Google Music, the search company's streaming-music service, will be coming to iOS as a native application soon, according to a new report.
Google is currently working on its Music app and plans to get it to Apple's App Store sometime this month, Engadget reported on Thursday, citing people who are familiar with the search giant's plans. Google Music for iOS is being tested internally right now, according to the report, and still has few bugs to be worked out before its ready for public release.
Google Music is one of what is becoming a growing number of … Read more
Over two million subscribers tune into Cricket Wireless' unlimited Muve Music download service, the company said Thursday, claiming that this makes Muve the country's most popular on-demand subscription service.
Muve (pronounced "move"), which is automatically bundled into the carrier's rate plan for Android phones, lets customers download as many songs and ringtones as they can store, provided they keep paying their monthly phone bill.
In addition to doubling its user base from 1.1 million at the end of 2012, Cricket also says active listeners play music longer than they did last year, to the tune … Read more
Rdio tuned up its Internet radio service with the latest updates to its iOS and Android apps.
An updated and free feature called Stations allows you to listen to music from 20 predefined stations built on songs from different artists. You can also create your own stations based on artist, song, album, or genre. In return, Stations plays random selections based on the station you picked, and lets you listen to an unlimited stream of music.
Sound familiar? Stations seems to be Rdio's effort to tap into the online streaming action of iTunes Radio, Pandora, and Spotify. The free … Read more
Disco XT is an audio playback application for Windows. It's not a media player, though it can play, mix, and manage your music collection. It's not a recording tool, though it can record and export high-quality audio; nor is it a DJ console, though with five decks, mixing, effects, sampling, and more, it's ready for both the dance floor and studio. Disco XT is a bit of each, but unlike tools that try to be too many things at once, it succeeds. Disco XT is free to try, though the Demo stops audio playback every 30 minutes … Read more
Every day, users of Smule's Sing Karaoke sing 480,000 songs, and users of its Magic Piano play 1.2 million songs. And until now, all those songs have only been available to hear and interact with via the hit apps.
But Smule wants the content its users generate to be available to everyone, not just those who have the apps, and today, the San Francisco startup launched a Web-based social network that it says is the largest social network of music makers in the world.
Smule's giant network of music makers and fans has been around for … Read more
Music video service Vevo has landed in Germany.
The company announced the news on Tuesday, noting that its expansion to Germany means its music video service is now available in 13 countries.
German Vevo viewers have access to more than 75,000 high-definition videos, live concerts, and original music programming -- all of which can be accessed on mobile products or through set-top boxes, like Apple TV and Roku.
Does it make sense to buy fancy headphones?
If your answer was a rousing "yes!", you'll be glad to know that "fancy" doesn't have to mean "expensive" -- not today, anyway. While supplies last, DealFisher has the Logitech UE 6000 noise-cancelling headphones for $99.99 shipped. They list for $199.99 and sell elsewhere for at least $140.
These are factory-refurbished headphones, but DealFisher says they're in "new/excellent" condition and is going so far as to offer a full 365-day warranty. In other words, although Logitech typically would … Read more
Spotify has expanded to four more countries as competition starts to heat up.
The company on Tuesday announced that its streaming-music service is now available in Turkey, Greece, Taiwan, and Argentina. The move comes as Spotify continues to expand globally and increase its leverage in the music-streaming business. Spotify's service is now available in 32 markets around the world.
Spotify's expansion comes amid growing competition in the streaming-music space. Last week, Apple launched its streaming alternative iTunes Radio. Although the free service is quite different from Spotify's subscriber model, both companies -- along with Pandora and countless … Read more
Apple's iTunes Radio has already picked up 11 million listeners since its launch last week, Apple announced Monday.
Available through iTunes 11 and iOS 7, iTunes Radio takes a page from Pandora's playbook. You can create and add different music stations to your feed based on your tastes and listen to songs streamed from each one. You can fine-tune each station to play only hits, a variety of songs, or a "discovery" of music new to you.
Apple also naturally makes it easy to buy any song via iTunes with a price tag that you can … Read more