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Project Rap Rabbit is a new music game from PaRappa & Gitaroo Man creators

Project Rap Rabbit is a new music game from PaRappa & Gitaroo Man creators

When it comes to music rhythm video games, the genre can pretty much be traced back to a single title: the highly acclaimed PaRappa the Rapper for the original PlayStation. In the years that followed came the just as influential cult hit Gitaroo Man for the PS2. Now, many years later, the creators of these two games have announced they're teaming up to make a brand-new title called Project Rap Rabbit.

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Blue Satellite wireless headphones feature an amp and active noise cancellation

Blue Satellite wireless headphones feature an amp and active noise cancellation

Blue Microphones has launched its new Blue Satellite headphones, a pair of wireless cans that feature an integrated audio amp and activate noise cancellation. The headphones are designed to provide a high-end audio experience despite their wireless nature, and this is largely made possible thanks to that built-in audio amp. Blue says the amp 'brings out new detail in your music,' complementing the model's 44mm drivers.

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Neil Young’s Pono to relaunch as high-quality streaming service called Xstream

Neil Young’s Pono to relaunch as high-quality streaming service called Xstream

You might remember hearing about the music store/player Pono for one of two reasons: you're an audiophile that was interested in the high-fidelity music that was offered, or the fact that it was founded by musician Neil Young. Either way, the small number of Pono users remaining might be eager to hear that following the closure of its music store last year, it plans to relaunch in the near future as a high-quality streaming music service called "Xstream."

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Jay Z pulls album catalog from Apple Music and Spotify

Jay Z pulls album catalog from Apple Music and Spotify

Jay Z fans may find their options a bit slim when it comes to streaming his music this weekend. The hip hop star has had his catalog of solo albums pulled from both the Apple Music and Spotify services, seemingly in favor of Tidal, the music service he co-owns. The removal of albums was made without prior notice, but Spotify reps have confirmed it was done at the request of the artist.

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Spotify to release some albums on Premium two weeks before free

Spotify to release some albums on Premium two weeks before free

Things are changing at Spotify, at least for free users. After years of rumors about such plans, the music streaming service has inked a deal that, among other things, may result in some albums being released for Premium-tier members before they're made available on the free ad-supported tier. The artists themselves can make the decision about whether to limit their album to Premium for the first two weeks of its release or make it available to both tiers immediately upon launch.

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SoundCloud iOS app updated with Chromecast support

SoundCloud iOS app updated with Chromecast support

While still an underdog in the streaming music market, SoundCloud is still pushing ahead with new updates and features. Or, in the case of their iOS app, an update with an old feature that's been on Android for some time now. The streaming service's app for iPhone and iPad has just been updated to support Google Chromecast, allowing users to play music through more devices. At least it's better late than never.

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New Drake music ‘More Life’ now streaming, not Apple Music exclusive

New Drake music ‘More Life’ now streaming, not Apple Music exclusive

The wait for new music from hip-hop star Drake is finally over, as his new album, errr, "playlist"/"project" as he prefers to call it, has finally been released. Titled More Life, the 22 tracks were premiered on Drake's Beats 1 show, OVO Sound Radio, on Saturday without warning. The really great news for fans though is that More Life is available now to stream on just about every major music service, and not exclusive to Apple Music.

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Precise Audio (volume control) for Android released [APK Download]

Precise Audio (volume control) for Android released [APK Download]

This week far finer-grain control over audio volume has been released for most Android devices. This control comes in an unofficial app by the name of Precise Volume - and it comes without cost. There is a version that adds odds and ends and bits of helpful functionality, but the base app add-on is free. This should serve to encourage Google (and other smartphone manufacturers) to bring just such a set of controls to their own phones in the near future.

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How to get an invite to Pandora Premium (and why you should)

How to get an invite to Pandora Premium (and why you should)

This week the folks at Pandora have introduced a new Pandora Premium service which allows users to further control their listening experience. This is different from the past at Pandora, a company that started its business with free music listening with playlists based in a basic way on preferred artists. Here in 2017, users will be able to pay cash to get a more in-depth music experience on mobile devices and desktop computers.

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Harmonix unveils Dropmix, a music remix game with cards

Harmonix unveils Dropmix, a music remix game with cards

Harmonix, the developer behind the hits Rock Band and Dance Central, have returned with yet another music rhythm game: Dropmix. But rather than requiring players to purchase a collection of plastic instruments for their game consoles, Dropmix is played with a pack of physical cards and a board that connects to an iOS or Android device. Being released in partnership with toy-maker Hasbro, the game is like a mash-up of DJ remixes and strategic deck building.

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Hasbro and Harmonix DROPMIX music mixing game arrives in September

Hasbro and Harmonix DROPMIX music mixing game arrives in September

Hasbro has collaborated with Harmonix to develop the new DROPMIX music mixing game. The companies announced today that the new game will be available this upcoming September, introducing ‘the next evolution of musical play,’ according to Harmonix CEO Steve Janice. The game will include a related mobile app for Android and iOS, and will cover hits from major genres like dance, hip-hop, and more.

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Top 3 Ways to Stream Hi-Res Music (2017)

Top 3 Ways to Stream Hi-Res Music (2017)

So you’ve grown tired of poor-quality music streaming, but you’re not interested in downloading a massive library of FLAC files to fill up your music player. What’s the solution? So-called hi-res music streaming, an increasingly common tier of on-demand music access for audiophiles and others with discerning tastes. We recently heard a rumor that Spotify is planning to launch a 'Hi-Fi' subscription tier, but what options are available right now?

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