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Spotify for PS4 and PS3 launches in 41 countries

Spotify for PS4 and PS3 launches in 41 countries

Music fans have something new to try out on the PlayStation game consoles. The new service is called PlayStation Music and it is a tie up between Sony and Spotify that will bring music to users of the PS3 and the PS4 consoles. Sony had promised to launch the service in the spring of 2015 and a launch this week lands right in that target launch window.

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Spotify reports ‘spike of sadness’ activity: One Direction to blame

Spotify reports ‘spike of sadness’ activity: One Direction to blame

Services like Twitter provide snapshots of many things: at their smallest level, of an individual. Looked at more broadly, they tell stories with numbers that give a look at the effect certain news and world happenings have, and how those effects play out in different regions. Though you mightn't have cared, you've likely heard news that the boy band One Direction has experienced a shake up, with one member deciding to part ways. That news has blasted through Facebook and other social networks, and has caused what Spotify calls a "spike of sadness" on its own service.

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Yamaha bike designers cook up some odd musical instruments

Yamaha bike designers cook up some odd musical instruments

Some people are advised to think out of the box in order to arrive at creative solutions to problems. Yamaha might have done exactly just that, almost literally, and without any real problem to solve. It has taken engineers and designers from its Yamaha Corporation, which makes musical instruments, and from its Yamaha Motor Company, which makes bikes, out of their respective work boxes and put them in each other's shoes. The goal: to come up with designs for the respective products that incorporate the sometimes incompatible ideas and thinking of another.

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Jamstik+ smart guitar plays through your tablet

Jamstik+ smart guitar plays through your tablet

Instruments, like all things, are getting a modern makeover that gives them new functionality you will not get from wood and varnish. The newest among them is Jamstik+, a smart guitar that plays music through one's paired tablet, offering some big benefits over a traditional offering: those in apartments can play it without producing any noise, recordings can be made without ambient noise disrupting the song, and more. The instrument recently launched on Kickstarter, where it has already blasted through the goal amount.

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UltraTuner for Android launches to keep your guitar in tune

UltraTuner for Android launches to keep your guitar in tune

The UltraTuner app for Android users is now available to download. The app is designed to make it easy to keep your guitar tuned using an app that runs on your smartphone rather than having to keep a dedicated tuner with you. This app is already available for iOS users. The app promises to be very precise and supports all audio interfaces for Android devices including iRig 2 and iRig HD-A.

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Apple, Beats to take on Spotify but maybe on equal grounds

Apple, Beats to take on Spotify but maybe on equal grounds

It is no secret that Apple is out to get the music streaming industry. After all, it bought Beats not just for its accessories but also for its streaming service. It is even said that Beats' own Chief Creative Office, Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor, is also at the front of reshaping the iTunes app to integrate streaming functionality. It is also probably common knowledge that Apple is eying a piece of the pie that Spotify currently holds so dearly. What might come as a surprise and a disappointment is that Apple's streaming service might be as expensive or even more than Spotify.

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Denon AH-GC20 wireless headphones arrive next month

Denon AH-GC20 wireless headphones arrive next month

Denon has announced the upcoming launch of a new pair of wireless headphones, the AH-GC20 Globe Cruiser Wireless Headphones. These headphones feature an over-the-ear design with round ear cups and a cushioned headband, aluminum metal components, and optional audio wires for those times wireless usage isn't an option. The headphones will not be launching until some time next month, but Denon has detailed all the features and other particulars ahead of time, among them being active noise cancellation technology for blocking ambient nuisances.

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Taylor Swift’s streaming on Tidal, still snubbing Spotify

Taylor Swift’s streaming on Tidal, still snubbing Spotify

Taylor Swift generated a lot of hoopla last year after pulling all of her music from Spotify, one of the more popular streaming services available. She accused the company of stiffing musicians out of adequate compensation for their music, something it contested just as vocally. That issue hasn't changed, in that Swift's music catalog is still absent on Spotify. It has found itself another place to roost, however, in Tidal, the streaming music service recently bought by Jay Z.

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HP teams up with Bang & Olufsen for audio tuning

HP teams up with Bang & Olufsen for audio tuning

No longer teamed up heartily with Beats by Dre, HP has sought out a new audio partnership for PCs of the future. With Bang & Olufsen, HP has the partnership they're prepared to present for the foreseeable future. Bang & Olufsen and B&O PLAY will be brought to HP’s PCs, tablets, and accessories in the near future, pushing an "exceptional sound experiences for customers." This means Bang & Olufsen will go ahead and "custom tune" every notebook, desktop, tablet, and accessory HP attaches them to in the future.

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