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The iPhone may be starting to steal Android’s lower-income customers

When I was working in Tajikistan, a desperately poor country, my driver had an iPhone. He’d saved extensively to afford it, and prized it as a status symbol. And when things got tight, he didn’t trade it for a cheaper, equivalent Android model — he traded it in for an older iPhone.<p>Apple has begun …

Scotty McCreery Trades Pop for Classic Country on New LP

For his next album, Scotty McCreery is ready to take his signature deep-barrel baritone down a more classically country road — because the “Feelin’ …

Music

A Jason Aldean themed bar might not be too far in the future

Apparently playing in bars when you're just 14 years of age leaves an impact on ya. Jason Aldean recently opened up that every since his early days, …

Country Cousins: On MLK, Southern Rap and Racism

As a native New Yorker, “Down South” seemed like a scary place, until a visit to Mississippi forced me to confront my own prejudices<p><b>Northerners</b> …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley Lead 2015 iHeartRadio Country Festival Lineup

Austin will add ‘country’ to its Live Music Capital of the World nickname on May 2nd, when some of Nashville’s biggest names descend on the Texas …

Country Music

Ryan Adams and Jenny Lewis perform on Austin City Limits — watch

<i>Photo by Scott Newton</i><p>The 40th season of Austin City Limits continued Saturday night with an hour-long episode featuring alt county crooners and …

Report: Kanye West’s new album is entirely co-produced by Paul McCartney

Following last night’s release of “FourFiveSeconds”, new details have been revealed regarding Kanye West’s upcoming seventh studio album.<p>According to …

A Brief History of Bill O’Reilly Knowing Dick About Hip-Hop

"I'm a brother, man."<p>In the history of television, there have been three monumental events: Neil Armstrong walking on the moon, Walter Cronkite announcing John F. Kennedy’s assassination, and Nancy Grace saying the words “Tity Boi.”<p>The last of which happened just over a week ago in her interview …

Kurt Cobain Documentary Montage of Heck Doesn't Feature Dave Grohl

<i>Image of Kurt Cobain at home featured in the film Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, © The End of Music, LLC/courtesy HBO</i><p><i>Montage of Heck</i> is an authorized documentary about Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain. Frances Bean Cobain, Cobain's daughter with Courtney Love, is an executive producer of the film. It airs …

Kurt Cobain

Tom Petty awarded songwriting royalties for Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me”

Upon the release of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” in April 2014, a number of listeners were quick to note the distinct resemblance to Tom Petty and the …

Music

First Listen: Diana Krall, 'Wallflower'

Wallflower<p><b>Audio for First Listens is no longer available after the album is released.</b><p>In the 1970s, when Diana Krall was growing up, children and young adolescents regularly encountered very adult music on Top 40 radio. These songs were different from the sexually explicit playground rhymes so …

5 Films Streaming on Netflix Every Musician Should Watch

Popular streaming service Netflix includes a wealth of films, including both documentaries and works of fiction, that serve as history lessons and …

Kim Fowley obituary

Few people in pop music spanned such a range as Kim Fowley, the record producer, songwriter and Sunset Strip svengali who has died aged 75. In a career lasting almost 60 years, Fowley created B. Bumble and the Stingers and the pioneering all-female hard-rock band the Runaways, produced artists from …

Ethan Hein's answer to Why did pop music become so vulgar?

<b>Personally, I blame Mozart.</b><p>Here's a charming little ditty he wrote called "Difficile Lectu." Its lyrics include the phrase "Leck du mich im Arsch," …

WikiLeaks demands answers after Google hands staff emails to US government

• Search giant gave FBI emails and digital data belonging to three staffers<br>• WikiLeaks told last month of warrants which were served in March 2012<p>Google took almost three years to disclose to the open information group WikiLeaks that it had handed over emails and other digital data belonging to three …

Samsung Electronics to be main chip supplier for next iPhone: South Korea paper

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (005930.KS) will be the main supplier of processors powering Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O) next iPhone, Maeil Business Newspaper reported on Monday, citing unidentified sources in the semiconductor industry.<p>A man walks at the Samsung Electronics' …

Samsung

Dell Says It's Ready For Apple's Next MacBook Air

Dell is ready for any new MacBook Air Apple throws at it this year.<p>Donnie Oliphant, Director of XPS Product Marketing, fully expects Apple to up the ante this year with a thinner, lighter design.<p>“We definitely believe that the next MacBook Air is going to be a very aggressive design,” he said in a …

Walmart starts selling its Vudu Spark streaming stick for $25

Remember Walmart’s very own HDMI streaming stick, which I spotted in the FCC’s online database two months ago? Turns out Walmart already started …

Selling

One Of Google's Earliest Android Employees Explains Where It Loses To The iPhone

As of Q3 2014, Android owned more than 80% of the smartphone market around the world, but that's split between the dozens of different companies that produce Android phones. About 12% of devices around the world run on iOS, but that money goes straight back to Apple.<p>There's no clear answer as to …

Samsung's first Nook tablet arrives at Barnes & Noble today for $179

Samsung is becoming Barnes & Noble's first partner to create a Nook-branded tablet today with the unveiling and release of the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook. The name is a mouthful, but it basically means that the tablet is a rebranded version of Samsung's existing Galaxy Tab 4 tablet — part of its low-end …

Google Play is now Google's biggest cash maker after advertising

It’s only been two years since Android Market was officially replaced with the re-branded Google Play store, and it’s been a wild ride for the company and its app store. With Android kicking butt and taking names, it was only a matter of time before Google Play became one of Google’s most …

Samsung second-quarter earnings 'not that good,' CFO says

Samsung's chief financial officer warned that the South Korean electronics giant's second-quarter financial results may be disappointing.<p>Speaking to reporters on his way to an internal meeting, Samsung CFO Lee Sang Hoon said that Samsung Electronics' second-quarter earnings are "not that good." He …

Google's Chromecast streamer learns some cool, new tricks

SAN FRANCISCO — Google announced at Google I/O today that its $35 Chromecast streaming device has added some new features that are sure to please its users.<p>The most important new feature is the ability to mirror any images or video from your phone to your TV set. This can be done with one touch in …

Verizon Confirms It Will Reconnect Data Plans For Chromebook Pixel Owners

You’ve probably been following the news that some owners of the Google Chromebook Pixel who bought a two-year data plan with their devices had been stiffed. According to a number of complaints, users were greeted with a cancelled account screen when they tried to connect via Verizon’s data network …

Amazon Is Quietly Launching A Local Takeout Service To Rival Seamless And DeliveryHero

Amazon has been tipped to launch a local services marketplace this year to rival the likes of Thumbtack, Angie’s List and Yelp. Now one part of that effort looks like it’s about to go live: the company is now rolling out a food takeout service, a direct competitor to GrubHub, Seamless and …

Supreme Court holds that privacy rights apply to cellphones, police need a warrant to search

In addition to its decision in the landmark Aereo case, the Supreme Court also handed down a ruling Wednesday in two cases that involved police …

Share Everything You See Instantaneously With This Tiny Wearable Camera

There’s no shortage of ways to share your most epic life moments with your online pals, but none of them are quite as instant as we’d like them to be. Snapping a pic of your favorite rock star mid-note from the front row or recording vid to share with the fam of your little ones creating soon-to-be …