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Beats 1: Replay lets users hear missed shows on demand

Beats 1: Replay lets users hear missed shows on demand

Apple Music has just activated a new feature for the Beats 1 radio portion of its service, letting users replay DJ-hosted shows that they might have missed when they were broadcast live. Called Beats 1: Replay, the recordings are found through Apple Music's Connect, the social network offering from the service. The recordings are unedited, and include the interviews and commentary along with the songs the hosts play, in a format much like a podcast.

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Apple Music to stream Dr Dre’s Compton album exclusively

Apple Music to stream Dr Dre’s Compton album exclusively

For one full stream of his first album in 16 years, Apple will play Dr Dre's Compton A Soundtrack. This stream will happen this Thursday - that's the 6th of August - starting at 6PM Pacific Time. We must assume there'll be breaks between music, as the stream is suggested by Apple to be taking place until 9PM Pacific Time. This first full album stream ONLY will be happening exclusively on Apple Music. After this stream - several hours later - the album will become available to the public via a number of sources, starting at midnight on the 7th.

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New Dr. Dre album to be Apple Music, iTunes exclusive

New Dr. Dre album to be Apple Music, iTunes exclusive

While the big news in the music world on Monday was that prolific rapper Dr. Dre would be releasing his first album in 16 years, the follow-up information should come as no surprise: it will be exclusively available through Apple Music and the iTunes store. Titled Compton: A Soundtrack, the album will be released this Friday, August 7th. Dr. Dre made the announcement over the weekend on his own Beats 1 radio show, The Pharmacy.

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Matchstick pulls plug on Firefox OS Chromecast rival

Matchstick pulls plug on Firefox OS Chromecast rival

Would-be Chromecast rival Matchstick has pulled the plug on its streaming dongle, after headaches with Firefox DRM proved insurmountable. The company raised more than $470,000 in crowdfunding cash back in late 2014, persuading backers with its vision of open-source streaming video, place-shifted content, and big-name services like HBO Go, Netflix, and Pandora. Now, Matchstick's creators are promising to pay back every cent they raised, having discovered that taking on Google is easier said than done.

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Amazon Prime Music releases exclusive recordings as ‘Amazon Acoustics’

Amazon Prime Music releases exclusive recordings as ‘Amazon Acoustics’

The Video portion of Amazon's Prime service scored its own exclusive this week with the signing of the three ex-Top Gear hosts, but now it's Music's turn, as the company debuted an exclusive collection of acoustic recordings. The collection, simply titled Amazon Acoustics, features a wide range of big-name artists and indies, with 32 tracks of both original recordings and covers. While the tunes are exclusive to Amazon, they aren't just for Prime members, as regular customers can purchase them as well.

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Prince releases ONE SONG to Spotify

Prince releases ONE SONG to Spotify

This morning Prince released a singe by the name of "Stare" to Spotify exclusively. This is now the one song available from Prince on Spotify other than tracks on soundtracks and associated labels. After removing all of his singles and albums from Spotify and other streaming services earlier this month, Prince has returned with one song. The idea here, clearly, is that Prince doesn't need to have all of his music available all the time. Instead, he'll reveal one track at a time, pushing the hype machine in strange new directions.

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Consumer advocates call out Apple Music on antitrust concerns

Consumer advocates call out Apple Music on antitrust concerns

While Apple has finally settled and moved past the antitrust cases surrounding its ebooks business practices, it like a similar situation is building up against the new Apple Music subscription service. The well-known consumer advocacy group Consumer Watchdog has published letters to both the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Justice, asking them to look into Apple's attempts to "dominate the subscription music sector" in violation of antitrust laws.

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Twitch begins migration to HTML5, dropping Flash

Twitch begins migration to HTML5, dropping Flash

Game broadcasting service Twitch has announced via its blog that it's officially migrating to HTML5 for its videos, and in turn phasing out the Adobe Flash format. The company, owned by Amazon, says not everyone will see the changes as once, as they're rollout the changes to accounts gradually. Once those changes start appearing, users will find the web-based video player has HTML5 and JavaScript-powered controls, instead of the Flash-based ones we're used to.

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Spotify takes on Apple Music with AI personalized mixtape

Spotify takes on Apple Music with AI personalized mixtape

Spotify is rising to the challenge of Apple Music's human-curated playlists, promising the sort of individualized mixtape that only a computer could deliver. Dubbed Discover Weekly, Spotify's new service looks at each user's listening history and then comes up with suggestions based on that, along with what related tracks other people are listening to and adding to their own playlists. That's then wrapped up into a new "mixtape" every week.

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Twitch debuts Choice Chamber, first game encouraging viewer interaction

Twitch debuts Choice Chamber, first game encouraging viewer interaction

Studio Bean has just has just released the first game that uses Twitch's interactivity features as a primary feature. This project was funded in part by Twitch through KickStarter. At its core, Choice Chamber is a basic 2D side-scrolling game, throwing enemies and environmental hazards at players. But where things get really mixed up is in the fact that anybody watching the broadcast who can make live comments can have a direct impact on how the game unfolds.

UPDATE: This article previously suggested that Twitch developed this game when it was actually "Studio Bean." Twitch's role was to contributing money to their Kickstarter to help bring the game to final fruition.

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