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The Apple Watch can now help you tune a guitar

The Apple Watch can now help you tune a guitar

IK Multimedia have a slew of iOS apps and peripherals aimed at musicians, and their latest app update might be their best yet. With the latest iteration of UltraTuner, IK rolled in support for the Apple Watch. The app is aimed for those who play guitar and want to use their iPhone to help them fine-tune the instrument. Paired with an Apple Watch, musicians can now see where they’re at with a simple glance to their wrist, where IK offers two different views.

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Nextear wireless earbuds include multi-purpose case

Nextear wireless earbuds include multi-purpose case

Earbuds used to be the ultimate audio convenience, but they’re not anymore. The cable is an unwanted shackle between smartphone and ears, and while Bluetooth earbuds eliminate that tether, they don’t often eliminate the actual wire. Nextear is different, being two individual and entirely wire-free earbuds that work together to produce stereo audio. They come with a case that features an integrated battery for charging the earbuds while on the go, but it does more than that — the case is multi-purpose, and brings with it several features including an LED flashlight.

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Wren V5US wireless speaker includes AirPlay, Play-Fi, aptX Bluetooth

Wren V5US wireless speaker includes AirPlay, Play-Fi, aptX Bluetooth

Wren has introduced a new wireless speaker, and it hails it as a unique offering due to its inclusion of Apple AirPlay, aptX Bluetooth, and DTS Play-Fi, something said to be the first of its kind. It's the Wren V5US (universal) speaker, and it can serve the needs of just about any user, where that user prefers AirPlay or Bluetooth. The myriad wireless support is coupled with an attractive, somewhat conservative design available in two colors. The speaker itself is available now through Wren and its authorized dealers for $499 USD.

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Spotify’s ads will be tailored to playlists starting May 1

Spotify’s ads will be tailored to playlists starting May 1

Spotify offers an advertisement supported listening option, and as with many other modern services, it seeks to target those advertisements to the users as best as possible. Users can seek out songs, albums and other items on the music streaming service, but they’re also offered playlists. As any music lover knows, the playlist you are listening too often speaks about your mood or mindset, and so it isn’t surprising, then, that Spotify is now offering targeted advertisements based upon them.

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AIAIAI TMA-2 modular headphones bring swappable parts

AIAIAI TMA-2 modular headphones bring swappable parts

Love headphones but haven't been able to find the perfect pair for you? AIAIAI might have the solution: its new modular headphones, which includes a variety of cables, headbands, and ear cups, among other things, allowing for a tailored music listening experience. In addition, if one part of the headphones in particular wears out before the rest, owners can simply order a replacement component and swap it out themselves, eliminating the need to tinker with a broken pair or replace them entirely.

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Aivvy Q smart headphones learn your music preferences

Aivvy Q smart headphones learn your music preferences

Wireless headphones are convenient, but the overall listening experience isn't quite as streamlined as it could be -- making playlists, finding songs, downloading albums, and similar things all distract from the music listening experience. The Aivvy Q headphones are bid as a way to remove those hassles without suffering for it, and that is thanks to integrated smart technology. The Aivvy Q headphones learns the listener's music preferences over time and takes over the experience, including allowing the user to listen to music offline without setting up a local library.

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Jambe is a new drum-like electric instrument for iOS

Jambe is a new drum-like electric instrument for iOS

A new instrument has been created, bringing with it the best drums have to offer with an atypical design and support for iOS devices. It can be played like drums using drumsticks or your hands, but it is far more portable than traditional drums and it has a step up on them via the use of smart technology. The drums can be configured using the related iOS app, which includes different instruments to which the Jambe can be set, giving it different sounds for different musical needs.

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Twitch x Rhymesayers: the hip-hop game-stream team-up

Twitch x Rhymesayers: the hip-hop game-stream team-up

Back when Twitch announced they were about to have a music program earlier this year, rap label Rhymesayers collective ears perked up. Having an collection of songs and artists that resonated with gamers already, the Rhymesayers crew knew that a Twitch team-up would be a marriage worth tapping into. Just this week, Twitch announced their collaboration - along with streaming video games from their offices and homes and hosting community events, Rhymesayers would be delivering a 100 tracks from their catalog to Twitch for gamers to stream and archive legally.

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Soundbrenner Pulse wearable helps musicians keep to the beat

Soundbrenner Pulse wearable helps musicians keep to the beat

Wearables, particularly smartwatches, are showing up everywhere, and they will most likely become even more ubiquitous with Apple jumping into the market. Almost all of them help us consume or control content with very simple gestures. But what if they can actually help us make content? That is the proposition that the Soundbrenner Pulse is trying to make. It's basically a wearable metronome with a bit of smarts thrown in, helping musicians stay in rhythm, whether practicing or performing, alone or with a whole band.

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TIDAL might be all hype

TIDAL might be all hype

This morning Jay-Z announced that he wasn't the only new co-owner of the streaming music service TIDAL. Alongside him were Beyonce, Kanye West, Jack White, Daft Punk, Jason Aldean, Nicki Minaj, The Arcade Fire (Win and Regine), Madonna, Rihanna, Usher, J. Cole, Deadmau5, and Alicia Keys. Included in the streaming music service's New content today are exclusive playlists from Aldean, Deadmau5, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Coldplay, and more. With Jay-Z's stock purchase and this move right here, TIDAL becomes an "artist majority owned company."

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