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Tidal did NOT just jack up their price

Tidal did NOT just jack up their price

Earlier today it appeared that the iOS version of Tidal's music streaming app had pushed a price increase on users. In fact, this price increase isn't new. Also in fact - it isn't universal. It's only through Apple's mobile products. With iTunes, according to Tidal, "Apple's policy is to charge TIDAL subscribers a 30% fee on your monthly subscription, for the life of your subscription, if you activate your subscription through the TIDAL app on your iPhone that you have just downloaded."

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Tidal’s secret weapon: Live Concerts

Tidal’s secret weapon: Live Concerts

This month Tidal is really, truly underway. In addition to bringing Hi-fi music to the masses, this artist-owned multimedia service is aiming to amp up their value proposition by bringing live concerts to their service. We've already seen a live Jack White concert - just this Sunday - now we've got a full-length Jay-Z concert at hand, complete with a rather unique bit of content therein. This might be just what the doctor ordered when it comes to doing battle with streaming opponents Google Music and Spotify.

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DataMan Pro is the app every iPhone 6 (or 6 Plus) owner should have

DataMan Pro is the app every iPhone 6 (or 6 Plus) owner should have

DataMan isn’t new; it was launched in 2013. At the time, the app was a clever way to watch your data usage, but there were also a lot of people on legacy unlimited plans, or not using much data. With smartphone media consumption at a high point, and carriers edging us away from those precious unlimited data plans, DataMan is still as relevant as it ever was. In fact, you might need DataMan more now than you did when it was launched.

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Meerkat pops it’s head up on Android with public beta

Meerkat pops it’s head up on Android with public beta

When Meerkat was soft-launched earlier this year, it caught the Twittersphere’s attention in a big way. Then Twitter cut Meerkat off from its social graph for a hot minute, which came just ahead of Periscope landing on the scene. With Twitter taking the live-streaming reigns, many figured Meerkat was going to be a ‘fun fact’ in the history of streaming apps. Instead, Meerkat is branching out, and has announced a public beta for Android, which is wide open for anyone who is interested in trying Meerkat out.

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Amazon adds X-Ray to Fire TV: No more “who’s that guy?”

Amazon adds X-Ray to Fire TV: No more “who’s that guy?”

Based on the principle that there's nothing so frustrating as watching a show and thinking "who is that guy?" Amazon is adding X-Ray to Fire TV. The system, which has been flagging up actors and songs on Amazon Fire tablets for the past few years, will now be pulling up those details on Fire TV's streaming movies and shows, accessed with a stab at the "up" button on the remote, as well as offering easy navigation to the relevant point in the show.

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Amazon outs HDR Prime Instant Video plans for 2015

Amazon outs HDR Prime Instant Video plans for 2015

Amazon has quietly announced plans to add HDR video support to its Prime Instant Video service, with improved picture quality on the cards for later this year. The boost will come with Amazon's own Originals content initially, though the company says that it's working with Hollywood to deliver third-party shows and movies in HDR too. However, while the rollout may be fairly ambitious, not everyone will be able to enjoy it.

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Amazon Prime Music Stations finally make it to Android

Amazon Prime Music Stations finally make it to Android

Amazon Prime Music Stations have finally made it to Android, with the ad-free streaming service now compatible with regular phones and tablets running Google's OS. Amazon's rough equivalent of Pandora, Prime Music Stations kick off with an initial genre or artist as the "seed", and then automatically curate a playlist to match. Until now, though, Android has been the odd one out from the main platforms, with Prime Stations already offered across web and desktop on Mac and PC, on iOS, and on Amazon's own Android-forked Fire HD and HDX tablets.

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YouTube monthly fee will rid users of ads

YouTube monthly fee will rid users of ads

A new paid offering will be made for users of YouTube this month. YouTube has sent out an email to Partners which suggests that they'll be building on the momentum they've got with YouTube Music Key Beta and YouTube Kids working with over 2 million installs in less than one month. All three of these initiatives are part of what Google suggests is a series of "bold new steps to bring these experiences* to life." *These experiences, this YouTube message explains, include watching what users want, whenever they want, anywhere, and on any device they choose.

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You can get HBO via Sling TV this Saturday, just in time for GoT [Update]

You can get HBO via Sling TV this Saturday, just in time for GoT [Update]

As the Game of Thrones season five premiere nears, viewers are quickly finding ways to watch. HBO NOW, which recently launched via Apple TV, is one way. You could also sign up for HBO via your cable company, if you have cable. Piracy is another (bad) option. Another exists in Sling, which today announce their customers are free to sign up for HBO via Sling TV this weekend, just one day ahead of the Game of Thrones season five debut this Sunday.

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These are the TVs Netflix thinks binge-watchers will love

These are the TVs Netflix thinks binge-watchers will love

On top of all the other tags and labels you see on a TV box that are supposed to lure you in for the buy, there’s now one more — maybe the most important one. Today, Netflix is announcing their first batch of ‘Netflix Recommended TVs’, a program they first announced at CES this year. These TV’s all meet Netflix’s demand for “easy access to Internet TV services, faster performance, and new features that enable a next-generation smart TV experience.”

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