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Pandora Premium Family Plan takes on Spotify at $15 per month

Pandora Premium Family Plan takes on Spotify at $15 per month

Pandora has launched a new premium family plan that gives subscribers access to higher quality audio with certain benefits including offline music access. The new plan allows for up to six individuals to access and use the account, bringing the total per-person price down to about $2.50/month. Subscribers can easily send invitations directly to family and friends.

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YouTube Music Premium Review: Top Search, No Ads

YouTube Music Premium Review: Top Search, No Ads

This week we're taking a peek at the first release of YouTube Music Premium. That's not the same service as any one of Google's various Music-entwined services. Instead, it's an amalgamation of the parts that've worked for Google in the past. In our first look at this app and the full features it serves, I've come away cautiously optimistic.

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Fiio M7 high-res music player adds USB-C for digital audio

Fiio M7 high-res music player adds USB-C for digital audio

Chinese company Fiio has launched a new high-res audio player called the M7. The new Fiio M7 model has a stylish, blocky design with both a touchscreen and physical buttons, as well as one big, important feature: USB-C. With this, buyers can use a pair of USB-C headphones with the audio player rather than traditional 3.5mm headphones.

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Get YouTube Music “early access” now: Here’s how

Get YouTube Music “early access” now: Here’s how

YouTube Music's 2018 reincarnation just launched, and it's available for SOME users. If you live in the United States, Mexico, Austalia, New Zealand, or South Korea, you might be in luck. Today Google launched "early access" to YouTube Music for some users - but not ALL users.

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Massive Attack album stored in DNA

Massive Attack album stored in DNA

Massive Attack's album Mezzanine is 20 years old. To celebrate, the band is working with scientists to store the album on DNA. Once coded, the band's classic album could last for at least hundreds of years, maybe thousands of years or longer. The technology that allows this was developed at ETH Zurich, and that's where the band went to get their business done.

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YouTube Music Premium: 5 things you need to know

YouTube Music Premium: 5 things you need to know

Today Google "revealed" YouTube Music and YouTube Premium - but it's not that simple. This is a re-branding and a changing of the guard. Much like previous Google app products (we're looking at you, chat,) Google's released several products that are relatively similar. Today we're going to make sense of the whole lot.

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YouTube Music launch next week will test brand’s profitability [UPDATE: it’s official]

YouTube Music launch next week will test brand’s profitability [UPDATE: it’s official]

YouTube may be the household name when it comes to online videos and some music but when it comes to monetizing that popularity, it has nothing on Netflix, Spotify, or even Apple Music. YouTube Red was Google's attempt at turning the free video streaming service into a business, lumping together a variety of subscription-only features, whether you have need for all of those or only some. So far, however, it hasn't exactly taken off, pushing Google to launch a new YouTube Music service that will hopefully make things a bit less confusing.

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Apple Music’s latest numbers show fast growth

Apple Music’s latest numbers show fast growth

Though Apple Music had something of a late start, that doesn't seem to be having a negative impact on its growth. Tim Cook is talking subscriber numbers today, and it turns out that Apple Music has added millions more users since the last time we checked in. That's particularly impressive, because the last time we were updated on total Apple Music users was only in April.

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Marshall Major III headphones arrive with wired and wireless models

Marshall Major III headphones arrive with wired and wireless models

Marshall's Major line has been going strong since 2010, and in that time, they've become the company's most popular headphones. Today, Marshall announced the newest entry in that line, introducing the world to the Major III. The Major III seems to boast some pretty nifty features, and comes in both wired and wireless varieties.

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Instagram Music: not what you might think

Instagram Music: not what you might think

New code was discovered this week in the deep depths of Instagram - and it's interesting. The code mentions Music - but not music like we see rolling in Spotify and Tidal and such. Instead, this music in Instagram is closer to what we've seen with YouTube's Open Source Music feature brings. That means the Instagram Stories you're already making could be tricked out, and soon.

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Spotify reaches 75M paying users, creep toward profit

Spotify reaches 75M paying users, creep toward profit

If you take a peek at Spotify's newest news release, you'd be forgiven for thinking everything is rosy. There they suggested they'd reached 75M Premium Subscribers and 170M Monthly Active Users. That's no small feat. It isn't quite enough, yet, to stay total operating loss for the quarter.

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Gibson files for bankruptcy: Guitars in question

Gibson files for bankruptcy: Guitars in question

It would seem that the brand Gibson has overstepped its ability to command the entire world of electronics. After a whole bunch of acquisitions, Gibson Brands just filed for bankruptcy. The brand's most recent public statement on the matter suggests they'll be trying to keep their bankruptcy transition invisible to the everyday customer. But when it comes to a case this massive, you can't really tell until it's all in motion. That goes for the guitars as well as the rest of Gibson Brands many subsidiaries. Especially the parts they bought recently and can't sustain.

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