Posts tagged with: music
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    The music industry seems to have closed the financial transition period between downloads and streaming as the Recording Industry Association of America reports revenue growth not seen since the late 90's. In terms of retail sales made during the first half of the year, revenue grew by an annual 8.1 percent to $3.4 billion. Streaming revenues made up $1.6 billion of the total, up 57 percent from last year. The figure includes paid subscriptions (ie Spotify, Apple Music) to streaming music services (Pandora, radio stations online), licensing fees made from streaming radio services and ...

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    Apple removed the 3.5mm headphone jack from the iPhone 7. Why remove this standard port for connecting audio gear? Courage. Many people have made comments regarding the age of the phono jack. This is a connector which was originally developed in the late 1870's. This design is well over a century old, so certainly by now we should have a better way to send audio from a source to speakers right? Apple thinks they have the solution and it basically involved using the same data port the iPhone uses to sync and charge. Certainly this 21st century connection has to provide a higher quality ...

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    With the PlayStation VR arriving in time to meet up with a couple of new PlayStation 4 variants, Sony would have done well and good to start planning 360° TV and movie content a long time ago. Alas, we're hearing today that the Japanese company will likely be licensing content from other multimedia outfits at first. The PlayStation VR will be released on October 13, which gives the company less than a month to implement its wider content strategy. The company claims more than 230 developers to its effort working on more than 50 projects in gaming, karaoke, cartoons, music videos and ...

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    Asus set a high standard for android tablets, and alongside new Transformers, they also revealed the new ZenPad 3S 10. Not the most graceful name, but a sleek slate built around high quality media consumption. This 9.7” screen is housed in an aluminum frame with some tiny bezels bordering that screen, and a 78% screen to body ratio. That 2k display clocks in at a resolution of 2048 x 1536. It's sleek, it's shiny, and Asus thinks it's the right recipe for you music and movie junkies. The ZenPad 3S 10 aims to do battle with Apple and Samsung with a high quality screen and premium ...

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    If video killed the radio star a few decades back, virtual reality may soon radically transform if not eradicate the traditional music video experience. Instead of watching a series of images selected by musicians and often adept directors to represent a song’s beat and message on your screen of choice, why not take part in the action from the comfort of your couch? Several years still need to pass before you can just put on a pair of glasses and start grooving with Adam Levine whenever you feel like it, but the first step towards an exciting future where the recording and tech industry ...

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    Let's talk about audio. How our phones handle music and media is often overlooked for more impressive visuals. Playing games or streaming films looks better on camera. Video game performance can be used to rank phone performance, as most apps really don't tax our gadgets that severely. "Benchmarking" often means looking at artificial test designed to grade CPU and GPU power with scores relative only to how other devices complete the same artificial test scenario. Audio is a bit different though. From listening to music, playing games, or watching films, audio is a vital usage for many ...

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    We're finally seeing a resolution to whatever the problem is affecting some Apple Music subscribers who have had entire music libraries wiped off of their Macs. The story started out last week when blogger James Pinkstone said that he had to get all of his music back through a lower-quality iCloud file or poorly-matched Apple Music equivalents was after he had subscribed to Apple Music on his Mac. The issue has persisted with other users. iMore had later tracked down a database error found in iTunes — the program that handles Apple Music as well as the iTunes Store and locally-stored ...

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    Last week, we saw a blogger express his rage against the Apple because he had all of his music stored on his computer deleted after he had subscribed to Apple Music. Being told that "the software is functioning as it's intended" did not help the matter. iMore's Serenity Caldwell went into how Apple Music, by design, could not delete a user's local music library without user input. Still, the problems kept coming up. The result was that every track had to be streamed down from an iCloud- or Apple Music-based backup. While they were downloadable, sound quality suffered thanks to .aac ...

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    Revenues from streaming music have overtaken revenues from download purchases. And it took so little time for that to happen. In 2012, Apple made $3.9 billion in revenue from iTunes music downloads, the most it's ever made from them. Since then, download numbers have fallen off: a 16 percent drop-off last year, maybe 25 to 30 percent this year. The tumble could end up with Apple reaping only $600 million from downloads in 2019. The numbers are part of the conversation Apple executives are said to be having about not if, but when iTunes should stop offering downloads. Sources inside ...

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    On Wednesday, James Pinkstone of Vellum Atlanta penned a blog post about how "Apple Stole My Music. No, Seriously." In it, Pinkstone details how his subscription to Apple Music had caused 122GB of music — from downloads to his own compositions — to disappear. Signing up for Apple Music, he said, triggered iTunes song matching software and it scanned his entire local library of music files before deleting the whole thing. Where iTunes was able match songs, it gave him an equivalent version on Apple Music. On the whole, the service often does a poor job of doing so, replacing special ...

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    I'll be honest, the song tries too hard to imitate K-pop by using tropes that would better fit different voices. I mean, give me either EXID or Perfume any given day, but don't fault the six-member act lyrical school for trying. Especially don't hate on the A Million Miles video production: it's a fantastic concept that doesn't necessarily "hack" or "take over" your phone so much as exploit all of iOS's features for your visual pleasure. The group's new song, "RUN and RUN," runs through a fast 3:48 inside an iPhone 6s and emulates every bit of the interface to deliver lyrics and dancing ...

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    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 the product out there to cash ...

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    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 updated to include gapless playback on ...

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    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 a surprise in any fashion to have a new ...

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    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 you used to pay $9.99 for a ...

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    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 more, but the idea here ...

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    The modern world of smartphone audio is perhaps best summed up by country-music singer Loretta Lynn: we've come a long way, baby. For much of the decade or so that smartphones have existed, the devices have been plagued by underwhelming audio performance, a symptom of too-small speakers paired with anemic software drivers, permitted only to suckle the tiniest bit of energy from an already power-strapped system. With very few exceptions, audio has been the afterthought, not the focus, of the smartphone industry. Thankfully, that's started to change in recent years. As smart devices have ...

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    Here's a little mini-Pocketnow Insider for you: next week, I had a TLDR piece scheduled entitled "Hey Microsoft: Where's Pandora for Windows Phone?" The company must've sensed my intentions (or, you know, grown tired of hearing the shouted demands of millions of its vocal customers) because today, it took the wraps off Pandora for Windows Phone 8. Microsoft and Pandora say the popular music-streaming app has been rebuilt from the ground up for Windows Phone 8, and it shows. From the tiled stations screen to the panoramic scrolling, this is a Modern UI design through and through. There are ...

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    Spotify and Android users were left in the dark for quite some time but at the end of April the company finally let everyone know what they were working on for Android. The preview of the application promised good things ahead and now the final version of the streaming software is finally available to download in the Google Play Store. Everything in Spotify for Android is new, since it's a "top-to-bottom redesign". According to the change log, the new version has full support for Android 4.0, offers slide-out navigation, enables the use of crossfade/gapless playback in the settings, has ...

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    Something interesting happened to me early this year: I started hating my iPod. It was a second-generation 16GB iPod Touch, running the most recent version of iOS that was available, and it was a heinous pile of garbage. It crashed constantly, the battery life was sub-par, and its infamous soft-metal casing was scratched beyond belief, despite having lived a relatively sheltered, case-protected life. Plus, I hated carrying around two devices when I didn't have to. Granted, this attitude is somewhat at odds with my Twitter moniker, but "Captain2Phones" does not equal ...

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