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The best free alternative to iTunes 2017
The best free alternatives to iTunes1. MusicBee2. Clementine3. MediaMonkey4. PodTrans5. foobar2000Read our detailed analysis of each programThere are many positives to owning an iPad, iPhone, or iPod,...
Music industry's move to get more listeners online may threaten YouTube
YouTube is one of the dominant places to watch and listen to music online, but now the music industry is looking to get back some of the listeners it lost to that platform. Music video hosting service...
Stranger Things wanted its music to be “something people talked about”
reader comments 0 Share this story This will be familiar for many an Ars reader.Warning: This post contains minor spoilers for Stranger Things' first season. AUSTIN, Texas—If you close your eyes and think...
Pandora Premium rolls out this week but is it enough to take on Spotify?
Pandora is turning things up to 11 as the personalized digital radio service deploys its newest paid tier: Pandora Premium.Originally teased in December, Pandora Premium takes on the likes of Spotify...
Older people are just as good at judging music as younger adults
Still in tuneHenk Badenhorst/GettyBy Devika BansalIt may feel as if many of our mental abilities decline with age, but here’s one that sticks – our ability to sense when music sounds wrong. When you listen...
Spotify says it's reached 50 million paid subscribers
Spotify said on Thursday it has reached 50 million paid subscribers, growing 25 percent in less than six months and extending the Swedish music streaming service's lead over its closest rival, Apple Music....
The making of music
A new study suggests that music -- and specifically infant-directed song -- evolved as a way for parents to signal to children that their needs are being met, while still freeing up parents to perform...
Spotify is producing 3 original podcasts, with more to come this year
Enlarge reader comments 2 Share this story Spotify is doing more to become the place you go for original audio and video content, rather than just preexisting content. The streaming company announced that...
Google and Microsoft agree crackdown on piracy sites in search results
Search engines, in particular Google, have clashed in recent times with organizations that represent rights holders about how best to tackle pirated content. Even Google's YouTube has come under fire...
Sound bar buying guide: What you need to know
The Samsung is one of the best sound bars we’ve ever heard for both movies and music. The dedicated rear speakers deliver increased immersion compared to single-speaker designs. Dolby Atmos is only available...
Prince’s music will be on Spotify and other services starting Sunday
Enlarge / Prince performing on stage during the 1984 Purple Rain tour. Richard E. Aaron/Redferns reader comments 16 Share this story Prince was notable for being a skeptic of online music. Those who manage...
Software helps musicians stop slouching by ruining their music
Keep uprightSputnik/Alamy Stock PhotoBy Timothy RevellThe audience’s anticipation rises as the maestro hunches over the piano. The first note echoes around the room, then PFFSZZZZZ! The audience hears...
Science explores why certain songs give you pleasure
The chemicals in the brain linked to the pleasure people get from things like sex and drugs also play a role in how people enjoy music, a new, small study from Canada finds.When people in the study took...
Dr. Dre is actually a huge force at Apple — he talks with Jimmy Iovine every morning
Dr. Dre plays a key role in one of Apple's most important businesses, Apple Music chief Jimmy Iovine told Variety in an issue published on Tuesday. Rapper and producer Dre (Andre Young) rarely speaks...
Update: PLEX is expanding. Again. This time you can find your favorite DIY streaming service on the Amazon Echo family of devices. You can ask Alexa to play music from your PLEX server, or ask for the...
The best free music downloader 2017
Free music downloadersiTunes and Google Play Music aren’t the only sources of music online – all kinds of websites and services offer songs to download free.But what’s the best way to get it? Should you...
The best free music app for Windows 2017
The best free music app for WindowsMusic makes even the dullest day more fun, but the default players that ship with Windows’ various versions aren’t exactly all-singing, all-dancing audio extravaganzas....
Tidal now lets you fiddle with your favorite jams
Tidal may be used to pulling publicity stunts to set itself apart, (remember that whole business with The Life of Pablo "never, never, never" coming to Apple Music?) but the music streaming service's...
Apple to boost music service with original TV shows and films
The Wall Street Journal says Apple has not yet signed any deals for new programs, as it is still working on a business strategy based on original content. Plans for original movies are currently at a...
Tidal becomes a music Master - is the first to offer hi-res MQA music streaming
At CES 2017, MQA and Tidal have announced that starting from today, subscribers to Tidal’s premium Hi-fi tier will be able to stream high-resolution audio, which is a substantial improvement over the...
Amazon Digital Day sale: the best deals in the US
The Amazon Digital Day sale is officially underway today, with the online retailer offering discounts on non-physical merchandise.That means all December 30 long downloadable games, movies, TV shows,...
