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Play Music gets Material Design update, iPad version for iOS

Play Music gets Material Design update, iPad version for iOS

Today, Google has rolled out a fairly significant update to their Play Music app for iOS. The app has been refreshingly redesigned, and will now have a Material Design interface that keeps it more closely aligned with their other recent app updates for both iOS and Android. The overall navigation isn’t changing, but the ‘currently playing’ screen is a lot cleaner and more modern. Fans of the larger screen will also love this update, as it’s the first time Play Music has a proper iPad app.

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Apple hires BBC Radio DJ Zane Lowe to join iTunes Radio service

Apple hires BBC Radio DJ Zane Lowe to join iTunes Radio service

It was announced yesterday that the well known DJ from BBC Radio 1, Zane Lowe, has taken a job at Apple and will be stepping down from his position of hosting the new music evening program. Lowe has become prominent over his 12 year period on the radio show for discovering new musical talent and launching them to stardom. In addition to winning a number of awards for his talent as a DJ, he was nominated for a 2015 Grammy for producing and writing Sam Smith's album In the Lonely Hour.

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Boombotix launches customization tool for mobile speaker

Boombotix launches customization tool for mobile speaker

This week the folks at Boombotix have released a customization tool for the Boombot REX, a unique portable speaker with oomph. This Boombot REX has been out in several different colors and with custom-made faces before, but now the team at Boombotix have brought the tools to make this happen to the public. There's also a Built-A-Bot collection of artwork created by creative brand Benny Gold. Now your clip-on speaker of choice can also be your ironic accessory of choice - it's up to you what you'll end up doing with it.

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Deezer Elite high-def auto hits Sonos international

Deezer Elite high-def auto hits Sonos international

The system known as Deezer - with their service called Deezer Elite - is suggested (by the company) to be the largest global high-definition streaming service. They're coming to Sonos with this service this year internationally, bringing Deezer Elite to the wireless speaker system for several countries around the world - beyond the USA, that is to say. Between now and March 19th, Deezer users will be able to upgrade to Deezer Elite for free. Once March 19th comes along, Deezer Elite will be available to all users at a nominal fee per month, all for the glory of high-definition audio.

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Apple’s Grammy’s ad paints the iPad as a musical virtuoso

Apple’s Grammy’s ad paints the iPad as a musical virtuoso

If you're given an ad spot in the music industry's biggest award night, you will most likely link it to some musical product. But if your business isn't directly related to that, then you'll have to settle for the next best thing: apps. That is exactly what Apple has done with its latest video targeted at the Grammy's audience. But if you think it is flaunting the latest iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, think again. It is the iPad that is taking center stage and Apple is showing off how it can be turned into a professional music studio.

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Google Music may soon play YouTube videos natively

Google Music may soon play YouTube videos natively

Recently the folks at Google's Play Music Chrome "Mini Player" extension released an update with a whole bunch of new permissions. While this would normally be a non-news sort of situation, it just so happens that the answer to the question "why does Play Music require all these permissions now?" turned out to be truly interesting. This question was answered by the Google Chrome extension developer team that created the Chrome app in a Reddit thread for Google on the subject at hand.

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NEOH headphones promise theater-quality 3D surround sound

NEOH headphones promise theater-quality 3D surround sound

Speakers offering 360-degree "3D" sound quality are becoming increasingly common, and so it isn't surprising that a company has decided to bring the tech to headphones. Enter the NEOH, which is bid as the "first smart 3D audio headphones", giving audiophiles and general music lovers alike a spatial sound experience more realistic than what you get with an ordinary pair of headphones, at least according to the maker. It's not surprising, then, that the NEOH is being referred to as a "wearable home theater system".

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HTC Rap music video out of left field

HTC Rap music video out of left field

At some point in the past several weeks, someone at HTC gave the green light to MC D-Bruce and rapper Doc-G to create a rap song for their phone brand. There's a music video for the HTC One brand and an interview between the rapper and the HTC employee as well. This is something you're going to have to see to believe. Once you see it, you will not be able to un-see it, so see it at your own risk.

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Three Ways to Repurpose Your Old Smartphone

Three Ways to Repurpose Your Old Smartphone

Most of us have old smartphones lying around, and while they might not be the latest and greatest anymore, the odds are also high that they're functional and decently powerful. If you've been planning to ship them off to a used phone service but have never gotten around to it, there's a better option: turning those old handsets into functional tools that complement your everyday life. There's no shortage of apps to do this, and if you're drawing a blank on what you can use them for, we've three suggestions.

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Jay-Z getting into streaming music with Aspiro bid

Jay-Z getting into streaming music with Aspiro bid

In a $56 million deal, rapper and entrepreneur Shawn Carter (you know, Jay Z) is getting into the streaming music business. Via Project Panther Bidco Ltd, which is owned by Shawn Carter LLC, H.O.V.A. is trying to buy Aspiro, the Swedish streaming company behind WiMP and Tidal. The WiMP service is only available in various spots throughout Eastern Europe (mainly Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Poland, and Germany), but Tidal is available in the US and UK. Aspiro’s board is unanimously recommending the deal to shareholders.

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