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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... >>

Spotify on PlayStation Music now available for PS4 and PS3: What does it offer?

Spotify on PlayStation Music now available for PS4 and PS3: What does it offer?

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In January it was announced that Sony was finally closing down its Music Unlimited streaming service in favour of partnering with Spotify to launch an all-new solution and here it is. Spotify on PlayStation Music is now available to download and use on... >>

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... >>

Spotify apps are dead, but more live on integrated into the new desktop

Spotify apps are dead, but more live on integrated into the new desktop

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Spotify has announced new app integration in its desktop platform that signifies the end of third-party apps on Spotify once and for all.Spotify announced back in March 2014 that it would no longer be updating its apps. Most have still been accessible... >>

Google Play Music: Now store 50,000 songs in the cloud to stream anywhere, free

Google Play Music: Now store 50,000 songs in the cloud to stream anywhere, free

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Google Play Music has extended its cloud storage offerings from 20,000 songs to a whopping 50,000 tracks.For those that want to keep their owned music files but also like to stream, rather than carry the files on their device, Google Play Music is ideal.... >>

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... >>

Ultimate Ears UE Megaboom review: Boom and bass
5.0 stars

Ultimate Ears UE Megaboom review: Boom and bass

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When we reviewed the original UE Boom, we thought it was the best portable Bluetooth audio speaker since sliced bread. But for when you want a thicker slice, with a greater dollop of bass spread, there's the UE Megaboom.Bigger scale, bigger sound, but... >>

MTV looks to shake up music streaming services with 'play-as-you-go' MTV Trax app

MTV looks to shake up music streaming services with 'play-as-you-go' MTV Trax app

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MTV has announced a duo of apps that it hopes will change the nature of music streaming, both audibly and through video.MTV Trax is a "play-as-you-go' music service designed for those who don't wish to commit to a direct debit subscription with all-you-can-eat... >>

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... >>

Buying chocolate? Show your tech credentials with The Cocoa Runners Pocket-lint Collection

Buying chocolate? Show your tech credentials with The Cocoa Runners Pocket-lint Collection

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Pocket-lint has teamed up with artisan chocolate website Cocoarunners.com to bring Pocket-lint readers a specially curated box by our founder Stuart Miles. Stuart set up Pocket-lint with an initial investment of £15, the same amount as his first investment... >>

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... >>

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... >>

Sonos only made 4,000 of these fancy Sonos Play:1 Blue speakers

Sonos only made 4,000 of these fancy Sonos Play:1 Blue speakers

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Sonos has unveiled new special edition speaker in collaboration with the respected Blue Note Records label.Called Sonos Play:1 Blue Note Limited Edition, it's described as the company's "first ever limited edition" speaker, and it is meant to celebrate... >>

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... >>

LG P7 Music Flow Bluetooth speaker hands-on: Colour, quality and portability

LG P7 Music Flow Bluetooth speaker hands-on: Colour, quality and portability

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LG has shown off a new Bluetooth speaker called the P7 at its InnoFest 2015 conference in Portugal, adding to its Music Flow range of speakers.A very similar Music Flow portable Wi-Fi speaker was announced just before CES 2015, known as the H4, but... >>

What is Spotify Touch Preview and will it work on my iPhone or Android phone?

What is Spotify Touch Preview and will it work on my iPhone or Android phone?

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Spotify has introduced a new feature that should make using its smartphone and tablet applications easier and certainly speed up your music choice process.Spotify Touch Preview is an interesting addition that is easy to use and helps music selection greatly.... >>

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... >>

Denon Envaya Mini review: Massive sound from mini Bluetooth speaker
5.0 stars

Denon Envaya Mini review: Massive sound from mini Bluetooth speaker

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Portable Bluetooth speakers have been appearing in their droves over the last few years, at a range of different price points, from manufacturers both known and new, making the qualm of which to buy all the more trying.Denon may have just solved that... >>

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... >>

LG SoundPlate 540 review: Super connected speaker base
4.0 stars

LG SoundPlate 540 review: Super connected speaker base

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The speaker base, which acts like a flattened speaker bar, has been something of an emerging trend in recent years, offering a way to boost your TV's speakers without resorting to a full-blown speaker system.The LG SoundPlate 540 mixes things up, crossing... >>

Seven-seater Audi Q7 only car to come with Bang & Olufsen 3D Advanced Sound System

Seven-seater Audi Q7 only car to come with Bang & Olufsen 3D Advanced Sound System

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Bang & Olufsen and Audi have teamed to include the home entertainment company's "most revolutionary collaborative sound system to date".The Audi Q7, unveiled at the North American Motor Show in Detroit, features a Bang & Olufsen 3D Advanced Sound System.... >>

Libratone Diva soundbar review: Woolly mammoth
4.5 stars

Libratone Diva soundbar review: Woolly mammoth

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Lots of great things come out of Denmark. Lego, red cattle, famous chefs, and now wool-covered Bluetooth soundbars. That last one is exactly what Diva, the all-in-one speaker system with a woollen jacket by Danish audio manufacturer Libratone, is all... >>

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... >>

Logitech UE Megaboom Bluetooth speaker: bigger scale, bigger sound

Logitech UE Megaboom Bluetooth speaker: bigger scale, bigger sound

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Logitech has launched a bigger version of its popular UE Boom Bluetooth speaker at CES in Las Vegas.Dubbed the UE Megaboom, the giant sized version of the original speaker features the same design as the original model but is now around twice the size.With... >>

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... >>