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Apple Music's first exclusive is none other than...

Apple Music's first exclusive is none other than...

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Apple Music's first exclusive is none other than...a new single from a guy who has posted videos of himself and been spotted donning a gold Apple Watch well before the smartwatch even became available for purchase. His name is Pharrell. Apart from being... >>

Google Play Music now free to use: Here's how it works

Google Play Music now free to use: Here's how it works

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Google has announced that its streaming music service, called Google Play Music, is now free to use, meaning you won't need a subscription in order to listen. But you will be subjected to adverts.Just like how the free versions of Spotify and Pandora... >>

Jabra Sport Coach: Nearly a personal trainer in your ears (hands-on)

Jabra Sport Coach: Nearly a personal trainer in your ears (hands-on)

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Jabra has unveiled its latest sports wireless earbuds, the Sport Coach. This is the follow-up to the Sport Pulse which impressed the tech world last year.The new in-ears don't feature the heart rate monitor of the Pulse which drops the price considerably.... >>

Turtle Beach's new lineup of gaming headsets for Xbox One, PS4, and PCs (eyes-on)

Turtle Beach's new lineup of gaming headsets for Xbox One, PS4, and PCs (eyes-on)

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Turtle Beach returned to E3 with new headsets for PC and console gamers, so of course Pocket-lint stopped by the company's huge booth on the show floor to see it had on display and behind closed doors.Starting off with the Ear Force Stealth 420X and 450,... >>

Beats Solo headphones: $16.90 in parts, 30% weight is metal added solely to feel heavier

Beats Solo headphones: $16.90 in parts, 30% weight is metal added solely to feel heavier

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Beats headphones are extremely well marketed, which is why you see them everywhere. But you don't hear everything there is to know about them.A recent teardown by Medium has found that 30 per cent of the weight in Solo headphones is actually from four... >>

Jabra Sport Coach wireless earbuds want to be your cross training coach

Jabra Sport Coach wireless earbuds want to be your cross training coach

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Following on from Jabra's multi-award winning Pulse earbuds come the latest Jabra Sport Coach wireless earbuds. These have built-in motion sensing to offer real-time cross training coaching.The great thing about the first Pulse was its ability to measure... >>

Gioteck FL Series hands-on: Multi-functional gaming headsets that double as Bluetooth speakers

Gioteck FL Series hands-on: Multi-functional gaming headsets that double as Bluetooth speakers

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Gioteck is at E3 2015 in Los Angeles, where it has unveiled a new range of headsets called the FL Series.Pocket-lint got a chance to see some of the headsets within the range in person at the show. We were told the different models on display weren't... >>

StarVR offers double the field of view Oculus Rift can, plus dual QHD displays

StarVR offers double the field of view Oculus Rift can, plus dual QHD displays

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The race for virtual reality gaming headsets claiming a space on your face is well and truly on and StarVR is a promising new contender.StarVR is the product of game creator Starbreeze buying hardware startup InfinitEye. Starbreeze you may know as the... >>

Ruark Audio R1 Mk3 review: Rockin' radio
4.5 stars

Ruark Audio R1 Mk3 review: Rockin' radio

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We've wanted to pop a small DAB radio in our newly built kitchen in order to catch some BBC Radio 6 and treat the ears to new tunes while cooking for some time.During said kitchen's construction, however, we've been treated to the delights of what we... >>

Apple Music takes on Spotify: Free for three months and out on 30 June, plus Android from 'fall'

Apple Music takes on Spotify: Free for three months and out on 30 June, plus Android from 'fall'

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Apple has announced the launch of its own music streaming service, Apple Music, at the company's annual developer conference in San Francisco.The new service, which is a product of the company's Beats Music acquisition last year, will focus on three... >>

Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H8 review: Bang & Oh... the price
4.0 stars

Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H8 review: Bang & Oh... the price

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In the hunt for a decent pair of headphones it's logical to select a well-known brand such as Bang & Olufsen. The Danish high-end audio manufacturer's most recent noise-cancelling on-ear headphones, the BeoPlay H8, certainly look the part, but with a... >>

Denon AH-GC20 Globe Cruiser: Wireless, noise cancelling and comfortable (hands-on)

Denon AH-GC20 Globe Cruiser: Wireless, noise cancelling and comfortable (hands-on)

