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Spotify CEO responds to Taylor Swift, calls her out on earnings

Spotify CEO responds to Taylor Swift, calls her out on earnings

In pulling her entire catalog from Spotify, Taylor Swift took a jab at streaming music. According to Swift, streaming services like Spotify don’t pay artists enough. That’s something we’ve touched on before, and she’s right — they typically don’t. Artists get paid by volume of played tracks, so for the house DJ in Prague looking to be discovered, streaming isn’t so lucrative. Taylor Swift, however, is Taylor Swift. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek took exception to Swift’s commentary, and has issued a response.

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Creative Sound Blaster Roar SR20 Review

Creative Sound Blaster Roar SR20 Review

The team at Creative have made something special in the Sound Blaster Roar SR20. This isn't just a Bluetooth speaker. It's not just an alarm clock. It's not just a collection of wireless and wired sound-centric features in a single package. It's part of the future - one in which multiple abilities doesn't mean lower quality in any one of those abilities. The Creative team have made a masterpiece of personal, portable sound. Multiple connections, multiple uses - a real do-everything-well machine.

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iRig HD-A brings guitar recording to Samsung phones

iRig HD-A brings guitar recording to Samsung phones

IK Multimedia has announced a new recording device and mobile app specifically made for Android users using certain Samsung devices: the iRig HD-A and the related AmpliTube app. With iRig HD-A, those using the Galaxy Note 4 and some other Samsung gadgets running Samsung Professional Audio can connect their guitar to their mobile and record audio using the AmpliTube app. The app includes a roster of different effects and features, depending on version, and includes the ability to set presets for easy usage.

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Introducing Neals: one Nerd Rapper’s aim for a multimedia retrofuture

Introducing Neals: one Nerd Rapper’s aim for a multimedia retrofuture

Introducing Neals - an hour-long musical animated movie based on a Nerd Rap musical experience. It launches today. It's the 5th of November, and this date hasn't been chosen randomly. Just like the real Guy Fawkes Day, and previous celebrations, today was chosen by YT Cracker to exemplify the outline of the story he's attempting to tell. Introducing Neals is a "retrofuture," says Bryce Case JR, aka YT Cracker, a place where you'll hear the story of "the open source movement, hacktivism, government surveillance, and net neutrality with familiar 1980s tropes and familiar 1980s corniness."

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SoundCloud partners with Warner in licensing deal

SoundCloud partners with Warner in licensing deal

SoundCloud has struck their first licensing deal, bringing Warner Music Group into the streaming business. In the deal, Warner will get a cut each time one of their songs is played via SoundCloud’s ad-supported service, as well as via a new SoundCloud subscription service launching next year. The service, which has 175 million monthly users, currently offers no royalties to any record label for offering their music via the service. Warner is the first label to earn money via SoundCloud.

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Trent Reznor working on music delivery at Apple

Trent Reznor working on music delivery at Apple

With Apple’s purchase of Beats, there’s a silent partner that has remained as much so far. Though he wasn’t a major player for Beats, Trent Reznor did hold the title of Chief Creative Officer, and that’s going to translate to Apple. Somehow. We’re not privy to what Apple and Reznor are doing, but a recent interview with Billboard points at some sort of music delivery service. In the talk, he’s very complimentary of streaming music, leading to speculation he’s working on that thing we all want from Apple.

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B&O’s BeoPlay A2 is maker’s first Bluetooth speaker

B&O’s BeoPlay A2 is maker’s first Bluetooth speaker

Bang & Olufsen has introduced its first portable Bluetooth speaker, marking its entrance into yet another segment of the audio industry. Called the BeoPlay A2, this new speaker is a stylish, relatively compact offering that is -- as those familiar with the brand would expect -- hailed as offering superb audio quality. This is despite being a Bluetooth device, which is often criticized for its compressed, lackluster performance. Even better, for those located in the United States the device has already launched at $399 USD.

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Naim mu-so hits Apple store for High-resolution digital sound

Naim mu-so hits Apple store for High-resolution digital sound

Naim Audio have let it be known that they're aiming for the big-time with their newest wireless audio device, the mu-so, going so far as to hit Apple with the device. Landing a spot in the Apple Store and Apple online, the Naim mu-so will bring on 450 watts of power, six 75-watt digital amplifiers, and 24/bit/192kHz high-resolution music. This isn't your momma's CD player - this is digital music playback, "identical to the master tapes from the artists themselves." If that sounds familiar, it very well should. That's very similar to what Neil Young promised back in 2012.

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Headphone Divine: first wireless headphones with DSP

Headphone Divine: first wireless headphones with DSP

Many people grab a pair of headphones and go; as long as music comes through them and nothing about it stands out as inferior, little thought is given towards sound quality. Of course, this doesn't apply to all of us, and so higher-quality headphones are available to appease the tastes of audiophiles, musicians, and professionals. Wireless headphones are more convenient than wired cans, but often produce lesser quality, making them unappealing to some. XTZ has addressed that latter problem with its new Headphone Divine headphones.

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Xbox Music free streaming gets the ax December 1

Xbox Music free streaming gets the ax December 1

The nature of online music streaming services is shifting gradually, not to mention heating up as new contenders enter to compete with long-standing services, and reflecting that change is a new announcement from Microsoft: the free streaming aspect of Xbox Music will be going dark on December 1, leaving only the Xbox Music Pass subscription option. The company has preemptively posted responses to some anticipated questions in the form of FAQ, though it danced around answering the most pertinent inquiry: why?

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