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Apple Music rumored to get hi-res audio to match Lightning connectors

Apple Music rumored to get hi-res audio to match Lightning connectors

There might be another reason why Apple might drop standard 3.5 mm headphone jacks from the next iPhones after all. According to a Japanese website, Apple is gearing up to deliver high resolution, or hi-res, audio over its Apple Music streaming service. But in order to successfully do so, it will need to convert that digital data to high quality signals, something that regular headphone connectors aren't capable of. Instead, the new feature will leverage Apple's new Lightning connection audio specification, which it has released to its accessory partners last year.

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SoundCloud and PRS sidestep lawsuit with new license deal

SoundCloud and PRS sidestep lawsuit with new license deal

SoundCloud has struck a deal with PRS for Music concerning a music license that covers multiple territories. According to PRS, the deal is retroactive, covering SoundCloud’s use of PRS’s library for the entirety of its existence; it also covers SoundCloud’s planned subscription service and advertising. SoundCloud and lack of royalty payments have been a big issue for the company, one it has started addressing more extensively.

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The Beatles reported to be available for streaming by Christmas Eve

The Beatles reported to be available for streaming by Christmas Eve

A Christmas present might arrive a bit early for fans of the The Beatles' music. It seems the Fab Four's catalog is expected to hit a number of major streaming music services, including Spotify and Apple Music, by Christmas Eve. The details come in a report from Billboard, and if true would mean The Beatles's debut on streaming music.

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Wu-Tang Album now FBI item of interest

Wu-Tang Album now FBI item of interest

The Freedom of Information Act is a funny thing. Because of this act, everyday average citizens are able to send requests to the government to attain documents that, by all legal means and rights, aught to be public. As such, once the nefarious individual known as Martin Shkreli was arrested by the FBI earlier this week, geographer Andrew Wiseman sent a request to the FBI to release to him the Wu-Tang Clan album "Once Upon a Time in Shaolin." Why? Because Shkreli has it.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens soundtrack is now streaming on Spotify

Star Wars: The Force Awakens soundtrack is now streaming on Spotify

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is out pretty much everywhere now. I saw it last night, and will be putting up my spoiler-free review a little later on today. However, one of the things that is worth raving about is the music, which you can listen to right now.

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ROLI Noise gives iPhone 6s’ 3D Touch musical meaning

ROLI Noise gives iPhone 6s’ 3D Touch musical meaning

ROLI's Seaboard range of squishy, squidgy keyed instruments sound great, but it's taken 3D Touch and the iPhone 6s to make it really affordable. The company has taken advantage of the pressure-sensitive touchscreen of the latest iPhone with its new app, ROLI Noise, to create a virtual version you can fit in a pocket.

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Cleer DU Wireless dual driver Bluetooth headphones unveiled

Cleer DU Wireless dual driver Bluetooth headphones unveiled

Cleer has introduced its new DU Wireless headphones, a model it says is the first HD dual driver wireless Bluetooth unit of its kind. The headphones combine a stylish, modern design with support for high quality audio. There’s AAC/AptX version 4.0 lossless connectivity coupled with a pair of 40mm neodymium drivers, a quick charge feature, LED indicator, and more.

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Spotify Party lets you match music with mood

Spotify Party lets you match music with mood

I'll admit that I'm not the best person to make a playlist for a party. Sure, I can come up with a mix CD for someone in particular, but I suck at party music. I tend to rely on my Pandora stations for that, but even those can miss the mark pretty often in a group setting. Thankfully, Spotify has a new feature that will help people like me.

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Rdio confirms December 22 shut down, Spotify releases playlist import tool

Rdio confirms December 22 shut down, Spotify releases playlist import tool

It was announced a month ago that streaming music service Rdio had been acquired by rival Pandora, and that it was being folded into its new owner, but until today Rdio users weren't sure of how long they could continue listening. The shuttered company has now revealed that its curtain call will be Tuesday, December 22nd, at 5:00 PM Pacific (8 PM Eastern) to be specific. Thankfully that leaves users with one full week to import their playlists into Spotify should they choose to migrate to that service.

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Spotify uses music to find your inner Star Wars character

Spotify uses music to find your inner Star Wars character

Disney is going all out with the Star Wars promotions, and latest on that bandwagon is Spotify. Whether you’re a subscriber or a guest, the music streaming service will use a little bit of magic to pair you with your best matched Star Wars character. The process works best if you have a listening history on Spotify, but those who don’t use the service can select some artists to help Spotify “guide your alignment.”

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Grooveshark clone slammed with damages in lost court case

Grooveshark clone slammed with damages in lost court case

Following the original Grooveshark’s demise, a cloned version of the service was brought to life in early May of this year, just a few days after the original service was killed. The person behind it, dubbed 'Shark', had some connection to the original Grooveshark, though not much was known about him. As anticipated, the RIAA moved swiftly against the website, and now following a failure to keep up the legal battle, Groveshark’s clone is no more.

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Sennheiser HD 800 S luxury headphones launch next month

Sennheiser HD 800 S luxury headphones launch next month

Sennheiser has introduced an update to its HD 800 headphones, the HD 800 S. According to the maker, the new model exceeds the quality of the original HD 800 headphones, bringing with it an optimized low and medium frequency range. As well as the improvements to sound quality, the HD 800 S headphones have a symmetrical XLR4 cable and somewhat new color.

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