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Rdio launches new curated stations in response to Apple’s Beats 1

Rdio launches new curated stations in response to Apple’s Beats 1

With the recently launched Apple Music and its curated radio station Beats 1 drawing attention from rival streaming services like Spotify, Rdio isn't wasting any time in firing back. The service has announced a number of new curated radio stations that offer more human-selected tunes. Rdio says it is collaborating with both influencers and record labels, along with more stations available to a wider range of countries around the globe.

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SoundCloud for iOS: ‘significant’ update adds several features

SoundCloud for iOS: ‘significant’ update adds several features

In late May SoundCloud released its app for the Apple Watch, expanding its reach on Apple devices while lending additional features for those with the new wearable. Now it has followed that up with another update for its iOS app, one the maker calls "significant" as it brings many features like new playback controls and improved sharing functionality. The update is available now from the App Store, so if you haven't updated yet be sure to do so.

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Prince drops streaming music, towers over music industry with one track

Prince drops streaming music, towers over music industry with one track

Just as Apple Music arrives, so does Prince leave the streaming music universe. It's no coincidence that The Purple One has also released an ear-blasting new single track HARDROCKLOVER at the same time. This new track screams. It wails in protest. While it doesn't address the rise of the streaming music industry directly, it does push the envelope. It does remind us that Prince has the one true claim to being the greatest living rock star on the planet. He doesn't need to say so.

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JBL Reflect Mini earbuds are its lightest yet

JBL Reflect Mini earbuds are its lightest yet

JBL has taken the wraps off what it calls its lightest pair of in-ear sport headphones so far, the JBL Reflect Mini. These earbuds are targeted at the athletes among us, though they could find use with a wider range of consumers. The Reflect Mini are designed to be lightweight while holding secure during runs or other strenuous moments. This is an update to the Reflect Sport model bringing with it the lineup's "core characteristics" as well as its own features.

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New iPods launching July 14th with smaller storage

New iPods launching July 14th with smaller storage

Earlier today several images of new iPod devices were released through the newest update to iTunes. Inside version 12.2 of iTunes - complete with Apple Music - users could find three new colors for the iPod touch, iPod nano, and iPod shuffle. With a slightly more full - or dark - blue and pink as well as a new gold - to match the iPhone and Apple Watch, of course - this new lineup will likely be released to the Apple Store online and in physical shops on the 14th of July.

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Adidas Sport Headphones by Monster lineup unveiled

Adidas Sport Headphones by Monster lineup unveiled

Early last year it was announced that Monster had partnered with Adidas to launch a lineup of headphones, and today it has announced a new product as part of that: the adidas Sport Headphones by Monster. There are two models in the lineup, the adidas Sport Supernova and adidas Sport Response. Adidas describes the first model as “in-ear headphones”, and the latter model as earbuds. They’re targeted at users with differing needs -- those who need noise isolation, and those who are active.

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Deciding on Apple Music: what you need to know

Deciding on Apple Music: what you need to know

This morning we're having a peek at Apple Music in the wild for the first time. While we've gotten an opportunity to use the service earlier this year at Apple's developer conference WWDC, this is the first we're getting to use the service just like everybody else. Our first question is undoubtedly yours, as well: does it make sense for me to give up the streaming music service I already use to start subscribing to Apple Music instead? Deciding whether or not to use the music service built-in to your device as made by its creator is a decision most high-end smartphone users have to make at some point in their lives - why not now?

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How to cancel Apple Music auto-renewal

How to cancel Apple Music auto-renewal

Apple Music's free trial period begins today, at the launch of the service at large. Today also begins the reminder for users of free subscription plans on all services that, as this subscription period ends, so too does the free service. The services continue, but the "free" part does not. Artists will be payed. Once the trial ends, you'll be the one paying them. As it is with all services like this, once the free period of play on Apple Music is over, you'll begin to pay the standard fee automatically. This includes a $9.99 a month fee for individuals or a $14.99 a month fee for a family up to 6-members large.

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Apple Music released with iOS 8.4

Apple Music released with iOS 8.4

This morning an updated version of iOS was release for iPhone and iPad, bringing on Apple Music for the masses. Apple Music is being released with 24/7 global radio, what Apple describes as "a way for fans to connect with their favorite artists, and a streaming music service. This is all coming in a redesigned Music app. This release also includes improvements for a number of apps already included in the system. Owners of the newest several generations of iPhone and iPad can expect this software to be pushed to their device starting this afternoon.

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Cherubs noise-isolating earbuds are made from ceramic

Cherubs noise-isolating earbuds are made from ceramic

Love earbuds but haven’t found the right type for your needs? Cherubs is the latest to join the market, and they are fairly average except for one big reason: they are made from ceramic rather than plastics or other common materials. The use of ceramic is said to improve the earbuds’ audio functions while also serving as a sort of natural noise isolator due to the density of the substance. Silicone earbuds join the ceramic for a tight, isolating fit.

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