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Denon announced the AH-GC20 Globe Cruiser headphones in April of this year, which it described as "the perfect travel companion, letting you enjoy your favourite music free from the distraction of unwanted ambient noise and all without the hassle of... >>

Denon adds HomeCinema soundbar and subwoofer to HEOS wireless multi-room system

Denon adds HomeCinema soundbar and subwoofer to HEOS wireless multi-room system

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Denon has expanded its HEOS wireless multi-room system with a HomeCinema wireless soundbar and subwoofer, expected to be available in July.The HEOS HomeCinema has been introduced to upgrade the sound of any flat TV, while also working as a speaker for... >>

Apple recalls Beats Pill XL speakers due to fire risk: Here's how to get your refund

Apple recalls Beats Pill XL speakers due to fire risk: Here's how to get your refund

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Apple confirmed almost exactly a year ago that it acquired Beats Music and Beats Electronics. Now, the Cupertino-based company is announcing something else Beats-related: a "voluntary recall" of Beats Pill XL speakers.It appears as though the battery... >>

Angle your Sonos Play:1 speaker for better sound with the Flexson Desk Stand

Angle your Sonos Play:1 speaker for better sound with the Flexson Desk Stand

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Flexson, the company that specialise in Sonos accessories, has announced a Play:1 stand that angles the speaker to fire audio slightly upwards and therefore at a better height for your ears. That means you can place it at any level, even low down.The... >>

Sonos makes it easier and cheaper to get connected music in your home with a 2 Room Starter Set

Sonos makes it easier and cheaper to get connected music in your home with a 2 Room Starter Set

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Although it faces competition from numerous rivals, including Samsung and LG, the Sonos wireless music system is perhaps the best known in the field. That's undoubtedly because it was one of the first systems on the market, that uses your home network... >>

Forget Beats, these Pioneer headphones are a £1,700 fashion statement of intent

Forget Beats, these Pioneer headphones are a £1,700 fashion statement of intent

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Beats might well be the headphone brand of choice when it comes to making a fashion statement, but the Pioneer SE-Master1 will make that statement louder and more pronounced.Not only are the flagship headphones handmade and offer super high-end acoustic... >>

Denon adds to Heos wireless range with Heos 1 speaker and more

Denon adds to Heos wireless range with Heos 1 speaker and more

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Denon has announced new speaker that'll expand its Heos wireless range.Called the Heos 1, it's considered the first product in the range intended for both indoor and outdoor use. Denon is also announcing something called the HEOS 1 Go Pack, which will... >>

What's new with the next-generation Spotify?

What's new with the next-generation Spotify?

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After months of rumours, Spotify has announced it is updating in a big way.With new rivals like Tidal offering music videos and exclusives, and even more competition likely on the way from Apple, Spotify probably felt it had no choice to find new and... >>

Starbucks to let coffee drinkers craft in-store Spotify playlists, coming soon to US and UK

Starbucks to let coffee drinkers craft in-store Spotify playlists, coming soon to US and UK

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Spotify has announced a new partnership that'll soon make its streaming service a go-to for coffee lovers around the world.The company has entered into a multi-year agreement with Starbucks, and as part of that deal, 7,000 Starbucks-operated stores in... >>

LG Music Flow range expands, adds portable options, Blu-ray players

LG Music Flow range expands, adds portable options, Blu-ray players

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LG has announced a few updates to its Music Flow multiroom speaker system, including the addition of Blu-ray players, meaning native CD support.Four smart Blu-ray players have been added to the Music Flow range, including the BP550, BP450, BP350 and BP255... >>

This portable music player really does cost the same as a Porsche 944

This portable music player really does cost the same as a Porsche 944

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Astell&Kern has craved a niche for itself as making portable music players that are at the very top of the chain in terms of performance and build quality. They are also at the very top of the price range too, with a special stainless steel version of... >>

Gramofon will connect your existing Hi-Fi kit for Spotify Connect, multiroom streaming, more

Gramofon will connect your existing Hi-Fi kit for Spotify Connect, multiroom streaming, more

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A new box that will let you turn existing Hi-Fi kit into an internet connected solution for around £45, has gone on sale in the UK, bringing streaming music services to thousands of new homes.Called Gramofon, the black box plugs into your existing... >>

