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Shazam now available for Mac

Published by on Jul 31st, 2014, No Comments

Shazam for Mac

Popular music recognition app, Shazam, is now (finally) available as a desktop app for your Mac. This means that you can now enjoy all the functionality of Shazam without having to use your phone.

The app was officially released today and is free to download on the Mac App Store. Windows users are not that lucky I’m afraid, as the app is only available for Mac – or at least for now that is. According to Shazam’s chief product officer, Daniel Danker, other desktop versions could ‘potentially’ come to Windows sometime in the future.

But, nevertheless, Mac users can look forward to a smashing Shazam experience on desktop that will no doubt be equally as enjoyable as the mobile app.

Much like mobile app, Shazam for Mac runs inconspicuously in the background of your computer. It will then automatically recognize any song that is played on – or even near – your computer.  (more…)

Google buys Songza music service

Published by on Jul 3rd, 2014, No Comments

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With music services becoming ever more popular, rumours were rife of an impending acquisition from Google, as we have known for quite some time they want to better their music streaming capabilities. As they are so often in the tech industry, the rumours were correct and Google have announced their acquisition of Songza.

Having built a reputation for delivering curated playlists ranging from broad genre themes, Songza also focused on lists based on your mood. Google want the company’s knowledge to better the Google Play Music offerings. (more…)

3D printed ‘guitar cushion’ will protect your tender fingers

Published by on Jun 26th, 2014, 5 Comments

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If you have ever tried to play the guitar – be it a few simple chords or trying to imitate Jimi Hendrix – you would know that your poor, tender fingers end up getting hurt.

Sure, Hendrix and co had developed strong fingers and over time the pain would wear off. However, for newbie guitarists, this contraption might just be the thing you need to protect your fingers from string inflicted wounds.

Meet the ‘Finger Friendly Guitar Company Keyboard’. Albeit it’s ridiculously long name, what this thing does is actually fairly simple.

Designed by Don Bacon, a guitarist himself who struggled with sore fingers which resulted in demotivation, the keyboard is currently running a Kickstarter campaign with a $15 000 goal. (more…)

Amazing performance synchronizes dance and tech

Published by on Jun 25th, 2014, No Comments

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We always get really excited when we see technology being integrated into any form of performance art. It elevates the entire performance and (literally) gives it a whole other dimension.

So you can imagine my delight when I came across the gem. A dance piece titled ‘Ljós’ by Italian creative studio, Fuse.

It features a beautiful dancer, Elena Annovi, suspended several feet above the ground and literally hanging from a harness. While this in itself is really impressive, what ensues next will take your breath away.

As Elena dances – or rather moves around in the harness – a backdrop of moving lights matches her movements. It also vibrates according to the tempo and beat of the music. (more…)

Amazon launches music streaming service, Prime Music

Published by on Jun 12th, 2014, No Comments

 Prime Music

After months of speculation, Amazon has has finally put the rumours to rest and unveiled their very own music streaming service today called Prime Music.

Amazon now steps into the ring with heavyweights such as Spotify and Beats Music, in a bid to further their consumer reach and offer Amazon Prime members a more diverse range of services.

As the name states, the music streaming service is only available to Amazon Prime members. Earlier in the year, Prime membership fees were upped by $20 from $79 to $99. Prime Music may very well be a means to justify the increase, by offering a brand new service.

Prime Music will be a free streaming service, giving Prime members instant access to more than 1 million songs. Existing Prime members will receive instant access to the new service, while others will be able to try out a 30 day free trial. (more…)

Apple, Beats deal confirmed

Published by on May 29th, 2014, No Comments

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Finally! Tech journalists and industry watchers worldwide can breathe a sigh of relief as Apple has officially confirmed that they are, in fact, buying Beats electronics for $3 billion.

The company will acquire both Beats electronics and Beats Music, which will see Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine netting about $2.6 billion with a further $400 million that will vest over time.

Apple has confirmed that the Beats brand will stay separate from the Apple brand and that they (as Apple) will continue to offer Beats music streaming service as well as their popular headphones.

Dre and Iovine will now be joining Apple as a part of their team – no doubt being two of the most famous people to join the company since Steve Jobs.

When we first reported on the (then possible) Beats/Apple deal, we theorized that Apple was not only buying beats for it’s influence on the music industry, but for its design talent and resources as well.  (more…)

Amazing: YouTube artist makes dance hit with iPhone sounds

Published by on May 27th, 2014, No Comments

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Many people (read: ‘artists’) have tried incorporating everyday sounds into catchy, up beat songs – especially that of cellphones, as they are some of the most recognizable sounds in our lives. However, not many of them can pull that off successfully, mainly because they aren’t MetroGnome.

MetroGnome is a famed YouTube artist, perhaps best known for his remixes of famous songs; usually with an emphasis on pop culture, or songs and things trending at the moment.

One of his biggest hits was his amazing remix of the Breaking Bad theme song – complete with infectious guitar and everything. This time around, however, he turned to the very epitome of pop culture and technology – the iPhone.  (more…)

Apple reportedly in talks to buy Beats Electronics

Published by on May 9th, 2014, No Comments

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If these reports are anything to go by, Apple might make history in the coming weeks with their biggest acquisition to date. 

Yesterday, The Financial Times along with The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and Bloomberg, all reported on Apple’s rumoured plan to acquire popular headphone manufacturer and music streaming services company, Beats Electronics.

Of course, Beats Electronics – better known as Beats by Dr. Dre – is one of the world’s foremost music focused companies.

The company was founded back in 2006 by one of the world’s biggest rap stars, Dr. Dre and world famous music producer Jimmy Iovine. Together, the two music moguls elevated Beats Electronics to become a leader in the music device industry and firmly established the Beats by Dr. Dre headphones as a ‘must-have’ item for any music enthusiast.

Recently, the company also launched their own music streaming service, much ti the likes of Spotify and Pandora called Beats Music.  (more…)

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