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More Audio Opinion

  • 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.

  • Opinion: Yahoo's making sitcoms? Here are 6 sure-fire comedy pitches

    Forget about TV networks like NBC and CBS. Binge-watching original programming on streaming services like Netflix and Hulu? Yesterday's news. No, when it comes to seeking out entertainment, the forward-thinking TV viewer living on the bleeding edge of technology will fire up their web browser and surf over to Yahoo and its smorgasbord of original programming.

  • Opinion: Google bakes Chromecast-style Sonos support into Play Music

    On Thursday morning, Sonos and Google announced a duet made in streaming music heaven: Deep, intertwined Google Play Music and Sonos home audio equipment integration.

  • Opinion: HBO Go a no-show for Game of Thrones premiere

    HBO Go has now suffered back-to-back outages for major events, as servers crashed during the Game of Thrones premiere on Sunday night.

  • Opinion: Songza's new weather-based playlists will have you singing in the rain

    Streaming music service Songza has always tried to pick the right songs for your mood, but until now it hasn't been able to factor in the weather.

  • Opinion: Netflix hacks up a sleep detector to pause while you snooze

    Falling asleep to a movie on Netflix is a wonderful feeling, but one that can turn to frustration the next day as you try to figure out where you left off.

  • Opinion: The Oscars will be streaming, but big restrictions apply

    ABC will live stream the Academy Awards for the first time on March 2, but plenty of viewers will be left out of the festivities.

  • Opinion: How to stream the Olympic Winter Games

    The XXII Olympic Winter Games from Sochi, Russia, kicks off on Thursday, and you'll surely want to tune in for some of the action. Skeleton toboggans? Check. Jamaican bobsled team? Yeah mon. And did you see the Norwegian men's curling team's uniforms? I'm so there.

  • Opinion: Auto-tune your karaoke sessions with Singtrix

    Karaoke is incredibly fun--if you can sing. Actually, it's fun either way, but the vocally challenged among us (myself included) could use a little push to get up on stage. And since you can't hog the mic all night, wouldn't it be nice if other people's crooning magically sounded better too?

  • Opinion: How to buy the right sound bar to go with your TV

    Your HDTV has crappy speakers. Don't feel bad, they all do. There's only so much they can do in that thin enclosure with a tiny bezel around the screen. It's easy to get great sound in your living room, though. All you have to do is buy a receiver, a center channel speaker, a subwoofer, front and surround speakers. Then you take a bunch of speaker wire, and run it from your receiver...

  • Opinion: Sonar X3's third fix is the charm

    Sonar X3 is a high-end audio recording application that's recently experienced what's known in the software business as an Oracle-style release. That's when you take the customer's money, ship them what is essentially a buggy beta, then strive to fix things and update them as fast as you can. This was the MO for Oracle (and others less well-known) for years early on, hence the name.

  • Opinion: Can this music app boost your brain power? Neuroscientists aren't so sure

    We're all familiar with the 3 o'clock slump: the time toward the end of the workday when your mind gets fuzzy, and concentrating is nearly impossible. While some people reach for another cup of coffee to combat fatigue and avoid another Buzzfeed black hole, other people believe that there's a better, caffeine-free way to boost concentration: music.



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