Montreal in review: Social media stories that made an impact in 2016
From learning Irish to a snowy owl flying past a traffic camera on Highway 40, here are some Global News stories that made a splash on social media in Montreal this year:Which story was most memorable...
Your smart Samsung TV is about to get a lot more personalized
If you've got a Samsung smart TV at home - maybe you've just unwrapped one for Christmas - then you're in line for a software upgrade that'll make it smarter than ever, with the emphasis on personalization.Three...
Sony Music's Twitter hacked, fake Britney Spears death tweets sent
NEW YORK Sony Music Entertainment's Twitter account was hacked on Monday, publishing fake statements that pop music icon Britney Spears had died.Sony Music, a unit of Sony Corp. (6758.T), said in a short...
Last minute gifts from Amazon Prime to Spotify. Panic buys they'll love
If you’re on the hunt for panic buys, last minute presents and vouchers for Christmas then TechRadar has a few suggestions.To bastardise the words of Blink-182, it’s Christmas Eve and you’ve only wrapped...
Here's Deezer's grand plan to take over the music-streaming world
While the number of Tidal subscribers subsided and Pandora plotted its grand music-on-demand service, there was a team sitting in a grungy (in a good way) Parisian office wondering what kind of music...
A great deal just got better with Samsung's home entertainment gear
A good home entertainment setup is a beautiful thing, but there are a lot of different parts that go into making it the best it can be. You need great images, obviously, but you also shouldn’t neglect...
Downloads advent calendar: get Helium Music Manager free today
Helium Music ManagerThe holidays are an expensive time, so we’re bringing you a special treat: a full, free, fun Windows program to download every day until Christmas.Pull open door 19 on our free downloads...
Napster on Metallica, making music personal and the future of streaming
It’s 2000 and peer-to-peer poster boy Napster is in the courts. Metallica, lead by drummer Lars Ulrich, has waged war on the site because the band’s songs were being downloaded by users for free. Napster...
The best free music player 2016
The best free music playerAll music libraries are different, and a dedicated music player can help you get the most out of yours. If you're still using a general purpose media player, you're missing out...
RIAA, newspapers ask Trump to limit fair use, toughen copyright
Stockmonkeys.com reader comments 24 Share this story President-elect Donald Trump is meeting today with some of Silicon Valley's top business leaders. Ahead of that meeting, content companies sent letters...
Download of the day: MediaMonkey
MediaMonkeyMost people don’t know it, but in addition to eating bananas, scratching themselves and throwing their poo at zoo visitors, monkeys are really good at organizing MP3s and tagging videos.MediaMonkey...
Neil Young's Pono may live on as a hi-res streaming service
It’s fair to say that Neil Young’s Pono Player didn’t exactly set the world on fire. Touted as Young’s way of “[moving] digital music into the 21st century” the player’s unusual triangular form-factor,...
Downloads advent calendar: get CherryPlayer free today
CherryPlayerThe holidays are an expensive time, so we’re bringing you a special treat: a full, free, fun Windows program to download every day until Christmas.The free program waiting behind the 10th...
Download of the day: AIMP
AIMPAre you still using Windows Media Player or – gasp – iTunes on your PC? Then for the love of all that is good and great in the world, embrace AIMP instead.Unlike the programs we’ve just mentioned...
The new, easy way to shut down a Windows 10 PC? Get Cortana to do it
In the latest preview of Windows 10, Microsoft has been busy working on Cortana, giving the digital assistant the power to switch off your PC, and various other tricks including identifying what music...
Marshall Mid Bluetooth headphones
Marshall released its first pair of Bluetooth headphones earlier in 2016 called the Marshall Major II. Ready to rock on the move, these headphones offered a fun listening experience that was slightly...
Download of the day: MusicBee
If you’re still sticking with Windows’ default media player for your music, we think you might like MusicBee instead. It aims to be the ultimate music player and organizer, and it’s packed with goodies...
Mobile App Tries to Link Musicians with New Fans
A new smartphone app is being viewed as a possible game-changer for videographers and musicians, who can gain real traction when they team up—although digital rights management often puts them at odds....
Don’t call it a comeback: Napster and iHeartRadio bring a new twist to live radio
The likes of Spotify, Apple Music, and Tidal will have to make room in the pool for another music streaming contender, as iHeartRadio's on-demand service goes live to bring a new take on radio.Announced...
What makes Bach sound like Bach? New dataset teaches algorithms classical music
MusicNet is the first publicly available large-scale classical music dataset designed to allow machine learning algorithms to tackle a wide range of open challenges -- from automated music transcription...
Metallica is back on Napster and nothing else matters
After 16 years, Metallica have finally given their permission for their library to appear in full on Napster, a service which the band famously sued back in 2000. Times have changed. Back then Napster...
