The music industry has had mixed opinions about streaming services. Where there’s blame to be laid for poor artist returns, it’s often been the label that came out looking worse off. And yet, the likes of Spotify continue to proliferate to the point where reactionary services like TIDAL and Apple Music are scrambling to get their footing on the field.
But while the focus has been on money for the songwriters, producers and all the great people who bring harmonious sound together, there’s also music involved here. After all, good contract or bad, you gotta put [...]
You don’t need to be a The Decemberists fan to appreciate the musical necessity of gapless playback. Concept artists (who might or might not get paid well depending on how you buy your music) will usually take great pains painting a story out through multiple, intertwined songs that blend into each other. If you don’t have gapless playback on, there’s a blaring quarter second of awkward silence waiting between those songs instead of a smooth transition.
As much as I’m pumping up on the experience, it is weird to see that Groove Music has finally been [...]
Update 2: MaterialUP developer Victor Borga responded to our request for comment, saying:
I change the logo “Google Play” to “Google Store” because I think the name is more consistent.
Update: We saw in the comments of the original post that the user was running Cyanogenmod v. 12, which is compatible with a theme called MaterialUP, available here on the Play Store (still). Gaurav Garg, one of our readers, has been able to achieve the same results with the skin and has posted the screenshots below. Thanks for the support!
All that said, it is [...]
Microsoft’s attempt at hatching up an iPod competitor back in 2006 didn’t go so well. It launched the Zune music player back on November 14, 2006. Through six years of support, the growing lineup of Zune players outgrew the demand for them (and Windows Phone 7 devices). And so, they were discontinued in 2012. But the music services behind the player went onward. That is, they will be going up to November 15 of this year.
Microsoft is migrating its Xbox and Zune music services into Groove, what’s basically now the unified music client for Microsoft devices. If [...]
If you’ve used music streaming service, you’ve used them all. Spotify, Rdio, Pandora, and other services all have roughly the same feature set, and focus around letting you access a huge library of music from anywhere, any time. Apple has historically been reluctant to embrace music streaming, instead pushing iTunes and the benefits of owning your tracks. But as of today, that all changes, as Apple has just released Apple Music to the masses, bundled into iOS version 8.4.
Like competing services, Apple Music allows for radio streaming, playlists, sharing songs, and [...]