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Music Matters: Record Store Day 2013 Preview

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

We welcome Mark Smotroff for his first weekly column on music, aptly entitled “Music Matters.” Get his picks for this year’s Record Store Day.

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BlackBerry World music and video offerings detailed, next day downloads for TV

Monday, January 28th, 2013

BlackBerry World music and video offerings detailed

We’re just a few short days away from the official debut of BlackBerry 10 — RIM’s effort to remain relevant in a market it helped pioneer. With the move to a next-gen platform, it also became clear that media would need to be added to marketplace offerings. When it launches, the revamped BlackBerry World will feature DRM-free music, as well as TV shows and movies available for purchase or rent. While prices aren’t set in stone, you can expect them to to fall in line with industry norms. Best of all, most movies should be available the same day as their DVD release and TV shows the day after airing. And, lest you think RIM was going to half-ass the content part of the equation with nothing more than a few CTV and Japandroids offerings (we’d get tired of watching Degrassi: TNG eventually), the slew of partners is pretty impressive. Record labels signed on include 4AD, Matador, Warner and Sony and will be available in 18 countries at launch, while the BBC, Fox, CBC, ABC, CBS, NBC and Warner Bros. are among those offering TV shows in the US, UK and Canada. For a complete list of partners and countries check out the PR after the break.

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New BlackBerry World for BlackBerry 10 to Include Extensive Catalogue of Songs, Latest Movies and TV Shows

January 28, 2013

Unified Multimedia Storefront Will Carry Music and Video Content from All Major Studios, Labels and Broadcasters

Waterloo, ON – Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX:RIM) today announced that the new BlackBerry(R) World[TM] storefront (formally BlackBerry App World[TM]) for BlackBerry 10 will offer one of the most robust music and video catalogs in mobile today. The new BlackBerry World will include an extensive catalog of songs as well as movies and TV shows, with most movies coming to the store the same day they are released on DVD, and next day availability of many current TV series. The competitive offering will feature content from all major studios, music labels and top local broadcast networks. Customers will be able to preview tracks and access the content using multiple payment options.*

“Music and video content is an integral part of a rich mobile experience. People want easy and convenient access to their favorite music, movies and TV shows wherever they are,” said Frank Boulben, Chief Marketing Officer at Research In Motion. “RIM is committed to working with content providers to bring the best, most up-to-date content to our customers with BlackBerry 10, and to make it easy for them to get what they want.”

The video download and rental section in BlackBerry World will initially be available in the US, UK and Canada. Varying by region and distributor, customers will have access to movies from the following studios and independents: 20th Century Fox, Entertainment One (eOne), Lionsgate, MGM, National Film Board of Canada, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (US), Starz Digital Media, STUDIOCANAL, The Walt Disney Studios, Universal Pictures (UK), Warner Bros. Customers will also have access to TV shows from the following broadcasters and studios: ABC Studios, BBC Worldwide, CBC/Radio-Canada, CBS, DHX Media, ITV, National Geographic, NBCUniversal (UK), Nelvana, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (US), Starz Digital Media, Twentieth Century Fox Television, Univision Communications Inc, and Warner Bros.
The BlackBerry World storefront’s DRM-free music download section will feature an extensive catalog from all major and independent labels including: 4AD Records, Domino Recording Company, finetunes, Matador Records, [PIAS] Entertainment Group, Rough Trade Records, Sony Music Entertainment, The Orchard, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, XL Recordings and Zebralution. The music section will initially be available in 18 countries: Canada, USA, UK, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, Australia, India, Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore.

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BlackBerry World http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/

BlackBerry 10 Sign Up Page http://global.blackberry.com/blackberry-10.html

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Denon Pumps Up the Music Maniac and Urban Raver Headphone Lines

Friday, January 4th, 2013

The company is adding six new on-ear and in-ear headphone options across two popular lines.

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Pure announces touchscreen music streaming system

Sunday, November 11th, 2012

iPodNN: In a pair of announcements today, Pure revealed both a new Internet radio system and a new music streaming offering. The Sensia 200D Connect is a new touchscreen-based music streaming and…



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Google Play Movies, Music reach Australia, Canada and parts of Europe on November 13th

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

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Google’s long-awaited offering of Google Play Movies and Music on Google TV may have answered a longstanding demand for streaming access from some viewers, but it still left many of those outside of the US turning to alternatives. The company is closing that open loop with plans to take the media strategy global. Australia, Canada, France, Germany and the UK will all get similar streaming video options on their Google TV hubs as of November 13th; while content will undoubtedly vary, the gesture once more puts the international stores on roughly the same level as their American counterpart. The only debate left likely centers on what movie to rent for celebrating the occasion.

