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NEOH headphones promise theater-quality 3D surround sound

NEOH headphones promise theater-quality 3D surround sound

Speakers offering 360-degree "3D" sound quality are becoming increasingly common, and so it isn't surprising that a company has decided to bring the tech to headphones. Enter the NEOH, which is bid as the "first smart 3D audio headphones", giving audiophiles and general music lovers alike a spatial sound experience more realistic than what you get with an ordinary pair of headphones, at least according to the maker. It's not surprising, then, that the NEOH is being referred to as a "wearable home theater system".

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HTC Rap music video out of left field

HTC Rap music video out of left field

At some point in the past several weeks, someone at HTC gave the green light to MC D-Bruce and rapper Doc-G to create a rap song for their phone brand. There's a music video for the HTC One brand and an interview between the rapper and the HTC employee as well. This is something you're going to have to see to believe. Once you see it, you will not be able to un-see it, so see it at your own risk.

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Three Ways to Repurpose Your Old Smartphone

Three Ways to Repurpose Your Old Smartphone

Most of us have old smartphones lying around, and while they might not be the latest and greatest anymore, the odds are also high that they're functional and decently powerful. If you've been planning to ship them off to a used phone service but have never gotten around to it, there's a better option: turning those old handsets into functional tools that complement your everyday life. There's no shortage of apps to do this, and if you're drawing a blank on what you can use them for, we've three suggestions.

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Jay-Z getting into streaming music with Aspiro bid

Jay-Z getting into streaming music with Aspiro bid

In a $56 million deal, rapper and entrepreneur Shawn Carter (you know, Jay Z) is getting into the streaming music business. Via Project Panther Bidco Ltd, which is owned by Shawn Carter LLC, H.O.V.A. is trying to buy Aspiro, the Swedish streaming company behind WiMP and Tidal. The WiMP service is only available in various spots throughout Eastern Europe (mainly Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Poland, and Germany), but Tidal is available in the US and UK. Aspiro’s board is unanimously recommending the deal to shareholders.

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RunKeeper tasks Spotify to pump you up for your run

RunKeeper tasks Spotify to pump you up for your run

Perhaps there is no greater cliche when it comes to mixing music and exercise than having Eye of the Tiger blaring out while you do your training. While you've always been able to do that in a myriad of ways and combinations, RunKeeper is now giving you the lazy way (which is ironic, since you're supposed to be not-lazy for this scenario). The latest update to its iOS app now integrates with Spotify, allowing you to queue your workout music, without having to switch apps back and forth.

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Jeff Bridges Sleeping Tapes: the strangest album you’ll ever hear

Jeff Bridges Sleeping Tapes: the strangest album you’ll ever hear

Pay what you like for this album made by Jeff Bridges - yes, that Jeff Bridges: the actor - and discover what it means to be famous. Discover what it is to be a person like Jeff Bridges, complete with Spoken Word interludes between songs played on wind instruments as well as the guitar. If you do pay, you'll find your cash going toward "No Kid Hungry", which does actually happen to be a real non-profit organization, despite its strange name and connection to this man.

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Spotify partners with Sony: Music Unlimited is dead

Spotify partners with Sony: Music Unlimited is dead

This week the folks at Sony Network Entertainment International have announced a strategic partnership with Spotify on a global level. According to Sony, Spotify's streaming music network will be pushed to PlayStation Music as an exclusive partner. Spotify on PlayStation Music will be sent out to 41 markets globally (initially), moving first with PlayStation consoles and Sony Xperia tablets and smartphones. Users with PlayStation Network wallet accounts will be able to subscribe to Spotify directly with this setup, bypassing the need for a separate account.

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MIPOW M3 wireless headphones feature built-in retractable cable

MIPOW M3 wireless headphones feature built-in retractable cable

MIPOW has introduced its new M3 Bluetooth wireless headphones with an integrated (and retractable) cable. Fashion is given a big focus with the M3, but function hasn't been ignored and the result is a pair of stylish and easy-to-use headphones with a few different notable features. Though wireless is the most convenient way to listen to music, the inclusion of the cable allows for use when the battery is dead or, for example, while on airplanes. We've the rest of the details after the jump.

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Shazam introduces Spotify integration for Android users

Shazam introduces Spotify integration for Android users

Doing what they did for iOS users last month, Shazam and Spotify are teaming up again to bring the same set of features to the Android platform. This practically turns Shazam into an all-in-one jukebox for your music listening pleasure. That is, of course, if your music habits are intricately tied with Spotify's collection. That said, Shazam has also partnered with other music streaming services to bring the convenience of listening to your music and identifying them right within the app itself.

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Apple may have just patented Apple Pay for digital music sharing

Apple may have just patented Apple Pay for digital music sharing

As rumors swirl that Apple is gearing up for another musical push — likely streaming — we’re left to examine the clues to see what might be coming. Their Beats acquisition was obviously a big deal, and their recent purchase of a music analytics firm suggests Apple is getting ready to feed info to the music industry. Now there is news of a patent, recently awarded to Apple, that would allow users to share music with one another without fear of running into issues with ownership and piracy.

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