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Pioneer XDJ-1000 employs large touch screen for future DJs

Pioneer XDJ-1000 employs large touch screen for future DJs

A large touchscreen above a disk-sized wheel depicts the future of DJ stations in the XDJ-1000. So says Pioneer. So says the company that today will bring on features like PRO DJ Link, rekordbox compatibility, and of course, Wi-fi. What good is a turntable device without a connection to the internet? You'll be able to access the full collection of features through the 7-inch screen - full color and ready to roll with features like Beat Sync, Beat Jump/Loop Move, and Hot Cue.

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Rdio drops family plan rates as Spotify ramps up competition

Rdio drops family plan rates as Spotify ramps up competition

Rdio has upped its game against competitor Spotify, announcing a new pricing structure for its family plans following Spotify's own discounted family rates. The service wasn't shy to point out that it did the family plan setup first (back in 2011), and with its new pricing structure the music streaming service goes toe-to-toe with Spotify by matching its rates. As of today, Rdio subscribers can add family members to their account for an extra $5 per month. This follows Rdio's family plan boost from 3 to 5 accounts that happened last summer.

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YouTube Music Key released: not just Play All Access

YouTube Music Key released: not just Play All Access

This morning YouTube Music Key became official for the first time. It'll be released in Beta mode for a monthly fee, appearing at first to come up against Google Play Music's All Access system. Instead, subscribers to Google Music will be included in the subscription cost of YouTube Music Key - all one package. As for those of you that already subscribe to Google Music - we're waiting to hear back from Google on that. For now, gotta catch em all - music style.

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Google Music bucks the trend with growing downloads

Google Music bucks the trend with growing downloads

Streaming music services like Spotify have caused a big ripple in the industry, influencing everything from legit music downloads to piracy rates. Despite this, Google Music has seen growth among its download sales alongside an uptick in its streaming service's user base. The growth runs counter to the industry's overall faltering, with such sales earlier in 2014 seeing a year-on-year drop of 13-percent. This follows closely on the heels of Taylor Swift having her catalog pulled from Spotify, taking a jab at the nature of streaming music services.

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Spotify CEO responds to Taylor Swift, calls her out on earnings

Spotify CEO responds to Taylor Swift, calls her out on earnings

In pulling her entire catalog from Spotify, Taylor Swift took a jab at streaming music. According to Swift, streaming services like Spotify don’t pay artists enough. That’s something we’ve touched on before, and she’s right — they typically don’t. Artists get paid by volume of played tracks, so for the house DJ in Prague looking to be discovered, streaming isn’t so lucrative. Taylor Swift, however, is Taylor Swift. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek took exception to Swift’s commentary, and has issued a response.

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Creative Sound Blaster Roar SR20 Review

Creative Sound Blaster Roar SR20 Review

The team at Creative have made something special in the Sound Blaster Roar SR20. This isn't just a Bluetooth speaker. It's not just an alarm clock. It's not just a collection of wireless and wired sound-centric features in a single package. It's part of the future - one in which multiple abilities doesn't mean lower quality in any one of those abilities. The Creative team have made a masterpiece of personal, portable sound. Multiple connections, multiple uses - a real do-everything-well machine.

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iRig HD-A brings guitar recording to Samsung phones

iRig HD-A brings guitar recording to Samsung phones

IK Multimedia has announced a new recording device and mobile app specifically made for Android users using certain Samsung devices: the iRig HD-A and the related AmpliTube app. With iRig HD-A, those using the Galaxy Note 4 and some other Samsung gadgets running Samsung Professional Audio can connect their guitar to their mobile and record audio using the AmpliTube app. The app includes a roster of different effects and features, depending on version, and includes the ability to set presets for easy usage.

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Introducing Neals: one Nerd Rapper’s aim for a multimedia retrofuture

Introducing Neals: one Nerd Rapper’s aim for a multimedia retrofuture

Introducing Neals - an hour-long musical animated movie based on a Nerd Rap musical experience. It launches today. It's the 5th of November, and this date hasn't been chosen randomly. Just like the real Guy Fawkes Day, and previous celebrations, today was chosen by YT Cracker to exemplify the outline of the story he's attempting to tell. Introducing Neals is a "retrofuture," says Bryce Case JR, aka YT Cracker, a place where you'll hear the story of "the open source movement, hacktivism, government surveillance, and net neutrality with familiar 1980s tropes and familiar 1980s corniness."

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SoundCloud partners with Warner in licensing deal

SoundCloud partners with Warner in licensing deal

SoundCloud has struck their first licensing deal, bringing Warner Music Group into the streaming business. In the deal, Warner will get a cut each time one of their songs is played via SoundCloud’s ad-supported service, as well as via a new SoundCloud subscription service launching next year. The service, which has 175 million monthly users, currently offers no royalties to any record label for offering their music via the service. Warner is the first label to earn money via SoundCloud.

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Trent Reznor working on music delivery at Apple

Trent Reznor working on music delivery at Apple

With Apple’s purchase of Beats, there’s a silent partner that has remained as much so far. Though he wasn’t a major player for Beats, Trent Reznor did hold the title of Chief Creative Officer, and that’s going to translate to Apple. Somehow. We’re not privy to what Apple and Reznor are doing, but a recent interview with Billboard points at some sort of music delivery service. In the talk, he’s very complimentary of streaming music, leading to speculation he’s working on that thing we all want from Apple.

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