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McIntosh launches AirPlay-enabled McAire personal music system

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Gizmag: The name McIntosh Labs has been synonymous with outstanding audio quality for more than 60 years and its iconic MC275 tube amp certainly left its mark on me when I first encountered one many…



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Denon Debuts CEOL piccolo AirPlay Music System

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

The new desktop system packages together the DRA-N5 Network Receiver and SC-N5 Loudspeakers.

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Samsung partners with Spotify, brings streaming music to its 2012 Smart TVs in Europe

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Samsung partners with Spotify, brings streaming music to its 2012 SmartTVs

Europeans who have been pining for a(nother) way to bring Spotify into their living rooms can rest easy, now that Samsung is on the case. The pair have teamed up to bring 18 million tracks to Sammy’s 2012 E-Series Smart TVs with a new app designed for the platform. The software will arrive later this year, with existing Premium users finding their playlists already syncing, while those new to the service will be offered a short free trial to coax them into signing up. If you’ve yet to make an investment in one of the displays, the company is also planning to add the functionality onto its Blu-Ray players and Home Theater systems in short order.

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7digital named European music partner for Toshiba connected TVs

Saturday, September 1st, 2012

7digital named European music partner for Toshiba connected TVs

Media provider 7digital has mostly been making news on the Windows front recently, making its music offerings available for Windows Phone earlier this year and serving up 20 million tracks through its preview version for Windows 8. Now the digital media company is branching out to Toshiba televisions as well, inking a deal to be the European music partner for the Toshiba Places platform. The agreement, which represents 7digital’s first foray into the connected TV market, will allow consumers with a Toshiba Places account to browse through the content provider’s music catalogue, create playlists and stream music directly through the television. The company says the feature should be compatible with televisions equipped with Toshiba Places since May 2011. Five countries — the UK, France, Italy, Germany and Spain — are slated to get first crack when the service goes live in Europe in September. For more details about the service, feel free to peruse the company PR after the break.

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Sony unveils in-car receivers with App Remote, taps into your smartphone music from October

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Engadget: Sony has been big on smartphone integration for car audio lately, having already launched its MirrorLink receivers earlier in the year for the more well-heeled drivers among us. The company…



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Yahoo’s IntoNow TV companion app for iOS adds screen grab, music recognition and chat features

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Yahoo's IntoNow TV companion app for iPad and iPhone adds screen grab, music recognition and chat features

At CES 2012 we were promised that Yahoo would integrate IntoNow’s SoundPrint technology with its backend to pull up useful extra content about whatever TV program was being watched and now it’s delivered that and more. IntoNow 3.0 for iOS (no upgrade yet for the Android version) enhances the app’s TV companion experience in three key ways: TV / Music Sync, “CapIt” screengrabbing and finally Group Chat. The TV and music sync brings not only the associated info we’d heard about before, but also brings Shazam-style information about any music that might be playing. CapIt can pull screenshots from the cloud of any of the TV shows IntoNow’s backend is monitoring, which adds up to about 13 million frames a day, then pops them up ready for meme creation and sharing. Group Chat does exactly what it sounds like, and lets you talk to friends or set up circles of fans around particular shows.

We gave the app a try and found it worked as advertised, quickly identifying what was playing whether live or on DVR and popping up episode info, cast listings and Wikipedia links. The CapIt feature (shown above) pulls frames with surprising speed and ease, even on live broadcasts, and allows users to scroll backwards or refresh for new freezes to grab just the right one. It doesn’t monitor what you’re watching live, but punching the green TV icon in the upper left corner causes it to sync right away, which also creates an entry of what was being watched and when.

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iHome outs three-foot tall docking speaker tower that pulses to music with up to seven color LEDs

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

iPodNN: iHome has released its first docking speaker tower with color-changing LEDs, the iP76. There are 16 LED clusters that can light up in seven colors and fade, strobe, or pulse in tune with the…



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Bose Combines HDTV and Music in New VideoWave II Entertainment System

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

The all-in-one system is available now, in 46- and 55-inch screen sizes.

