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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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Popular YouTube to MP3 website is being shut down by RIAA

Popular YouTube to MP3 website is being shut down by RIAA

Long before YouTube Red was a thing, many casual pirates filled their MP3 players with music ripped from YouTube videos. Though the earliest methods of getting this audio were cumbersome, websites quickly appeared online that made the process as simple as providing a YouTube URL and clicking a download button. The most popular of these websites is being shut down for good.

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Apple Music Festival in London is no more

Apple Music Festival in London is no more

Some good things never last. In fact, it is perhaps a testament to Apple’s industry clout and marketing that this annual event lasted this long. But, alas, all good things must come to an end and the Apple Music Festival, the annual, often month-long event held at London, has been retired after 10 years of celebrating music, both local and international. But while this year might not see one grand music event, Apple is trying to make up for it with smaller, shorter events. And TV shows, of course.

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This Technics SP-10R turntable just set a new standard for sound

This Technics SP-10R turntable just set a new standard for sound

This week the folks at Technics announced a new turntable, the SP-10R, a Reference Class Direct Drive Turntable with top-level specs. Delivered in early Summer 2018, this device is the company's newest most premium analogue, direct drive turntable - the best of the best. Back in 2016 the standard was set with the SL-1200GAE/G, then in 2017 came the SL-1200GR.

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Deezer HiFi, formerly Deezer Elite, comes to Chromecast devices

Deezer HiFi, formerly Deezer Elite, comes to Chromecast devices

It wasn’t too long ago that Deezer started its march into Google land by integrating with Google Home. Now Deezer is taking that partnership to a new level, though in a slightly different direction. Deezer Elite, which is now being rebranded as Deezer Elite, will be available on Google Chromecast, Chromecast Audio, or any device with “Chromecast built-in”, a.k.a. “Google Cast”. The catch is that you’ll have to pay a monthly fee for that.

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Tesla ‘TTunes’ music service hinted in software update, but Musk claims joke

Tesla ‘TTunes’ music service hinted in software update, but Musk claims joke

Several weeks ago there was talk about car maker Tesla developing its own streaming music service for use in its popular electric vehicles. While this was mostly based on rumors of Tesla holding talks with music labels, real evidence of the service has now surfaced in the company's most recent vehicle software update. But in a strange twist, CEO Elon Musk has stated the whole thing is a "joke."

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Taylor Swift’s Reputation album cover is a meme nightmare

Taylor Swift’s Reputation album cover is a meme nightmare

Today the new album from Taylor Swift, "Reputation", was revealed with cover design that encapsulates the era. The era of bad graphics, the era of album covers made to be shared with social networks, the inevitable worst age. When Taylor Swift is in the Seventh House, And Kanye aligns with Kasabian, Then social media will guide the organizational hierarchy, And "anyone could do this though" typography will steer the graphics. This is the dawning of the age of memes as album art.

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Today Google Home adds Spotify Free

Today Google Home adds Spotify Free

Google Home's vast collection of device and service connections expands today with Spotify Free. This is the version of Spotify users can take advantage of (for free) with commercials and slightly lower-quality audio than a paid account. This update should be made today to add to the ever-growing list of voice-controlled services and devices shown below.

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