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Rhapsody brings big updates to Sonos

Rhapsody brings big updates to Sonos

The team behind Rhapsody's streaming music service has put a lot of effort into figuring out how users listen to their music. According to their VP of Engineering, they've been collecting data for 13 years, and analyzing it to figure out exactly what their users want. And now they're putting out a host of new features, and bringing them to Sonos.

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Adele pushes to limit latest album to Spotify paid listeners

Adele pushes to limit latest album to Spotify paid listeners

Spotify has found its business model under attack by some of the biggest artists in the recording industry. In 2014, Taylor Swift refused to allow her album 1989 to be streamed on Spotify. Before that in 2013, Beyonce refused to allow her new album to be on Spotify as well and went exclusive with iTunes. Now word is that Adele may keep her coming album called 25 off Spotify as well.

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Chromecast Audio Review

Chromecast Audio Review

Google's original Chromecast was a runaway success, and now the company is hoping to do for audio streaming what it did for video. The Chromecast Audio - launched alongside a new Chromecast Video - promises to bring traditional speakers and HiFi systems up to speed in the brave new age of streaming, and all for a bargain price of $35.

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Apple Music woos 11 million users to trial

Apple Music woos 11 million users to trial

It's been a month since Apple rolled out its music streaming service. Apple Music offered potential subscribers a free trial membership to try the streaming service to see if they like it. The numbers are in and 11 million people took advantage of that trial according to Apple executives. Out of those 11 million users, 2 million of those users signed up for the family plan costing $14.99 monthly.

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Did Apple dash Dre’s dream of a Beats Sonos-rival?

Did Apple dash Dre’s dream of a Beats Sonos-rival?

Apple axed Beats' ambitions of a wireless home audio system to rival Sonos, insiders say, with the rumored project iced in the aftermath of the acquisition. Beats Electronics had been working on a speaker system which would upgrade its existing range from Bluetooth-alone to supporting multiroom synchronized playback over WiFi, among other things, Variety's sources suggest, but a supposed combination of technical hurdles and dwindling confidence left the concept in limbo.

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Hitachi whole home wireless speakers powered by AllPlay

Hitachi whole home wireless speakers powered by AllPlay

Hitachi has stepped into the whole home audio market with a trio of new wireless speakers that will bring your favorite music to any room of your home or office. The three speakers are WiFi enabled and all are powered by AllPlay technology under the hood from Qualcomm. All three of the wireless speaker solutions support streaming music via WiFi from both iOS and Android platforms.

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Griffin Twenty review; the digital Bluetooth amp for all

Griffin Twenty review; the digital Bluetooth amp for all

There are all kinds of devices out there that want to usher your old tech into the new digital world. Some, like Blumoo, just want to let you control your TV from your smartphone. Some want to connect your car, and others want your home to be some sort of eerie automated cubby. Twenty just wants to save you from buying new speakers. The digital amplifier connects to existing home audio solutions (or desktop speakers!), and offers Bluetooth connectivity with your handheld gadgets.

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Play Music gets Material Design update, iPad version for iOS

Play Music gets Material Design update, iPad version for iOS

Today, Google has rolled out a fairly significant update to their Play Music app for iOS. The app has been refreshingly redesigned, and will now have a Material Design interface that keeps it more closely aligned with their other recent app updates for both iOS and Android. The overall navigation isn’t changing, but the ‘currently playing’ screen is a lot cleaner and more modern. Fans of the larger screen will also love this update, as it’s the first time Play Music has a proper iPad app.

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Deezer Elite high-def auto hits Sonos international

Deezer Elite high-def auto hits Sonos international

The system known as Deezer - with their service called Deezer Elite - is suggested (by the company) to be the largest global high-definition streaming service. They're coming to Sonos with this service this year internationally, bringing Deezer Elite to the wireless speaker system for several countries around the world - beyond the USA, that is to say. Between now and March 19th, Deezer users will be able to upgrade to Deezer Elite for free. Once March 19th comes along, Deezer Elite will be available to all users at a nominal fee per month, all for the glory of high-definition audio.

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