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iTunes Radio goes behind paywall starting January 29

iTunes Radio goes behind paywall starting January 29

The days of free iTunes Radio streaming are nearing their end, with Apple sending notifications to customers in the United States and Australia regarding an upcoming paywall. Those who don’t want to pay will have the Beats 1 "premiere free broadcast" for listening, but those who want more will need to shell out $9.99/month for an Apple Music subscription.

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8Bitdo Retro Cube Speaker is inspired by NES controller

8Bitdo Retro Cube Speaker is inspired by NES controller

After you’ve owned a few, most wireless speakers start to look alike. The particulars — color, shape — may vary a bit, but overall the designs are very similar. That’s not the case with 8Bitdo’s new Retro Cube Speaker, a small wireless speaker with a design inspired by the original NES controller. Rather than featuring a touch panel or ordinary buttons, the speaker has a useable directional pad on the top.

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House of Marley unveils a simple, elegant turntable

House of Marley unveils a simple, elegant turntable

The electronics team at House of Marley have revealed a collection of new odds and ends, the most radical of which is a "classic turntable" by the name "Stir It Up". If you've not heard of House of Marley before - yes, it is referring to the same Bob Marley you already know about, rolling with the brand to promote "good living and shared experiences". They donate proceeds of annual profits to 1Love (1love.org) "a global movement dedicated to advancing Bob Marley's message to a new generation of cause-minded agents for growth and transformation." Now they've got a turntable.

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No background music for Xbox One until summer

No background music for Xbox One until summer

When you're playing games, the soundtrack can go a long way in helping set the mood. However, when you've heard Butcher Pete on your Pip Boy for the twentieth time, it starts to lose its charm. We've known for a while that Xbox One owners can expect to use their own music during gaming sessions, but what we haven't known is exactly when this will happen.

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Korg offers iPad musicians an on-the-go studio

Korg offers iPad musicians an on-the-go studio

Korg has a pair of new wireless music controllers for digital musicians on the go, with the nanoKEY Studio and nanoKONTROL Studio hooking up to iOS devices and laptops. Launched at NAMM 2016, the portable duo support both Bluetooth and USB, and work with not only Korg's own Gadget soft-synth but popular apps like Garageband and any other Bluetooth MIDI compatible software.

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Korg Minilogue has affordable analog appeal

Korg Minilogue has affordable analog appeal

Korg sure knows how to make a slick-looking synthesizer, and the Minilogue packs not only analog squelch but an affordable price, too. $499.99 gets you a four-voice, fully-programable polyphonic analog synth all wrapped up in aluminum and wood with some seriously retro detailing.

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SoundCloud and Universal strike major licensing deal

SoundCloud and Universal strike major licensing deal

SoundCloud and Universal Music Group have reached a major licensing deal that gives SoundCloud access to a large catalogue and wide range of artists. This isn’t SoundCloud’s first licensing deal, but is its biggest to date; Universal Music Group has a large roster of big-name artists. In the recent past, SoundCloud struck a deal with the National Music Publishers Association, a consortium that includes Warner Music Group.

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Prizm may be the sleeper hit of CES 2016

Prizm may be the sleeper hit of CES 2016

There's a device out there called Prizm, one made to turn your music playing experience into something wholly unique. This device detects how many people are in the room, seeks out familiar signals, and plays music based on the room's occupants. This device knows what music you like, and it knows what music your significant other likes. It knows what music your best friends like, and it knows how to play that music, automatically, whenever you enter the room.

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808 Audio’s new portable speakers boost the bass

808 Audio’s new portable speakers boost the bass

808 Audio has introduced several new portable speakers as part of its’ CES 2016 lineup, including the new and quite large Canz XL, a larger-than-typical portable speaker based on the Canz. The company also has some more svelte options in the pipeline, though, such as the Hex Light and the Hex LXS. 808 Audio plans to release the new speakers this upcoming spring season.

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Sennheiser HD 800 S headphones release boosts the classic

Sennheiser HD 800 S headphones release boosts the classic

The audio company Sennheiser has revealed their newest headphones: the Sennheiser HD 800 S, the next step after the classic HD 800. This pair of phones works with the same ear cup design and transducer technology as before, this time coming with a further optimized set of sound images in the medium and low frequency range. This pair of phones is being released with a new symmetrical XLR4 cable, and this newest model has an ever-so-slight color change - now you'll find the ear cups in a premium matte-black finish.

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Sony h.ear Series scores new wireless headphones and speakers

Sony h.ear Series scores new wireless headphones and speakers

In addition to its new Extra Bass products, Sony has added a variety of audio devices to its h.ear Series, an audio lineup including speakers and headphones. This time around, Sony has added three new models, the h.ear on Wireless NC headphones, h.ear in wireless earbuds, and the oddly named h.ear.go wireless speakers, all three of which boast bright, colorful designs. Sony will be launching the new items this upcoming Spring.

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Sony Extra Bass line expands with new speakers, headphones

Sony Extra Bass line expands with new speakers, headphones

Sony has announced an expansion to its Extra Bass audio lineup, adding news headphones, speakers, and an audio system. The lineup, as its’ name suggests, is targeted at those with heavy bass audio tastes; those who find themselves often disappointed by the bass from most consumer audio devices. Sony plans to launch all of the products in Spring, though prices haven’t been stated yet.

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