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  • News: Tidal needs lots of improvements to justify its lofty price tag

    I signed up for a trial subscription to Tidal last week, and decided to stay with the service after a few days of streaming to my desktop speakers and to my Sonos system (Spotify on Sonos sucks). I don't consider myself an audiophile--I don't even own a turntable--but I am passionate about audio quality, and Tidal streams in the same format that I use to rip the CDs that I purchase.

  • News: With Tidal relaunch, Jay Z doubles down on streaming for audiophiles

    Tidal, the Jay Z-owned streaming service built around high quality tracks, is relaunching in a move that could give consumers a new option when weighing competitors like Spotify or Pandora.

  • News: Spotify launches on PS4 as Tidal arrives on Sonos

    It's a big day for the music streaming industry with Spotify launching on PlayStation and Tidal arriving on Sonos.

  • News: Spotify-powered PlayStation Music goes live on Sony's PS3 and PS4 consoles

    Just over two months ago Sony gave up on Music Unlimited, the company's homegrown music streaming service, in favor of a deal to bring Spotify to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 consoles. The new service, dubbed PlayStation Music, goes live Monday and is available to both premium and ad-supported Spotify users.

  • News: First exclusively live-streamed regular season NFL game to hit next season

    The National Football League has a long way to go before it can match the live streaming chops of pro baseball, but the NFL's online offerings have been getting a little bit better every season. When the 2015-16 season starts up this fall, the NFL will reportedly try an experiment that could have major implications for cord cutters.

  • News: Which is the better free video player: MPC-HC 1.7.6 vs. VLC 2.2

    I had a firm belief that this head-to-head was going to be a rout for VideoLAN Player aka, VLC. Over the years, I've used Media Player Classic - Home Cinema (MPC-HC), it's predecessor Media Player Classic, and VLC extensively. MPC-HC's pronounced and long-time tendency to crash pushed nearly everyone, including myself, to the somewhat geeky, but very capable VLC.

  • News: Slingbox's desktop player is now lousy with ads

    Slingbox users who install the latest desktop SlingPlayer are in for an unpleasant surprise, as the interface is now cluttered with banner ads.

  • News: It took until 2014, surprisingly, but music streaming services have finally outsold CDs

    What, music streaming services are just beating CDs now?! In 2014, the money generated from streaming services finally outpaced compact disc shipments, according to a recent report from the Recording Industry Association of America. Revenue from streaming services such as Pandora, Spotify, and music video services like Vevo and YouTube hit $1.87 billion in 2014. CD shipments, meanwhile, were valued at $1.85 billion.

  • News: Cablevision becomes the first cable-TV company to offer standalone HBO Now

    The first crack has appeared in the pay-TV hegemony: New York-based Cablevision Systems has announced its intent to offer HBO Now to its customers who take its Internet service offering, but not its pay-TV service.

  • News: Meet the Tech Dude Who Doubles as the Weird Al of Drone Songs

    A mild-mannered tech and media support coordinator for Oregon State University Extension Service by day, Victor Villegas takes on the persona of The Drone Singer during his off hours. Yes, he fashions himself as the Weird Al Yankovic of drone songs.

  • News: Apple's app, iTunes, iBooks stores suffer outage

    Some of Apple's major online services for purchasing e-books, music and apps were down as of Wednesday morning.

  • News: Cord cutting is changing everything, and the head of CBS knows it

    As more homes rely solely on broadcast TV and streaming video, networks are starting to admit that giant cable TV bundles aren't going to last.

  • News: Lawmakers look for online music licensing alternatives

    Large music licensing services should have more freedom to negotiate rates paid by streaming music services, radio stations and commercial establishments where music is played, industry executives told U.S. lawmakers.

  • News: Labels say 'no' to Apple on cheap streaming music, consider capping Spotify

    Record labels are reportedly standing firm against Apple's plan for an $8 per month streaming music service, and may even consider new listening caps for Spotify.

  • News: Pandora plans to offer ad-free 'day passes' later this year

    If you're a heavy Pandora user, subscribing to Pandora One is a no-brainer: For only $4.99 per month, you get higher-quality audio streams and no ads. But if all you want is an ad-free day of music for that dinner party or get-together, Pandora may soon have an option for you: GigaOm reports, Pandora plans to introduce a "day pass," which would allow you to pay a small fee for a day of ad-free listening.

  • News: Apple's new streaming music service reportedly coming in June

    Rumors of Apple launching an all-you-can-stream music service are nothing new. Ever since the company acquired Beats Music in May 2014, speculation has been rife that it could use some of the underlying technology for a new service under its own brand. Now, a couple of fresh reports have the Cupertino-based company finally launching that rumored Beats Music-based streaming service at WWDC in June.

  • News: Legality of Spotify's lyrics feature called into question

    The real-time lyrics feature that Spotify added to its desktop app this past week hasn't impressed the U.S. karaoke industry. Joseph C Vangieri, the CEO of DigiTrax, has called it "unfair competition for us American 'Karaoke' companies."

  • News: NBC may launch a cheap streaming service just for comedy

    The big cable bundle is continuing to crumble, as NBCUniversal ponders a standalone streaming video service for comedy fans.

  • News: An Amazon Echo SDK is in the works

    Amazon's voice-activated, cloud-enabled speaker and smart-home assistant, Echo, is quite clearly a work in progress. In its current form, it's more of a voice-controlled speaker than a virtual assistant for your home, when it should be the other way round. But this could change very soon as the e-tailing giant is about to kick this ambitious experiment into high gear.

  • News: PSA: House of Cards season 3 is here

    Netflix's flagship original series House of Cards is back for a third season, dropping into an escalating war over original content.

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