Apple Music Beats Launch

Apple Music First Look: Spotify, Who?

Apple Music First Look: Spotify, Who?

By on June 30, 2015 at 8:28 AM.

The music industry is in ruins. As we’ve gravitated over the last 10 years to purchasing, and now streaming, single songs as opposed to albums, record labels have taken a huge hit in revenue. But I actually still buy music. And I buy it on iTunes. I just like having something locally stored on my computers and devices so it’s always there. If you don’t have cell or Wi-Fi service, you still have your full music collection at your fingertips.

But over the past couple of years, my usage of streaming services has grown. First Pandora, then Spotify. I didn’t mess around with any of the junky ones with whatever horrible names you can think of. I did, however, sign up for a Beats Music subscription and I fell in love with two things about it: curated playlists from different brands and artists, and playlists for different activities. It made for an incredible listening, discovery and rediscovery experience.

That’s why I’m so excited about Apple Music, which will be launching soon after this article is published. More →

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Free Streaming TV

Now You Can Really Cut the Cord: Pirate TV Service Now Has 500 Free TV Channels

By on June 22, 2015 at 8:55 AM.

Now You Can Really Cut the Cord: Pirate TV Service Now Has 500 Free TV Channels

The biggest barrier for cord cutters today remains the same as it was a month ago and a year ago: live TV. Eliminating your standard pay TV subscription means relying on on-demand services such as Netflix and Hulu, which are both fantastic solutions for streaming TV shows and movies. But with only a few exceptions such as HBO Now and WatchESPN that are only available to a limited number of people who subscribe to certain services, cord cutters cannot watch most live broadcasts.

Now, however, there’s a pirate TV service that aims to change that — and as of Monday, it’s home to well over 500 channels of free streaming content. More →

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Apple Music Best Features

The best features of the new Apple Music streaming service

The best features of the new Apple Music streaming service

By on June 8, 2015 at 5:00 PM.

During the WWDC 2015 keynote on Monday, Apple unveiled its long-awaited music streaming service, Apple Music. It wasn’t much of a surprise after weeks worth of leaks spoiled most of the service’s features, but it was still exciting to see the original king of digital music enter the latest (and most competitive) arena. More →

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YouTube Player Redesign

How to start using YouTube’s new interface right now, before it launches

By on June 2, 2015 at 6:40 PM.

How to start using YouTube’s new interface right now, before it launches

YouTube has been toying with a sleek new design for its video player interface for quite some time, but only a select few had been able to try it. Then, people discovered a reasonably simple hack of sorts that let them force the new player UI to appear by using an editor to manually make some changes to the cookie YouTube plants in your browser cache. Of course, most people had no interest in editing their cookies in order to see the new UI.

Well guess what: YouTube has finally made it easy for anyone and everyone to check out the new video player interface before it’s released to the general public. More →

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How To Charge For Email

Finally: A service that lets you charge people to email you

By on June 2, 2015 at 11:39 AM.

Finally: A service that lets you charge people to email you

If I were to charge people to email me, I could likely retire before the year is done. I get more than 100 emails per day on a slow day, and my inbox can easily top 200 emails on a busy day. This, of course, is why I had no choice but to destroy email.

Of course, it wouldn’t be ethical for me to charge companies to pitch me, so I would never use a service like Wrte.io. For others out there without ethical barriers, however, a service that lets you charge people to email you might just be your new favorite thing in the world. More →

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Apple Streaming Music Service

WSJ: Apple will unveil it’s new streaming music service next week – here are the details

By on June 1, 2015 at 3:03 PM.

WSJ: Apple will unveil it’s new streaming music service next week – here are the details

Try to act surprised: Apple is set to unveil a completely revamped streaming music service next week during the annual Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco. The service will cost $10 per month, as expected, but contrary to some rumors there will indeed be a free streaming tier that is ad-supported. And as reported over the weekend, there will also be a series of high-profile guest DJs to help draw attention away from streaming music mainstays like Spotify and Pandora. More →

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Apple Outage

Outage alert: 11 Apple services are having serious problems this morning

By on May 21, 2015 at 7:45 AM.

