Apple Music Now Supported By Amazon’s Echo Speakers

Amazon has their own music streaming service and we’re sure that the company would love if all users were to sign up for it. However the reality is that many of us are subscribed to multiple platforms, like Mac users who own Android devices, or iPhone users who subscribe to Spotify, and so on.


Apple Music Connect Will Be Shutting Down In 2019

Musicians and bands already have their own social media pages like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram where they post updates like tour dates, new album releases, new music videos, and so on. Apple attempted to create its own social network with Apple Music Connect, but it looks like that experiment has since failed and will be shutting down.


Unofficial Apple Music Player For The Web Launches

We’re sure that Apple would love for everyone to sign up with Apple Music. However the service isn’t available for all platforms, such as Linux where iTunes isn’t available, meaning that Linux users who want to listen to iTunes will need to rely on their phones. That’s one of the main reasons why Redditor NaveedGol decided to make a web version of Apple Music.


Apple Offering HomePod Discounts For Apple Music Subscribers

Apple’s HomePod is one of the more expensive smart speakers around where at $350, it certainly puts it well above the prices of some of its competitors, although Apple argues that the HomePod’s audio quality more than makes up for it. That being said if you’re looking to save some money, you might be in luck.


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Skullcandy Launches Their First ‘True’ Wireless Earbuds

While wireless earphones aren’t exactly new, we’re starting to see a trend where headphone makers are making “true” wireless headphones, meaning that these headphones don’t have any cable whatsoever connecting them to each other, much like the AirPods from Apple. Given that handset manufacturers are starting to ditch the headphone jack, it’s not surprising that we’re seeing a rise in popularity in such devices.


Sony & Rhapsody Launching Audiophile Streaming Service In Japan

In the music streaming market at the moment, Apple Music and Spotify more or less reign supreme. However it seems that Sony wants in on the action and thinks that they might be able to set themselves apart by teaming up with Rhapsody and launching a streaming service in Japan aimed at audiophiles.


Apple To Launch Its HomePod In China & Hong Kong Early 2019

Apple’s HomePod is the company’s take on the smart speaker which other companies such as Google and Amazon have helped to popularize. Unfortunately the availability of the HomePod is somewhat limited, meaning that Apple’s reach isn’t quite as long as they would like. However it seems that is set to change in 2019.


Teen Dies After Being Electrocuted While Using Headphones

We have heard unfortunate stories in the past where people have died after being electrocuted by their charging cables. However it seems that over in Malaysia, a teen has reportedly died after being electrocuted while using a pair of headphones that was plugged into a mobile phone that was also being charged.


Apple Files Trademark For ‘Apple Music for Business’

Did you know that playing music in a public setting, like in a mall, a shop, or a restaurant requires a separate license? This means that just because you’re paying $10 a month for Apple Music, it doesn’t give you the right to broadcast it publicly where essentially hundreds, if not thousand of people could reap the “benefits” without paying a single cent.


Apple Patents ‘Universal’ AirPods With Built-In Biometrics

A good majority of our headphones these days still come with labels that indicate whether they should be worn in our left or right ear. However according to a recently discovered patent, it seems that Apple could be toying with the idea of creating a pair of “universal” AirPods, which can be worn in either ear.


Apple May Be Considering Acquire iHeartRadio

Earlier last month it was reported that Apple could be considering making an investment into iHeartMedia which would not only give Apple a potential stake in the company, but also allow its Beats 1 radio station to be distributed further and reach more users, which in turn could also convince more users to sign up with Apple Music.


Apple Music Now Has More Than 56 Million Subscribers

While Apple Music got a later start compared to the other streaming services out there, it seems to be catching up pretty quick. Earlier this year it was reported that Apple Music had about 50 million subscribers, but now according to the latest figures from the Financial Times, it seems that that number has jumped to 56 million in about half a year.


V-Moda’s New Lightning To 3.5mm Cable Comes With A Built-In DAC & Amp

These days more smartphone makers are starting to ditch the headphone jack, which means that either users will need to find their own adapters, use wireless headphones, or find a headphone cable that can connect to the Lightning, USB-C, or micro USB port on their devices if they prefer a wired connection.


Spotify Could Soon Allow Users To Import Their Own Music

Music streaming services are useful because they let you listen to music whenever you want while on the go, and also being able to search and add songs to your library without having to deal with cables and all that jazz. However streaming services aren’t 100% perfect as its catalogue does depend on the deals that they’ve made with various publishers and labels.