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Amazon Music Chromecast support arrives for Android users

Amazon Music Chromecast support arrives for Android users

If you're an Amazon Prime customer, you have access to one of the company's better services, Amazon Music. This service is available via a mobile app on both Android and iOS, and now one of those two apps (Android) now has support for Google Cast. Thanks to that new support, Android users are able to cast the Amazon Music content to any device that supports Google Cast, including the venerable Chromecast itself.

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YouTube now selling you Ticketmaster tickets

YouTube now selling you Ticketmaster tickets

YouTube won't cost any more cash than it does already, but soon you'll see concert tickets offered on music artist videos. This is the way of the future. This is the day YouTube joined forces with Ticketmaster in a partnership that found a super inventive way to jam another thing to buy into your content stream.

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Google Assistant can now identify any song playing around you

Google Assistant can now identify any song playing around you

Google Assistant now has the ability to identify any song that is playing around you, pitting it against the music ID app Shazam. How does it work? Exactly as you'd expect. If there's a song playing nearby that you like but can't identify, simply ask Google Assistant, "What song is this?" The AI will take a listen and, after a few moments, tell you the song, artist, and provide a link to a streaming version.

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GarageBand for iOS update adds an instrument store

GarageBand for iOS update adds an instrument store

Even if you don't have an iPhone X coming on Friday, Apple still has something new for you to play with. GarageBand for iOS is getting a big update today, with the iPhone and iPad music-making app adding a new way to add new instruments and loops. The GarageBand Sound Library is effectively a mini App Store focused solely on music creators.

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Nintendo Switch Korg app proves it’s more than just a game

Nintendo Switch Korg app proves it’s more than just a game

Assuming its great post-launch momentum keeps up, the Switch is bound to get a lot of excellent titles in the years to come. Given the flexibility of its Joy-Con controllers, we'll likely see plenty of developers experiment with unique control schemes in some of those games. One of the first companies to do so isn't a game developer at all, but rather music company Korg.

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Pandora Featured Playlists give users Hipster Brunch and more

Pandora Featured Playlists give users Hipster Brunch and more

Pandora has launched a new feature that gives it a bit of Spotify flavor, and they come in the form of Featured Playlists. These playlists are assembled around various musical themes, such as 'Hipster Brunch,' giving users a fast way to play various music targeted at a particular circumstance or time of day. Many of these playlists are joined by a related radio station, making them available to everyone.

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Taylor Swift has an app now because life is a nightmare

Taylor Swift has an app now because life is a nightmare

The folks at Glu have "developed" an app that places Taylor Swift at the center of a social media app called The Swift Life. This app either slightly modifies or straight up copy-pastes elements from Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, and other social networks to create an "exclusive" arena in which Swift fans can look at photos of Taylor Swift and listen to Taylor Swift tell them things and sing songs.

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ROLI Lightpad Block M, NOISE update addresses some pain points

ROLI Lightpad Block M, NOISE update addresses some pain points

Creating synth music is almost one half actual music and one half stage performance. And the tools needed to create such music isn't exactly accessible, much less portable. When ROLI came out with its BLOCKS system, it was clear that the company was on to something. But as with any first gen product, BLOCKS experienced some growing pains. Now, ROLI is addressing some, though not all, of those with a second gen Lightpad Block M and the latest NOISE 3.0 update that promises to make creating music a more pleasurable experience.

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Waze and Spotify integration now rolling out to iOS

Waze and Spotify integration now rolling out to iOS

There are some things that seem to be fated to go together, like cookies and cream, peanut butter and jelly, and driving and music. Driving and fiddling with your smartphone to play your favorite traveling tunes, however, isn’t one of those and, in some places, might even be illegal. That is why Waze and Spotify have teamed up earlier this year to give you both experiences in one app. Now that tag team is arriving on iOS so you can keep your eyes on the road and your ears on the music.

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Spotify web streaming no longer supports Apple’s Safari

Spotify web streaming no longer supports Apple’s Safari

While Spotify is most commonly associated with its mobile apps, it allows desktop users to stream music through their web browser. Unfortunately that's no longer an option for those who prefer Apple's Safari, as it is no longer supported by Spotify. The abrupt change came about this weekend, surprising and frustrating many users, with the streaming service stating that Safari is now incompatible with its Web Player.

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Urbanears Fall/Winter 2017 Collection taps minerals for inspiration

Urbanears Fall/Winter 2017 Collection taps minerals for inspiration

Audio company Urbanears has taken the wraps off its latest collection, the Fall/Winter 17 lineup. This collection features some strong colors, not the least of which is an Emerald Green shade that goes well with the earthy tones of autumn. The company will be releasing three headphones models with this collection's colors, including the Plattan 2, the Plattan ADV Wireless, and the Sumpan.

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Google takes viewers inside of music using VR

Google takes viewers inside of music using VR

Google has introduced what it calls an 'interactive experiment,' one that uses virtual reality to take music lovers inside of songs, doing so in a way that is entirely new thanks to this budding technology. The new experiment has been done in conjunction with the podcast Song Explorer, and it uses audio from a variety of artists. All you need is a VR headset (Cardboard will work) to get started.

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