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Apple tipped in last minute music talks ahead of WWDC 2015

Apple tipped in last minute music talks ahead of WWDC 2015

Apple’s WWDC 2015 is only days away, and word has it the company is working fast to get deals in place with record labels. This, it is said, is due to the expected new music service Apple will be announcing during the event, which is said to be subscription-based and will be priced at (unofficially speaking) about $10 per month. Sources have cropped up to speak about this, pointing toward stubborn record labels and an effort to get higher-than-typical pieces of the revenues.

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Square Root loudspeaker promises no distortion

Square Root loudspeaker promises no distortion

Square Audio has introduced a new loudspeaker called Square Root, and it is designed to be a high end speaker for musicians and others who want quality speakers that eschew common design problems. The Square Root is built upon the foundation the company built with its Square One loudspeaker, which it says was high quality but beyond the budget of most musicians. Square Root is said to have benefits over competing speakers, including a lack of "crossover introduced distortion" and more.

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SoundCloud strikes massive royalty deal with record labels

SoundCloud strikes massive royalty deal with record labels

SoundCloud is home to a massive library of audio content, some of it from casual users, others from independent artists, podcasters, and more. There has been pressure on the service for a long while now to get squared away with official licensing deals and, under them, to pay out royalties where royalties are due. Today the service announced a big step toward that, with it having struck a large deal that covers about 20,000 indie record labels with the organization Merlin.

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Spotify’s data shows more loyal ‘metal’ than ‘pop’ fans

Spotify’s data shows more loyal ‘metal’ than ‘pop’ fans

Given the proliferation of pop music, one might feel it is the most popular music genre around — you can't be in a store, in the car, or just about anywhere else without hearing a pop song at least in passing. Spotify, though, has released some details that show all might not be as it seems - among the service’s own users, at least, metal is in fact the #1 most popular music genre with pop slipping in at a close-but-no-cigar #2 ranking.

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TIDAL launches beta desktop apps for OS X and Windows

TIDAL launches beta desktop apps for OS X and Windows

If you are not too keen on using your mobile device for listening to music and you have grown tired of the Web player for whatever reason, TIDAL now has a new option: beta versions of its desktop software, which is now available for download. Both Mac and PC versions of the software are available, with the Windows version supporting Windows 7 and higher, and the Mac version requiring OS X 10.6 and higher. That’s not the only announcement, however.

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Apple wants Pharrell, Drake, and David Guetta for iTunes Radio guest DJs

Apple wants Pharrell, Drake, and David Guetta for iTunes Radio guest DJs

It is expected that Apple will use next week's WWDC keynote to unveil a revamped iTunes Radio, complete with a new streaming service to rival those of Spotify and Pandora. As that event approaches, the New York Post seems to have gotten its hands on a few of Apple's plans, revealing some new details about the music service. The newspaper says that Apple is looking to get several high-profile musicians to act as guest DJs for iTunes Radio, including Drake, Pharrell Williams, and David Guetta.

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Microsoft’s Windows 10 music app seems to channel Spotify

Microsoft’s Windows 10 music app seems to channel Spotify

As the final release of Windows 10 continues to draw nearer, we continue to get little sneak peeks at what Microsoft's newest operating system has in store for us. Recent leaked builds have shown us the new Edge browser and the latest versions of the Mail and Calendar apps. We know that Microsoft is finally killing off the Media Center legacy software, and that the first users to install Windows 10 will be treated to gratis copies of Candy Crush Saga. The latest image is of the OS's new music app, featuring a layout very reminiscent of Spotify.

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SoundCloud for Apple Watch has arrived

SoundCloud for Apple Watch has arrived

Apps for Apple's newly launched wearable, the Apple Watch, are pouring in. SoundCloud has made sure it is one of the companies getting an app out for the wearable, and as such recently announced the arrival of its own SoundCloud for Apple Watch offering. The app does exactly what you'd expect it to do -- allows Apple Watch owners to listen to audio on the platform from their wrist. It works in conjunction with the SoundCloud for iOS app and one's iPhone.

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Researchers developed an algorithm that learned to rap

Researchers developed an algorithm that learned to rap

Do you spend your spare time penning lyrics and dreaming of hitting it big? If so, you may have more than humans to compete with in the future. Researchers at the University of Aalto in Finland have created a machine-learning algorithm that can both analyze existing rap lyrics and then spit out its own…and not just weak rhyming verses, either. The resulting lyrics are said to be on the same topic and in the same style as existing lyrics it has analyzed, and with a complexity on par with human-sourced lyrics. Training for the algorithm involved more than 10,000 songs from in excess of 100 different rappers.

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Sound Torch: a speaker that is literally on fire

Sound Torch: a speaker that is literally on fire

There are speakers on the market that show light patterns adjusted to your music, but the Sound Torch is different — it produces fire. Real fire. The Sound Torch is a small cube-shaped Bluetooth speaker with a grille on the top through which flames dance in sync with whatever audio the speaker is currently pumping. The speaker itself is powered from an internal battery, and the flames are gas-fueled, making for an altogether atmospheric cube. And, yes, there are some safety features to keep the party from burning down.

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Spotify Video launches return fire at Tidal

Spotify Video launches return fire at Tidal

A number of updates to Spotify are announced by CEO Daniel Ek including a "video capsule." This video capsule will be launching with partners such as Comedy Central, Vice News, and MTV. At this time it's not entirely clear whether or not this portal will work with music content only, or if it'll expand to a wide range of oddities in the near future. The update to Spotify's apps will occur beginning this afternoon. The video wars have only just begun.

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JBL Clip+ and Charge 2+ Bluetooth speakers unveiled

JBL Clip+ and Charge 2+ Bluetooth speakers unveiled

JBL, the audio company that recently had 16 speakers and two subwoofers squeezed into a Smart car, has taken the wraps off two new speakers: the JBL Clip+ and the JBL Charge 2+. Both are wireless speakers offering connectivity over Bluetooth, with the Clip+ featuring a hooked top and the Charge 2+ a long cylindrical design. Each speaker brings with it its own features, though the Charge 2+ is no doubt the higher end of the two. Both are up for order now, though the Clip+ won't be shipping again until September.

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