Music

Shazam will recognize songs for you even faster now

Shazam will recognize songs for you even faster now

Shazam, one of the first hit iOS apps that is still plugging along, has just released a new update that improves what it does best: recognize songs that are playing that users must know the name of. Now Shazam is able to recognize songs even faster, along with the introduction of a smarter search function. Just in case you're never used the app and have no idea what it's about, Shazam basically listens to music playing nearby, compares the sample to its database, and provides the user with the title, artist, and album info.

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iClever IC-BTS02 Bluetooth speaker mini-review

iClever IC-BTS02 Bluetooth speaker mini-review

When you need your music on the go, you need it in a small form factor -- one that can easily fit in any bag and won't wear you down, but that doesn't sacrifice audio quality or battery life. Most portable batteries come in cylindrical form, but there are smaller single-speaker units out there that are about the size of a baseball. One such unit is iClever's IC-BTS02, a little wireless speaker we've taken for a spin.

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iRig Keys Mini is a 25-key mini keyboard for smartphones

iRig Keys Mini is a 25-key mini keyboard for smartphones

iRig has been around for a long time making different musical devices ranging from microphones to mobile guitar interfaces that will work with your PC, Mac, smartphone, and tablet. The company is back with another new device called the iRig Keys Mini that is a mini keyboard with 25 velocity sensitive keys.

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Two-player synthesizer lets players sample and battle away

Two-player synthesizer lets players sample and battle away

A keyboard synthesizer is normally something you play alone, unless you have someone else working the high keys chopsticks style. A device called the Collidoscope has been created by a couple musicians called Ben Bangler and Fiore Martin. This device turns playing a keyboard into a two-person affair.

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You won’t be streaming Adele’s ’25’ on Spotify

You won’t be streaming Adele’s ’25’ on Spotify

Since the release of her single "Hello" last month, many people have been eagerly awaiting Adele's new album. Of course, with any album release, many people also wonder when it will be hitting streaming services such as Spotify. Unfortunately for those people, they're not going to see this album on there any time soon.

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Missy Elliot’s WTF music video gifs for your enjoyment

Missy Elliot’s WTF music video gifs for your enjoyment

First it was vaguely confusing to see Missy Elliot play at a Super Bowl without any sort of tour or album plan in the works. Then it became clear not too long afterward - it was a secret, underground sort of deal she was working on. Now we get to begin to see the fruits of her labor. Missy Elliot has returned with a single by the name of WTF (Where They From) with Pharrell Williams in tow - producing and rapping alongside Elliot, too. And the music video is wild.

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YouTube Music is here: download now for Android and iPhone

YouTube Music is here: download now for Android and iPhone

Google has officially launched YouTube Music, an app that sits separate from the original YouTube app. This app is different from what Google revealed earlier this year in "YouTube Music Key" - here you're getting a music experience outside of the standard YouTube app. This app works with the Google Music subscription fee and is provided in the single monthly cost. You can also access the app (some of it, anyway) without a fee.

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Spotify app now recommends concerts based on user preferences

Spotify app now recommends concerts based on user preferences

Spotify has added a new feature to its app that aims to take its personalized music recommendations beyond the mobile screen. The latest update introduces a "Concerts" section that will suggest live shows that users might be interested in. The concerts Spotify presents are not only based on music preferences, but also location, so users should only see shows that they're actually able to attend.

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Apple Music is available on Android right now

Apple Music is available on Android right now

It's the day that Apple Music fans and Android users have been waiting for: Apple's new streaming music service is now available to download from the Google Play store. This is Apple's first major service to arrive on Android as an app, but the third overall, following the release of Move to iOS earlier this year, and the recent launch of the companion app for the Beats Pill+ speaker.

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Master & Dynamic MW60 wireless headphones boast ultra-long range

Master & Dynamic MW60 wireless headphones boast ultra-long range

Master & Dynamic has launched its new MW60 headphones. Unlike competing wireless headphones, Master & Dynamic says its latest model offers four times the standard range via an external wireless antenna. The design, meanwhile, skews toward the luxury end of the spectrum, including both heavy-grain premium leather and metal components. The MW60 model is up for pre-order now.

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Nixeus ARC 4.0 Bluetooth speaker mini-review

Nixeus ARC 4.0 Bluetooth speaker mini-review

Music, as with most gadgets and entertainment in one’s life, has become portable, with powerful speakers about the size of soda cans filling the market. They pack a battery, allowing them to run for hours without a wired tether; they connect to your phone or tablet over Bluetooth, eliminating the other wired tether. Many even function as a speakerphone, allowing one to take a call seamlessly, then return to their music. All these things are true of the Nixeus ARC 4.0, a wireless speaker we recently took for a spin.

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Facebook iOS app will play Spotify, Apple Music clips in News Feed

Facebook iOS app will play Spotify, Apple Music clips in News Feed

Facebook is rolling out a new update for its iOS app that introduces a feature allowing users to hear clips of music right from the social network's News Feed. Anytime a link to a song or album from Spotify, Apple Music, or iTunes is shared, it will automatically formatted into a post that plays a 30-second preview of the music. The feature is actually part of a new post format, called Music Stories, that is being introduced solely on the iOS Facebook app.

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