Streaming media

Amazon streamer and Spring Apple TV tipped in Best Buy leak

Amazon streamer and Spring Apple TV tipped in Best Buy leak

Amazon's widely-anticipated set-top box and what could be a refreshed Apple TV have been tipped for a spring launch according to a leaked Best Buy document, amid speculation of a sizable push by electronics firms to cater to cord-cutters. The planogram, said to be for Best Buy's May shelf reset and passed to Zatz Not Funny!, compares the new Amazon streamer with Google's Chromecast, along with what appears to be an updated Apple TV.

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Amazon set-top box tipped for March release

Amazon set-top box tipped for March release

Amazon's much-rumored set-top box, which would challenge Apple TV, Roku, and Chromecast among others, is targeting a March launch, new rumors suggest, after the retailer ditched plans to have the media streamer on its virtual shelves in time for the 2013 holidays. The box - believed at different times to be codenamed "Cinnamon" and potentially launch under the brand name "Firetube" - would leverage Amazon's existing Prime on-demand media catalog, and more.

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iTunes Radio goes live in Australia

iTunes Radio goes live in Australia

Apple has launched iTunes Radio in Australia, the first country outside of the US to get access to the streaming music service. Available across iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC, and Apple TV, iTunes Radio includes 100 preconfigured stations and the ability to create new ones from initial seed tracks. The Australian launch is believed to be the first in a broader international roll-out.

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Beep sees ex-Googlers take on Sonos with sleek streamer

Beep sees ex-Googlers take on Sonos with sleek streamer

A team of former Google employees are taking on Sonos with a new music streamer, aiming to do for whole-home media playback what Google's own Chromecast did for easy video access. Beep is up for preorder now, a stylized volume knob that's actually a touch-sensitive control, and which funnels music over your WiFi network to whichever speakers you plug in. Then, using Beep's control apps for iOS and Android, users can pipe audio from Pandora and their phone or tablet.

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Jean Michel Jarre wants $400 of your new iPhone for his pocket

Jean Michel Jarre wants $400 of your new iPhone for his pocket

Musician Jean Michel Jarre has lashed out at tech companies for devaluing music and other media, suggesting that $300-400 of the sticker price of every smartphone sold should be handed straight over to content creators. Dismissing the tech segment as "manufacturers of computers or cables" who "created a monster", Jarre argued that the world had become too focused on the delivery medium and not the content itself, and that while consumers shouldn't necessarily pay for music, phone makers should shoulder the burden instead.

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YouTube gets new chief Susan Wojcicki as former head starts mystery project

YouTube gets new chief Susan Wojcicki as former head starts mystery project

Google has made Susan Wojcicki its new head of YouTube, with the former chief of the streaming video division reportedly going on to set up an "early-stage project" in the same way that Andy Rubin set aside Android to work on robotics. Wojcicki, who most recently was Google's senior vice president of advertising and commerce, was also the one of the first people to join the company back in 1999.

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Steam Music Beta plays music whilst you game

Steam Music Beta plays music whilst you game

This week the folks at Valve have released Steam Music Beta, a local music service that'll allow you to easily play music while you play games with SteamOS. THis service will be added to any machine running SteamOS, and is automatically added to any build for users working with the Steam Client Beta. To access this bit through the Steam Client Beta, users have only to head into System Settings.

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