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One Direction take over Spotify, you can get them to add your songs to their playlist

One Direction take over Spotify, you can get them to add your songs to their playlist

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Teen pop sensations One Direction are taking over Spotify for two days this weekend, starting 2pm GMT Friday 6 February. They will be in control of the Teen Party playlist, which already has almost one million followers, and fans can request songs they... >>

Dali Kubik One review: One serious soundbar
4.5 stars

Dali Kubik One review: One serious soundbar

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The Dali Kubik One is a statement soundbar if we ever saw one; the pillar box red model in particular being as eye-catching as it is ear-catching.Surprisingly the Danish manufacturer, synonymous with quality standalone audio products, hasn't ventured... >>

Jay-Z bids to take on Spotify at its own game

Jay-Z bids to take on Spotify at its own game

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Jay-Z appears to be moving into the music streaming game with Spotify in his sights. The rapper placed a 464 million Krona bid, which is about £37 million, for high quality Norwegian streaming service Tidal.To be exact a company directly owner by Jay-Z's... >>

Bose SoundLink on-ear Bluetooth headphones review: Premium performance
4.0 stars

Bose SoundLink on-ear Bluetooth headphones review: Premium performance

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Although Bluetooth isn't a new technology, there has been a renewed interest in Bluetooth devices of late, with a push towards quality that's seeing some of the more established audio brands producing a wider range of wireless audio devices than ever... >>

Sony ditches Music Unlimited in favour of Spotify, will offer Spotify streaming over PS4 games too

Sony ditches Music Unlimited in favour of Spotify, will offer Spotify streaming over PS4 games too

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Sony has announced the death of its own music streaming service, Music Unlimited. Instead it is partnering with Spotify to offer its streaming platform to PlayStation console and Xperia phone and tablet users.Called PlayStation Music, the new hub will... >>

Music sounds better with... sound engineer Aden Gregory

Music sounds better with... sound engineer Aden Gregory

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Aden Gregory has been a professional sound engineer for many years, working on plenty of projects in the process, including Later... with Jools Holland for the BBC since 1992. He's therefore heard a lot of music of dramatically varying styles over the... >>

Music sounds better with... Prog magazine's Jerry Ewing

Music sounds better with... Prog magazine's Jerry Ewing

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A welcome return for our regular series of bite-sized music interviews puts the editor of Prog magazine Jerry Ewing in the hot seat. We find out his musical tastes and heroes to give you some tips of what to cue on your home or portable system, gleaned from... >>

What is Google Cast for Audio, what speakers support it and why does it matter?

What is Google Cast for Audio, what speakers support it and why does it matter?

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Google has announced a new method for streaming audio and you'll want to pay attention: it's called Google Cast for Audio.It capitalises on the success of Chromecast and it uses the same system to let you send audio to a compatible device, like a speaker... >>

What is Spotify Connect, and why does it matter?

What is Spotify Connect, and why does it matter?

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Spotify has a tonne of features, though some of the fancier ones, such as Spotify Connect, are limited to users who pay up.Spotify Connect is a relatively new feature (or rather a new button in the Spotify app) that enables you to play tunes from Spotify's... >>

Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7 headphones review: Neutral over-ears are positively priced
5.0 stars

Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7 headphones review: Neutral over-ears are positively priced

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We've been seeing over-ear headphones rain from the skies over the last couple of years, as one of the fastest expanding areas in tech. With new names entering the fold, the long-time established brands, such as Audio-Technica, are fighting back with... >>

Spotify won't support Google Cast, prefers to further develop Spotify Connect

Spotify won't support Google Cast, prefers to further develop Spotify Connect

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Contrary to reports, including an official statement from Sony, Spotify will not be supporting Google Cast for playback on home speakers.Instead, it will be sticking with its own Spotify Connect system, which streams music to compatible speaker solutions,... >>

Iron Maiden and Onkyo join forces for new audio venture, Maiden Audio

Iron Maiden and Onkyo join forces for new audio venture, Maiden Audio

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British heavy metal legends Iron Maiden and Onkyo have joined forces for a new venture called Maiden Audio. What that will produce is currently underwraps for now it seems, but the possibilities are exciting enough for fans.As part of the launch campaign,... >>

Braven Balance Bluetooth speaker will fill the gym with heart-pumping bass as you workout

Braven Balance Bluetooth speaker will fill the gym with heart-pumping bass as you workout