It’s hard finding a good roommate. Some leave dishes in the sink. Others stiff you on rent. But Google, or more specifically, the Google Assistant, isn’t like that at all. Everything considered and as...
Google Play Music gets mood-matching functionality in latest update
Google has given its Play Music service a fresh lick of paint and weaved in some machine learning to make its playlists a whole lot more contextual. Those who load up the app this week will see a big...
Music stars clash with streaming services over money but believe future lies in tech
Music streaming has driven down the costs for consumers, but artists are still feeling the pinch. During last week's Web Summit technology conference in Lisbon, high-profile singers expressed their frustration...
Failure to communicate in the brain may be behind indifference to music
EnlargeFlickr user double : zanzo reader comments 4 Share this story Music is popular in almost all human societies, but there are some people who just don't seem to be into it, no matter how stirring....
TomTom Spark 3 review
No longer a newbie in the world of fitness watches, the TomTom Spark 3 is an update to the impressive TomTom Spark range.It adds at-a-glance Route Exploration to the existing GPS, 24-7 activity tracking,...
Like Uber...but for a live orchestra in your home
Groupmuse has raised more than $400,000 for musicians, with most making $132 on average per event as of the second quarter of 2016. "I've done about 38 Groupmuses since moving to the Bay Area, and my...
The best free music editor 2016
When you want to edit a sound file – whether it's to create a custom ringtone for your phone, make your own podcasts or record music – the prospect of choosing the right audio editor for the job can be...
Apple Music could get a lot cheaper
At $9.99/£9.99/AU$11.99 each month we wouldn’t exactly call Apple Music expensive, given that it provides unlimited access to millions of songs. But it could be getting significantly cheaper, with a price...
Best speaker 2016: The best wireless speakers for your home
There was a time when if you wanted to listen to music in the comfort of your own home, then you’d need a whole host of bulky equipment including dedicated standalone speakers, a stereo amplifier and...
ISPs fight back in online piracy war
The music industry just needs to shake it off if they want win the war on piracy. FOR the past six months an Australian first piracy battle has been taking place in the Federal Court. In April, members...
Spotify has no intentions of giving up its free tier service
Spotify has recently defended its continued offering of an ad-supported free tier by saying it’s good not just for fans of music, but the artists too. Speaking at the Wall Street Journal’s WSJD conference,...
Happy Birthday, iPod
Happy birthday, iPod. Fifteen years ago, Apple unveiled the portable music player. The effect the portable music player had on how we listen to music cannot be overstated. For example, it was June 2003...
The original iPod: A re-review
reader comments 169 Share this story On October 23, 2001, Apple unveiled its original iPod. Though MP3 players existed beforehand, the iPod safely brought this portable music format to the masses. Over...
Now Amazon has a music exclusive, too: It’s the only place to stream Garth Brooks
Last week, Amazon launched a new streaming music service and tried to differentiate itself from the competition by using lower prices. Now it's using Garth Brooks. Amazon Music Unlimited — the service...
Artificial Intelligence-created Music Getting Better
Computerized musical sounds have gotten so good that it became almost impossible to distinguish them from sounds produced by a real instrument. Now computers are encroaching on a new musical realm – composition....
Best iPhone apps 2016
$39.99/£29.99Let's immediately get one thing out of the way: Korg Gadget isn't cheap. It's not the sort of app you're going to download for some larks, use for a few minutes, and then casually toss aside....
Pandora Plus goes live with a new look
After months of rumors and speculation, Pandora announced last month that it was working on a replacement for its aging Pandora One premium plan. The fruit of that labor is Pandora Plus, and the service...
Amazon Music Unlimited Streaming Service Offers Millions of Songs
The music streaming service starts at $7.99 a month for Amazon Prime users or $9.99 a month for non-Prime customers. Amazon is boosting its streaming music subscription offerings with a new Amazon Music...
Apple just made a deal that could reinvent the App Store for a new generation
Workflow is somewhat of a visual programming tool that's easier than writing an app but probably too wonkish for the average consumer. Gillett said Apple might get under the hood, making it easier for...
Chinese Court Rules in Favor of Apple in Patent Disputes
A Chinese court has ruled in favor of Apple in design patent disputes between the Cupertino, California company and a domestic phone-maker, overturning a ban on selling iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus phones...
New iPad 9.7 deals: where to pre-order Apple's new tablet
We've been waiting for some time for a new iPad, and Apple surprised us all a few days ago by announcing just that. So, if you're looking for somewhere to pre-order your new iPad 9.7, you're in the right...
New iPad: everything you need to know
Update: The new iPad from Apple is out today. You'll be able to order from around the world by the end of the day, and we expect to see if appear on the Apple website at 8AM PT (11AM ET, 3PM GMT) .Apple...
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