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Sonos unveils PLAY:1 Tone limited edition speaker

Sonos unveils PLAY:1 Tone limited edition speaker

Audio company Sonos has just taken the wraps off their second limited edition speaker from the PLAY:1 line, the Tone. Much like the first limited edition, the Blue Note, released earlier this year, the Tone continues with the PLAY:1's seamless, minimal design, but now in "absolute black" or "pristine white," and with a soft matte finish. It's still the same size as the standard PLAY:1, so the speaker is compact and can be placed in almost any room without having an over-bearing presence.

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Spotify asks iOS users to switch subscription from App Store to web

Spotify asks iOS users to switch subscription from App Store to web

It's well known that Apple takes a 30% cut from all app purchases on the iOS App Store, and that fee is also applied to in-app subscriptions. So apps like, say, Spotify, the primary rival to the new Apple Music service, must hand over 30% of what each users pays when subscribing to the service directly on their iPhone. See where this is going? Spotify hopes you do, as they've begun encouraging users to switch their subscription over to the website in exchange for saving $3 per month.

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Rdio launches new curated stations in response to Apple’s Beats 1

Rdio launches new curated stations in response to Apple’s Beats 1

With the recently launched Apple Music and its curated radio station Beats 1 drawing attention from rival streaming services like Spotify, Rdio isn't wasting any time in firing back. The service has announced a number of new curated radio stations that offer more human-selected tunes. Rdio says it is collaborating with both influencers and record labels, along with more stations available to a wider range of countries around the globe.

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Apple says iOS 9 will bring back Home Sharing for music

Apple says iOS 9 will bring back Home Sharing for music

When the iOS 8.4 update was released recently, Apple removed the Home Sharing for music feature from iOS devices, and a large number of users have been upset about it. There had been no mention of Home Sharing's discontinuation before the release of iOS 8.4, and until today it was unclear if the feature would make a return. Eddy Cue, Apple's iTunes chief, has now stated that they are working to have Home Sharing be available again when iOS 9 is released later this fall.

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Android users can listen to Beats 1 radio for free (for now)

Android users can listen to Beats 1 radio for free (for now)

iOS and OS X users have had almost a full day now to enjoy Beats 1, the new 24/7 streaming radio station that comes as part of the newly launched Apple Music service, as have Windows users. Those with Android devices, however, have been left out of the cool kids' club, at least until this sometime this fall when their own Apple Music app will be released. Or have they? Maybe they're actually the coolest of the cool kids, since they've found a back door entrance to that cool new club.

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How Apple Music listeners can make requests for Beats 1 Radio

How Apple Music listeners can make requests for Beats 1 Radio

Unless you've been under a rock for the last 24 hours or so, you've likely heard that Apple Music, Apple's new streaming music service, launched yesterday morning, alongside the debut of the Beats 1 Radio program. Beats 1 is available to listen to 24/7, with a rotating line-up of DJs and celebrity musicians hosting during scheduled blocks of time. But what you may not have heard yet is that the internet radio service is borrowing a feature common to traditional radio stations: call-in requests from listeners.

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Beats updated for Apple Music migration, current subscribers get 3 months free

Beats updated for Apple Music migration, current subscribers get 3 months free

Along with the release of iOS 8.4 this morning, and the accompanying debut of Apple Music, the Beats Music app has also received an update for iPhone, iPad, and iPod. As was mentioned on Monday, the update for Beats Music now has the app focusing on migrating users over to Apple Music, as well as making it easy to keep saved music and playlists. Even better for existing Beats Music subscribers, they will be treated to the next three months of streaming free.

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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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