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Braven has a new Bluetooth speaker. It's called Braven Balance.The manufacturer is at CES 2015, showing off its newest product ideal for people with an active lifestyle. Braven Balance features a low profile, ultra-thin desgn, and proprietary bass optimisation... >>

Bang & Olufsen BeoSound Moment wireless music system is fronted by touch-sensitive wood interface

Bang & Olufsen BeoSound Moment wireless music system is fronted by touch-sensitive wood interface

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Bang & Olufsen, the high-end audio manufacturer, isn't a company to do things by half measures. Using the Consumer Electronics Show 2015 as its platform, the Danish company has unveiled its latest wireless music system: the BeoSound Moment.Described as... >>

Philips Spotify Multiroom Adapter will let you turn your existing speakers into Spotify Connect speakers

Philips Spotify Multiroom Adapter will let you turn your existing speakers into Spotify Connect speakers

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Philips announced its dedicated Spotify Connect speakers at the beginning of December 2014, but there's a new addition to the set, the Spotify Multiroom Adapter SW100M. The adapter can be connected to existing speakers you have using analog (RCA) or... >>

Beats Solo for £50? Samsung Gear Fit for £70? Grab a bargain as Phones4U tech auction closes

Beats Solo for £50? Samsung Gear Fit for £70? Grab a bargain as Phones4U tech auction closes

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UPDATE: The auction ends today, grab a deal fast.Phones4U has collapsed not too long ago, which is a sad thing, but as the saying goes every cloud has a silver lining. In this case its more metallic, like a gadget. Phones4U gadgets are being auctioned... >>

Walkman ZX2: Sony brings back the Walkman, ready for high-resolution audio

Walkman ZX2: Sony brings back the Walkman, ready for high-resolution audio

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No it's not 1988, but that hasn't stopped Sony bringing back the Walkman brand, and in particular a Walkman for music fans keen to keep the audio experience decidedly hi-resolution.The new Walkman NW-ZX2 will pitch itself as a dedicated hi-res compatible... >>

Monster Shaq Attack: Shaquille O'Neal helps Monster waterproof Bluetooth speaker get afloat

Monster Shaq Attack: Shaquille O'Neal helps Monster waterproof Bluetooth speaker get afloat

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Monster has announced a new version of its Superstar portable Bluetooth speaker that can be completely submerged in water. And it garnered the help of Basketball star Shaquille O'Neal to demonstrate the device to a gathered throng of journalists during... >>

Plex to add new music streaming features, HD videos from Vevo to match your tracks

Plex to add new music streaming features, HD videos from Vevo to match your tracks

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Plex has been busy of late, having introduced apps for consoles, including PS4 and Xbox One, and now it is refreshing the way its server software presents music files to make that experience better.Although the Plex service is already able to stream... >>

Parrot Zik Sport smart headphones offer heart rate monitor, noise cancelling and more

Parrot Zik Sport smart headphones offer heart rate monitor, noise cancelling and more

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Parrot has unveiled its latest Zik headphones that move away the from Zik 2.0 comfort over ears into the active world with its Zik Sport.The Parrot Zik Sport, unveiled at CES 2015, are wireless Bluetooth headphones that sit over the head and fit snuggly... >>

Tonino Lamborghini Quantum HL-01 review: Raging bull
4.0 stars

Tonino Lamborghini Quantum HL-01 review: Raging bull

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Tonino Lamborghini isn't a name in audio that you'll recognise. In fact, you'll probably need a little schooling to learn that this isn't Automobili Lamborghini, the car company. It is the same family, however, with the founder (Tonino himself) devoting... >>

High-end audio specialist Astell & Kern unveils Sonos for audiophiles, yours for £9K

High-end audio specialist Astell & Kern unveils Sonos for audiophiles, yours for £9K

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Astell & Kern has made a name for itself in treating digital audio files with the utmost respect, producing products that are capable of playing lossless music in the best form possible.That includes the AK120 portable Hi-Fi system that is sort-of an... >>

Spotify free vs Spotify premium: What's the difference?

Spotify free vs Spotify premium: What's the difference?

