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T-Mobile offers free music streaming to customers

On Wednesday night, T-Mobile CEO John Legere made an announcement that makes the magenta network incredibly attractive to music-minded mobile users and the parents of teenagers. The company announced that it will allow its Simple Choice subscribers...

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iRig Voice and EZ Voice app want to make you a star

IK Multimedia hit the market with the iRig Mic three years ago, a mic for podcasting and recording that plugged into the headphone port of your favorite iOS device and allowed for real-time monitoring. At the time, I wasn't impressed with the...

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When Apple in 2000 quickly shifted its focus to music

If you pay attention to the cynics out there, Apple's $3.2 billion acquisition of Beats reeks of desperation. Apple, the argument goes, completely missed the boat on streaming music and is now just grasping at straws with Beats in a last ditch...

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Apple's Beats acquisition may prove to be a huge money maker

Let's be honest: Apple's $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics isn't a sexy acquisition. The deal doesn't provide nearly as much room for speculation and intrigue as would exist if Apple purchased a company like, say, Nest or Netflix. But...

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Apple managers reportedly ignored Spotify, even as engineers preferred it over iTunes

A recently published Buzzfeed article sheds some light on the circumstances that led to Apple's recent US$3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics. As the story goes, even Apple engineers working on iTunes preferred using services like Spotify...

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Beats Music app updated with longer trial period and lower annual subscription price

The monster Apple story of the week is without question the company's $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics. While Beats is more widely known for its line of premium headphones, it was the company's streaming subscription service that piqued...

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Tim Cook explains the motivation behind Beats acquisition

Confirming earlier reports, Apple today officially announced a blockbuster deal to acquire Beats Electronics for $3 billion. While the notion of Apple acquiring Beats initially resulted in a slew of questions and raised eyebrows, the wisdom of the...

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Djay 2 for iOS gets 20 million song update via Spotify

Just in time for summer pool parties, beach bashes and wild wedding receptions, one of the best full-featured DJ apps for iOS just got cranked up to eleven. Algoriddim's award wining djay 2 application for iOS has just been upgraded to version 2.5,...

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Steve Jobs was never a fan of subscription music

While Apple's rumored deal to acquire Beats is not yet official, people are trying to future out why Apple wants a company that sells divisive headphones (consumers love them, audiophiles don't) and subscription music, among other things. Most...

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Electronic artist deadmau5 releases subscription music app for iOS

The music business landscape has changed over the last fifteen years from physical media to mostly digital transactions. Be it the iTunes store or streaming online, the way we consume music has radically changed. Accordingly, the way artists profit...

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Former eMusic CEO gives his take on rumored Apple/Beats deal

Former eMusic CEO Adam Klein took to Bloomberg last week to give his take on the rumored Apple/Beats Electronics acquisition. Echoing what many industry watchers have speculated, Klein believes that the proposed deal has everything to do with...

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PUC interface connects iOS, MIDI devices wirelessly [Updated]

The PUC MIDI interface (US$129.99) connects MIDI devices (keyboards, drum machines/pads, DJ controller, floor pedal, etc) to iOS devices (or Macs) wirelessly. This is fantastic news, because the joy of the iPad and iPhone is that they're wireless,...

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Forget headphones, Apple's interest in Beats is about paid music subscriptions

The rumor mill exploded last week amidst reports that Apple is considering purchasing Beats Electronics for US$3.2 billion. While most of Apple's acquisitions are small, surgical, and neatly fit into the company's future product plans, the...

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IK Multimedia's iRing music motion controller arrives

Ever since the invention of the theremin back in 1928, musicians have sought a way to create music simply by moving their hands. The theremin was an early electronic instrument that provided many of those eerie sounds heard in bad horror and sci-fi...

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Spotify revenue in Europe is quickly catching up to iTunes

With no shortage of ways to listen to music these days, the drive to own one's music is no longer as prominent as it once was. Indeed, the rollout of iTunes Radio last summer underscores Apple's appreciation for a musical landscape that's markedly...

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This stunning iPhone amplifier is as fragile as it is gorgeous

We all know the old "toss your iPhone in a mug" trick to making your smartphone's speaker output a bit more beefy, but if you're willing to spend some serious coin, Aric Snee might have what you're looking for. The talented designer has crafted an...

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