Outage alert: 11 Apple services are having serious problems this morning

Bad news, Apple fans: you may wake up on Thursday to find that a whole host of Apple’s cloud-based services are completely down or at least slow to respond this morning. Apple’s service status page shows that 11 different services in total are experiencing downtime or are at least having problems that will cause them to perform slowly for some users.

Here’s the complete list of affected services: More →

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Netflix Movies

Netflix is testing a redesign that users are going to love – see it first right here

By on May 20, 2015 at 9:30 AM.

Netflix is testing a redesign that users are going to love – see it first right here

Netflix is nothing short of a game-changer when it comes to home entertainment. It certainly wasn’t the first service to begin streaming movies and TV shows to our homes, but there’s no question that Netflix led the charge, and continues to lead the charge, in terms of popularizing home streaming and changing the way we consume movies and TV series.

Of course, that hardly means the service is perfect. In fact, there are some things that are flat-out annoying about Netflix. Subscribers will be excited to learn that there are some changes brewing on the company’s website though, and we now have our first look at the upcoming redesign. More →

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Free Music Streaming

New site streams unlimited free Pandora-style radio with no ads using Soundcloud

By on May 19, 2015 at 4:38 PM.

New site streams unlimited free Pandora-style radio with no ads using Soundcloud

Pandora is a great option for people looking to stream endless custom radio stations based on a song or artist of their choice. Of course, not everyone wants to pay $5 a month or deal with the constant advertisements that play in between songs with Pandora’s free streaming option.

Thanks to some handy coding and Soundcloud’s massive catalog of free music, a new website lets users stream all the Pandora-style custom radio they can handle without paying a cent. More →

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Tidal Vs Spotify

Tidal vs. Spotify: Indie hip hop producers release album on both and declare a surprising winner

Tidal vs. Spotify: Indie hip hop producers release album on both and declare a surprising winner

By on May 14, 2015 at 1:50 PM.

Tidal seemed like a service with such promise, but a botched launch caused the iPhone app’s popularity to plummet soon after it was released. Jay-Z’s music service was supposed to be a haven for music fans and artists alike, giving fans access to higher-quality premium tracks while ensuring that artists — independent artists in particular — make more money in the process. Then, to promote Tidal to the world, the service paraded around a bunch of multi-millionaires no one wants to support.

But forget everything you’ve read in the media and forget the fact that even Kanye seems to think the service is doomed, because Tidal now has some support from just the type of people it needs to begin vocally supporting it: Independent artists. More →

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Spotify Premium Discount

With Beats Music relaunch looming, Spotify offers a killer deal with a 97% discount

By on May 6, 2015 at 12:00 PM.

With Beats Music relaunch looming, Spotify offers a killer deal with a 97% discount

Apple is reportedly preparing to launch a new and improved Beats Music service, and the impact could be felt throughout the industry. In fact, there have been rumblings for months now that Apple is trying to convince music labels to eliminate the free streaming tier on services like Spotify.

It indeed feels as though we’re on the cusp of some serious change in the streaming music market, but Spotify is apparently going to do everything it can to attract new business before Apple unveils its revamped streaming service next month. And to help move things along, the company is now offering a killer deal. More →

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Free Music Streaming

Industry insider says free music streaming from Spotify, YouTube and more may soon vanish

By on April 13, 2015 at 8:55 AM.

Industry insider says free music streaming from Spotify, YouTube and more may soon vanish

The music industry is in turmoil right now. Revenue is drying up at an alarming pace and the big names in the industry are doing everything they can to regain the sales that have been lost due to piracy and the advent of music streaming services. How far are music labels willing to take things to reverse this ongoing downward trend? According to one music industry insider who is certainly in a position to know, free streaming tiers from services like Spotify and YouTube may soon be eliminated, forcing users to pay if they want access to new music. More →

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