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Sony patents exercise music system that adjusts music to your work-out tempo

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Engadget: While our bodies approach beach-readiness for the summer, Sony’s unveiled plans to tinker with your gym playlist in the future. According to a patent granted today, the electronics…



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Download Music in Surround, Courtesy of e-Onkyo and Dolby TrueHD

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

The new offering will launch at the end of this month with 100 different titles in 5.1 surround sound.

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Philips to debut made for Android music devices at CES

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

Pocket-Lint: Philips is to debut a new set of Android specific accessories at this year’s CES including headsets, Wi-Fi powered multimedia players and even protective cases. The company is…



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Colorfly portable music player takes Hi-Fi on the road

Saturday, November 26th, 2011

Gizmag: The smartphone has quickly become an essential part of modern living. It’s a powerful portable computer, a high resolution camera, and a mobile communications center. However, if…



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Google rolling out music purchases to some Android phones, Music app to Google TV

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Just as Google promised, the Android Market is now slinging the tunes on select devices. Our OG Incredible’s already received the update and we’ve received multiple reports from folks rocking HTC’s EVO 3D. Just to give it a spin, we downloaded Busta Rhymes’ Why Stop Now — one of many exclusive free tracks — and in seconds it popped up in our Google Music app. We’ve also received word that the Google Music app is now available for Google TV, allowing you to stream your music from the cloud. If you’ve been granted the ability to download your favorite tunes from the Android market, hit us up in the comments below and tell us what phone you’re hollering into.

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Boxee Box adds music streaming from Spotify, just press play

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Today the Boxee Box becomes the next media streamer in the US (after the WDTV Live and Live Hub) to add support for Spotify’s streaming music library. Assuming you have a premium subscription at the ready (free and unlimited passes won’t cut it, consider this the same as access on a smartphone) all you need do is log in and your personally curated selections from the company’s catalog of sounds is available in your home theater. We gave it a quick try on our own system and found it synced our favorites with no problem, however if you don’t have playlists set up there’s no way to search or pull in songs from different sources. Still, considering how difficult it is to throw a party with more than one participant around your laptop, this should be the perfect way to take your dubstep playlist to the big speakers. And maybe invite some other people.

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IFA 2011: Loewe SoundVision offers music streaming with touchscreen control

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

What Hi-fi: Looks like a soundbar with an iPad on top, doesn’t it? But it isn’t – this isLoewe’s new SoundVision, an all-in-one music system that can handle CDs, iPod (but not…



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Panasonic’s DY-PS10 Pocket Server streams music to your iPhone, fits in your pocket as advertised

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

How to get all of the entertainment content you want onto your iPhone? If you live in Japan, have a free pocket, and don’t mind shelling out the ¥14,800 (1), Panasonic’s Pocket Server DY-PS10 should do the trick. The handset-sized device can stream content from its built-in SD card slot to your iPhone / iPod touch via a wireless connection. The Pocket Server can handle H.264 files, JPEGs, and MP3s, and the battery should give you about 10 hours of playback. The device will go on sale September 15th in Japan. The rest of us, meanwhile, will have to find other things to fill our pockets with.

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Arcam rCube wireless docking station plays music from your Apple devices

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Ubergizmo: The folks over at American Audio and Video have just announced that the rCube portable high-end iPod/iPhone/iPad sound system from Arcam is now on sale at select Magnolia Audio Video…



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Vita Audio releases upgraded R4i music system

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

What Hi-fi: Vita Audio has announced an upgraded version of the R4 all-in-one music system, the R4i.
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Vinyl Records are the fastest growing music format in 2010

Monday, March 21st, 2011

The Audio Blog: You might think the scratch of needle to vinyl would be an unlikely survivor in the digital download age. But vinyl record sales are back in high rotation. In 2010 Vinyl Records sales…



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RDIO’s social streaming music service comes to Roku players

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Just like Sonos, Roku has seen the light and teamed up with RDIO to bring the low on price, high on content music streaming service to its players. If you’re not familiar, that means millions of songs, per month and the ability to follow and be followed by the people you want to share music with. There’s a 7-day free trial just in case you’re not sure it’s a fit for you, we’ll wait for your impressions.