Microsoft HoloLens video shows amazing holographic future is near

Microsoft HoloLens video shows amazing holographic future is near

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If you didn't think Microsoft HoloLens would be on the top of your Christmas list soon, you will after seeing this new video.At the Microsoft Build Developer Conference 2015 the company showed off its holographic augmented reality HoloLens headset in... >>

SoundCloud podcasting now available to all: Here's how to get started

SoundCloud podcasting now available to all: Here's how to get started

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Now anyone can host a podcast with SoundCloud.SoundCloud is a popular audio distribution platform, and it has been beta testing a podcasting feature with a private group for at least four years. But the company has finally decided to lift the curtain... >>

Astell&Kern AK Jr is a £399 portable player designed for high-res audio

Astell&Kern AK Jr is a £399 portable player designed for high-res audio

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Astell&Kern is known for making high-resolution audio products like the AK100, and it has released a new portable player called AK Jr.Priced at £399 and sporting an aluminium case, the new portable player might as well be considered a luxury item. It... >>

Tidal teams up with Soundiiz to let you transfer playlists from Spotify and more

Tidal teams up with Soundiiz to let you transfer playlists from Spotify and more

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Tidal, the new streaming service owned by Jay Z and his famous pals, has partnered with another company in order to make it super easy for you to ditch Spotify.Tidal's new partnership is with Soundiiz, a service that lets you transfer playlists from Spotify,... >>

Denon's AH-GC20 Globe Cruiser: £249 wireless headphones with noise cancelling to boot

Denon's AH-GC20 Globe Cruiser: £249 wireless headphones with noise cancelling to boot

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Audio device maker Denon has announced new wireless, noise-cancelling headphones.Called the AH-GC20 Globe Cruiser, the new model is described as "the perfect travel companion, letting you enjoy your favourite music free from the distraction of unwanted... >>

LG Music Flow wireless speakers now support Google Cast streaming

LG Music Flow wireless speakers now support Google Cast streaming

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A few months ago Google said it wanted to turn its Google Cast platform into an audio streaming standard, and now LG is throwing support behind that decision with its Music Flow speakers.There are seven speakers in the Music Flow lineup, with prices... >>

Devialet Silver Phantom review: Futuristic funk from this French Fancy will make your ears dance with delight

Devialet Silver Phantom review: Futuristic funk from this French Fancy will make your ears dance with delight

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Gaming fans might think the Devialet Phantom looks like a real-life replica of Ghost from smash-hit title Destiny, but audiophiles will know the high-end French manufacturer doesn't speak in vocoded Peter Dinklage, but instead top-end, crystal clear audio.We'll... >>

What is Tidal and why should you care?

What is Tidal and why should you care?

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Jay Z has re-launched a newly-acquired music service called Tidal, with the purpose of making a difference for artists.It's an interesting strategy. Instead of catering to consumers and promising to improve their lives, Tidal is all about righting the... >>

Harman is buying Bang & Olufsen's car audio unit for £106M

Harman is buying Bang & Olufsen's car audio unit for £106M

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Harman is gobbling up one of Bang & Olufsen's main businesses.The audio and electronic systems company has announced it will buy the Bang & Olufsen automotive unit for about €145 million (converts to £106 million). Bang & Olufsen, which is known for... >>

Sonos offers high res streaming through Tidal as Jay Z's music service comes out of beta

Sonos offers high res streaming through Tidal as Jay Z's music service comes out of beta

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Now that Tidal is emerging from its beta status, Sonos has cemented its partnership with the music-streaming service.Sonos owners are officially able to stream high-quality music over the Tidal service, which was recently bought by one of Jay Z's company... >>

Taylor Swift snubs Spotify again by adding her albums to Jay Z's Tidal service

Taylor Swift snubs Spotify again by adding her albums to Jay Z's Tidal service

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OMG. Taylor Swift is now on Tidal.Swift made headlines last year when she spoke out against Spotify's free tier and pulled her entire music catalogue from the streaming service, but apparently, that doesn't mean she's against people streaming her tunes... >>

Bang & Olufsen teams up with HP to take on Apple and Beats

Bang & Olufsen teams up with HP to take on Apple and Beats

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Bang & Olufsen and HP have announced a partnership that will see the high end audio manufacturer and PC maker team-up to take on the Apple and Beats group.HP laptops used to have Beats branding and tuning until Beats moved to Apple.So what does this partnership... >>

Want to see what a £2,500 portable music player looks like?

