Music

What Is Apple HomePod and Do You Need One?
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The HomePod is Apple’s most Apple device ever. As always, the commercials are vague and focus more on style over substance. You probably know more about how many tweeters and microphones it’s got than what you can actually do with it. Here’s what you need to know about Apple’s latest attempt at cracking the smart […]

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6 Ways to Improve Your Amazon Echo’s Privacy
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You’ve bought an Amazon Echo. Maybe a Dot, a Tap, or a Look… or one of the other versions that come with a working microphone, possibly a camera, and definitely Alexa. These devices can make your life easier in so many ways: listening to music and podcasts, checking the weather and latest news, and even […]

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You Can Now Use Pandora Premium on the Web
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Pandora Premium is finally available to use in your web browser. Since launch, Pandora Premium has been available on a number of platforms, including Android, iOS, and Chromecast. But after countless requests from users, Pandora has finally launched Pandora Premium on the web as well. In March 2017, Pandora launched a premium music-streaming service to […]

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7 Music Genres All Gamers Should Love
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Video game music has evolved from sets of simple bleeps into full-scale orchestral soundtracks. It has become so diverse, in fact, that many people enjoy listening to game music for studying. While listening to original game soundtracks is great, there are entire genres of music that have inspired, or been inspired by, video games. Today, […]

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Nanoleaf Light Panels: Smart Lighting Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This
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Our verdict of the Nanoleaf Rhythm:The coolest smart lighting kit, ever: customizable, modular, expandable, and visible in the daytime. The music reactive Rhythm mode is incredible, and it doesn’t need a smartphone to work. Compatible with all the major voice assistants. 1010Philips Hue, LiFX, and all those other smart lighting companies should just give up, […]

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ALAC vs FLAC: The Best for Listening to Lossless Music on Mac and iOS
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Sound quality isn’t dead. Casual fans may be okay with a badly encoded MP3 streamed over a slideshow on YouTube, but if you’re really into your music, you want something better. There is FLAC, but that requires a whole new set of players and a new library. That’s where ALAC comes in: Apple’s lossless codec. […]

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5 Best Valentine’s Day Apps for a Romantic Date Night
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It’s February 14 and you better have planned something romantic for your partner. But just in case you didn’t, these free apps offer great date night ideas for Valentine’s Day. There is something for everyone here. One app gives you ideas for what you can do tonight, based on where you are. Another turns your […]

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25 Best Android Auto Apps for Messaging, Music, and More
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If you have an Android phone and a car, you should know how to use Android Auto for a better info-tainment experience on the road. Even if your car doesn’t have support for the app, you can still use its features right on your phone’s display. Most of the available Android Auto apps fit into a few […]

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5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Buy Apple’s HomePod Right Now
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The Apple HomePod is an amazing speaker that’s designed to work seamlessly with Apple Music and AirPlay. It’s an engineering marvel, given how much Apple was able to stuff into this pudgy little 7-inch cylinder. This $349 smart speaker is filled with amazing technologies. There’s a seven tweeter array at the bottom, a six-microphone array […]

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