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Denon CEOL review: Denon’s first AirPlay enabled hi-fi system is music to our ears

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

T3: Denon’s CEOL network music system effectively consigns the concept of traditional hi-fi to history. In both form and function, this mini is transformative. The CEOL (pronounced kee-ohl) comprises…



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Sony’s Music Unlimited subscription service ready to stream tunes to PS3s and Bravia TVs in the UK

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

The UK and Ireland are today the first to get a taste of Sony’s big play for the online music market, the appropriately titled Music Unlimited. This new subscription service (£3.99 a month for Basic access, £9.99 for the Premium stuff) will let you stream a library of about six million songs to your PS3, Bravia telly, or web-connected Blu-ray player, while also offering the option to sync playlists from other music services like iTunes. PC support is available as well, with “a wide range of Sony’s portable devices” and Android-based smartphones on the roadmap for future compatibility. Music Unlimited sidles up next to Qriocity as part of Sony’s strategy to expand its influence in content delivery, presumably in an effort to thicken its revenue streams, and will be following up this British launch with arrivals in the US, Canada and most of Western Europe in the new year.

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Hands-On with Orb Networks Orb Music Player MP-1

Monday, December 20th, 2010

A tiny Wi-Fi puck and a dab of software can set your iTunes free!


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Olive unveils O6HD music server for the discerning audiophiles

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Born Rich: Olive Media Inc., known for its high-fidelity multi-room music systems, has now taken wraps off its flagship offering, the handcrafted Olive O6HD music server for home stereo systems. An…



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Denon announces first Network Music System, the CEOL RCD-N7, it’s loaded with connectivity goodies

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

Newlaunches: 100 years down the line and Denon’s got still got big surprises for the music loving audiophiles that they so love catering to. They’ve just unveiled the first Denon Network Music System…



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Naim UnitiQute: Play your digital music on your high-end Hi-Fi

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Crave: The world of the audiophile is different to the one us regular folk tread. That’s not a bad thing, because it means that someone, somewhere, is making sure we don’t get stuck with…



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How to Download MP3 Music

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Looking for your options in downloading MP3 music? You’ve come to the right place.

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Mini Connected app picks music based on your driving style

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

Crave: Want your music to dynamically change in reaction to your driving style, tweet while you’re on the move and update Facebook on the motorway? There’s an app — and a car…



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Marantz claims title of ‘world’s first AirPlay certified music system,’ Denon begs to differ

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

Engadget: It’s been just over a month since Apple first showed off AirPlay media streaming, part of iOS 4.2, and now we have another receiver adding compatibility. Marantz is calling its Melody…



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Philips Fidelio Speaker spreads you iPad, iPhone, iPod music

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Newlaunches.com: We’ve seen a handful of speakers rolling in for iPods and iPhones but there haven’t really been too many iPad accessories to play music out loud. This cool Bluetooth enabled wireless…



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Olive Media finally goes ‘affordable’ with sexy $999 O3HD music server

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Engadget: We’ll hand it to ‘em — Olive Media sure knows how to design a music server. For the niche crowd out there wishing to blow big bucks on a not-at-all-multifaceted jukebox,…



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Olive Media finally goes ‘affordable’ with sexy $999 O3HD music server

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

We’ll hand it to ‘em — Olive Media sure knows how to design a music server. For the niche crowd out there wishing to blow big bucks on a not-at-all-multifaceted jukebox, the company has just introduced its first “affordable” HD music server, the O3HD. It’s designed after the OH4D, which retailed for a buck under two large when it debuted last November. This guy, on the other hand, is listed for the low, low price of 9, and it’s pretty obvious to see which corner was cut the most. The aforesaid 4HD packed a 2TB HDD, and while Olive isn’t saying how large (or small, as it were) the hard drive is in the O3HD, it’s built to hold just 1500 CDs versus 6000 in the 4HD. Ideally, you’d rip all of your discs directly to the system, where it would store them as FLAC (lossless) files and then pump them out over the 24-bit DAC. There’s also a color touchpanel on the front, support for internet radio and a gratis iPhone / iPad controller app, just so you know. She’s on sale starting today should you find yourself with copious amounts of disposable income.

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Marantz NA7004 Network Music Player

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Audio Junkies: Marantz’s new NA7004 network music player is the latest product in a growing new category of “front-end” components that are able to play back digital formats from a…



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Super sexy iPod dock looks like an iMac made just for music

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Dvice: A lot of the iPod docks on the market are pretty lame, failing to capture the elegance and style embodied in the actual player itself, and I’ve often wondered what an iPod dock would…



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Sonos iPad app offers greater music control

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Techradar: Sonos is soon to launch an iPad application for its wireless home entertainment system. The app – to be released in late August – will be available alongside the company’s iPhone app…



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