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Spotify has made some big changes to its platform in recent years, revamping the way its desktop and mobile applications work in order to attract more users.There have long been three tiers of Spotify listening: Free, Unlimited (£4.99 per month), and... >>

LG Music Flow multiroom system expands with new soundbars, portable H4 speaker

LG Music Flow multiroom system expands with new soundbars, portable H4 speaker

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LG's Music Flow system is one of the recent additions to the world of multiroom speakers, announced in August 2014. We always knew that LG would be expanding the system, and CES 2015 will see the launch of some new components. Adding to the selection... >>

Hush smart earplugs actively cancel noise and intelligently wake you for perfect sleep

Hush smart earplugs actively cancel noise and intelligently wake you for perfect sleep

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Hush is a new Kickstarter project that aims to offer people the best sleep possible thanks to active noise cancellation and more.The Hush smart earplugs actively record noise and play the opposite sound waves in order to create true silence. But they... >>

Plantronics Backbeat Pro review: Belting Bluetooth headphones
4.5 stars

Plantronics Backbeat Pro review: Belting Bluetooth headphones

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Plantronics has come a long way from making mobile phone headsets for city slickers. It's latest over-ear creation is the BackBeat Pro, wireless Bluetooth headphones crammed with great features including active noise cancellation.But does a company best... >>

Sonos 5.2 update with multi-account support for Android and enhanced Playbar sound available now

Sonos 5.2 update with multi-account support for Android and enhanced Playbar sound available now

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Sonos released a new software update for beta users, Sonos 5.2, last month. It is now available for everyone bringing new features as well as improving the performance of the company's Playbar speaker.Available from today for Android users, the biggest... >>

Music sounds better with... Andy C

Music sounds better with... Andy C

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Drum & bass legend Andy C has his roots firmly bedded in the underground music scene as the founder of RAM Records, but the wider public will be hearing a lot more from the man in the coming years.Hot from signing to Atlantic Records, the globe-trotting... >>

How to delete and buy again Band Aid 30's Do They Know It's Christmas

How to delete and buy again Band Aid 30's Do They Know It's Christmas

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It's Christmastime and that means it's time for giving. So why not give cash toward fighting Ebola?Better yet, spend your money on the fight and get something in return. Bob Geldof and Band Aid 30, for instance, recently released another version of Do... >>

From this photo you’ll never guess who's the new face of Parrot Zik 2.0 headphones

From this photo you’ll never guess who's the new face of Parrot Zik 2.0 headphones

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Did you guess Parrot Zik 2.0 had Eurovision Song Contest 2014 winner Conchita Wurst as its new ambassador?The second generation of Zik represents an improvement on an already impressive set of headphones. Zik 2.0 are 17 per cent lighter than their predecessor... >>

Balanced Mode Radiator speaker tech explained: What is it and does it make a difference?

Balanced Mode Radiator speaker tech explained: What is it and does it make a difference?

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There are several different types of speaker technology used in modern day systems and set-ups, some having been adopted for many years. However, Balanced Mode Radiator technology (BMR) is a fairly new driver tech that British speaker manufacturer Cambridge... >>

Spotify has paid $2 billion in royalties, claims Spotify CEO in response to Taylor Swift

Spotify has paid $2 billion in royalties, claims Spotify CEO in response to Taylor Swift

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Daniel Ek wants you to take Taylor Swift's opinions on Spotify with a grain of salt.The founder and CEO of Spotify has published a lengthy blog post, in an attempt to argue against the image that artists such as Swift are painting of Spotify. Swift is... >>

Music sounds better with... Sigma

Music sounds better with... Sigma

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This week's "music sounds better with..." interview, in collaboration with Cambridge Audio, focuses on British drum and bass duo Sigma, who have seen their last two single releases top the UK charts. Cameron Edwards and Joe Lenzie have only been signed... >>

Beats Solo2 with Apple brand and Beats connectivity spotted in FCC leak

Beats Solo2 with Apple brand and Beats connectivity spotted in FCC leak

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Apple-owned Beats has a set of wireless Solo2 headphones in the works, according to new documents that recently passed through the US Federal Communications Commission.The FCC documents don't reveal too much apart from the fact that the headphones are... >>

The Spotify debate: Here are the celebs who either love it or hate it

The Spotify debate: Here are the celebs who either love it or hate it

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In case you haven't heard: Taylor Swift doesn't like Spotify.She's just the latest artist to not only speak out against music-streaming services but also withhold an album release and remove an entire back catalogue of music from Spotify.There have been... >>

Music sounds better with... 4Music's Miquita Oliver

Music sounds better with... 4Music's Miquita Oliver

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We've talked to plenty of celebrities and industry figureheads over the last few weeks for our "music sounds better with..." series of features, in collaboration with Cambridge Audio, but all of the interviewees have been men up to now. That's just the... >>

