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EDM powerhouse Beatport now has Android mobile app

For electonic music fans, having an app dedicated to your favorite genre is a dream come true, especially if it's created by an EDM powerhouse like Beatport. The new mobile app will now let you have unlimited music streaming on your smartphone or tablet, as well as give you all the latest events, concerts, and performances from SFX Entertainment, owner of Beatport and all other related events to the genre.

UltraTuner for Android is the app for all your music tuning needs

You may have heard of IK Multimedia before, they’re the makers of what will go down in history as the most popular guitar-to-iPhone-to-amp effects processing unit, the famous iRig. Just recently, IK made the popular guitar accessory available for Android users where it was once an iOS-only proposition. Cue rejoicing everywhere. They’re back with another Android app to complement your guitar needs – the UltraTuner.

Gramophone is your music player materially designed

Because music streaming services like Spotify, Pandora, Deezer, etc are all the craze right now, we sometimes forget that people also still store actual music on their mobile devices. For those who prefer the "old school" way of listening to music, they usually use their phone or tablet's native music player. But if you have the option, why not go for music apps that may be able to give you much more. Gramophone is presenting itself to you as a likely candidate for your next music player.

Universal asks Spotify to “strongly urge” users to switch to premium

While there is no doubt that digital music and music streaming services has totally revolutionized the way we listen to and consume music, what is still up for debate is how artists and music label are "properly compensated". The freemium business model, headed up by the biggest of them all, Spotify, has been causing a lot of friction in the industry. Now, even one of the stakeholders of the service is dissatisfied with how they are monetizing from users who have almost unlimited access to their catalog.

iRig 2 now shipping with Android support

Back during CES in January, we got eyes on the new iRig 2 at the show. This is the updated version of the original iRig, which is a mobile guitar interface that allows you use your Android smartphone or tablet as an amplifier for playing on the go. One thing we didn't know about the iRig 2 during CES is exactly when it would ship.

Coming soon: day pass ad-free music from Pandora

You have some friends over at your new pad, and you're all just sitting around, drinking wine, chilling to your music, when suddenly, an annoying ad interrupts everyone's conversation. Oopps, now everyone knows that you're using the free version of Pandora. While it's not really something to be embarrassed about (we're pretty sure most of your guests probably use free music streaming too), it does put a bit of a damper on your party when ads keep popping out every once in a while.

Sonos Controller for Android gets updated to 5.3

Sonos has always been one of the top music apps on Google Play Store and its developer has just updated it to version 5.3. The Sonos app for phones and tablets has gotten even better, faster, and easier to use, thanks to more UX improvements, bug fixes, and an improved design. This recent update was actually released as beta a few weeks ago but it's now ready for a full launch. Main features include changes to moving music around your home plus three taps to party mode, track progression bar now more prominent, and new swipe gestures to control music playback.

Wake up to your favorite music with Radio Alarm Clock

The beloved Internet sentiment "the struggle is real" is very very real for people who have a hard time waking up in the mornings (or when they're supposed to). Countless social media posts have been written about the battle between sleepy person and their alarm clock. Numerous tips and tricks have been shared on how to beat it, live with it, obey it. A new app for Android devices will help you with this struggle by letting you wake up to your choice of sounds.

Mix like a DJ, mix free with djay Free

Algoriddim, makers of the relatively successful premium DJ app “djay 2”, have released a limited but free version of their music mixing app called “djay Free”. Being a free app, you know you won’t be getting the whole shebang of features and stuff – but you might be surprised that you’ll enjoy what’s included in the free package.

Sony Music Unlimited to end as partnership with Spotify begins

As far as music streaming is concerned, Spotify seems to still be the king (Taylor Swift brouhaha and all) despite similar services cropping up left and right. They're further expanding their market with the recent announcement of a partnership with Sony, in effect killing the Japanese OEM's own music service called Music Unlimited. This may be a bit of bad news for those attached to that particular brand, but great news for Sony users who have yet to discover the joys of Spotify.
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