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More countries can Shazam songs and listen on Rdio

Music subscription service Rdio and song-recognition app Shazam are expanding their partnership that connects songs you Shazam to an instant, full-length play in Rdio and builds a playlist based on what you tag.

The companies announced that the feature in Shazam -- users of the Shazam app in iOS and Android can listen to entire songs after tagging them by clicking a "Listen Free on Rdio" link within the app -- would be available in 35 countries, including most of Western Europe and South America.

New Rdio users can listen to the tracks free with a two-week mobile … Read more

Spotify, Rdio, Beats Music, and more: How to get started with subscription music services

Subscription music services date all the way back to 2001, but it wasn't until Spotify hit the scene that they finally started to go mainstream.

They're the latest breed of digital music services, offering that early Napster feeling of being able to listen to nearly anything -- instantly -- but for a small monthly fee. You're in total control of what you're listening to with these services, making them feel entirely different from streaming-radio services like Pandora and iTunes Radio, which are free (with advertising), but pick which tracks to play based on your preferences. And … Read more

Chrome extension turns YouTube into your own personal radio station

There is no shortage of Internet radio services. From freeware like Pandora and Rdio to premium services like Spotify and Google Music, you can listen to all the songs you want, when you want them. Streamus allows you to search for songs by tapping into the world's largest music database, YouTube.

Just download and install the extension and start listening to your favorite tune. You can search directly from the Omnibox (the address/search bar) by typing in "Streamus" and hitting Tab, or you can search within the extension and create your own playlist.

You can get … Read more

Twerking for Vader: Stormtroopers get down

Stormtroopers may not be able to hit the broad side of a barn when aiming at rebel scum, but they can at least hit the dance floor with impressive moves.

This fan-made "Star Wars" video -- "Stormtrooper Secrets - Hip Hop Twerk" -- features stormtroopers dancing and twerking their cold little hearts out until Darth Vader puts a kibosh on their Imperial jig.

Dancing stormtroopers are nothing new. Tokyo Dance Trooper (aka Danny Choo) has entertained tourists on the streets of Japan, Paris, and London for years with his impressive dance moves. … Read more

Battle of the (broad)bands: Online music's Grammy picks

The man-versus-machine debate is never-ending. But how well does raw data assess something as whimsically human as musical expression?

Online music services, which use data to decipher your preferences, would say: very well, thank you. And for the Grammy Awards, they put their data to the test.

Spotify, the on-demand streaming music service, applied the number of streams for each nominee to come up with its list.

"We are truly data driven," said Steve Savoca, Spotify's head of content. "That's just raw data. We're not's really just reflecting the interests of … Read more

Review: Myst III Music Player plays the OST from Myst III: Exile

Myst III Music Player for Mac links with your Myst III: Exile install directory and allows you to play the game's original soundtrack. It's very focused, enabling you to play only the tracks included with the game and nothing else -- not even standard MP3s.

After launching Myst III Music Player for Mac, you will be asked to locate your game directory in order for the app to load the OST tracks. You can either load a local copy of the game files or use a shared Windows folder across the local network. Once Myst III Music Player … Read more

Buggy Beats Music stops adding new members

Bugs in the Beats Music app, and an initial surge of new members, are forcing the recently launched paid-subscription music service to stop signing up additional subscribers.

Beats Music CEO Ian C. Rogers said in a blog post Wednesday that because of "extremely high volume of interest...some users are experiencing issues" and the company is going to "hold off on letting more people in" while it works to fix them.

Most people are unaffected but our priority is to give everyone a great experience. We prepared for issues like these, have a plan, and are … Read more

Get an iLoud Bluetooth speaker for $234 shipped

Calling all musicians (and music lovers): today's deal is for you.

For a limited time, and while supplies last, StackSocial has the IK Multimedia iLoud Bluetooth speaker for $239 shipped. And when you apply coupon code cheapskate5 at checkout, your price drops to just $234. It lists for $299.99 and sells elsewhere in the $290 range.

So, yeah, $234 is still a lot for a speaker. But this is about as premium as they get, a great choice for a den or family room where you want rich, full sound from a fairly compact package. Or for your … Read more

Beats Music service debuts for iPhone, Android

Can't get your fill of streaming music with the likes of Pandora, Spotify, and Rdio? There's a new music service in town.

Debuting for the iPhone and Android devices on Tuesday, the Beats Music app works more or less like its rivals. It acts as an online radio station to serve you tunes from your favorite artists and genres.

The service claims access to more than 20 million songs, which you can listen to online or download to your device to listen offline.

But unlike Pandora and similar services, Beats Music doesn't offer a free, ad-supported version. … Read more

Mastering engineer says the LP is the most accessible high-resolution music format

The timing of my visit was perfect, I strolled into Alex DeTurk's studio at Masterdisk just as he was cutting an LP. DeTurk was moving to the music, totally engaged with the sound as the big record mastering lathe was literally cutting the groove into the disc. After the side was complete he examined the grooves with a microscope. DeTurk then said, "Vinyl is the most consumer-friendly high-resolution format around." Right, more people are buying LPs than true high-resolution 24 bit/192 kHz files, the ones that can sound better than CD-quality FLAC or Apple Lossless files. … Read more