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SiriusXM Essential streaming plan offers 300 radio channels

SiriusXM Essential streaming plan offers 300 radio channels

SiriusXM, the company known for its satellite radio service, has announced a new streaming plan that offers subscribers more than 300 of its radio channels outside of their vehicle. Though the plan doesn't offer quite as much as the company's Premier tier subscription, the new offering gives customers access to 24/7 comedy channels, on-demand content, and more.

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Amazon Music is now free with ads for Alexa device owners

Amazon Music is now free with ads for Alexa device owners

Amazon has announced that Amazon Music is now free to access without an Unlimited subscription or Prime membership via Alexa-enabled devices. Users will get free access to playlists and other content, but the service will be supported with advertisements. The news comes alongside YouTube Music's free ad-supported arrival on Google Home speakers.

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Google Home speakers get free YouTube Music streaming

Google Home speakers get free YouTube Music streaming

Google Home owners can now use the smart speaker to stream audio from YouTube Music for free. This provides those customers with music streaming on Google Home straight out of the box, but there is a catch: the free service is subsidized by the presence of advertisements. Google Home users will need to setup the speaker to use YouTube Music before they can use the new perk, however.

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SiriusXM talk shows are heading to Pandora as new podcasts

SiriusXM talk shows are heading to Pandora as new podcasts

Soon after revealing its plan to acquire Pandora Media last year, SiriusXM announced back in February that it would add Pandora music channels to the SiriusXM app this year. In a new announcement today, SiriusXM revealed that it will be bringing some of its biggest talk shows to Pandora's podcasting platform. The ported talk programming includes "Jenny McCarthy's Celebrity Dirt," "The Jason Ellis Show," "The Hoda Show," and more.

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Sony reveals price, availability for new speakers and 4K Blu-ray player

Sony reveals price, availability for new speakers and 4K Blu-ray player

Sony has revealed the pricing and availability for the home audio and video products it announced at CES 2019. The lineup includes portable speakers, a home audio system, wireless turntable, soundbar, and more. The products aren't all launching at the same time, but the wait for certain devices won't be long, with the first batch arriving just days from now.

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Amazon free ad-supported music service may launch next week

Amazon free ad-supported music service may launch next week

Amazon plans to launch a free ad-supported music service, according to a new report. The alleged service will take on Spotify and other streaming music competitors who already offer free music options to subscribers. Key to the new service -- assuming it actually launches -- will be Amazon's hardware products, specifically the Echo smart speaker models.

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RØDE Wireless GO claims world’s smallest mic system crown

RØDE Wireless GO claims world’s smallest mic system crown

A lot of progress has been made in condensing imaging sensors to fit in small devices like smartphones but less progress has been made in making quality audio recording equipment more portable. Professionals and amateurs aiming to step up their game are often left with no choice but to use big accessories that get tangled up in wires. RØDE Microphones is aiming to change all that with the Wireless GO, a digital wireless microphone system that can easily fit inside your pocket if needed.

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Powerbeats Pro leaked, looking like sporty AirPods

Powerbeats Pro leaked, looking like sporty AirPods

Inside the software iOS 12.2 was a hidden bit of hardware, a pair of earbuds made by Apple in the Beats brand. These are called Powerbeats Pro, and they won't likely be cheap. It would appear like these headphones are extremely similar to AirPods in several respects - most obvious of all in their wireless nature - but they're living in a Beats design universe.

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IKEA sets a date for its affordable Sonos-powered speakers

IKEA sets a date for its affordable Sonos-powered speakers

IKEA will take the wraps off its new Sonos-powered Symfonisk smart speakers in Milan next month, the company has announced. Earlier this year, the company revealed that it would start selling these speakers in the US and Europe in August, but we'll get our first proper look at the products in April. IKEA released a brief teaser video to join its announcement, but few details were offered.

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Razer Kraken 2019 released with price chop reboot

Razer Kraken 2019 released with price chop reboot

The folks at Razer adjusted the way they're delivering several accessories for gamers, in headphones, keyboards, and mice. The headphones part of this equation is the 2019 edition of the Razer Kraken. This set of headphones - a headset, as it were - rolls with a look that's very similar to the more expensive Kraken Tournament Edition, but comes with slightly lesser features in order to deliver a less expensive piece of hardware.

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Amazon Fire TV finally gets Apple Music streaming

Amazon Fire TV finally gets Apple Music streaming

Apple Music is now available on Amazon Fire TV, enabling customers to play music through their television using voice commands. The new support has arrived in the Apple Music skill, which has already been available for Echo device owners to utilize. In addition to the new Fire TV support, Apple Music will also soon arrive for Echo and Fire TV device owners located in the UK.

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Spotify Premium now gets Hulu thrown in – but act fast

Spotify Premium now gets Hulu thrown in – but act fast

Spotify subscribers can get a free subscription to Hulu, with the streaming music service bundling the video service for its Premium users. The deal replaces last year's Spotify and Hulu bundle offer, which offered a discounted Hulu membership to those also paying for Spotify, and comes only weeks ahead of Apple's expected streaming video service being revealed.

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