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Gibson Trainer headphones target runners with safety LEDs

Gibson Trainer headphones target runners with safety LEDs

Many headphones targeted at runners are of the earbud variety, which is usually the preferred form for those out running. Still, there are those who prefer over-ear headphones, and Gibson has moved to satisfy those users with its new Trainer cans. The Gibson Trainer headphones have some features that make them particularly useful for runners, including embedded LED lights that are intended to make runners more visible -- and, thusly, more safe -- when jogging at night. The device was made in partnership with Usain Bolt.

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iRig 2 mobile guitar interface connects guitar or bass to your iPhone

iRig 2 mobile guitar interface connects guitar or bass to your iPhone

Way back in 2010 was the first time that we saw the iRig guitar interface for the iPhone. The device put a guitar amplifier into the iPhone and allowed musicians to play their electric guitar or bass using nothing more than the iRig setup and their instrument. At CES 2015 IKMultimedia, the company behind the iRig, has rolled out a new version of the device called the iRig 2.

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Bang & Olufsen BeoSound Moment: hands-on with touch-sensitive wood

Bang & Olufsen BeoSound Moment: hands-on with touch-sensitive wood

Bang & Olufsen has a few wares on display here at CES 2015, but undoubtedly the most eye-catching piece of them all is the BeoSound Moment, a sound system, practically a sound system controller in the form of a large tablet-like slab, that has a few gimmicks up its sleeve. Of all those features, the most prominent, because also the most visible, is the wooden side, which features what B & O calls the world's first touch-sensitive wood interface. Fortunately, that isn't its only great feature.

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Pono Player hands-on: believe the hype

Pono Player hands-on: believe the hype

It's a true testament to the high-quality audio delivery of the Pono Player that we're able to suggest that it's all that it's cut out to be at a tech convention. We're at Showstoppers during CES 2015 and it's loud - not deafeningly loud, but loud enough that it's not an optimal environment for listening to tunes. This device delivers sound that's next-level. With a pair of Sennheiser Momentum headphones plugged in, this music player brings a depth to music we simply did not expect.

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Sennheiser unleashes several new headphones at CES

Sennheiser unleashes several new headphones at CES

Sennheiser is back with some new headphones, hawking its wares at CES 2015 to both fitness enthusiasts and those who prefer to listen to their music without a cable shackling them to their gadgets. A couple of SPORTS earbuds and several RS, Urbanite, and Momentum headphones deck out its offerings, bringing with them features like NFC, long battery life, noise isolation, and durability to meet a variety of needs. All the while, these cans include design elements any Sennheiser fan will recognize.

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Phaz P2 headphones charge your gadget while you listen

Phaz P2 headphones charge your gadget while you listen

Phaz Music has introduced its new P2 headphones, a pair of stylish cans made with carbon fiber for a lightweight body. The light weight is despite the inclusion of an integrated battery, which is used to both power the headphones and to "boost" one's smartphone or other mobile device over USB. If the internal battery isn't charged, however, the headphones can also work in a "passive" non-powered state. All the while, this is joined by a couple of flashy color options to make the headphones stand out of the crowd.

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Sony Walkman NW-ZX2 hands-on: Android and high-res audio

Sony Walkman NW-ZX2 hands-on: Android and high-res audio

This week the next Sony Walkman has been introduced, bringing both Android and a 128GB bit of internal storage to the table. You also have a microSD card slot to expand your internal storage by another 128GB if you wish. You'll also have High-resolution Audio playback and compatibility with S-Master HX Digital Amplifier compatibility. DSEE HX (Digital Sound Enhancement Engine), ClearAudio+, and Clear Bass are also inside. With Equalizer abilities and VPT onboard, you're going to have a clear audio experience, that's for certain.

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Music streaming up by 54% in 2014 as digital sales continue decline

Music streaming up by 54% in 2014 as digital sales continue decline

New evidence in the form of a report from Nielsen SoundScan has confirmed that 2014 saw a significant shift in the digital music market among U.S. consumers. While the last decade has seen a clear dominance of downloading digital music purchases, last year marked a notable decline in that trend as steaming services maintained their explosive growth. Nielsen's report notes that digital sales dropped by 9%, to 117.6 million, while online streaming was up by 54% over 2013.

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Global Music Rights threatens YouTube with lawsuit

Global Music Rights threatens YouTube with lawsuit

Google is making a strong push toward equipping YouTube with a plethora of legally sourced music (hence things like YouTube Music Key), but that doesn't mean illicitly posted videos have gone away, and as has always been the case, there are entities trying to get some of them removed. One such organization is Global Music Rights, which is threatening Google with a large lawsuit if it doesn't pull certain songs from YouTube, among them being popular hits by the Eagles and more.

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BTunes makes your favorite headphones wireless

BTunes makes your favorite headphones wireless

Music lovers probably have their favorite set of headphones and most likely, they have wires. Some of those wired headphones have cables that can be unplugged at the ear cup allowing you to change the cables for ones that have mics for smartphones or plain cables that don’t. If your favorite set of headphones is one of these types a new product has debuted that will make them wireless.

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