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Sony and Rhapsody prep an audiophile streaming service for Japan

It's notoriously difficult for streaming music services to get a foothold in Japan — this is a country where CDs still reign (72 percent of music revenue was for physical media in 2017). All the same, Sony and Rhapsody are giving it a shot. They'r… Source: Engadget | Sony and Rhapsody prep an audiophile streaming …

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Video Game Music Performed With Steel Drums Has Changed My Life

I’m not the kind of person who enjoys covers of video game songs. The Sonic The Hedgehog theme is just fine the way it is, thank you. But now I have encountered Steeldrumband’s reconfigurations of classic video game music on YouTube, and I might have to change my whole position.Read more… Source: Kotaku | Video …

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'Stranger Things' compilation earns Grammy nomination for Netflix

The 61st Grammy Award nominations were revealed Friday morning and Netflix shows and documentaries were among the nominees once again. Stranger Things picked up a nod for the second season's compilation soundtrack, while a documentary about legendary… Source: Engadget | 'Stranger Things' compilation earns Grammy nomination for Netflix

Mighty Vibe review: A much improved iPod Shuffle for Spotify

I'll admit it. When Mighty was first announced in 2016, the prospect of a standalone, offline Spotify player was an exciting and attractive concept — especially for this subscriber. I got my hopes up. Plus, the tiny device was about the size and sha… Source: Engadget | Mighty Vibe review: A much improved iPod Shuffle …

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Alexa can tell you when your favorite artists release new music

If you're an Amazon Music subscriber in the US, you can receive notifications when your favorite artists drop new music, simply by asking Alexa to follow them. All you need to do is say something like "Alexa, follow Anderson .Paak on Amazon Music" or… Source: Engadget | Alexa can tell you when your favorite artists …

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Spotify officially lets artists submit songs for playlist consideration (updated)

Spotify now believes it's fully ready to give artists a shot at stardom through its well-known playlists. After a beta test in the summer, the streaming music service has officially opened its playlist submissions to all musicians. An up-and-comer no… Source: Engadget | Spotify officially lets artists submit songs for playlist consideration (updated)

The Games That Inspire Coheed And Cambria's Sci-Fi Saga

Claudio Sanchez is a rock star. His band, Coheed and Cambria, has millions of fans across the world. His cascading mane of heavy metal hair is the envy of other musicians and prides of lions alike. The secret to Sanchez’s success: being a giant nerd.Read more… Source: Kotaku | The Games That Inspire Coheed And …

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Reason Compact puts a free music synthesizer on your phone

While Propellerhead's Reason is a staple editing tool among many musicians, you've never really had access to it on the phone — just narrowly-focused apps. The company is giving you something a little more powerful this time around, though. It's l… Source: Engadget | Reason Compact puts a free music synthesizer on your phone

Spotify users still can't block followers, but that could change

Spotify isn't as much of a haven from harassment as many might like. Since the service shares your plays with followers by default, it's possible for harassers to keep up with your listening habits and exploit that to their advantage (say, by findin… Source: Engadget | Spotify users still can't block followers, but that could …

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Tencent is bringing its music division to the US

Tencent's push onto American entertainment is going beyond gaming and movies. Now the Chinese conglomerate will bring its Tencent Music Entertainment division to domestic shores, as spotted by TechCrunch. Over the weekend, the company announced (PDF)… Source: Engadget | Tencent is bringing its music division to the US

Jaden Smith's latest album is only available on Instagram

Whatever you think of Jaden Smith's music, you have to give him credit for finding new ways to capture listeners' attention. The budding rapper has debuted SYRE: The Electric Album, a reinterpretation of his album from last year, solely though Instag… Source: Engadget | Jaden Smith's latest album is only available on Instagram

Spotify offers advances to indie artists who directly license music

Apple might not be the only streaming music giant eager to cut out the middle managers. Billboard sources claimed that Spotify has offered advance fees to indie artists and managers in exchange for licensing some of their songs directly to Spotify…. Source: Engadget | Spotify offers advances to indie artists who directly license music

Apple Music sets up publishing division as it chases down Spotify

Apple Music has been on its way to overtake Spotify in terms of subscriber base for a while now. The service got a new boss, Oliver Schusser, this past April, as well. Now, Schusser's first major initiative appears to be the launch of Apple's own mus… Source: Engadget | Apple Music sets up publishing division …

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