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Pandora mobile app redesigned with personalization features

Pandora mobile app redesigned with personalization features

Pandora has released a redesigned version of its mobile apps for Android and iOS, and with them comes new personalization features not previously available. This is a beta release as of now, and gives music lovers more control over their stations, particularly the ability to tweak their preferences for better music selection and, as a result, a more enjoyable listening experience. The music service promises this update serves to "enhance and simplify" the user experience.

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YouTube can’t hang with Gangnam Style

YouTube can’t hang with Gangnam Style

Today's generation is much different than what we saw back in the 60's, 70's and 80's. With technology being so advanced, we get to share cultures all across the world with a simple click on YouTube. And that's exactly what PSY did with his notorious song Gangnam Style (강남스타일). His music video has been viewed over 2 billions times on YouTube that it literally broke the internet. Well maybe not the "internet" but the video view counter, close enough.

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That free album you didn’t want topped Rolling Stone’s 2014 list

That free album you didn’t want topped Rolling Stone’s 2014 list

Rolling Stone, like any online or print publication, has an opinion on their topic. Now that we’re officially into December, the magazine is counting their musical blessings, and has released their top 50 albums of the year. At the top of the charts sits a surprise — or at least a surprise if you bought into the social media uproar surrounding its release. At number ten is another surprise; again, only if you jumped on the bandwagon of social media forced outrage about its availability, too.

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Mikme wireless mic offers studio quality, mobile mixing

Mikme wireless mic offers studio quality, mobile mixing

Mikme is a portable wireless microphone offering musicians and other audio hobbyists a way to capture studio-quality audio without setting up a recording station. The idea behind the device is that users should be able to start recording whenever the moment strikes without having to put the moment on hold to set up a quality microphone -- or, alternatively, without having to settle for a lesser-quality smartphone recording. The microphone is joined by a smartphone app that offers, among other things, mobile audio mixing and sharing.

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T-Mobile makes Google Music free to stream with 26 other services

T-Mobile makes Google Music free to stream with 26 other services

This week T-Mobile is bringing the heat with an extension on their Music Freedom service which allows users to stream music without added data costs. That means that the music service you use to stream music - the app that probably uses the MOST data on your device - will no longer be counted against your data costs for the month with T-Mobile. This is a service that no other mobile carrier offers at this time - not on the ground, that is to say.

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Spotify preps playlists for Thanksgiving festivities

Spotify preps playlists for Thanksgiving festivities

The holidays are a lot of things for a lot of people: a time to get together with people you mightn't otherwise see often, to express gratitude, and, on the less serious level, to watch shows and partake in activities reserved specifically for this time of the year. To help you frame your Thanksgiving soundtrack are some curated playlists from Spotify, which intends to entertain you while your bird cooks. To be sure the playlist has enough songs for your time spent waiting, the service asks a few questions about your turkey to get you started.

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Billboard to show streaming music stats on their charts

Billboard to show streaming music stats on their charts

The way we consume music has changed dramatically. What used to be album sales have quickly, and sometimes dramatically, turned into streaming audio. Services like iTunes bridged a gap between physical and digital sales, but we’re well past that, now. Streaming is in, and monthly subscriptions have supplanted our out-of-pocket spend for albums. To reflect actual song plays, Billboard will now start to appreciate streaming statistics in their reports. It’s the first big change since Billboard started using SoundScan metrics.

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YouTube Music Key Beta released: here’s how to get it

YouTube Music Key Beta released: here’s how to get it

This week Google released YouTube Music Key Beta, and this afternoon, Beta invites are being sent to users in the United States and in several European countries. Though it was originally assumed that only Google Music Subscribers would receive invitations to join the party at first, we've seen invites sent to several non-Google Music Subscribers as well. If you're invited, you'll know it - what you might not know is what the difference is between standard YouTube Music and the subscriber model. It's not exactly obvious right off the bat.

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The “Nutshell” Wearable Focus Pod: peak nonsense

The “Nutshell” Wearable Focus Pod: peak nonsense

The term "wearable" should summon several thoughts in your mind, right off the bat. "Apple Watch" or "iWatch" is probably one of them, followed by "smartwatch" and on to "another one of those devices I want, but don't know why." This week a device setup designed by a student from the School of Visual Arts has come to light, one called "Nutshell." This device consists of a a light material "shell," a headphone-enabled helmet, and an app. Together they create a relaxing experience for you in any environment.

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