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Sonos’ new $499 PLAY:5 ships from November 20

Sonos’ new $499 PLAY:5 ships from November 20

Sonos' new flagship all-in-one speaker, the 2015 PLAY:5, will go up for preorder from today and ship from November 20th, the company has confirmed. The wireless speaker, which sits atop Sonos' line-up of multiroom entertainment products, was announced last month with upgraded drivers, a new design with more comprehensive controls, and the promise of better sound.

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Apple Music for Android screenshots leak

Apple Music for Android screenshots leak

Apple might not commonly be in the business of making apps for Android, but a new leak suggests it has cross-platform ambitions for Apple Music. The subscription-based streaming service launched back in June with iOS 8.4 for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV, and OS X, but according to a new set of screenshots, work is progressing on what's purportedly an Android version of the software.

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Chromecast Audio Review

Chromecast Audio Review

Google's original Chromecast was a runaway success, and now the company is hoping to do for audio streaming what it did for video. The Chromecast Audio - launched alongside a new Chromecast Video - promises to bring traditional speakers and HiFi systems up to speed in the brave new age of streaming, and all for a bargain price of $35.

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Streaming music earns a third of US industry revenue, topping physical sales

Streaming music earns a third of US industry revenue, topping physical sales

The popularity of streaming music has been on the rise for some time now, but today there's actual numbers backing up its increasing dominance. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has released their mid-year sales report for 2015, and it reveals that for the first time in the US, streaming music has earned more revenue that physical sales.

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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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Xbox Music app now lets users stream from OneDrive

Xbox Music app now lets users stream from OneDrive

The soon to be re-branded Xbox Music apps for iOS and Android have received a big update from Microsoft this week. The main new feature allows users to stream songs they've stored on OneDrive, Microsoft's cloud storage service. This has already been available to those who use Xbox Music on Windows since earlier this year, but now it's available to mobile users for the first time.

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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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