Music

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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Sonos app with revamped interface and universal search now live

Sonos has released a new Controller app for iOS that brings a new design as well as a bevy of new features. The app has been available for beta testing on Android since March.

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Google Play Music All Access crosses the border to Canada

Google's Play Music All Access subscription service is now streaming in Canada! By signing up to All Access, you can get a healthy cloud library of tunes, as well as your own private collection. Us Canadians are used to these sorts of services taking awhile to get up here, but it sure is welcome. As an early bird promotion, Google is cutting the normal subscription rate from $9.99 to $7.99, and tossing in 30 days of service for free. You'll also get Chromecast support as usual, plus, as of recently, you can stream out to Sonos.

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Beats Music hits version 2.0, now properly designed for iPad

Beats Music has updated to version 2.0, and the highlight of the update is native iPad support. The iPad version includes all of the features of the original app, taking advantage of the iPad's larger screen to show you more and speed up navigation.

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Record labels reportedly underwhelmed by iTunes Radio, want more change from Apple

There are two places in the world — the movie and record industries — where it's apparently permissible to be stunned that people will stop paying for something when they can get it for free. That's where the record industry is today, reportedly disappointed by the lack of revenue coming their way after the launch of iTunes Radio. The report comes courtesy of Billboard.

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Coachella music festival deploying iBeacons for localized notifications

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is amping up their tech game for 2014. Both their iPhone and Android apps have been seen an overhaul for the two-weekend event in California, and while the redesign is nice, it's the use of iBeacons that really piqued our interest.

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KISS Photo Bomb app can add rock and roll to all of your pictures

KISS is going mobile and today have announced the launch of the KISS PHOTO BOMB app for Android and iOS devices. With the free app, users can "KISSIFY" their photos and text messages with things like KISS members, KISS make-up, KISS frames and even KISS emoticons. Snap away then share to your favorite social service.

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iMore's favorite movies, TV shows, music, and books of 2013

We'll be posting both our 2013 Readers Choice Awards and 2013 Editors Choice Awards soon enough, but there's a reason Apple sells more than just devices, and iTunes offers more than just apps. Music, movies, TV shows, books, and comics have all gone digital. Not only is the idea of linear broadcasts increasingly anachronistic, but the idea of media not being everywhere we are, available at the click of a remote or tap of a screen, is almost a thing of the past. From Mac to iPod to Apple TV to iPhone to iPad, we can now access everything we want to listen to, watch, or read, any time we want, anywhere we are. So, just like devices, apps, and games, we want to recognize the other stuff, the media, that makes our lives so much more enjoyable. These, then, are our favorite movies, music, TV shows, and books of the year!

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