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YouTube is about to get a lot more annoying for music fans

YouTube is about to get a lot more annoying for music fans

YouTube plans to purposefully make the music video experience more frustrating, in the hope of infuriating heavy users to the point where they cough up for a paid subscription instead. The Google-owned site is, for many, the go-to place for music, with listeners often ignoring the video altogether. Unfortunately, that's not especially helpful for YouTube's bottom line.

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Spotify’s new UI is for new users only (for now)

Spotify’s new UI is for new users only (for now)

Today it was revealed that Spotify's newest user interface for Android and iOS is mostly for new users - for the moment. Users discovered this via Reddit, where user experiences are shared and screenshots are compared. We tried a method shared by users there, and surprise! A new account with the newest version of the app yields a new UI, but switching back to an old account brings the UI back to the old look.

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Google NSynth Super puts Magenta AI into open-source synthesizer

Google NSynth Super puts Magenta AI into open-source synthesizer

Google's Magenta AI has spawned an unexpected hardware device, the NSynth Super synthesizer that uses machine learning to create new sounds. Based on the Magenta research project, it's built using the NSynth neutral synthesizer that Google released last year, embodying the AI smarts in a tactile physical interface.

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Smart speakers are music streaming’s new battleground

Smart speakers are music streaming’s new battleground

Music streaming no longer seems to be the prized cow it once was but that doesn’t mean the battle has let up in the slightest. It has just changed arenas. While mobile users are still a top priority, service providers, like much of the tech market, have shifted their eyes towards the unstoppable onslaught of smart speakers. And the way things in that market are going, it’s going to be a battle of which music streaming service has a smart speaker or can be on one, leaving the smaller players out in the cold to wither and die.

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This tiny Marshall Acton Tawny speaker keeps it classy

This tiny Marshall Acton Tawny speaker keeps it classy

Marshall Headphones brand made a lovely little old-school speaker called the Acton Tawny - and it's tight. This speaker is a "special edition" in color combination (Tawny), including "buttery soft camel vinyl exterior and basket weave fret." It's a bluetooth speaker that also works with aux input, and it's part of a collection of sort of similar-looking speakers from the same brand.

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Deezer Alexa support goes live around the globe

Deezer Alexa support goes live around the globe

Deezer has a lot standing in its way if it wants to become one of the biggest music streaming services in the US. Though Deezer has been around for quite some time now, it only became widely available in the US back in 2016, at a time when services like Spotify, Amazon, and Apple Music were all duking it out for market share. Still, Deezer has been doing some cool things to garner attention, and today we're seeing the next step in that process.

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Spotify Premium hackers just got this stern warning

Spotify Premium hackers just got this stern warning

This week Spotify made clear that they are not fans of the apparently quite relevant number of users hacking their way into free services. Users downloaded hacked apps and ran services which allowed Spotify Premium to be used without paying the Spotify Premium fee. As such, Spotify was rather displeased, and released a message to all those would-be thieves.

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Chrome Music Lab Song Maker puts a synthesizer in your browser

Chrome Music Lab Song Maker puts a synthesizer in your browser

Browsers are no longer just about display web pages and cat GIFs. Browser makers are extending both their software and the Web itself to accommodate all sorts of content and interaction, some of them more sensible than others. Google has tons of Chrome Experiments aimed to both show off and push the Chrome browser to its limits. It’s latest, however, is probably the most fun and addictive. Chrome Music Lab’s Song Maker is exactly what it sounds but it sounds even better when you actually use it.

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Weird Al has a big surprise for Midnight

Weird Al has a big surprise for Midnight

Weird Al will perform the Hamilton Polka with Lin-Manuel Miranda on Friday night's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. But just in case you don't watch that show because it's an absolute nightmare, the single will also be released at midnight tonight. The single, that is to say, for the Hamilton Polka.

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Apple audiophile headphones tipped with AirPods magic

Apple audiophile headphones tipped with AirPods magic

Apple is aiming to pivot its AirPods success into a set of Apple-branded over-the-ear headphones, reports suggest, effectively competing with its own Beats range. The AirPods, Apple's Bluetooth earphones which do away with wires between the two earpieces completely, have been a stand-out win for the Cupertino firm, and are still in high demand even a year after they first went on sale.

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Bang & Olufsen DIY device gives new life to old speakers

Bang & Olufsen DIY device gives new life to old speakers

It's time to head to the ol' swap meet to find a few vintage speakers - they're about to get wicked sweet again. Bang & Olufsen teamed up with HiFiBerry this week to reveal the Beocreate 4 Channel Amplifier. This piece of equipment can be installed in any old B&O speaker to enable wireless features. As such, your father can finally say "I told you so" for keeping his ancient box speakers sitting in your parents' basement for the last several decades.

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Mad DIYer turns Furby choir into singing electric organ

Mad DIYer turns Furby choir into singing electric organ

Furby toys were an unholy union of fake fur, poor animatronics, and annoying voices, but they aren't extinct yet. You don't have to look too hard to find someone with an old Furby in a box somewhere, and it's pretty easy to find them online. Now one crazy DIYer has introduced us to a bizarre reality in which Furbies aren't just fake pets that sit on a shelf -- they're a full choir and a new type of instrument playing the soundtrack for your nightmares.

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