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Samsung Milk Music will soon milk users for ad-free subsistence

Some things are just too good to last, as some say. While Samsung surprise of a music streaming service may now be currently be free, both from price and from ads, that might not be the case in the very near future. Samsung has not so subtly revealed that there will be an ad-free Music Milk subscription that, of course, means that free users will start to see ads pretty soon.

MLB.TV now streaming to Chromecast

The latest streaming addition for Chromecast has been announced, and this one is arriving just in time for the beginning of the 2014 Major League Baseball season. Simply put, MLB.TV subscribers will be able to stream to Chromecast.

Sonos update adds Google Play Music support

Google Play Music support has arrived on Sonos this morning. The support will be available for those using the Android app, as well as the controller app on a desktop. And interestingly, you'll also be able to stream Play Music (to a Sonos setup) direct from the Play Music app in the same way you have been streaming to a Chromecast.

Chromecast update bringing volume and stability improvements

One of the perks of the Chromecast is the ease of use. Going along with that is the lack of needing to worry about software updates. In fact, we suspect some Chromecast users never even pay attention to updates. Still, Google does push them. They also detail them on the Chrome Releases blog and this time around there was one item of particular importance.

Chromecast now supports YouTube live streams

Coming without any formal announcement from Google, it has been discovered the Chromecast supports YouTube live streams. There is a catch for Android users though. At this time the live streams appear to be supported only when using a desktop browser. It seems likely to believe Android support is coming, and possibly we'll learn about that when Google offers a more official announcement.

Amazon Fire TV: a few thoughts on the competition

Amazon announced the Fire TV earlier this morning. Initially this seems to be just another set-top box to attach to your television and stream the likes of Netflix and Hulu Plus. Of course, Fire TV also has support for Amazon Instant Video (amongst other services). Some may prefer the Chromecast or Roku Streaming Stick given the dongle form factor, but with the feature set and price tag of the Amazon Fire TV -- it seems this one may be worth considering.
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