Beats, the headphone and software music monger, has just coughed up something in the region of $14 million (£8.9 million) to buy US-based streaming company MOG. Music streaming is undoubtedly a smart addition to the Beats brand, but what does it mean for its fans? Read more
May 31st, 2012
“There’s so much music around; it’s now about how you tie your music together, and how you discover new music that you don’t know.” That was the pitch thrown at me yesterday by So Saida, Senior Director of Sony Entertainment Network. “We learn your music tastes,” he said, as he walked me through the new iOS version of Music Unlimited, Sony’s subscription streaming service. “The more you play, the more you tell us what you like and what you don’t like, the more it changes.” Sounds good, I thought, but I knew deep down that Sony would never drag me out of my Spotify. Or that’s what I thought. Thing is, here I am 24 hours later, moving my whole virtual music collection across to Sony’s service. And that’s even after Saida managed to call me "lazy"... Read more
May 29th, 2012
The Samsung Galaxy S3 launches in the UK today. That, you may already be well aware of. What you might not know is that Samsung is now also readying Music Hub, a music service to stuff inside it, in order to lure you away from the likes of Spotify. Thing is, it sounds like the most complete online music service there is. Read more
May 22nd, 2012
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Sonos takes its sweet time with new hardware, and after a year, it’s ready to show its latest creation: the Sonos Sub. It’s a wireless subwoofer for your Sonos sound system, and yet another differentiator against Apple’s seamless AirPlay system: read on for the video. Read more
May 10th, 2012
[gallery] When Spotify launched its app platform, there were questions as to whether it could come up with enough ideas to justify its existence. After you’ve done review, lyrics and ticket-selling apps, where do you go from there? The answer is obvious: dating. Can your playlists find you Mr or Mrs right? Read more
May 2nd, 2012
[gallery] “Three times in 87 years we let a woman design a product. Isn’t that great?!” That’s B&O’s CEO and president Tue Mantoni speaking at this morning’s London launch - clearly proud of his company’s radical, forward-thinking attitude to gender equality. The female journalist he was motioning towards? Not so impressed. But maybe, just maybe, these “women” people he’s talking about know their stuff: the new B&O A3 iPad speaker is a stunningly different device. Shame you probably can’t afford one... Read more
April 19th, 2012
[gallery] Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) is starting to turn what was once an ugly duckling into something quite pretty, thanks largely to Google’s new Holo design language. The latest app to take this on board? Spotify. And it looks all the better for it... Read more
April 13th, 2012
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Got plans on clamping Google’s Project Glass headset to your glasses? You might not if it interferes with Apple’s future iPod. The Cupertino company has just had a patent application accepted for a Bluetooth headset with an MP3 player built-in. Are Siri powers bundled in too? Read on for the details. Read more

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