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Apple Music scores AC/DC, digital exclusivity of Dre’s ‘The Chronic’

Apple Music scores AC/DC, digital exclusivity of Dre’s ‘The Chronic’

More big news on Apple Music's expanding catalog on the eve of the streaming service's debut. Not only will Taylor Swift's 1989 be available, but music from rock legends AC/DC, and Dr. Dre's influential hip-hop album The Chronic will also be streamable. Both of these new entries will be available to listeners first thing when Apple Music launches later today. The addition of AC/DC and The Chronic marks the end of each artist not being available in certain ways on the digital music market.

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iOS 9 to upgrade iTunes Match limit to 100,000 songs

iOS 9 to upgrade iTunes Match limit to 100,000 songs

As Apple Music, Apple's new streaming audio service, is about to debut tomorrow with the launch of iOS 8.4, Senior VP Eddy Cue has answered a few question on Twitter about existing features will integrate with Music, namely iTunes Match. In its existing form, iTunes Match lets users upload up to 25,000 of their own songs that aren't available in the company's library to the cloud for streaming at any time. Cue has confirmed that this feature will continue to exist in Apple Music, and upon iOS 9's release this fall, the limit will be raised to 100,000 songs.

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Netflix Card brings pay-as-you-go to streaming service in UK

Netflix Card brings pay-as-you-go to streaming service in UK

Netflix, the source of all our binge TV-watching these days, has just announced the Netflix Card. No, it's not a streaming video-sponsored credit card, but a way to subscribe to the service through a pay-as-you-go plan. Netflix highlights that the card can be used to continue using the service after the free trial ends, or existing subscribers can switch to pre-paid from the existing billing method. While gift cards for the service have been available in the US for some time, this is the first appearance in the UK.

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Taylor Swift’s 1989 will stream on Apple Music

Taylor Swift’s 1989 will stream on Apple Music

Taylor Swift's album 1989 will be available for streaming through Apple Music, the singer has confirmed, after Apple conceded on royalty payments. The artist got into a high-profile spat with the Cupertino firm over the weekend, taking issue with Apple's plans not to pay musicians any royalties for music played during the initial three month trial users had to get to grips with the service. The news means that, for the moment, Apple Music will be the only streaming service to have Swift's music.

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Elton John, Pharrell, Drake to join Apple’s Beats 1 as DJs

Elton John, Pharrell, Drake to join Apple’s Beats 1 as DJs

With all the hubbub over Apple Music and Taylor Swift and how artists will be paid finally settled, Apple is likely eager to focus on next week's launch of Beats 1, the live radio station. While it's already known that former BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe will be the primary host of the service, it seems Apple has also lined up several celebrity musicians to host their own shows. The New York Times has reported that Elton John, Drake, and Pharrell are among those signed up.

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Roku to start playing interactive, targeted video ads [UPDATE]

Roku to start playing interactive, targeted video ads [UPDATE]

Roku, makers of the streaming video device of the same name, have just partnered with video advertising firm Innovid, and together they plan to bring personalized, interactive advertisements to apps that run on the set-top box. They claim the ads will be accurate and "entertaining" — because who doesn't love a good ad — by enabling users to do things like play games, browse a retailer's current sales and stock, or watch extended product videos, all with the Roku remote.

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Sonos boosts Spotify playback with Android beta

Sonos boosts Spotify playback with Android beta

Sonos and Spotify have long been a popular pairing, and now a new beta unlocks features like Spotify Radio, genres, and moods through the Sonos Controller. The beta, launching for Android users today but expected to roll out more broadly over the next few weeks, builds on Sonos' existing, rather rudimentary integration of the Spotify catalog, which currently allows users to navigate their playlists as well as search through all albums and artists.

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Devialet Phantom Review – Delectable French aural oddness

Devialet Phantom Review – Delectable French aural oddness

Devialet’s Phantom resembles something from Portal, has audiophiles by turns fuming or fawning, and squeezes up to 3,000W into a casing some physicists say shouldn’t work. The first all-in-one music system from the polarizing French firm, Phantom’s odd looks are, Devialet claims, merely the side-product of its homegrown pressurized drivers and hybridized analog/digital amplifiers. That means the big story is in the sound, but can this sci-fi prop of a speaker really be worth its $2k price tag?

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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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