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  • Opinion: Streaming music pioneer Rhapsody finally hits 2 million subscriptions

    It took Rhapsody--the RealNetworks' spinoff that pioneered the flat-fee online music subscription business--10 years to hit the million subscriber mark in December 2011. It only took from then to today for Rhapsody to achieve 2 million subs. That's progress!

  • Opinion: SoundCloud gets Sonos integration, record deals possible

    SoundCloud is getting integrated with Sonos music systems, as it reportedly tries to become more than just a place for music you haven't heard of.

  • Opinion: Totally rad films from the '80s and '90s on Netflix

    Back in the 1980s and 1990s, people rented videos from video stores. There was the battle between Beta and VHS, as well as other weird formats, like Super-VHS and the Videodisc. Then there was the Laserdisc, which only caught on with die-hard collectors, but began featuring things like widescreen and director's commentary tracks. Perhaps only the most visionary souls could have possibly foreseen the days when these movies could be watched instantly, at the push of a button, from a computer or even a smartphone. Yet here they are. And guess what--some of the movies from those bygone decades are still pretty good.

  • Opinion: How Android TV will make Chromecast better

    When Google announced Android TV this week, the search giant was quick to note that Chromecast isn't going away. Android TV devices will actually have Chromecast support built-in, providing the same features as Google's $35 streaming dongle with no extra effort by developers.

  • Opinion: YouTube's (finally) adding 60fps video support, tip jar

    If you play a lot of PC games, chances are you can see the difference between a game running at 30 frames per second and one running at 60. Or, if you can't, you've likely at least heard the arguments about this thorny subject. (You can always check out this site to get an idea of what games look like running at different framerates.)

  • Opinion: Watch out Google: Firefox OS-powered Chromecast competitor in the works

    Google's nifty Chromecast dongle may be getting some competition from a similar device powered by Mozilla's Firefox OS. On Thursday, Mozilla developer evangelist Christian Heilmann tweeted an image of a TV casting dongle loaded with Firefox OS.

  • Opinion: OK Google, let's rock: Android apps can play music directly from Google search

    If you use Google Search to look up musicians and bands on your Android handset, you're in luck. Google now provides a one-touch option to play their music right now on your Android* phone.

  • Opinion: U.S.-Ghana match proves a winner for WatchESPN

    The U.S. World Cup soccer team wasn't the only winner this past Monday, when the Americans bested Ghana 2-1. WatchESPN.com--the cable sports network's streaming service accessed online or through the WatchESPN app--also had reason to celebrate after the final whistle.

  • Opinion: YouTube poised to block indie musicians over subscription service dispute

    YouTube users who like watching videos from indie label artists such as Adele, Arctic Monkeys, and Radiohead could soon lose access to their videos on the Google-owned site, thanks to a copyright fight between the indies and the video-sharing service.

  • Opinion: Reality check: Are DVRs doomed? Depends what you mean by 'doomed'

    The days of the DVR are numbered. And DVD players and cable TV set-top boxes are slated to join them in history's recycling pile. At least that's where Roku CEO Anthony Wood thinks the digital entertainment industry is headed.

  • Opinion: Spotify adds the ability to control Samsung wireless speakers

    Got Samsung wireless speakers? Starting now, you can control them using Spotify, streaming the entire catalog of tunes to any room in your house.

  • Opinion: Soundgarden's Superunknown goes 'super surround sound'

    Does anyone listening to music on their iOS and Android device really care about better-than-MP3 sound quality? I mean really, really, let's-just-buy-one-of-those-uber-high-fidelity-Neil-Young-Pono-music-players care?

  • Opinion: Amazon offering free Fire TV trials to some Prime members

    If you're curious about Amazon's Fire TV set-top box and subscribe to Amazon Prime, you might want to check your inbox.

  • Opinion: All-you-can-read kids service Epic adds a thousand new books from HarperCollins

    I was a voracious reader as a kid. If my mom could have waved a magic wand and had an unlimited supply of books appear in our living room for a flat fee of $10 a month, I'm sure she would have jumped at the chance. Thanks to the iPad and a subscription service called Epic, my kid can gorge himself on children's books until the cow jumps over the moon.

  • Opinion: New Sonos Controller app exits beta with surprise feature

    As it promised earlier this spring, streaming speaker pioneer Sonos released refreshed versions of its controller app for iOS and Android. But there's a very cool feature in this finished version that wasn't around when TechHive had some hands-on time with an earlier version of the app.

  • Opinion: Microsoft adding 'All Sources' music locker to OneDrive

    Microsoft's OneDrive cloud storage solution can apparently accept user-owned music uploads, for playback on Web-connected devices like the Xbox. That's according to Chinese tech site LiveSino, who noticed the feature when digging into OneDrive's source code.

  • Opinion: TuneIn grafts social and personal features onto plain old terrestrial radio

    TuneIn believes that terrestrial radio is no longer good enough on its own. Instead, it must be social and personal.

  • Opinion: Xbox's Halo series may strike covenant with Showtime

    Microsoft's Xbox Entertainment Studios (XES) may release its live-action version of Halo on traditional TV first before it delivers an interactive version to Xbox's Web-connected base of 48 million gamers. According to a report in Variety, the XES series currently in development with Steven Spielberg's Amblin TV may first be seen on Showtime, the U.S. pay cable channel.

  • Opinion: Rdio plans free ad-supported streaming service

    Rdio.com plans to offer free ad-supported on-demand streaming later this year. That news comes from Lew Dickey, CEO of Cumulus Media, which bought a 20 percent stake in Rdio.com last September. Cumulus, which has about 525 radio stations in 110 U.S. cities, is also Rdio's exclusive U.S. sales agent.

  • Opinion: Hulu ramps up VPN blocking

    Hulu is reportedly cracking down on users who access the streaming site through a virtual private network, or VPN.

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