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YouTube Remix tipped to replace Google Play Music in coming months

YouTube Remix tipped to replace Google Play Music in coming months

Google may be planning to kill off Google Play Music and replace it with a new one called YouTube Remix in the near future. The Remix platform first surfaced in a report last year; according to the rumors, the service is an on-demand music offering that could take on Spotify. Though many official details are still missing, a new report has popped up claiming that Google Play Music will be sacrificed to make room for Remix by the end of the year.

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Plantronics BackBeat GO 600 headphones have a Bass Boost button

Plantronics BackBeat GO 600 headphones have a Bass Boost button

Plantronics has unveiled the BackBeat GO 600 Series, a new lineup of over-the-ear headphones that come with two equalization modes: "Balanced" and "Bass Boost." The modes are designed to appeal to each user's listening preference -- those who like even audio and those who prefer to heavily emphasize the bass. The model is wireless with a 33ft range and great battery life for ultra-long listening sessions.

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Urbanears Jakan magnetic earbuds are minimalist with single control knob

Urbanears Jakan magnetic earbuds are minimalist with single control knob

Urbanears has announced Jakan, a new pair of earbuds featuring a magnetic, minimalist design. A key part of Jakan's design is a single control knob for controlling all aspects of the listening process, including skipping tracks, adjusting volume, and answering calls. Also notable are the model's magnetic plates, which improve portability by making it easy to carry Jakan when they're not in use.

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Google Podcast app: Where to get it, how to use it

Google Podcast app: Where to get it, how to use it

This week Google's Podcast app was revealed in detail, from audio search to indexing. As it turns out, Google already released their Podcast App in the form of an update to their already-in-play Google Search app. Getting to this Podcast interface is not entirely intuitive - but for a good reason. Google doesn't just want to run over your face with their Podcasting abilities, not when you might want to be searching for other Podcasting apps. That's not what Google is all about.

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Brainwavz B400 Quad Balanced Armature Earphones Review

Brainwavz B400 Quad Balanced Armature Earphones Review

In-ear buds, like those that come with almost every smartphone, are so small it's almost too easy to take them for granted. After all, how much can you cram into such a cramped space to produce good-quality audio? Just enough, if you ask audio accessory maker Brainwavz. Its latest B400 in-ear monitors is the same size as your average IEM but packs four balanced armature drivers in each earbud, promising higher-quality sound than those same average IEMs. At least that's the theory, so we plug a pair in to test it in practice.

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TicPods Free: an AirPods Android alternative with touch controls

TicPods Free: an AirPods Android alternative with touch controls

A new pair of truly wireless earbuds will hopefully hit the market soon, and they're called TicPods Free. The somewhat unfortunate name aside, TicPods are an attractive alternative to AirPods for Android owners, promising interactive functionality that includes taps for answering calls. The model boast both noise isolation and noise-cancelling tech, in-ear detection, and more.

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HAY Sonos One Limited Edition speakers come in three new colors

HAY Sonos One Limited Edition speakers come in three new colors

Sonos has teamed with Danish design brand HAY to launch limited edition versions of the Sonos One speakers. The new lineup is called the HAY Sonos One Limited Edition Collection, and it features green, red, and yellow variants of the model. The new colors appear to be a temporary addition to Sonos' catalog, but the company teases that other products may be launched in collaboration with HAY in the future.

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Sennheiser 300 Pro headphones, headsets emphasize comfort

Sennheiser 300 Pro headphones, headsets emphasize comfort

Sennheiser is offering professionals a new set of headphones and headsets that promise a mix of high-end audio and comfort that persists over hours of use. The series, which doesn't launch until August, will include the HMD 300 Pro and single-sided HMD 301 Pro headsets, as well as the HD 300 Pro and HD 300 PROtect monitoring headphones. All models boast enhanced comfort.

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Urbanears Lotsen shrinks speaker lineup size but keeps its best features

Urbanears Lotsen shrinks speaker lineup size but keeps its best features

Urbanears is back with a new compact wireless speaker, Lotsen. The model's design mirrors the maker's Stammen and Baggen models, though Lotsen has a smaller size (and price tag) for more modest needs. As with both of those models, Lotsen features physical control dials and an angular, square shape, and it can be used as part of a multi-room audio setup.

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IKEA Eneby Bluetooth speakers offer minimalist style on a budget

IKEA Eneby Bluetooth speakers offer minimalist style on a budget

IKEA has launched its first Bluetooth speaker designed for the home, its new Eneby range. The IKEA Eneby is offered in two different sizes, and features a design that is intended to pair well with existing ranges from the company. As with many Bluetooth speakers, Eneby is portable and can be used in a variety of situations, including on-the-go or mounted on stands/wall brackets.

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Google Play Books audiobook feature is now worth using

Google Play Books audiobook feature is now worth using

Some people still swear by dead tree paper books despite the digital age. Others can’t live without the convenience of carrying a whole library in a single slab of plastic. Still, others prefer not to read words at all but still enjoy the “reading” experience with audiobooks. Earlier this year, Google added that second method of digital reading to its Google Play Books app and service. But it is only two months later that Google Play Books audiobooks actually became worth using at all.

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Polk Audio Command Bar is a home sound bar with Alexa built-in

Polk Audio Command Bar is a home sound bar with Alexa built-in

Polk Audio will soon start taking preorders for Command Bar, its home theater sound bar with Alexa built-in. The sound bar is slim and relatively minimalist in design, offering HDMI 2.0b for use with most HDTVs and 4K TVs. Among other things, the sound bar features far-field microphones for listening to the user's voice. According to Polk, its Command Bar was the first sound bar with Alexa support to be announced.

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