Samsung serves Milk Music, does a Galaxy good

CNET Update is Grade-A tech news:

In this episode of Update:

- Learn about Samsung's Milk Music, a free streaming radio service only available for some Galaxy smartphones.

- Keep it classy on Vine, now that the video-sharing network prohibits porn.

- See what carbonated competition is bubbling up for Sodastream and Keurig.

- Cool a room quietly with Dyson's latest fancy fan, the Air Multiplier.

CNET Update delivers the tech news you need in under three minutes. Watch Bridget Carey every afternoon for a breakdown of the big stories, hot devices, new apps, and what's ahead. … Read more

Samsung's answer to Apple's iTunes Radio: Milk Music

Samsung is taking on Apple's iTunes Radio, as well as Pandora, Spotify, and a host of other companies in the competitive streaming music business, but it picked an innocuous name to do it.

Milk Music, launched Friday and available now in the Google Play store, is Samsung's latest foray into a music service, this time a streaming radio offering.

It's free to download and free to listen to, and importantly, unlike iTunes Radio, it doesn't have ads.

But the company is entering a competitive field. Streaming is the music industry's area of greatest growth, but … Read more

Beats Music opens up, making its API public

Streaming-music service Beats Music is opening up some of its programming to outsiders, with the goal of proliferating the new $120-a-year subscription player in the broader online universe.

"If you're willing to pay $100 a year for music, which in my experience for all the world's music is a tremendous bargain, you should have access to music anywhere you might want it, in your car, house, anywhere," Beats Music Chief Executive Ian C. Rogers told CNET in an interview.

Beats Music on Friday made public its API. An API, or application programming interface, is a tool … Read more

Dish-Disney deal changes future of online TV

CNET Update is hacking coffee machines:

In this episode of Update:

- Learn why Dish made a deal with Disney so its DVR won't auto-skip commercials on ABC shows for three days after airing. In the compromise, Disney scored the rights to stream Disney-owned networks online, including ESPN, and that could be a game changer in accessing TV on the Internet.

- You may need to hack the Keurig 2.0 machine if you want to use bargain-priced unlicensed single-serve coffee cups. Keurig is fighting copycat K-cups with high-tech machines.

- Watch thousands of music videos on Xbox Music, … Read more

Spotify hires Beats Music former head of product

The rivalry between Spotify and Beats Music, two key streaming music services, is deepening.

Spotify has hired Fredric Vinna, Beats Music's former head of product, engineering and design, according to a person familiar with the matter. Vinna left Beats Music just recently -- his LinkedIn page still lists his job there as current -- and will be joining Spotify to work on product there as well, according to this person.

Vinna has been described by Beats Music Creative Director Rob Sheridan as one of the few central people in a "scrappy room of enthusiastic creators" when the … Read more

Beats Music buys entertainment e-marketer Topspin

New subscription streaming service Beats Music made its first big purchase Tuesday since the service went live -- a direct-to-customer marketing and ticketing company once run by Beats Music's current chief executive.

Beats Music CEO Ian C. Rogers said in a blog post Tuesday that Beats Music launched with Artist Tools features that included Topspin integration, letting artists to update their profile page with custom images and merchandise offers. The company is acquiring Topspin "to help us achieve this unique vision" of discovering music and engaging with artists.

Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

Jimmy Iovine … Read more

Get this Google Music Mac app before Google's lawyers find it

An intrepid developer has created a free Google Music desktop app for OS X, borrowing the Google Music name and logo in the process. You shouldn't have to Google "trademark law" to understand that Google's legal department may be readying a letter to Sajid Anwar, the developer who maintains the app or Jame Fator, its creator. On Hacker News, some have reasoned that such a blatant use of Google's trademarks has to mean the developers seek Google's attention so that their app or they themselves may get acquired by Google.

Whatever the reason behind … Read more

Apple iTunes Festival slated for SXSW

Apple will be heading to the SXSW next month, marking the first time the company will create an iTunes Festival event in the US.

Starting on March 11 and running through March 15, Apple will host five live iTunes Festival events at SXSW. The company plans to have several popular artists perform, including Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Keith Urban, and others. Apple says that it will make announcements on new additions to the festival in the coming weeks.

Apple has been holding iTunes Festivals in London for some time. So far, over 400 artists have performed at the festivals and Apple … Read more

Vevo's viewership jumps on TV-like tactics

Fashioning itself in the mold of bygone music video television has been a big part of Vevo's growth, and this year will take the strategy one step further.

The online music video company hit 5.5 billion monthly views in December 2013, according to a viewership report from the company Wednesday. That marks a 46 percent jump from a year earlier, a big acceleration from the roughly 9 percent pace of growth in December 2012.

According to the report, the company's number of videos watched globally through all of 2013 rose to 55 billion, 12.3 billion of … Read more

Make your mirror sound like a xylophone with Mogees

Do you like to tap your spoon on your coffee mug at breakfast? Drum on the steering wheel on your way to work? Thrum your fingers on your desk? If so, you might want to check out a new Kickstarter project from UK-based computer music researcher Bruno Zamborlin that could just turn your random taps into compositions.

"About two years ago, my colleagues and I had this idea about transforming everyday objects around us into unique musical instruments," Zamborlin says in his Kickstarter introductory video. That led him to create Mogees, an app paired with a special contact microphone that affixes to practically any surface to make an object "playable." The result is that tapping on the glass wall of a bus shelter gives you a sound akin to an Indonesian gamelan. Sliding coins on a table sounds like ringing a bicycle bell. Even tapping on a car becomes a musical endeavor -- somewhere between twanging guitar strings and steel drum. … Read more