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Hasbro and Harmonix DROPMIX music mixing game arrives in September

Hasbro and Harmonix DROPMIX music mixing game arrives in September

Hasbro has collaborated with Harmonix to develop the new DROPMIX music mixing game. The companies announced today that the new game will be available this upcoming September, introducing ‘the next evolution of musical play,’ according to Harmonix CEO Steve Janice. The game will include a related mobile app for Android and iOS, and will cover hits from major genres like dance, hip-hop, and more.

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Top 3 Ways to Stream Hi-Res Music (2017)

Top 3 Ways to Stream Hi-Res Music (2017)

So you’ve grown tired of poor-quality music streaming, but you’re not interested in downloading a massive library of FLAC files to fill up your music player. What’s the solution? So-called hi-res music streaming, an increasingly common tier of on-demand music access for audiophiles and others with discerning tastes. We recently heard a rumor that Spotify is planning to launch a 'Hi-Fi' subscription tier, but what options are available right now?

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Spotify reaches 50 million paid subscribers milestone

Spotify reaches 50 million paid subscribers milestone

There's little doubt at this point that Spotify is the leading service when it comes to streaming music, but the company has just further cemented its position with its latest milestone: 50 million paid subscribers. The company revealed the achievement earlier this week, but what makes it really impressive is the fact that it was only back in September when Spotify topped 40 million paid users.

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SoundCloud Go becomes SoundCloud Go+, gets a mid-tier plan

SoundCloud Go becomes SoundCloud Go+, gets a mid-tier plan

Not all great music has to come from big record labels. Some come from less known indie artists who might have a hard time getting on the likes of Spotify or even the now more indie-friendly Apple Music. SoundCloud has always offered a home for musicians, whether indie or label but recently it has jumped on the streaming subscription bandwagon. A month shy of the anniversary SoundCloud Go, the service is shuffling things a bit. Now there is SoundCloud Go and SoundCloud Go+.

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Music to my ears: the rise of high-res audio

Music to my ears: the rise of high-res audio

With few exceptions, smartphones have never really been seen as serious audio equipment because of compromises that must be made for the sake of portability, size, and price. Lately, however, there has been an undercurrent in both the mobile industry as well as the digital audio market that is turning heads, or rather ears. More than ever, greater attention is being paid to digital audio quality, even on smartphones, as terms like “hi-res audio” become mainstream. But what is hi-res audio really and how is it affecting even the mobile market? We take a deeper look, or rather a deeper listen.

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Prince’s early albums now streaming, Purple Rain Deluxe coming

Prince’s early albums now streaming, Purple Rain Deluxe coming

It has barely been a year since the world mourned the loss of the musical genius known as Prince, also known by many other nicknames, some more unusual than others. At the Grammys the world of music paid tribute to the artist, not just with performances and words, but also with the launching of Prince's oldest albums on the world's newest channels. Yes, Prince's earliest albums are now available on streaming services. Some, not all. And the reason why that's the case is as interesting as the artist's music itself.

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Tidal found to be exaggerating its subscriber numbers

Tidal found to be exaggerating its subscriber numbers

While we've been hearing rumors for months about Tidal potentially being bought out by larger streaming music rivals like Apple or Spotify, it appears the Jay Z-owned company may be in a more dire situation. A new report out of Norway says that Tidal's subscriber numbers are much lower than what they claim, and that the company has been embellishing its user count for several years now.

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Tidal ‘Track Edit’ feature lets users change song speed and length

Tidal ‘Track Edit’ feature lets users change song speed and length

Streaming music service Tidal has introduced a pair of new features that enable some users to channel their inner DJs. With the features, users are able to adjust the length and speed of some songs to better suit their tastes (speed up the tempo for your exercising sessions, perhaps), then save those edited tracks to a playlist for enjoyment later on.

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Logic Pro X and GarageBand get big updates: Touch Bar, iCloud, more

Logic Pro X and GarageBand get big updates: Touch Bar, iCloud, more

Apple's Logic Pro X has gained Touch Bar support on the latest MacBook Pro, with the music software - and its GarageBand for iOS cousin - getting a big update today. Logic Pro X 10.3 not only embraces the slender touchscreen strip on Apple's latest notebook, but revamps the UI throughout; as for GarageBand for iOS 2.2, that gets a brand new synthesizer and a new interface. Meanwhile, music-makers using both products will be better able to create on the move thanks to new remote access options.

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Apple’s original content bid to try Netflix strategy for Music

Apple’s original content bid to try Netflix strategy for Music

It would appear that Apple is attempting to use Netflix's success story with original content as a template for their music business. At least, that's what it seems like, given the tips that suggest Apple is speaking with content creators aplenty. Instead of attempting to create their own new video service to compete with Netflix or HBO Go directly, Apple has been tipped to be attempting to bring original video content to Apple Music.

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Streaming was the largest form of US music consumption in 2016

Streaming was the largest form of US music consumption in 2016

It was only a couple of years ago when we writing about how streaming had a long way to go to catch up with digital purchases and downloads of music. Well, 2016 was the year that streaming not only caught up, but dominated the way music was consumed in the US. Stats released by Nielsen have shown that for the first time ever, streaming topped the digital sales of songs and albums.

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NASA wraps up the year with a catchy tune and 2016 highlights

NASA wraps up the year with a catchy tune and 2016 highlights

NASA has wrapped up 2016 with a catchy tune put on video to the space agency’s biggest highlights over the last year. The music is accompanied by a photo of a cassette tape appropriate dubbed 'Goddard,' a word referring to NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center located in Maryland. At only about a minute in length, the video doesn't even begin to detail all of Goddard's achievements throughout 2016, but it does offer a selection of the best ones.

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