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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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Fender’s first ever IEMs want to turn your ears up to 11

Fender’s first ever IEMs want to turn your ears up to 11

Fender might be a mainstay in speakers but until now it hasn't taken the leap to more personal audio. That changes today, however, with the launch of not one but five different sets of IEMs (in-ear monitors), and rather than just big drivers and lots of power, they rely on high-tech magic like 3D printing.

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Apple denies that iTunes will end music downloads by 2018

Apple denies that iTunes will end music downloads by 2018

There's no doubt that streaming music is rapidly becoming the standard way people consume digital audio — it hasn't already for many users. Streaming has already surpassed physical music sales in terms of revenue, and it will likely overtake downloads sometime in the future. But the idea of streaming being the only option for paying for music is certainly something many would balk at, which is why Apple made the rare move of shutting down a rumor that iTunes would discontinue music downloads in the next few years.

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Spotify 2016 plans include original music, remixes, programming

Spotify 2016 plans include original music, remixes, programming

The folks at Spotify have announced their big 2016 lineup of original programming, this including a total of 12 "concepts." These concepts are "focused around three main themes" - those are music performance, music profiles, and music culture. What'll this mean for Spotify users? More content that won't be available anywhere outside of a Spotify subscription. What'll this mean for people that don't have Spotify, but want this content? It'll mean they don't have Spotify yet, the key word being yet.

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Students can now get Apple Music at a 50% discount

Students can now get Apple Music at a 50% discount

Apple has long offered an education discount for teachers and students on its iMac and MacBook hardware, but now it's also going to add a subscription to the Apple Music service to the mix as well. Starting today, Apple Music will now offer a student membership option with a significantly discounted subscription price: just $4.99 per month, compared to the standard $9.99 per month non-students pay.

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McDonald’s turns food tray into a music production app

McDonald’s turns food tray into a music production app

Food trays at fast food restaurants are designed to do one thing: get your food to a table in an easy and quick manner. But as our digital age progresses, it's time for these plastic trays to start doing more. Last year we saw KFC turn them into Bluetooth keyboards so you can keep your greasy fingers off your phone's screen. Now it's McDonald’s turn, and they've turned the tray into a mini music production tool.

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Apple Music expected to get more intuitive overhaul at June’s WWDC

Apple Music expected to get more intuitive overhaul at June’s WWDC

While the Apple Music has been Apple's biggest venture into the consumer music market since iTunes, the streaming service has had a rough first year and been subject to much criticism. But it looks like the first major upgrade is on the way, as a new report from Bloomberg says this year's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June will see the debut of an overhauled Apple Music, with a focus on being easier to use.

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‘This American Life’ podcast arrives on Pandora

‘This American Life’ podcast arrives on Pandora

This past November, Pandora announced that it would be the exclusive streaming home for the podcast Serial, and that it would also be exclusively offering ‘This American Life’ starting sometime in early 2016. As it turns out, that day is today — as of now, you can fire up Pandora and be on the receiving end of ‘This American Life’ podcast episodes, increasing the number of options you have for playing them.

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Spotify exposed: list appears online with hundreds of account details

Spotify exposed: list appears online with hundreds of account details

Something fishy is going on, and it involves a bunch of Spotify accounts. A Pastebin text document recently surfaced online containing what appears to be the login details for hundreds of Spotify accounts, and some Spotify users are surfacing with claims that they've been locked out of their own accounts, in part. Spotify, however, has denied that it has been the victim of a hack, leaving many in the dark about what exactly is going on.

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