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AwoX StriimLight B-10 lightbulb features built-in Bluetooth speaker

AwoX StriimLight B-10 lightbulb features built-in Bluetooth speaker

Home automation not only gives extensive control over one's home, but also enables features of it to work in ways not previously possible. One example is the StriimLight B-10 from AwoX, which combines a speaker and an LED light to enable music playback from wherever you have a light socket. Using Bluetooth technology, owners can control the speaker using their mobile device.

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Beyoncé surprises the world with digital-first self-titled album

Beyoncé surprises the world with digital-first self-titled album

There might be yet another entertainment industry paradigm shift afoot, and Beyoncé is going to be there. Just as Kickstarter paved the way for games and even films to be made sans traditional publishers, Beyoncé has just made something almost impossible, or at least unforeseeable, happen. She has just released a complete album, in digital format first, without the usual pre-release marketing stunts, and, more surprisingly, without anyone even hearing about it until it launched.

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Spotify #undiscovered campaign gives never-played songs a little love

Spotify #undiscovered campaign gives never-played songs a little love

While most songs on Spotify enjoy a degree of success, some more than others, there's a solid percentage that finds the online service a quiet, lonely place. About 20-percent of the tracks offered through the music streaming service have never been played a single time, and Spotify wants to change this with a new #undiscovered campaign. The idea is simple: filter the songs for those never played and show one a little love.

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Led Zeppelin Spotify deal is exclusive – to a point

Led Zeppelin Spotify deal is exclusive – to a point

There's been word that one of the last major hold-outs in the streaming music business, Led Zeppelin, was in negotiations with several companies since early this year. Now that they've officially joined up with Spotify for their entire official record collection, it would appear that Spotify has won the battle - according to a NYTimes release from January, several companies were still in the running for rights. With Rhapsody, Rdio, and Deezer having also been on the list, there's a distinct possibility that Spotify's "exclusive" launch wont last for long.

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Xbox Music gets Gracenote for cloud-based streaming

Xbox Music gets Gracenote for cloud-based streaming

Gracenote has announced a partnership with Microsoft to bring its service to Xbox Music users. Under the partnership, users will get a cloud-based solution for accessing their music across a variety of devices, opening up streaming possibilities regardless of location or device. In addition to the newly released Xbox One, Xbox 360 owners will also benefit from the technology.

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Amazon Cloud Player for iOS hits BMW and MINI Cooper

Amazon Cloud Player for iOS hits BMW and MINI Cooper

A hearty collection of BMW and MINI Cooper vehicles have just joined the cloud music universe with a boost to Amazon Cloud Player starting this month. This addition of Amazon Cloud Player app goodness will allow BMW Apps and MINI Connected equipped vehicles from model year 2011 and forward to partake, just so long as they're working with Amazon Cloud Player for iOS. This service is, indeed, connected between a MINI Cooper or BMW user and his or her iPhone, and iPhone only - for now.

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Google Glass scores official Play Music glassware

Google Glass scores official Play Music glassware

Tis a happy day for Glass owners, who can now grab the official Play Music app for their Google wearable. The announcement was made by Google's Stephen Lau on Google+, where he dropped a quick and humor-infused note informing Explorers of the update. The Music app can be grabbed from the MyGlass page, but those who are using a sideloaded apk will need to uninstall it first.

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