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Gramofon, The Streaming Hub Music Lovers Are Going Nuts For, Surpassed Its Kickstarter Goal

Gramofon, part music streamer and part WiFi router, recently surpassed its Kickstarter goal of $250,000.<p>Here's how it works: you hook up your Gramofon to your existing stereo or speaker system. You then connect the box to the internet via its built-in Ethernet port or using your existing WiFi …

Sprint Is Giving You A Discount On Spotify

Sprint customers on the "Framily Plan" will be able to get six free months of Spotify premium, which lets you listen to Spotify on your mobile device and download songs for listening offline. After the six-month trial, it'll cost $7.99 per month if you have up to five people on your family plan. If …

Here's How Pop Stars Make Money Now That People Don't Buy Music

"Everyone assumes I made millions from the John Lewis ad. I probably made $13,500," said the singer, whose cover of Keane's Somewhere Only We Know made it to Number One last year. It was played incessantly on the radio, and - of course - the television, as the soundtrack to John Lewis's Christmas …

The Stock Photo Company Shutterstock Is Launching Into Music

At launch, it will offer 65,000 songs from a partnership with the music company Rumblefish, but it will eventually open up to independent artists who can submit their songs and make money.<p>Wyatt Jenkins, head of product at Shutterstock, told Business Insider that the company is launching into the …

Pandora Will Raise The Fee For Its Ad-Free Music Service By A Whopping $1 Per Month

The company, which streams music from virtual radio stations to mobile devices such as Apple Inc's iPhone or Google Android smartphones, said in a Tuesday blogpost that royalties paid to artists had risen 53 percent over the past five years and will rise another 9 percent in 2015.<p>The increase of $1 …

REVIEW: The Sonos Home Theater System Will Blow Your Mind

The Sonos home theater consists of a pair of the Play:1 speakers ($399), Sub ($699) and Playbar ($699).<p>You should also probably get the Bridge ($49) if you want to be able to wirelessly control each component.<p>Setup<p>Getting started out of the box is pretty simple.<p>First, you need to plug in the Sonos …

For Those Who Get Discouraged When They Hear The Word 'No'... Here's A Rejection Letter U2 Got From A Record Label In 1979

Even when you've gotten rejected thousands of times (as any successful person has), it's still discouraging.<p>When you hear the word "no" — when a proposal of yours gets rejected — it's easy to think that there might be something wrong with the proposal. Or worse, you.<p>So it's helpful to remember that</i> …

Samsung Just Launched An Ad-Free, Free Music Service

Milk has 200 genre-based radio stations and 13 million songs. It's powered by Slacker - a radio app pre-programmed onto some Android phones. Galaxy users can download Milk for free.<p>Samsung says that its trying to make new music discovery simple and organic. You don't have to sign up or log in when …

Neil Young's PonoPlayer Will Launch For $400 So That We Can Hear Music The Way Artists Recorded It

Young is expected to unveil the service, alongside an iPod competitor called PonoPlayer, tomorrow at SXSW. But details have already been leaked ahead of the announcement via Computer Audiophile.<p>"It's about the music, real music," Young said in a press release. "We want to move digital music into …

Use This Hidden Feature In YouTube To Stream An Unlimited Amount Of Music

YouTube lets you do more than watch videos of cute cats doing cute things. Buzzfeed 's Patrick Ward created a video demonstrating several hidden filters and tools found on the website, including the Music Discovery Project. YouTube launched the service in 2010, and users can quickly create a series …

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Apple’s New CarPlay System Will Turn Tens Of Millions Of Cars Into iPhone Accessories

Apple’s newly announced CarPlay, which is the rebranded version of iOS in the Car, a system for converting your vehicle’s in-car entertainment system into an iOS-powered dashboard fed content and brains by your phone, is a play that could massively expand the Apple mobile ecosystem – by turning …

LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy Plans To Revolutionize The Subway Sound System

Since LCD Soundsystem played their last show in 2011, Murphy has been busy launching his own coffee and producing records, most recently Arcade Fire's <i>Reflektor</i> album.<p>But his new project, Subway Symphony, aims to benefit the subway's 5.5 million daily riders by replacing the irritating beep with …

Share Music Clips And Discover New Favorite Songs With An App Called Snippit

Snippit is an app and social network that lets you share small samples of music ("snips") with friends.<p>If you've got the perfect song for the perfect moment and you want other people to know about it, Snippit makes it happen. Imagine another version of Twitter in which every tweet is an audio …

What Musicians Actually Get Paid By iTunes, Pandora And Spotify Is Truly Pathetic