Pure Voca Bluetooth speaker announced with hands-free calling

Pure Voca Bluetooth speaker announced with hands-free calling

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Pure's audio engineers have been busy tuning its very own Bluetooth speaker, which was announced today, called Voca.Pure is best known for its digital radios, some of which do feature Bluetooth streaming. The Voca will be purely a Bluetooth speaker for... >>

Philips Fidelio M2BT review: Small Bluetooth headphones deliver big sound
4.0 stars

Philips Fidelio M2BT review: Small Bluetooth headphones deliver big sound

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In our hunt for the best headphones we've been donning the Philips Fidelio M2BT Bluetooth wireless on-ears to see whether these cans deliver audio that defies their small scale.As the update to the earlier Fidelio M1BT, the latest generation M2BT makes... >>

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x headphones review: Exemplary over-ear audio
5.0 stars

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x headphones review: Exemplary over-ear audio

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If you're looking for a pair of over-ear headphones to wear at home, but don't want to break the bank, and aren't interested in bass-boosted unnatural listening, then the Audio-Technica M50x are a definite contender.Whether or not the Japanese manufacturer... >>

Arcam Solo Bar is an audiophile soundbar, fully loaded with connections (hands-on)

Arcam Solo Bar is an audiophile soundbar, fully loaded with connections (hands-on)

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Arcam has poured its audio expertise into the Solo Bar, which the Cambridge-based company is claiming to be a soundbar fit for audiophiles. It's designed not just to bring audio enhancements to your TV, but to do much of the work that an AV receiver... >>

AKG Y50 on-ear headphones review: Budget brilliance
4.5 stars

AKG Y50 on-ear headphones review: Budget brilliance

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Every manufacturer seems to be after a slice of the headphones market and AKG's approach with the Y50 on-ears is very savvy indeed.When we started testing the AKG Y50 headphones we assumed they were in the £150 price category based on their finish alone.... >>

Microsoft OneDrive for WP and Android updated with new UI and navigation features

Microsoft OneDrive for WP and Android updated with new UI and navigation features

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Microsoft has announced a new version of the OneDrive app for both Windows Phone and Android, following yesterday's announcement about Office 365 subscribers getting unlimited OneDrive storage.The updated apps now make it easier to access your files and... >>

Music sounds better with... sound engineer James Orchard-Lisle

Music sounds better with... sound engineer James Orchard-Lisle

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In our latest interview with a music industry professional we delve behind the scenes and focus on someone who's job is to make other people sound better. And he's great at his job. Sound engineer James Orchard-Lisle has worked with Eurythmics' Dave Stewart,... >>

Jabra Pulse review: Heart-rate monitor earphones put a virtual personal trainer in your ears
5.0 stars

Jabra Pulse review: Heart-rate monitor earphones put a virtual personal trainer in your ears

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Jabra isn't new to the Bluetooth earphones game, but it's a company leading the way. The Jabra Pulse is a fine example: more than just a pair of wireless sports earphones, it's also an advanced personal trainer that tracks your heart rate and blood oxygen... >>

Apple plans to relaunch Beats Music as part of iTunes in 2015

Apple plans to relaunch Beats Music as part of iTunes in 2015

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You might be using iTunes next year to stream your favourite tracks instead of buying them, thanks to Beats Music, it's claimed.In a report largely about how iTunes' digital music sales have slumped roughly 14 per cent worldwide since last year, The Wall... >>

Happy 13th birthday Apple iPod: Here's a look back at its life so far

Happy 13th birthday Apple iPod: Here's a look back at its life so far

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Thirteen years ago this week, Apple shook up the music industry with the launch of the first generation of iPod and while it may have come with a physical scroll wheel, huge hold switch and a FireWire port with cover, it made listening to music on the... >>

Sony MDR-1A review:  A-class over-ear headphones
5.0 stars

Sony MDR-1A review: A-class over-ear headphones

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It was two years ago we were first introduced to the Sony MDR range, headed-up by the self-proclaimed "prestige" MDR-1R headphones. We had to hand it to Sony, though, despite sounding almost pompous they were very impressive over-ears, delivering quality... >>

BeoPlay A2 packs wonderful B&O sound into premium Bluetooth speaker

BeoPlay A2 packs wonderful B&O sound into premium Bluetooth speaker

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The BeoPlay A2 is Bang & Olufsen's first Bluetooth speaker, launched under the B&O Play label. It's looking to force its way into a market that's already packed with plenty of options. We caught up with B&O prior to launch to get our hands on this speaker... >>