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Jeff Bridges Sleeping Tapes: the strangest album you’ll ever hear

Jeff Bridges Sleeping Tapes: the strangest album you’ll ever hear

Pay what you like for this album made by Jeff Bridges - yes, that Jeff Bridges: the actor - and discover what it means to be famous. Discover what it is to be a person like Jeff Bridges, complete with Spoken Word interludes between songs played on wind instruments as well as the guitar. If you do pay, you'll find your cash going toward "No Kid Hungry", which does actually happen to be a real non-profit organization, despite its strange name and connection to this man.

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VR TV Episodes headed to Samsung Milk VR

VR TV Episodes headed to Samsung  Milk VR

Tim Baxter walked onstage today at Samsung's CES 2015 presentation to suggest they'd be bringing another year of full coverage for smart devices for all areas of your life. Live Smarter, said Baxter, with Samsung TVs, working with Curved UHD TV, 800 Retail Experience Zones, and massive amounts of content. Samsung, he said, has 60% of the UHD market share in the United States. Half of their UDH TV sales are curved TVs, he said, and "this is what market leaders do" - working in the UHD market where market growth was projected at 4x through the year 2015 - according to Samsung, that is.

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Chromecast opens up for streaming music to connected speakers

Chromecast opens up for streaming music to connected speakers

The greatest thing about Google’s Chromecast is not that it’s cheap (even though that’s an amazing aspect), it’s that Google made it wide open. All any software provider has to do is support the Chromecast rather than wait for it to come around to them. To that end, Google is aiming for the growing connected speaker market, and will make their dongle available for streaming to speakers and soundbars. They’ve also got a lineup of heavy-hitting partners in Sony, LG, and Denon to kick this new functionality off.

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Music streaming up by 54% in 2014 as digital sales continue decline

Music streaming up by 54% in 2014 as digital sales continue decline

New evidence in the form of a report from Nielsen SoundScan has confirmed that 2014 saw a significant shift in the digital music market among U.S. consumers. While the last decade has seen a clear dominance of downloading digital music purchases, last year marked a notable decline in that trend as steaming services maintained their explosive growth. Nielsen's report notes that digital sales dropped by 9%, to 117.6 million, while online streaming was up by 54% over 2013.

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Pandora brings back annual billing

Pandora brings back annual billing

Back in March, Pandora decided to alter their pricing scheme a bit, boosting the price on their monthly plans by about $1/month. They also discarded their annual subscription, though it wasn’t clear why. The annual billing was just a one-time fee, and didn’t really give subscribers and sort of discount. In the face of public outcry, Pandora has brought the annual subscription option back. It’s still as much as you’d pay with monthly fees, but saves you from seeing it as a recurring charge.

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SoundCloud introduces ‘Collection’, a customizable landing page

SoundCloud introduces ‘Collection’, a customizable landing page

In amove designed to engage users and become more contextual, SoundCloud is rolling out ‘Collection’. The new feature will make a home right on your SoundCloud landing page, and allow you to build your own list of tracks and get the latest from your “favorite creators”. Your favorite tracks will play int he order they’re listed, or you can choose to shuffle them for a random play. On a positive note, SoundCloud Collection will make it easier to find and save music you really like.

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Shazam now streams via Spotify, adds context to music discovery

Shazam now streams via Spotify, adds context to music discovery

If you’ve ever been out at a restaurant and heard a song you liked, but had absolutely no idea who the artists was, Shazam might already be your best friend. It’s definitely Siri’s musical go-to compadre, and a new update will make Shazam a lot more than a music recognition service. The biggest new feature is Spotify integration, which will take your playlists and let you stream them via Shazam, but using Spotify to do so. You can also add a Shazamed track to your Spotify playlists, but that’s not all you get!

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Apple’s ‘Best of 2014′ list includes old favs, new artists, fun apps

Apple’s ‘Best of 2014′ list includes old favs, new artists, fun apps

With so much media floating around their platform, Apple has once again rolled out their year-end, best-of awards list. They’ve announced their favorites from 2014, along with a few fun surprises for us. Frozen dominated, with its album being iTunes’ best seller in 2014. Theme song Let It Go was the eighth most downloaded song all year, and two Frozen-themed apps were among the most downloaded of 2014. For the rest of apple’s favorites in 2014, keep reading!

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Sonos Controller app update adds multi-account feature

Sonos Controller app update adds multi-account feature

Sonos has just rolled out version 5.2 of its Controller app for mobile devices, both on iOS and Android, as well as desktops. This new release is quite a big one, adding a couple of most wanted features, such as support for associating different services with nicknames to make it easier to have a single Sonos system in one household. Mobile search has also been improved and there are enhancements to the Sonos Playbar soundbar as well.

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Beats boss Iovine hints at streaming service for Apple

Beats boss Iovine hints at streaming service for Apple

At Apple, Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine has no actual role. The music mogul reportedly works alongside Eddy Cue, who heads up Apple’s iTunes department. In the acquisition, Apple got a lot more than Beats hardware and streaming service; they got talent. In being named one of GQ’s men of the year, Iovine spilled some details on what led Apple to snap up Beats, and what he might be working on. Once again, we’re getting excited for the promise of iTunes streaming to us.

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