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Drifter speaker is buoyant, plays music sans smartphone

Drifter speaker is buoyant, plays music sans smartphone

Portable speakers come in many varieties, and if you have average needs you'll probably find a model that meets your requirements, or most of them. If one of your requirements is a speaker that can hold and play your music directly, though, finding an adequate option becomes harder. Add in ruggedness and buoyancy, and the options dwindle to almost nothing. Thusly enters the Drifter, an oddly shaped speaker that you can knock into the water without risk of ruin, and that plays your music without a smartphone.

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Research suggests music might one day help with epilepsy treatments

Research suggests music might one day help with epilepsy treatments

A group of researchers from Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center have made a new discovery about those with epilepsy and how the brain processes music. The team, led by neurologist Christine Charyton, based their research on the fact that 80% of epileptic seizures begin in the temporal lobes, the same region of the brain as the auditory cortex, the part that processes sound and music. The discovery is that the brainwaves of those with the disorder tend to synchronize with music.

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Spotify tipped in move away from ad-supported streaming

Spotify tipped in move away from ad-supported streaming

Spotify users could be seeing a big change in how the service operates starting early next year, according to sources. The music streaming service is said to be shifting its business model toward a more so-called “gated access” arrangement, and under it free users would see their options dwindle. It is possible, the sources suggested, that content could end up being restricted entirely to Spotify’s premium subscribers, though other tweaks are reportedly also in consideration.

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Tidal gets exclusive Prince album ‘HITNRUN’ next month

Tidal gets exclusive Prince album ‘HITNRUN’ next month

Tidal has announced that it will be the exclusive home to Prince’s upcoming album HITNRUN, which was first revealed last month. This follows the release of HARDROCKLOVER and the artist’s fast absence from music streaming services. According to today's announcement, this partnership between Tidal and Prince has been long in the making, but was cemented by “mutual admiration and respect and a profound belief in artists’ rights." This partnership began back in May.

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R2-D2’s head will launch as a Bluetooth speaker this month

R2-D2’s head will launch as a Bluetooth speaker this month

There’s no shortage of Star Wars gear, and yet we can never get enough of it. If the rugs, the wall-mounted heads, the knife block, the desk vacuum, and others aren’t enough, later this month ThinkGeek will be launching an exclusive wireless speaker designed to look like R2-D2's head. As far as replicas go, the speaker looks quite similar to the movie rendition, and it even glows. With a twist of one of its knobs, however, the little droid head starts playing music.

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Dr. Dre’s Compton is streaming on Apple Music now

Dr. Dre’s Compton is streaming on Apple Music now

Delivering as promised, Dr. Dre's first full length album in a very long time is now available exclusively to Apple Music subscribers before it spreads to the general public. Streaming over Apple's shiny new music streaming service, "Compton" brings Dr. Dre back to the scene in what he called his grand finale, reclaiming his spot in the music industry after the failure that was Detox. Given the historical significance of this album, and since it's Dr. Dre, Apple Music users might as well enjoy their exclusive time with the album before everyone else does.

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Apple Music woos 11 million users to trial

Apple Music woos 11 million users to trial

It's been a month since Apple rolled out its music streaming service. Apple Music offered potential subscribers a free trial membership to try the streaming service to see if they like it. The numbers are in and 11 million people took advantage of that trial according to Apple executives. Out of those 11 million users, 2 million of those users signed up for the family plan costing $14.99 monthly.

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Review: Inateck MarsBox wireless speaker — angular and playful

Review: Inateck MarsBox wireless speaker — angular and playful

Inateck has recently launched a trio of new speakers, one of which is the Inateck MarsBox BP2002 wireless speaker. The market has no shortage of wireless speakers, and so finding a way to stand out is imperative. Inateck managed to do that with its unusual, minimalist and vaguely LEGO-like design. The MarsBox features what appears to be two different angular components fused together at offset angles, forming a puzzle-like arrangement joined by four atypical buttons reminiscent of older gamepads. How does it sound? Read our full review to find out!

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Apple Music to stream Dr Dre’s Compton album exclusively

Apple Music to stream Dr Dre’s Compton album exclusively

For one full stream of his first album in 16 years, Apple will play Dr Dre's Compton A Soundtrack. This stream will happen this Thursday - that's the 6th of August - starting at 6PM Pacific Time. We must assume there'll be breaks between music, as the stream is suggested by Apple to be taking place until 9PM Pacific Time. This first full album stream ONLY will be happening exclusively on Apple Music. After this stream - several hours later - the album will become available to the public via a number of sources, starting at midnight on the 7th.

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New Dr. Dre album to be Apple Music, iTunes exclusive

New Dr. Dre album to be Apple Music, iTunes exclusive

While the big news in the music world on Monday was that prolific rapper Dr. Dre would be releasing his first album in 16 years, the follow-up information should come as no surprise: it will be exclusively available through Apple Music and the iTunes store. Titled Compton: A Soundtrack, the album will be released this Friday, August 7th. Dr. Dre made the announcement over the weekend on his own Beats 1 radio show, The Pharmacy.

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Spotify: One Direction’s ‘Drag Me Down’ breaks record

Spotify: One Direction’s ‘Drag Me Down’ breaks record

There are four types of Spotify artists: those who never see any plays at all, those who enjoy moderate-but-could-be-better plays, those who enjoy tons of streaming but complain about it, and those who get tons of plays and are apparently perfectly content. One Direction, it seems, falls into the latter group, as it hasn't pulled its music from the streaming service in a fit of huffiness and it has broken the streaming service's latest one-day streaming record. Such is the good life.

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Amazon Prime Music releases exclusive recordings as ‘Amazon Acoustics’

Amazon Prime Music releases exclusive recordings as ‘Amazon Acoustics’

The Video portion of Amazon's Prime service scored its own exclusive this week with the signing of the three ex-Top Gear hosts, but now it's Music's turn, as the company debuted an exclusive collection of acoustic recordings. The collection, simply titled Amazon Acoustics, features a wide range of big-name artists and indies, with 32 tracks of both original recordings and covers. While the tunes are exclusive to Amazon, they aren't just for Prime members, as regular customers can purchase them as well.

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