Microsoft To Drop Free Xbox Music Streaming

by Tom Newman on October 23, 2014

Xbox Music

Launched two years ago, Xbox Music has given its users the option of music through ad-supported streaming, subscription streaming, and purchase through the Xbox Music Store.
It’s attraction lies in the platforms available. Tracks can be streamed or purchased through Xbox 360, Xbox One, Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows Phone 8, iOS and Android.

Microsoft have announced they are to kill the free ad-supported service on 1st December 2014.

“We are focusing Xbox Music to deliver the ultimate music purchase and subscription service experience for our customers. With Xbox Music Pass, you have access to millions of songs on your PC, tablet, Xbox, phone, and the web. Download music for offline listening and create playlists that automatically sync across all your devices.”

More information on the Xbox site.

Rdio Bring High Quality Audio To All

by Tom Newman on October 23, 2014

Rdio High Quality

Before considering purchasing a new device with high resolution audio playback, it’s worth noting high quality content is still limited. Over the last year various music stores have begun slowly adapting to the imminent death of the MP3.

Rdio are next on the bandwagon with their latest update, converting their entire catalog of over 30 million songs to high quality AAC audio. Free users have the highest option of 192 kbps. Rdio Unlimited customers are graced with 320 kbps audio. It’s still a fair way off the 16-bit FLAC 1411 kbps offering that Deezer recently announced, but it’s a step in the right direction and as a free update, you can hardly complain.

This change will be effective on iOS, Android, and the web service.

RouteNote has partnered with UK Charity – Red Dreams. Red Dreams are releasing their first release with RouteNote on the 27th of October.

Below is the full press release.

TCI Tenor release EP number 2 – ‘Autumn Falls’ on 27 October 2014

TCI Tenor returns for the winter months with his new EP ‘Autumn Fall’, building on his well-received summer EP ‘The Lost Island’, with Halloween, Bonfire Night and the Commemoration of 100 years since World War 1 the inspiration for his 6 track EP.

This Hartlepool Producer is collaborating with a number of young emerging artists, as well as developing his own ‘Experiment’ range of EPs. He easily moves between the different genres and styles, whilst staying true to his personal favourite of Drum n Bass and Hip Hop.

What make TCI Tenor unique, is that each song, each EP, has a specific journey and specific story to tell, whether as an instrumental of with featured vocals. With his high achieving education background in chemistry, he love taking difference elements and creating something special.

So imagine Einstein meets early Chase and Status and you’re about half way there!

His new EP ‘Autumn Falls: Experiment 14B’ is his interpretation of the main holidays between now and Christmas. ‘Night of the Undead’ referring to Halloween, ‘Fireworks in the Sky’ all about the excitement of Bonfire Night, and ‘Remember the Fallen’ paying respect to all of those who took part in World War 1.

The EP has 2 version of each track a shortened edited version and an extended version and will be available from 27 October 2014 from all major digital download platforms.

Enjoy your sweets, sparklers and remember to buy a poppy; TCI Tenor will hopefully be back with a Christmas track.

Embed SoundCloud Tracks on Twitter

by Tom Newman on October 22, 2014

Twitter Embed SoundCloud

A recent update to the app, allows certain users to embed SoundCloud tracks to their Twitter feed. This means you can play and minimize a track, without leaving the app.

This feature is only available to select partners, including Chance the Rapper and David Guetta. Here’s hoping it will be rolled out to all users in good time.

Clean Bandit & Jess Glynne – Real Love (Music Video)

by Tom Newman on October 22, 2014

Clean Bandit’s new music video to accompany their latest single ‘Real Love’ has been released. Along with studio shots of them performing the track, it also features some shots of their recent tour.

Axero – Unity (Outertone Free Release)

by RouteBot on October 22, 2014

Amazing new track from Axero. Great to see another up and coming French electronic artist!

Tut Tut Child – Hot Pursuit (New Single)

by Tom Newman on October 22, 2014

Tut Tut Child is a major player in the electronic music world, with huge glitch hop, dubstep and drumstep releases.

Rdio App Updated for iOS 8 & CarPlay

by Tom Newman on October 21, 2014

Rdio iOS 8

With every iOS update brings a bunch of app updates to support the various new changes made to the platform. iOS 8 has brought further customization and 3rd party support across the operating system.

Rdio has adapted to bring CarPlay Support, Interactive Notifications and Optimized Visuals.

- CarPlay Support. We’re one of the first music services to be integrated into Apple’s CarPlay. Control Rdio playback and navigate your favorites and playlists from the built-in display in CarPlay-enabled cars.
- Interactive Notifications. Play music and follow people directly from an Rdio push notification.
- Optimized Visuals. Enjoy high-resolution images and album artwork with your iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+.

Download the app for free.

Madeon – Imperium (Free Single)

by Tom Newman on October 21, 2014

Very rarely does French electro house/nu-disco/pop producer Madeon release new content, so when he does, it’s always a pleasure to see and hear.
The new single was released for the FIFA 15 soundtrack and has recently been made available as a free download from his site.

Warner Music Group Buy Startup Company Playlists.net

by Tom Newman on October 21, 2014

Playlists.net

“Playlists.net is a resource for Spotify users to share and explore Spotify Playlists. The site is a free resource for music fans the world over.”

150k playlists and one million unique monthly visitors Playlists.net has seen great success since its launch just over a year ago, and has recently been acquired by WEA for a undisclosed amount.

“We were approached by WEA earlier in the year to discuss ways in which we could collaborate and it became apparent that there was much to be gained by us joining forces,” said Playlists.net CEO Kieron Donoghue.

“What’s really exciting is that WEA have committed to support Playlists.net as an independent platform, invest in its future and grow the team to take advantage of new opportunities in the streaming ecosystem.”

This agreement should see some changes to the site for the better.