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Meze’s 99 Classics luxury headphones ship next month

Headphones are available in a bunch of shapes and sizes with price ranges that span from the cheap to the luxurious. Meze’s 99 Classics headphones are on the latter end of that spectrum, providing an unusual, gorgeous design that far outpaces most headphones on the market. The 99 Classics are part of Meze’s Classics series; they’re described as “classy” and “timeless”. The headphones are up for pre-order now, and will be shipping next month.

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Will Smith gives shout-out to Tesla in first rap in a decade

This week Will Smith appeared on a rap track - a remix of a song by the name of "Fiesta" - with a shout to Tesla. "No gassin' me, I'm a Tesla," says Smith on the track. Smith is one a number of celebrities that currently own a Tesla Model S, and - as of April 2013 - Smith's son planned on picking one up as well. In a Google+ hangout with a number of "Top Thinkers" including Elon Musk, Jaden Smith suggested that the Model S was "simply fly."

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Tidal says it has hit the 1m subscribers milestone

Jay Z’s music streaming service Tidal has hit the 1 million subscribers milestone, and to celebrate the company will be holding a charity concert in New York. Tidal is a new music service, being only six months old and having survived despite some sharp criticism. The service billed itself as a music streaming option that puts the artists first, but better known services like Spotify — with free streaming options — were hard to contend with.

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Samsung Radiant360 series expands with trio of speakers

Samsung has expanded its lineup of Radiant360 speakers with three new models, each similar in design but with different sizes. The new models are the R1, R3 and R5; they’re cylindrical and all-black, offering omnidirectional sound that is the same regardless of the speaker's angle or listener's position. Samsung’s own Ring Radiator tech is used in part to achieve the audio quality.

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Pink Floyd album goes free on Google Music: “Wish You Were Here”

As it happens every once in a while, Google Music and/or Google Play has struck a deal with the people who own Pink Floyd's back catalog to release an album for free for a temporary time. This album is "Wish You Were Here", largely a Roger Waters album with four distinct songs in 12 different pieces. This album hit number one back when it was released in 1975 on the US Billboard 200, UK Albums Chart, and French albums chart. This album features an extended 9-part song that may or may not be about the absence of Syd Barret from the band and the lives of the band members.

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Polk Omni S6 speaker is designed for big rooms

Polk has announced a new expansion to its speaker lineup with the new Omni S6 wireless speaker. The S6, which is priced at $349.95 USD, is designed for use in medium sized and large room, a welcomed alternative to the many lower-powered speakers out there that aren’t suitable for large areas. This is a stereo speaker, which the maker promises offers “loud, rich” audio. It also boasts a new “first”, as this is the first speaker in the Omni Collection that allows music playback through a 3.5mm audio jack.

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Master & Dynamic ME05 earbuds look classy with machined brass

Master & Dynamic has a new pair of classy-looking earbuds called the ME05. These earbuds feature flat black cables complemented with machined brass components, making for an overall sophisticated design alongside what is promised to be a high quality listening experience. The earbuds have already sold out, but those interested can buy a pair now ($199 USD) and should see them shipping within two weeks.

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Spotify’s “About Page” aims to keep artists involved

This week Spotify launches their "About Page" for artists in an effort to bolster their competitive edge against services like Tidal. Given Tidal's recent exclusive dealings with artists like Prince, this move seems like a direct effort to prove to artists that they, too, are willing to go the extra mile and be a service that artists will be smart to continue using. These About Page listings have a number of features that focus on the artist and their popularity on Spotify.

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RIP Zune: Microsoft buries the music service in November

Bad news today, as Microsoft has announced that it's finally shutting down the Zune music service. What's that? You didn't even know the service was still alive? Well, it won't be after November 15th. Oh, you mean you've never even heard of the Zune? Well, it was a line of MP3 players that Microsoft sold from 2006 to 2011, trying to compete with the iPod, along with an accompanying service to stream and download music to the devices.

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