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Beats Music review

Beats Music provides high-quality streaming and relevant music news in an eye-catching music player. Combining social networking and customizable music options, Beats adds another dimension to your typical mobile streaming service.

Pros

Attractive, basic interface: Beats Music uses classic swiping motion to navigate between tabs and offers an appealing design through its bold color scheme. The search results screen layout filters by song, album, artist, or playlist to provide an orderly list.

High-quality playback: Beats Music plays audio in two formats: standard and high quality. Both formats had excellent sound and streamed music with no delay.

Unique features: While many … Read more

Whyd iOS review

Dubbed "the human Pandora," Whyd lets you listen to music on demand from YouTube, SoundCloud, MP3.com, and Vimeo. Connect with like-minded music fans and listen to their favorite tunes, or create your own playlist via the Whyd Button on the main site.

Pros

Your music selection on demand: Creating your own playlist is a breeze. Use the Whyd Button (a type of bookmark), the Firefox add-on, or the Chrome extension to queue up songs from most popular music sites and add selections to your iPhone app. You can create and add tracks to playlists from your picks … Read more

FrostWire for Android review

FrostWire for Android combines a BitTorrent smart search aggregator with a Wi-Fi sharing platform and basic media player, which provides more functionality than torrent apps like uTorrent or BitTorrent, but overall lower performance.

Pros

Great for music lovers: FrostWire for Android offers music recommendations, enabling you to download albums from interesting artists with just one tap. The powerful music search feature and the integrated music player further increase the appeal of this app for music lovers.

Handy file-sharing: You can share files on your device locally with other users with just a few taps. If you have a good connection, … Read more

Mix it up with DJ Music Mixer for 60 percent off

A full-featured DJ and beatmatching system, DJ Music Mixer is a regular favorite with our users for having a beginner-friendly interface combined with a feature-rich toolset. It's a great entry-level software for learning and DJing small get-togethers. DJ Music Mixer helps you quickly grasp the basics without paying a premium price. For one week only, you can get it for only $11.98 -- 60 percent off the regular $29.95 price. Check out the trial before you buy.

Key Features

Mixes music and songs professionally with crossfade. Powerful equalizers with predefined settings. Complete mixing control with cue and … Read more

AutoRap review

AutoRap "rappifies" your speech, mapping syllables to a beat and creating a unique rap every time you speak to it. This app works great, providing quite amazing results even when you're speaking nonsense or merely making weird sounds. But to keep using it, you need Plays, which you must either buy with cash or gather by installing various sponsored apps.

Pros

Awesome functionality: AutoRap turns your words into a rap that sounds great, as if it had been made in a studio and mixed with professional equipment. Whether you hurl words at the mike, recite poetry, or … Read more

TuneIn Radio review

TuneIn Radio turns your device into the ultimate radio, making it easy for you to listen to almost any station in the world. This highly polished app will impress you not only with its functionality, but also with its beautiful, streamlined interface, good overall performance and streaming quality, huge selection of available stations and podcasts, and powerful search feature.

Pros

Over 100,000 stations and 2 million podcasts: Few other radio apps out there can compare with TuneIn Radio when it comes to the sheer number of listening options available. This app brings to your device every imaginable type of … Read more

Apple considering a Spotify rival and iTunes Android app

Apple is in negotiations with senior executives at record labels about launching an on-demand streaming music service that would compete with Spotify and Beats music, according to a report by Billboard. Citing three unnamed sources, the publication said the "exploratory talks" are right now in very early stages.

The report also said Apple is mulling creating an iTunes Store app for Android, bringing the property to enemy turf. Apple did not return a request for comment. We'll update this post if we hear back.

The considerations come at a trying time for iTunes. According to Nielsen, downloads … Read more

Get a Fluance Fi30 Bluetooth speaker for $99.96

First up, thanks for the incredible response to yesterday's post about Microsoft Office. Lots of good discussion, lots of very fair points on all sides. (Note that CNET's commenting system is down for the moment, so you can't add your two cents just now. Same goes for this post. Sorry about that! Hopefully it'll be sorted out soon.)

Second up, most of the Bluetooth speakers you see nowadays are of the compact, portable variety. Those can be great if you want something that can go where you go, even if it's just to different rooms … Read more

Beats Music turns 7 out of 10 free-trial users to paying ones?

Streaming-music service Beats Music signed up 1,000 people a day as paying subscribers before any free trials, and is keeping more than 70 percent of AT&T free-trial users as paying customers once those introductory terms end, according to a Bloomberg report.

The report cited unnamed people familiar with the matter, reporting figures that were provided to investors in February. Beats Music launched publicly on January 21 with AT&T offering "Family" customers a 90-day free trial and individual AT&T wireless customers a 30-day free trial. Before January, Beats Music was in a … Read more

Pandora One hikes subscription price, nixes annual option

Pandora is making a few changes to its premium streaming music service -- most notably a fee hike for new monthly subscribers.

The company announced Tuesday that because of rising royalty rates it pays to musicians, it's having to up its monthly fee for the first time since Pandora One debuted in 2009. Starting in May, new members will have to pay $4.99 per month rather than the current rate of $3.99 per month.

"The costs of delivering this service have grown considerably," Pandora wrote in a blog post. "For example, the royalty rates … Read more