Music

Stringer brings customizable shuffling to your music

If you've ever listened to music on shuffle, you've probably hit the point where you'd like to hear more from that album, but then continue on with the shuffling. That's an issue that the newly-released Stringer aims to alleviate, allowing you to easily move around a shuffled list of your entire iTunes library (including iTunes Match music) and make adjustments as you see fit.

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Trent Reznor talks a bit about his new role at Apple

Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor has spoken a bit about his new role at Apple. Reznor acted as the chief creative officer of Beats Music until it was purchased by Apple earlier this year, and the company asked him to come on board for a special project. What that is exactly isn't clear, but Reznor said that it's an evolution of his role at Beats, and in the realm of music delivery, according to an interview with Billboard:

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U2 and Apple are working on a plan to get people buying music again

The public may have had mixed feelings about a free U2 album showing up on their phones last week, but the world-renowned band and Apple are likely teaming up again to work on a new music format. This new music format, U2 claims, will make music so interesting and enticing that consumers will want to buy songs and albums once again.

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How to hide the free U2 album on iPhone, iPad, and iTunes

After Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus announcement, U2 took the stage. After that iTunes customers in over 100 countries were told they'd have access to their new album, Songs of Innocence, for free. While some people were excited about that and asking how to download it, others were less than thrilled. My colleague Peter recently expressed his distaste for the situation and while I tend to agree, I also understand some people not wanting to look at an album in their library they aren't interested in.

So here's how to hide it from even showing up not only in iTunes, but on your iPhone and iPad as well!

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OK Go says Apple ripped off their music video

Yesterday's iPhone 6 and Apple Watch event kicked off with a fancy video about perspective, but rock band OK Go says the whole thing is a riff on their work shooting The Writing's on the Wall. Apple used the same director and production company as OK Go did for their music video.

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Weird Al's newest song 'Tacky' skewers Pharell's 'Happy'

Weird Al Yankovic is kicking off a full week of new songs from his album Mandatory Fun, and the first one is called "Tacky". The song lampoons the hugely popular song "Happy" by Pharell Williams, and there's a decidedly colorful music video that goes with it. Big names like Jack Black, Margaret Cho, Aisha Tyler, Kristen Schaal, and others dance shamelessly towards the camera just like in the Williams original. As always, the lyrics have been twisted in an entirely new (and hilarious) direction.

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On iOS 8 Maps, Music, and managing culture

While the sheer quantity and quality of announcements made at WWDC 2014 was enough to stun a bevy of bloggers, there were some anticipated announcements that didn't materialize, things like updates to Maps and Music. So what's happening with these key apps in iOS 8? Unless and until we hear from Apple, all we have is rumor.

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Amazon reportedly close to launching Prime music streaming service with hand-picked albums

Amazon may be the latest entrant into the streaming music business, and could be adding the feature to its $99 per year Prime service as early as next month. According to sources of BuzzFeed, Amazon has locked up deals with two of the big three music labels (Universal Music Group is on the fence) to launch a music streaming service that would be included at no extra cost with your Amazon Prime subscription.

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Facebook will make it even easier to tell your friends what you're watching or listening to

There's an update coming down the pike for the official Facebook app that will enable users to automatically tag the music and TV that they're listening/watching in their status updates. As demoed in the video above, the system works by tapping a button when creating a new status — not unlike the "moods" feature Facebook added last year, and then it uses audio ID software to identify the music, TV show, or movie that is blasting its sounds into your vicinity, and then tags your status with that information.

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Twitter reportedly looking to buy SoundCloud after failing with first music venture

Twitter is reportedly looking to acquire SoundCloud in what could be its biggest acquisition to date. According to Re/code, which cites sources familiar with the matter, SoundCloud's 250 million consumer base is a major motivator behind the deal.

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