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Pro Tools First: Avid will launch free audio editing software this year

Avid’s Pro Tools is pretty much the industry standard for folks that edit audio for a living, including musicians, radio journalists, and other audio producers. But it ain’t cheap. When I started working in radio news nearly 15 years ago, Avid offered a basic free version cleverly called Pro Tools Free. But it was discontinued […]

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Now (some) Samsung phones can work as guitar effects pedals

Google Android 5.0 includes audio improvements that, among other things, will make it easier to use an Android phone or tablet for professional music production. But if you have a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 or Galaxy Note Edge you don’t need to wait for Android 5.0. IK Multimedia has released new hardware and software that […]

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Google Play Music gets Songza-like curated playlists

Google acquired music streaming service Songza this summer, and now the company is starting to bring Songza-style features to Google Play Music. Starting today Google is rolling out an update to Play Music that will let you stream curated playlists… assuming you’re paying $9.99 per month for a Google Play Music subscription. There’s still a separate […]

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Amazon Prime Stations brings ad-free genre-based internet radio to Prime members

Amazon is adding genre-based internet radio stations to Amazon Prime Music. In addition to adding songs, albums, and playlists to your library, Amazon Prime subscribers can now tune into ad-free music streams in categories such as Classic Rock, Top Pop, ’90s R&B, or Classic Blues, just to name a few. The new offering is called Amazon […]

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Sony’s smallest HiFi Walkman is coming in November for $300

Looking for a better portable music player than your smartphone? A handful of companies offer high-end devices for audiophiles who aren’t happy with compressed MP3 music and cheap audio hardware. Sony has a long history in the space. At one point the company’s Walkman brand was pretty much synonymous with the idea of a portable […]

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T-Mobile customers can now stream Rdio, Songza, Grooveshark for free (Google Play Music is coming)

T-Mobile subscribers may get “unlimited” internet access, but the company caps the amount of “high speed” 4G LTE data you can use each month before your connection is slowed down. Earlier this year the company started removing music streaming services from that data cap. In June T-Mobile launched Music Freedom which lets subscribers stream tunes from […]

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Google acquires Songza to bring better playlists to Google Play Music

Good news for fans of Google Play Music: Google has announced that it’s acquiring Songza, a music streaming company that specializes in curated playlists. Hopefully this is good news for Songza too, since the startup now has access to Google-sized resources. But Google has a habit of shutting down products from the companies it acquires […]

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ROK Mobile will offer unlimited talk, text, data, and music streaming

A new wireless carrier plans to open its doors on July 4th. At first glance ROK Mobile looks like yet-another MVNO, or mobile virtual network operator such as Straight Talk, Boost Mobile, or Republic Wireless. But in addition to offering unlimited talk, text, and data ROK Mobile will also include access to a Spotify-like music-on-demand […]