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Apple Beats: The Next Episode

Apple Beats: The Next Episode

The acquisition of Beats by Apple was not about shutting down a rival company, nor was it about grabbing patents. Apple didn’t intent on purchasing Beats because they wanted good designers or because they didn’t already have good enough headphones themselves. Instead, this purchase was the first in Apple’s public transformation into a company that isn’t forced to retain its excellence by strict regulation of hardware and software. Now begins Apple’s diversification.

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Google Play Music iPad release imminent

Google Play Music iPad release imminent

The slightly larger edition of Google Play Music may very well be headed for the iPad sooner than later. Hidden in the code for the iPhone version of the software is mention of the larger edition, this week looking nearly ready for release to the iPad and iPad mini. This version of Google Play Music is very, very similar to that of the tablet-based edition for Android.

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Apple’s Beats buy about Music, not headphones

Apple’s Beats buy about Music, not headphones

Apple acquiring Beats is not about design. Apple did not acquire Beats for their design prowess, as the Beats group does not design the physical elements of their own products - Ammunition Group* does. Instead, Apple will have acquired Beats for its inroads to music, one way or the other. It is possible, if this deal is done, that Apple will have made a bad decision.

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Korg Taktile synth-controller combo hits shelves

Korg Taktile synth-controller combo hits shelves

Korg's combination synth and USB music controller, the Taktile, has gone up for sale, offering both the TRITON workstation's sound engine and an array of drum pads, switches, sliders, and a touchpad for using it as a MIDI controller. Available in two sizes - 25 key or 49 key, both semi-weighted - the Taktile can be powered over USB and also work as a Kaossilator, Korg's memorable audio-mangling effects box.

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Star Wars STREET by 50 on-ear headphones Review

Star Wars STREET by 50 on-ear headphones Review

What better way to ring in "May the 4th be with you" - unofficial "Star Wars Day," that is - than with a pair of Stormtrooper headphones? We’ve got one of the first pairs of Star Wars Stormtrooper STREET by 50 On-Ear headphones out in the wild this weekend and we’re having a listen while we sport the most obviously Star Wars-inspired of the collection.

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