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Chrome Music Labs brings interactive music lessons to the web

Chrome Music Labs brings interactive music lessons to the web

Google has introduced its new Chrome Music Lab, an effort to tech everyone about music by providing free interactive online tools. The idea is that just about everyone has access to the Internet, and as such it should be leveraged as a teaching tool for music — it may not be able to teach someone how to play a specific instrument, but it can expand one’s understanding of music in general.

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Pandora now lets artists broadcast messages to fans from anywhere, anytime

Pandora now lets artists broadcast messages to fans from anywhere, anytime

Every now and then while listening to one of my Pandora stations, I'll hear a message from one of the bands that pops up on it. I pay for the Pandora One subscription so that I don't have to listen to advertisements, but I don't really mind hearing the occasional message from an artist that I like. But these messages might start happening a bit more frequently in the future, as Pandora is making it easier for the artists to record them.

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Samsung states no plans to buy Tidal music service

Samsung states no plans to buy Tidal music service

While the talk about Samsung being unsatisfied with the performance of its Milk Music streaming service is likely true, the South Korean company has come out and stated that the rumors of talks to purchase Tidal are completely false. Variety reported on Friday that Samsung would be shutting down Milk Music, and the accompanying Milk Video, with plans to replace its streaming media offerings with the Tidal purchase, according to unnamed sources.

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Marble Machine is a testament to human creativity and insanity

Marble Machine is a testament to human creativity and insanity

Over the centuries, man has developed wonderful and intricate instruments that would delight our ears and pluck at our heartstrings. But what if you could somewhat undo all that and replace them with marbles? Sounds insane? That is somewhat the quest that musician cum inventor Martin Molin of Swedish musical act Wintergatan has taken upon himself to conquer, a quest that took him 14 months to finish. Fortunately for us, and maybe for him, the end result is just as astounding as the concept of a marble-driven music machine is.

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Spotify update includes “Fresh Finds” for rising talent

Spotify update includes “Fresh Finds” for rising talent

The newest update to Spotify will come this week, adding to their already popular "Discover Weekly" feature with "Fresh Finds." As if to say "please, please listen to something other than Coldplay or Skrillex," Spotify has created yet another way for users to find new and exciting rising musical stars. Five categories are being added as a part of this initiative, including Basement, Cyclone, Fire Emoji, Hiptronix, and Six Strings.

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Kanye misses the point, seeks legal action against The Pirate Bay

Kanye misses the point, seeks legal action against The Pirate Bay

In case you missed the news earlier this week, Kanye West released a new album. Normally, a new album from a popular artist would create some ripples, but Kanye won't settle for anything less than Tidal waves. And now he's wanting to take on the most notorious of torrent sites.

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Marshall vs. Capcom mixes Street Fighter’s music with Eminem

Marshall vs. Capcom mixes Street Fighter’s music with Eminem

Art is a funny thing. There are things in this world that you wouldn't ever think to put together, because they just don't have anything in common. At least not on the surface. But then someone comes along, mixes two of your favorite things together, and suddenly something wonderful is born. And that's exactly what happened when one group decided to mix Eminem with Street Fighter.

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Music video service Vevo is developing a paid subscription plan

Music video service Vevo is developing a paid subscription plan

Vevo, the company that seems to publish just about every music video on YouTube these days, in addition to offering its own video apps on mobile, has revealed that its working on a paid subscription plan for its service. Vevo's apps today on iOS, Android, and Apple TV all rely on viewers watching ad-supported content. But with YouTube diving into paid services, including YouTube Red and YouTube Music, Vevo's is looking to do the same.

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Ekko sound pods stream audio to several headphones at once

Ekko sound pods stream audio to several headphones at once

Ekko Audio has taken the wraps off an intriguing product that aims to make a single audio source available to multiple pairs of headphones at once. This functionality is achieved via sound pods, of which four are available; each sound pod streams audio to a pair of headphones plugged into the pod, allowing everyone to listen to, for example, the TV or radio using their own headphones or earbuds.

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Kanye West just doesn’t get it

Kanye West just doesn’t get it

When you're an artist, a big reason that you create your art is so that you can share it with the world. With that in mind, you generally want to make your art as accessible to the masses as you can. That's not to say that you should simply give away the things you make, but you might not want force your fans to pay a monthly fee on an exclusive platform, just for the privilege of experiencing your gift to the world. Yes, I'm talking to you, Kanye (and no, I don't think he's actually listening).

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Lady Gaga’s David Bowie tribute: behind the scenes with Intel x Grammys

Lady Gaga’s David Bowie tribute: behind the scenes with Intel x Grammys

Lady Gaga has teamed with the minds at Intel to create a spectacular performance during the 2016 Grammy Awards, all in tribute to the late great David Bowie. Inside this performance you'll see not only 9 movements, Space Oddity to Heroes, but a multisensory experience the likes of which only Gaga has aimed for before. Intel technology is leveraged to create visuals for the performance, ranging from 3D body tracking to projections for mid-performance costume changes.

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New Kanye West album hits Tidal for exclusive streaming

New Kanye West album hits Tidal for exclusive streaming

In case you haven't heard (possibly because you've been without internet, while living on Mars, under a rock), hip-hop megastar Kanye West has just released a new album, dubbed The Life of Pablo. When not engaging in fights on Twitter, West has been sharing tentative titles and track details for several weeks on the social network. Now it's finally here, and if you want start streaming it, you need to be subscribed to the Tidal music service.

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