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Google facing $1 billion lawsuit over 20,000 unlicensed songs on YouTube

Global Music Rights has announced its plans to sue Google for not removing YouTube videos infringing on the copyrights of songs by Pharrell, John Lennon and others


Remember the Star Wars Christmas album? Christian themes almost killed it

Award winning Broadway composer Maury Yeston explains how he had to change the lyrics on a song from the Star Wars Christmas album due to George Lucas' reservations about mixing the Force with Christianity.


This Week in Music: Nicki Minaj and Charli XCX dominate the charts

New music is dropping all the time. It's time to get some new tunes in your ears. Here are our favorite holiday albums of 2014, featuring Pentatonix, Darius Rucker, Idina Menzel, and more!


Rocker Devon Allman talks vinyl, vibing and hearing his dad on the radio

He may have descended from rock royalty, but Devon Allman earned his musical stripes on his own, and he proves it on his latest solo album, Ragged & Dirty.


Rhapsody offers three months of “unlimited” music streaming for under $1

Rhapsody has unveiled a holiday promotion for its Rhapsody Premier subscription music service offering three months of use for $1.


Rock and blues icon Joe Cocker is dead today at age 70

The English singer and blues/rock icon best known for his Beatles cover "With A Little Help From My Friends" passed away today at the age of 70.


Tech Gifts for the Musician

The holidays are almost here, and if you haven’t already, it’s time to start that painful search for the choosey musician on your list. But don’t fret, our latest list of the coolest high-tech gear is packed with awesome devices that can turn a…

Buying Guides

I left Spotify to find the limits of Sony Music Unlimited, and I’m ready to run back

Find out what happened when a long time Spotify user switched to Sony’s Music Unlimited service. How does it fit into the music streaming landscape? Learn all about the highs and lows in this review.


The dock is dead: Go wireless with one of these great iPhone/iPod speakers

we’ve put together a list our favorite sonic solutions, which leverage wireless streaming via Bluetooth, or Apple’s proprietary Airplay system to take all that rad jive on your iPhone to the next level without ever leaving your pocket.

Home Theater

Vevo and Pandora apps pump up the jams on Xbox One

A selection of new media apps just went live on Xbox One, including those for the Pandora music streaming service and the music video channel Vevo.


MixRadio is now owned by the Line messaging app

Popular messaging app Line has acquired Microsoft's MixRadio streaming music service, which it apparently plans to operate independently of its own, recently announced Line Music service.


J. Cole’s new album tops Billboard 200 chart, breaks one direction’s Spotify record

J. Cole's new album 2014 Forest Hills Drive benefited from Billboard's new way of tracking album sales, which include streaming tracks in the total, as it debuted at number 1 after breaking a huge Spotify record.


Can Spotify save the music industry? CEO says the service could help end piracy

In a recent interview with Billboard, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek talks about the future of Spotify, why Taylor Swift has the service all wrong, and how Spotify can bring an industry in decline back from the brink.


Apple prevails in antitrust lawsuit with a unanimous decision

A jury unanimously decided in favor of Apple in the tech giant's antitrust lawsuit over tactics of restricting iPod and iTunes compatibility with competitors.


New job ad indicates Bose may be secretly working on a music streaming service

Bose is expanding its involvement in music streaming, according to a recent job posting which hints at an upcoming cloud music service.


‘There are no rules.’ No -fi is too lo or hi for Cut Copy DJ Dan Whitford

In his latest work spanning 80 minutes and 19 tracks, Cut Copy DJ Dan Whitford explores everything from electro disco to tribal house music. And somehow, it all flows.


Messaging app Line is the latest to launch a mobile payment system

Popular messaging app Line has released Line Pay, it's mobile app payment system, which could take on the might of Alipay, PayPal, and Apple Pay. It's available now for iOS and Android devices.


See Samsung’s smart, $100 Gear Circle Bluetooth headphones in action

With the Gear Circle, Samsung has combined a pair of sports earbuds with smart Bluetooth earpiece functionality, and then given the final product a dash of high-tech fashion appeal.


Former engineer claims Apple intended to block 100 percent of non-iTunes clients

Former Apple engineer Ron Schultz testified against the tech giant on Friday, claiming Apple willfully attempted to block iPod users from downloading music not purchased from its own iTunes store.


Big labels cash in on streaming services, as downloads continue to drop

Warner Music Group is ready to ""turbo-charge the adoption rate for subscription streaming" as music streaming revenue rises while digital downloads falter.


iXoost’s latest, and most stunning audio dock yet, gets Bluetooth connectivity

Stuck for a present to give the audio-loving car fan this year, and don't mind splashing out? The latest iXoost audio docks, made using F1 exhaust systems, have a Bluetooth connection built-in, and look astounding. But they are expensive.


Pharrell awarded BBC Song of the Year, most streamed song by Spotify for “Happy”

In the span of eight days, Pharrell Williams' infectious hit single "Happy" has become the song of the year according to Spotify and the BBC.


Soundcloud for iPhone just got better, allowing users to make playlists on the go

Soundcloud has unveiled a new feature for iOS users, Playlist Creation, allowing users to create and edit playlists from their phones.


Spotify now gives you a chart of what songs your friends listen to the most

Spotify released a new feature called Track In Your Network, a chart of the most streamed songs by Spoitfy users people follow.


Artist Radar tracks albums, books, TV shows, and more from your favorite artists

Artist Radar provides fans with a web and mobile solution for personalized feeds of artist updates for releases of DVD's, books, albums, TV shows and concerts.


No need to go to the next Coldplay concert, watch it in virtual reality instead

Coldplay has teamed up with tech company NextVR to offer its first broadcast quality virtual reality concert from the group's "Ghost Stories" tour.


Christopher Lee releases new heavy metal Christmas single: Darkest Carols, Faithful Sing

The Lord of the Rings franchise actor Christopher Lee has released his third set of Christmas-themed heavy metal tracks with Darkest Carols, Faithful Sing.

Movies & TV

Apple battles news outlets over old Steve Jobs testimony in antitrust suit

CNN, Bloomsberg and Associated Press have filed a legal motion for the public release of Steve Jobs' 2011 deposition video.


Grooveshark looks to be “compliant” with record labels with new online radio app

After losing a 2011 copyright infringement lawsuit from Universal Music Group, Grooveshark will debut a commercial-free online radio app for .99 cents in 2015