YouTube Music Key Beta – Is It Worth It?

by Tom Newman on November 21, 2014

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The long awaited and much rumoured YouTube Music Key is here kind of… Currently in Beta, in UK, US, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Finland and Ireland, and it’s an invite only for the first six months of testing. More information on the service here.

But is it worth parting with your cash?

Subscriptions currently are $7.99/month (discounted from $9.99/month). Most current YouTube music streamers love it because it’s free. Other than that, there’s nothing really that attract users to YouTube over Spotify, Deezer, Rdio or any of the other major players in the game. YouTube is new, so can’t offer the same user friendly features that others can. Those who currently use Google Play Music will get the YouTube service added for free, which is a great bonus.

Apple and Beats Music To Merge

by Tom Newman on November 21, 2014

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After Apple acquired Beats back in May, it’s often been rumoured whether Apple will bring some sort of streaming platform under the Apple name. Recent reports show Apple will soon brand the Beats Music service under the soon all-in-one iTunes. It’s thought Apple will install the Beats Music App on all iPhones and iPads in a coming iOS update.

Beats Music currently only have 110,000 paying customers, which goes against streaming giants Spotify with 12.5 million premium users. Will bringing Apple and Beats together tempt the 200 million iTunes users to make use of the Beats Music subscription?

The Walking Dead vs. Another One Bites the Dust

by Tom Newman on November 20, 2014

The Hillywood Show on YouTube recreate some favourite scenes from The Walking Dead, in a music video style, to the sound of Queen’s ‘Another One Bites the Dust’.

Ben Howard – I Forget Where We Were (Music Video)

by Tom Newman on November 20, 2014

Ben Howard releases the music video for his first single off his new album ‘I Forget Where We Were’. Not your usual video, this tells a story in a unique way.

YouTubers Animeme combined everyones favourite TV Show ‘Breaking Bad’, with every Childs favourite musical film ‘Frozen’.

World’s Hottest Chili vs. Classical Orchestra

by Tom Newman on November 19, 2014

What happens if you get an entire orchestra to eat the world’s hottest chili peppers and perform?

Using cuts of The Hoff, this genius has re-created The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’s theme song ‘Yo! Home To Bel-Air’.

Naim Mu-so Wireless Hi-Fi System

by Tom Newman on November 19, 2014

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Naim have introduced the world to their new premium hi-fi system ‘Mu-so’. This sees the companies first wireless music system. It blends both top of the range speaker technology, with top of the range build quality.

Naim Mu-soBuild quality is second to none, with a beautiful anodised aluminium skin and swappable coloured speaker grills from black, to vibrant red, deep blue and burnt orange. This system does away with awkward, fiddly, sluggish interfaces, with an elegant touch volume dial, giving you the absolute basic controls needed.
Six digital amplifiers, 450 watts of power and a digital processor, give you a wide range of detail from highs to rumbling bass.
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Naim Mu-soThis system plays nice with a range of audio, from MP3 to 24-bit/192kHz WAV, FLAC and AIFF files. Wi-fi is limited to 48kHz, but fit an ethernet cable in the back and you’re ready to go full high-res.
The wireless capabilities of this allow you to connect your smart phone or tablet with the dedicated app, along with, Apple AirPlay, Spotify Connect, Bluetooth aptX, UPnP, Internet Radio, 3 auxiliary inputs, USB and Digital Input (Optical).

Style and performance put this above any system in its class, so what’s the catch. Cost. This thing will set you back a hefty £895, which is a lot of cash to throw at a wireless speaker system, but if money’s no object, this is the one for you.

For all the ins and outs, click here.

Band Aid 30 – Do They Know It’s Christmas? (2014)

by Tom Newman on November 18, 2014

Band Aid 30 sees the 30 year celebration of the original Band Aid 1984, and the fourth incarnation of the Christmas classic ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas? The video features a whole bundle of stars including: One Direction, Bastille, Elbow, Coldplay, Underworld, Queen, Clean Bandit, Olly Murs, Sinead O’Connor, Ellie Goulding, Jessie Ware, Ed Sheeran, Angélique Kidjo, Emeli Sandé, Paloma Faith, SAM SMITH, Seal, Rita Ora, Bono, Midge Ure and Bob Geldof and more!

All funds go to the Band Aid Trust fighting against the Ebola crisis in Western Africa.

Download now on iTunes or Google Play.

Spotify Your Uber Ride

by Tom Newman on November 18, 2014

Uber and Spotify team up to bring your music to your ride. From 21st November, premium users can link their accounts to play your tunes through your cabs stereo system. The music will stream through the drivers phone. No data fees, no awkward silence.
Drivers might not be as pleased as the video makes out, now having to not only deal with drunks, but also their awful music taste.

Starting small, the service will initially kick off in 10 cities include: London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Nashville, New York, San Francisco, Singapore, Stockholm, Sydney and Toronto.

See more here.