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Google’s smart displays and speakers grab SiriusXM with Assistant control

Google’s smart displays and speakers grab SiriusXM with Assistant control

Following its launch on Android TV earlier this year, SiriusXM announced today that it's picking up Google Assistant support as well. So, if you've got something like a Google Nest smart speaker or a smart display, you'll soon be able to access SiriusXM content using voice commands. With SiriusXM already compatible with Alexa, this move to include Google Assistant was really only a matter of time.

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Spotify Kids gives family plan users a separate, kid-friendly app

Spotify Kids gives family plan users a separate, kid-friendly app

Spotify today announced that it's rolling out a new app aimed specifically at kids. Dubbed simply Spotify Kids, the app will be available to subscribers who are on Spotify's family plan. At the moment, availability is pretty limited, as Spotify has only launched the app in beta for the time being.

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YouTube Music gets Siri support and a desktop app

YouTube Music gets Siri support and a desktop app

YouTube Music is getting a couple of new features that span various platforms today. The first new feature is a proper desktop app for the music streaming service, which means that those on desktop no longer need to listen through a browser. YouTube Music is also getting Siri support today, following Spotify's lead pretty closely in that regard.

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Soon, more notifications in your Spotify: Here’s why

Soon, more notifications in your Spotify: Here’s why

The app Spotify will soon be sending you more notifications than it already did before now. Don't worry, though, the notifications aren't the sort that appear in your Android or iOS notifications panel. Instead, it's another notification that appears in the Spotify app, appearing over the top of the rest of the buttons and the content in the app - and maybe that doesn't bother you at all!

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Every brand has “true wireless” earbuds now: what are the important differences?

Every brand has “true wireless” earbuds now: what are the important differences?

It seems like every other tech brand is developing its own “true” wireless earbuds. Since the success of Apple AirPods, companies have quickly jumped on board the bandwagon, offering their renditions of these tiny audio devices, housed in a small charging case.

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Amazon Music follows Spotify’s lead with Apple TV app

Amazon Music follows Spotify’s lead with Apple TV app

It's been a pretty big week for Spotify. Not only did the company finally get the Siri integration it's been looking for across much of Apple's device range, but an official Spotify app went live for Apple TV as well. Never one to be outdone, Amazon has launched its own music app on Apple TV, bringing its service to Apple's media player.

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Spotify finally gets Siri support in iOS 13: Here’s how it works

Spotify finally gets Siri support in iOS 13: Here’s how it works

It's been a long time coming, but as of today the iOS faithful can tap into Siri while using Spotify. This missing functionality has been a point of contention between Spotify and Apple, but now it seems the two companies can finally bury the hatchet on that front, though we imagine some conflict with still remain between the two. Previously, only Apple Music was able to boast Siri integration, though that changed when Apple opened up SiriKit in iOS 13.

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YouTube Music is about to launch three personalized content playlists

YouTube Music is about to launch three personalized content playlists

Following hints about the offerings last month, YouTube has officially announced plans to launch three personalized playlists in YouTube Music, the company's music streaming service. These playlists will offer a mixture of new release content, music the user is likely to enjoy based on their listening habits, and a section that will help users find entirely new content that suits their tastes.

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TIDAL music streaming service arrives on Roku devices

TIDAL music streaming service arrives on Roku devices

Many months after its arrival on the DIY streaming platform Plex, music streaming service TIDAL has officially launched on Roku. Unlike competing music services like Spotify, TIDAL is known for its high fidelity offerings, giving audiophiles access to audio content at higher qualities that the compressed versions offered through most competitors. In addition, the service offers access to some exclusive content and videos.

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Apple Music is now a better rival to Android music apps

Apple Music is now a better rival to Android music apps

There was a point in time when Apple seemed to be completely ignoring Android users completely. Its first Android app, after all, threw shade at the rival platform by assisting users to migrate to iOS. But in order to truly spread its Apple Music service, it needed to also cater to the other half of the mobile world. That finally happened with the Apple Music Android app which, after a lackluster first launch, may now be considered a proper competitor on Android.

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Amazon Music HD arrives with high quality music streaming

Amazon Music HD arrives with high quality music streaming

In the music streaming space, Amazon finds itself in heated competition with the likes of Google, Spotify, and Apple. With that in mind, it needs every edge it can get, and todayuit's rolling out a new one. Amazon has announced a new tier of its music subscription service called Amazon Music HD, which promises higher-quality streaming for many of the songs it offers.

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Gorillaz G-SHOCK watches return, one year later

Gorillaz G-SHOCK watches return, one year later

This week the folks at G-SHOCK revealed a set of new watches with Gorillaz designs. These two watches are the DW-5600 and the GA-2000 rolling with Gorillaz (original self-titled album) and the more recent release NOW NOW designs. These pieces of hardware will be the second wave of G-SHOCK x Gorillaz watches - the first featured the 5600 alone - in four different limited edition designs.

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