music

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.

Shazam lets you access saved playlist right on Spotify

After only more than a month, Shazam is being updated to bring fans more convenience when it comes to listening to music on Shazam. After the Rdio and Spotify integration, Shazam now allows listening to full tracks in any Shazam playlist. And even when you're outside the app, say for example Spotify, you can access your Shazams saved to a ‘My Shazam Tracks’ playlist right there. You can do the same on Rdio too. And for those who like checking out the Shazam charts regulary, know that you can access them easily by tapping the Charts on tab to see the trending Shazams and global chart among others.

iRig 2 launches at CES 2015, now available for Android

You don’t have to tell us how pissed you were when as excited as you were, you picked up an iRig guitar interface device, only to realize you can't gig with it on your Android phone or tablet. (You can record stuff, but that's not the same thing.) Yeah, we’ve all been there and cursed the heavens for it. But it seems that the guitar gadget gods have heard us, for lo and behold, iRig 2 has been launched at the hallowed halls of CES in Las Vegas, and the new version brings Android compatibility with it.

Google Cast for audio announced

No doubt Chromecast became one of the most in demand streaming media devices in the the market today. From the US, Google has brought it to more countries around the globe. The Internet giant made Chromecast now ready in 27 countries and with more to be added this year. As proof, per device usage of the Chromecast increased by 60% compared to than when it first launched. Thanks to the new features and apps that have been added to the streaming media stick during the past year.

Deezer update: lyrics you can read or sing-along to

With the continued popularity of Spotify (despite Taylor Swift's break-up with them) and Google creating YouTube Music Key, competition in the music streaming service has never been tougher. Another competitor, Deezer, is stepping up its game in the latest update as it gives users the chance not just to listen to songs they like but sing-along to the ones they love with the new lyrics feature.
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