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Pokemon Jukebox Android app: gotta hear ’em all

Pokemon Jukebox Android app: gotta hear ’em all

These days, almost anyone and everyone is getting on the online music biz, and somewhat surprisingly, Nintendo is one of those. No, it doesn't have a new Taylor Swift-friendly streaming service. But it does have a Pokemon Jukebox app on Android. Say what? Yes, Nintendo just released a music app dedicated to one of the world's most popular digital critters. You can now listen to the background music and themes of your favorite childhood (or adult) days to your heart's content. But be warned, it's going to cost you.

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Twist LED bulb plays music, mimics the sun

Twist LED bulb plays music, mimics the sun

The days of light bulbs that can play music are upon us, and another option in the still sparse market has arisen: the Twist light bulb. Rather than using Bluetooth to connect to a mobile device, however, it can stream music over AirPlay and Wi-Fi. The speaker functionality is joined by LEDs and color that changes based on preference and the time of day. Says the maker, the light Twist gives off is a bluish white in the morning, and becomes a warmer color in the evening. In addition, the Twist bulb can mimic the sun’s own patterns for better integration with your lighting system.

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Floating Record vertical turntable project funded in 3 hours

Floating Record vertical turntable project funded in 3 hours

The Floating Record vertical turntable launches to a surprisingly enthusiastic crowd-funding audience. With a $50k funding goal in place at its morning launch, this project reached a cool $85k by the time the afternoon rolled around. Instead of another digitally-enthusiastic piece of "high-res audio" nonsense, this piece of equipment works with audiophile-grade materials for vinyl records. And it plays these records on their side - because any person willing to take the time to pull a record out of its sleeve to play music can also appreciate the awesomeness of seeing said record play on its side.

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Spotify “Rewind” takes playlists back through time

Spotify “Rewind” takes playlists back through time

If you aren't old enough to experience the culture of music in the decades past, or if you're actually old enough and want to reminisce about it, then a new, unreleased, soft-launched Spotify might tickle your musical taste buds. Called simply "Rewind", the still unofficial featurette answers one of the most burning questions in the music industry today, one that may never really have any direct answer: If the artists in the 60s, 70s, and whatnot had Spotify, what would their Spotify playlists look like?

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The RZA interview: Boombotix and the future of physical-format music

The RZA interview: Boombotix and the future of physical-format music

This week SlashGear caught up with the music producer and artist Robert Diggs, also known to you as the RZA of the Wu-Tang clan. This season RZA takes a new role as a guide for content strategy with portable audio equipment leader Boombotix. He's the new "Head Abbot", a take on his role as The Abbot with legendary hip hop group the Wu-Tang Clan. While other legends in the music industry turn to streaming services to claim a spot in the next wave, RZA turns to the fans. To you. "To put music back in your hands."

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Line launches music streaming service in Japan

Line launches music streaming service in Japan

Line Crop has offered messaging apps in Japan and other markets for a long time and the app has been well received by users around the world. This week Line has announced a new product launch in Japan that gives it a jump on competition in the music streaming industry within the country called Line Music. Japan is the second largest market for music in the world.

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Spotify reveals it has 20m+ Premium subscribers

Spotify reveals it has 20m+ Premium subscribers

Spotify faces some big competition from newly unveiled Apple Music, but for now things are looking up: the service has revealed its latest subscriber numbers, and they show good things for the company. Millions of new subscribers are on board with Spotify, and that includes a substantial number of users subscribing to Spotify Premium, the ad-free for-pay service that gets rid of ads and certain other limitations like being restricted to shuffle play. The numbers come shortly after Spotify's successful funding round.

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Phiaton BT 100 NC wireless headphones bring noise cancellation

Phiaton BT 100 NC wireless headphones bring noise cancellation

Phiaton has introduced its new BT 100 NC headphones, a pair of wireless earbuds designed for those who need to listen to music in loud places, or who want to use the headphones while being active. The set is wireless and able to deliver notification alerts using vibration (which is felt through the band). There’s also NFC joining the Bluetooth, and noise cancellation functionality that can be toggled on and off. The run time will depend on whether that noise cancellation feature is being used, but up to 12 hours on a charge is available, placing it toward the high-end in the market in terms of battery life.

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Aumeo audio device tailors the listening experience to you

Aumeo audio device tailors the listening experience to you

With many personal audio devices like smartphones and MP3 players, you can change the sound you hear based on different EQ settings. A new device has turned up that slips into the system between your smartphone and your headphones to help tailor the listening experience specifically to your unique hearing ability. The device is called Aumeo and it claims to be the first device of its type in the world.

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Spotify raises $526 million in funding to continue battling Apple

Spotify raises $526 million in funding to continue battling Apple

In the aftermath of Apple revealing its own new music streaming service, news has leaked that Spotify has just closed a funding round with $526 million in cash. This puts the Swedish company at a valuation of $8.53, reported the Wall Street Journal, and means they have doubled their total funding to over $1 billion since launching in 2006. The new funding is said to allow Spotify to invest in new expansions and offering new forms of content, as they face a growing rival in the new Apple Music.

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