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Coldplay, and more. With Jay-Z's stock purchase and this move right here, TIDAL becomes an "artist majority owned company."

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PlayStation’s Spotify team up: 3rd party app dominance

PlayStation’s Spotify team up: 3rd party app dominance

In the gaming universe, things are changing. While we'll likely never reach a point where it'll be the manufacturers of hardware or the developers of software that take full control of the console ecosystem, today you can mark one up for the latter. Instead of working with their own Music Unlimited system, Sony has decided to team up with Spotify - to great effect. Today Sony not only ends their Music Unlimited system completely across all PlayStation hardware, it begins 30 days of free use of Spotify. Sony is so confident in this team-up, they're tossing out the old and giving the new away for free.

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Spotify for PS4 and PS3 launches in 41 countries

Spotify for PS4 and PS3 launches in 41 countries

Music fans have something new to try out on the PlayStation game consoles. The new service is called PlayStation Music and it is a tie up between Sony and Spotify that will bring music to users of the PS3 and the PS4 consoles. Sony had promised to launch the service in the spring of 2015 and a launch this week lands right in that target launch window.

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Spotify reports ‘spike of sadness’ activity: One Direction to blame

Spotify reports ‘spike of sadness’ activity: One Direction to blame

Services like Twitter provide snapshots of many things: at their smallest level, of an individual. Looked at more broadly, they tell stories with numbers that give a look at the effect certain news and world happenings have, and how those effects play out in different regions. Though you mightn't have cared, you've likely heard news that the boy band One Direction has experienced a shake up, with one member deciding to part ways. That news has blasted through Facebook and other social networks, and has caused what Spotify calls a "spike of sadness" on its own service.

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Yamaha bike designers cook up some odd musical instruments

Yamaha bike designers cook up some odd musical instruments

Some people are advised to think out of the box in order to arrive at creative solutions to problems. Yamaha might have done exactly just that, almost literally, and without any real problem to solve. It has taken engineers and designers from its Yamaha Corporation, which makes musical instruments, and from its Yamaha Motor Company, which makes bikes, out of their respective work boxes and put them in each other's shoes. The goal: to come up with designs for the respective products that incorporate the sometimes incompatible ideas and thinking of another.

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Jamstik+ smart guitar plays through your tablet

Jamstik+ smart guitar plays through your tablet

Instruments, like all things, are getting a modern makeover that gives them new functionality you will not get from wood and varnish. The newest among them is Jamstik+, a smart guitar that plays music through one's paired tablet, offering some big benefits over a traditional offering: those in apartments can play it without producing any noise, recordings can be made without ambient noise disrupting the song, and more. The instrument recently launched on Kickstarter, where it has already blasted through the goal amount.

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UltraTuner for Android launches to keep your guitar in tune

UltraTuner for Android launches to keep your guitar in tune

The UltraTuner app for Android users is now available to download. The app is designed to make it easy to keep your guitar tuned using an app that runs on your smartphone rather than having to keep a dedicated tuner with you. This app is already available for iOS users. The app promises to be very precise and supports all audio interfaces for Android devices including iRig 2 and iRig HD-A.

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