Want to see what a £2,500 portable music player looks like?

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Astell&Kern is particularly known for it's incredibly high-end high resolution audio players and in the stainless steel version of the AK240 it has truly outdone itself.The company has introduced the limited edition version to give an even more deluxe... >>

Deezer Elite now delivers FLAC audio streaming to Sonos users

Deezer Elite now delivers FLAC audio streaming to Sonos users

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Deezer has today released its Elite service of high quality music streaming for Sonos customers.The Deezer Elite service first launched in the US, before becoming available to Sonos owners in the UK last month has added a lossless FLAC music streaming... >>

The Vamp review: Raising old speakers from the dead
4.0 stars

The Vamp review: Raising old speakers from the dead

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Got an old speaker knocking around? The Vamp can easily turn it into a Bluetooth speaker to receive wireless audio from phone, laptop or other Bluetooth devices.The audio equivalent of a vampire bat - “re-vamp” is the official name inspiration, but... >>

Damson Audio Headbones use bone conduction to deliver your music

Damson Audio Headbones use bone conduction to deliver your music

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Damson has announced the launch and availability of the Headbones wireless bone conduction headphones in the UK, which allow the user to listen to their music while leaving their ears open to hear their surroundings. The Headbones use the temporal... >>

X-mini Clear Bluetooth speaker review: Sound that pops
4.0 stars

X-mini Clear Bluetooth speaker review: Sound that pops

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When it comes to Bluetooth speakers there's real variety available, making that choice all the more difficult. There's waterproof, waterbottle-shaped, portable, high-end, affordable, big brand and no name.As a company X-mini is best known for an innovative... >>

JBL Reflect Response earbuds have gesture control so you can wave in the air like you just don’t care

JBL Reflect Response earbuds have gesture control so you can wave in the air like you just don’t care

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JBL has unveiled what it claims to be the "world's first gesture control smart headphones". The JBL Reflect Response earbuds come with motion sensing technology, so can recognise waves of a hand in order to change tracks or answer calls without needing... >>

Lossless Led Zeppelin available to stream for the first time and not where you'd expect

Lossless Led Zeppelin available to stream for the first time and not where you'd expect

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Six of Led Zeppelin's classic studio albums are available to stream in a lossless music format for the first time, through Norwegian Spotify rival Tidal.Guitarist Jimmy Page has even worked with the music streaming service to remaster the albums to present... >>

Blur to release first new album in 12 years, Spotify gets first single: Listen to it here

Blur to release first new album in 12 years, Spotify gets first single: Listen to it here

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The British group Blur has announced its first studio album in 12 years, which will be available in all formats and to stream from 27 April. And to celebrate the announcement, the first single "Go Out" is now available to listen to on Spotify.You can... >>

Spotify move over, YouTube Music Key will give you offline music vids soon

Spotify move over, YouTube Music Key will give you offline music vids soon

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YouTube is preparing to launch its paid monthly subscription music service in a few months.YouTube Music Key, as it's called, was announced as imminent by Robert Kyncl, head of content and business operations, at the Code/Media conference.The service... >>

Zane Lowe leaves BBC for Apple, here are 6 jobs he could be doing

Zane Lowe leaves BBC for Apple, here are 6 jobs he could be doing

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Zane Lowe, the BBC Radio 1 DJ has announced that he will leave the BBC in March to join Apple.Lowe, who has been with the BBC for 12 years, currently hosts a number of shows at the station, but is giving all that up to relocate to Cupertino with his family.Apple... >>

Deezer Elite now available in UK, CD quality streaming through your Sonos

Deezer Elite now available in UK, CD quality streaming through your Sonos

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Deezer has announced that its Deezer Elite high-quality streaming service will now be available for use through Sonos stereo systems.Sonos already offers Deezer's conventional service and will soon add higher quality audio access through a Deezer Elite... >>

Onkyo Music to be your one-stop shop for high res music

Onkyo Music to be your one-stop shop for high res music

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AV brand Onkyo has expanded its existing e-onkyo music service outside of its native Japan to offer high resolution music for download in the UK, US and Germany too.The company has partnered with digital music specialist 7Digital for the new Onkyo Music... >>