Worse, the income she gets from streaming music services like Pandora and Spotify is so pathetic it's not enough to live on — even though her songs were streamed 2.8 million times last year.<p>All told, Keating sold 33,000 singles, 8,600 albums, and 2.8 million streams for total 2013 sales of about …

Amazon Is Working On A Spotify Killer

To use Amazon Prime, subscribers pay $79 a year to get free two-day shipping and access to a library streaming of movies and TV shows on Amazon Instant, a service similar to Netflix.<p>This potential music service could be positioned as a way for Amazon to attract new customers since awareness is …

How Song ID App Shazam Is Being Used To Predict The Next Big Hit

Far from just a resource to identify a song you hear in a club or store, each ID tag shows up in the British company's database, where it gets packaged into pop charts, shown to record labels, radio stations and concert promoters and used to make a small hit even bigger. Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" and …

Here's Proof That No One Sang About Sex Until The 1990s — And More

Words have a tendency to increase or decrease in popularity over time. One of the best ways to figure this out is by looking at popular songs throughout time.<p>Artist Nickolay Lamm recently mapped out how often certain words have been used in popular songs since 1960.<p>Here's how to decipher the graphs:<p>…

Fly Or Die: Beats Music

Beats Music is the latest of many streaming music services to hit the scene, pulling from some of the best parts of competing products to offer an excellent internet radio experience.<p>Once you offer up some likes and dislikes on various artists and genres, Beats then offers four separate menus for …

Yahoo’s Contextual Homescreen App Aviate Adds A Smart “Listening Space” For Music Lovers

Aviate, the contextual Android homescreen application Yahoo bought for $80 million in January, has rolled out an update today which introduces a smart “Listening Space” that allows users to more easily find their music applications in one section, while also being pointed to relevant information …

Indian Music Streaming Startup Dhingana Shuts Down

Dhingana, the Indian music streaming startup battling to stay alive for past few months, has finally shutdown.<p>We have been trying to speak with Dhingana CEO Rohit Bhatia for past few weeks, but he’s been requesting more time for bringing clarity on the startup’s future. Dhingana is among the …

Next Time You Listen To Beyoncé, Pandora May Peg You As A Democrat

Next week, the Internet radio company is launching a new ad service so that political groups can figure out if you're a Democrat or a Republican, The Wall Street Journal reports.<p>Here's how it works.<p>Pandora first reviews the election results for your area. So if, for example, 80% of people in your …

This Company's Free Guitar Effects App Can Outdo Expensive, Dedicated Guitar Pedals

Calvin Abel is co-founder of Positive Grid, a company that makes apps for guitar players. It bills its JamUp app as "the best guitar multi-effects processor on the planet," and where other effects processors can get expensive very easil y, the JamUp app is free and requires nothing but a $20 …

18 Record Stores Every Music Lover Needs To Visit At Least Once

Billboard reported this week that vinyl sales were the only format of music experiencing growth — for the first time ever, digital sales declined.<p>So we wanted to provide a guide for the greatest list of vinyl shops on earth.<p>You may have seen some of these lists elsewhere. But with a couple of …

Snapchat For Business? It's Called Confide, And It Exists

Ephemerality is nice if you’re texting your friends unflattering selfies or drunken party snaps. If you’re engaged in sensitive deal negotiations or legal wrangling, though, making sure your message doesn’t get into the wrong hands isn’t just nice — it’s a vital necessity.<p>That’s the pitch, more or …

Music Streaming Revenue Soars — Satya Nadella Is Ready To Take Over Microsoft — Nest To Make Google Hardware

<i>Mobile Insider is a daily newsletter from BI Intelligence delivered first thing every morning exclusively to BI Intelligence subscribers. Sign up for a free trial of BI Intelligence today.</i><p><b>MOBILE MUSIC SOARS</b>: Revenues from music-related apps on the iOS App Store and Google Play combined have jumped …

Boombotix Raises $4M For Its Wearable Action Speakers And Audio Sync Software

Kickstarter funding will often lead to the more traditional kind, and in the case of Boombotix, that’s exactly what happened. The California startup raised $17,000 for its music syncing app, which allows people to synchronize playback of music across multiple devices using mobile networks, and …

PledgeMusic Looks To Change The Future Of The Album Release

“To me, the way PledgeMusic puts out music is what the future of the release of an album looks like,” said the founder over the phone from a noisy …

Forgotify Only Plays Spotify Songs That No One Has Ever Played Before

Indie music? <i>Pffft.</i> Indie music is way too main stream, man. All the <i>cool</i> kids are into music that <i>no one has ever heard.</i><p>Meet Forgotify. Forgotify tears through Spotify in search of songs with zero plays, playing only the songs that <i>no one else</i> has ever listened to.<p>Certainly, there can’t be many of …