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Apple Music redesigned from the ground up

Apple Music redesigned from the ground up

Apple Music has been redesigned from the ground up, the company announced at its WWDC 2016 keynote today. The redesign is aimed to make Apple Music more intuitive and simple, and brings with it some new sections and others that have been improved. At the same time, Apple announced that it now has more than 15 million paid subscribers, the fastest growth a service like it has seen in a single year.

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Amazon tipped in plan to launch its own music streaming service

Amazon tipped in plan to launch its own music streaming service

Amazon will be launching its own non-Prime music streaming service soon, according to sources, and it’ll be designed to compete with Spotify and similar music services. The service will cost $9.99/month when it launches, according to a couple of people, with that launch being set for later this summer or possibly early autumn. This music streaming service will be a standalone product, and won’t require subscribers to have a Prime subscription.

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Check out the 3D holograms etched into The Force Awakens vinyl soundtrack

Check out the 3D holograms etched into The Force Awakens vinyl soundtrack

There's no doubt that vinyl has been enjoying a wave of popularity for the last few years, especially as super special editions of artists' albums and new soundtracks. Now Star Wars is getting in on the artistic packages, with a new vinyl release of the soundtrack for The Force Awakens. But while many records use unique or exclusive artwork in the packaging, Star Wars has placed it directly on the vinyl itself, in the form of 3D holograms.

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Twitter audio cards gain Spotify support

Twitter audio cards gain Spotify support

Back in 2014, Twitter launched something called audio cards with iTunes being the first participant in that service. Audio cards allow Twitter users to get 30-second song previews right in the timeline and in Moments. Later the audio card platform also supported SoundCloud and now Twitter has announced support for one of the most popular music services around- Spotify.

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Urbanears ‘Limited Sweat Edition’ are actual sweaty Hellas headphones

Urbanears ‘Limited Sweat Edition’ are actual sweaty Hellas headphones

Urbanears has a bizarre new campaign in which they're offering 'sweat-soaked' headphones that are 'drenched in some real sweaty inspiration' via the workouts of somewhat notable individuals. The headphones are a pair of Hellas, and they were worn by seven individuals who worked up a sweat, apparently got them sweaty, and then had their headphones sealed in a bag right after. No, this isn't a joke.

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AmpMe pairs iPhone with Android – and it’s amazing

AmpMe pairs iPhone with Android – and it’s amazing

The app AmpMe isn't strictly new - it's been around since last fall - but it's just gotten YouTube integration and therefore has become a monster. This app works on iPhone and Android - each platform just as well as the other - and it's basically magical. If you were looking for a reason not to toss your old smartphone from 6 years ago in the garbage (for whatever reason), here it is - every smartphone in the room can become one speaker system wirelessly, without hassle.

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Spotify’s Discovery Weekly has more than 40m listeners

Spotify’s Discovery Weekly has more than 40m listeners

Since launching, Spotify’s Discovery Weekly has reached nearly 5 billion streamed tracks, the company has announced. More than 40 million users listen to Discovery Weekly, which arrived last July and gives listeners a new playlist of music recommendations every Monday. The recommendation feature has turned out to be a big hit, with more than 50% of listeners coming back the next Monday for more.

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Human Inc’s headphones completely encapsulate your ears

Human Inc’s headphones completely encapsulate your ears

Seattle startup Human Inc is working on a program called “Sound,” and it involves a pair of headphones that completely encapsulate the wearer’s ears, blocking out the external world while providing one’s self with a personal surround sound system. These won’t be just any old pair of futuristic-looking headphones, though — the startup plans to have them function as language translators and portable speakers, as well.

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Review: Symphonized NRG 3.0 wood earbuds

Review: Symphonized NRG 3.0 wood earbuds

Earbuds are not hard to come by, unless you want a pair that doesn't sound like garbage without costing a minor fortune. The ones from the dollar store? Garbage. The ones that come with your phone? Maybe not garbage, depending on the phone you bought (e.g., Apple Earpods are alright), but they're not blowing anyone out of the water. What lies above good enough and below breaking-the-bank? The Symphonized NRG 3.0 wood in-ear headphones.

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Apple’s GarageBand gets Chinese instruments as Tim Cook visits

Apple’s GarageBand gets Chinese instruments as Tim Cook visits

Apple is giving GarageBand a distinctly Chinese twist, marking CEO Tim Cook's visit to China with a fresh batch of local instruments and more. GarageBand 2.1.1 for iOS and GarageBand 10.1.2 for Mac each gain three new instruments - the pipa, erhu and Chinese percussion - along with 300 Chinese musical loops which can be dropped into new or existing compositions.

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Apple will stop deleting your songs with iTunes update next week

Apple will stop deleting your songs with iTunes update next week

For the last week and a half, there have been a growing number of complaints from Apple Music and iTunes users about locally stored music being deleted in exchange for copies available in the cloud. As James Pinkstone, whose blog post kicked off this controversy, explains, the problem (aside from removing music without explicit permission) is that there is a high chance of mis-matching or mis-identifying songs, resulting in original recordings being deleted and rare, alternate versions of songs being replaced with the widely released copies.

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TrackStack lets you crowdsource your Spotify playlists

TrackStack lets you crowdsource your Spotify playlists

When I sit down to create a playlist, I'll usually end up spending entirely too much time doing so. And if I'm working on one for a specific event, sometimes I like getting input from other people. Unfortunately, there hasn't been a really easy way to do that, without having those other people sitting in the same room with me. But a new website wants to help fix that, by allowing anyone to add songs to your Spotify playlist.

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