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Get a GoGroove FlexSmart X3 Bluetooth FM transmitter for $39.99 shipped

To me there's nothing sadder than a car that lacks Bluetooth. Well, OK, there are lots of things sadder, but for anyone who drives and owns a smartphone, it's definitely a bummer.

Because without Bluetooth to link the phone to the car stereo, how does one listen to one's playlists? One's podcasts? How does one conduct a hands-free call? One does not! This is how sad that makes me.

Fortunately, you don't have to throw out your car and buy a new one. All you need is an FM transmitter that can act as the … Read more

Interactive Dylan video takes surreal roll through TV land

Almost 50 years after Bob Dylan released "Like a Rolling Stone" as a single, the song is finally getting an official music video. And as one might imagine from a song about alienation and aimlessness, it features a cartoon cat and the host of "The Price of Right."

The vid, which went live on Bob Dylan's official Web site Tuesday, employs interactive technology to let viewers flip though 16 faux TV channels in real time. The channels feature snippets from real shows -- ESPN sports updates and History Network programs, for example -- alongside others that mimic reality TV shows like "The Bachelor." All the while, recognizable TV personalities such as Drew Carey, comedian Marc Maron, and the cast of "Pawn Stars" mouth the words to the classic song. … Read more

Leonardo da Vinci piano hybrid heard after 500 years

Apparently, Leonardo da Vinci loved to rock.

An unusual musical instrument that combines keyboard and cellos has seen the light of day some 500 years after the Renaissance superman conceived it.

Leonardo's viola organista has come to life through the passion of Polish pianist Slawomir Zubrzycki, who has played a lavishly designed version of it in concert. … Read more

Seven tips for Google's Play Music on iOS

As of last week, iOS users can now take advantage of Google's Play Music service. The service lets you upload music you already own, create random playlists, and use Google's All Access Internet radio service.

The iOS app has some limitations, however, and does require some workarounds in certain instances to accomplish what should be simple tasks.

Here are seven tips to help you with your first experience with Google Play Music on iOS, especially if you've never used the service before.

Set up your account

The first thing you'll need to do, even before downloading … Read more

Google Play Music arrives for iOS

CNET Update changes its tune:

In this episode of Update:

- Crank up Google Play Music on the iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. Google's streaming music service launched for Android over the summer, but the iOS version was delayed by months. The app stores 20,000 songs for free online and has custom radio stations, but paying $10 a month gives you access to a library of millions of songs to play on demand.

- Learn how the FCC is pushing carriers to unlock phones when a customer's contract is fulfilled.

- Check out the Lumia 2520, Nokia'… Read more

Google Play Music makes its debut in Apple's App Store

The mobile music war just hit a higher note.

Google on Friday launched its long-awaited Google Play Music application for Apple's iOS. The free application, which is available now in the Apple App Store, allows users to stream millions of songs and create custom radio stations. Unlike Apple's iTunes Radio and Pandora, there are no skip limits on Google Music.

Those who want to listen to their own libraries also can upload up to 20,000 of their own songs to Google's music cloud service and access those on other devices.

Google announced the Play Music app in May. … Read more

Get an Adapt Bluetooth Headphone Adapter for $24.95 shipped

When it comes to tuning out the world, nothing beats a good pair of headphones and your favorite playlist. Of course, any wired pair necessarily keeps you tethered to your smartphone or tablet, which can be a hassle. If only you could somehow endow them with the magic of Bluetooth.

Presto! For a limited time, you can get the Outdoor Tech Adapt Bluetooth Headphone Adapter for $24.95 shipped. There's no coupon code required; just use that special link to save $15 straight away. This is a Cheapskate exclusive, folks; you won't find this deal anywhere else.

The … Read more

Get a Braven 570 portable Bluetooth speaker for $29.99

I first encountered the Braven brand a few months ago, when I reviewed the Braven 850 and found it to be one of the best Bluetooth speakers I'd ever used -- though a decidedly pricey one at $299.

I can't say with any certainty that all the company's speakers are that good, especially the lower-end models, but I know they make at least one damn fine product.

Today only, and while supplies last, Tech.Woot has the refurbished Braven 570 portable Bluetooth speaker for $29.99, plus $5 for shipping. Price if purchased new: $99.99.

Any … Read more

Bing amps up its music video search function

Bing is harnessing the vast collection of music videos on the Internet and aiming to make it easier for users to listen to their favorite artists and find new ones to pore over.

Microsoft announced Monday that it overhauled its music video search function for users to explore, discover, and browse more music on Bing. The search engine has brought in more than 1.7 million songs from 70,000 artists and 500,000 albums from all across the Web, including YouTube, Vimeo, MTV, Artist Direct, and more.

"Our new music video experience was designed with music lovers in … Read more

Review: MixPad Professional is feature loaded but suffers from a lack of direction

MixPad Professional offers a number of powerful tools for creating audio files on your Mac, but it lacks the design and organization that would make it more streamlined. The result is a tool that, for those who master it, offers a solid range of options; but that will be frustrating and messy for most casual users or those who are not used to this type of software.

When you open MixPad Professional, you can start editing tracks immediately. Almost everything you need is onscreen at the start, which is both useful and a bit overwhelming. Dragging and dropping tracks, loading … Read more