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Dr. Dre as the voice of Siri

In its largest corporate acquisition to date, Apple has acquired Beats Electronics for US$3 billion. As part of the deal, Beats co-founders Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine will join Apple as full time employees. While discussing the deal with Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg at yesterday's Code...

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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 Apple's interest and brought them to the...

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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 acquisition now makes a lot more sense; digital...

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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 industry watchers believe that Apple has its eyes set...

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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 off their music has changed as well. Electronic...

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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, multi-function devices. Connecting wires makes...

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IK Multimedia's iRing: Two rings to rule your music making

IK Multimedia's tagline is "Musicians First", and the company has a huge and ever-expanding line of surprisingly good accessories and apps made for one purpose -- helping musicians make and record music through technology. Their latest invention is a really brilliant idea; a set of "rings" that...

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Sonos 5.0 software hits the app store with many new features

After a lengthy beta, Sonos has updated the iPad and iPhone controllers for its popular whole-house music system. Version 5.0, now available from the iTunes App Store, features a new design along with some solid updates. A major addition is universal search, which means that searches for artists...

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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 Apple/Beats rumor raised many more questions than it...

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Apple potential acquisition of Beats Electronics and other news for May 9, 2014

In this morning's Apple news, Nokia's photography lead has moved over to Apple and a little bit of music news. Stop me if you've heard this one. The Internet exploded today with news of Apple's potential acquisition of Beats Music. Note that this is not a formally-announced deal as of this...

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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 different than it was even just five years...

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Billboard claims iTunes Radio isn't the hit Apple was hoping for

The debut of iTunes Radio last summer signaled a fundamental shift in Apple's music strategy. First and foremost, iTunes Radio was Apple's not-so-subtle acknowledgment that the musical landscape that framed Steve Jobs' oft-repeated line about consumers wanting to own their music had...

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No, Spotify isn't trying to screw over iPhone users

As a Spotify user, I was pleased to see the iOS version of the streaming music app get a much needed facelift last week. The new design is slick and much easier to use than the previous version, and I've had no issues with playing my music as usual, which is why I was so confused to see this...

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IK Multimedia iLoud portable speaker lives up to its name

IK Multimedia is in the business of making products that help musicians make the most of their iOS devices and musical instruments. They're the company behind the iRig and its many spawn, which make it simple for musicians to plug in guitars or mics for processing by the company's software...

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5 iPhone speaker amplifiers that you already own

The speakers on the iPhone are fine for text tones and chirps from Angry Birds, but they don't really fit the bill for high-quality music. If you don't have your headphones handy but still want to rock out to some booming tunes, give these household objects a try. They work like a megaphone for...

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