Garmin Forerunner 645 Music hands-on

Say hello to Garmin’s first fitness device capable of storing music – the Garmin Forerunner 645 Music. With the ability to store about 500 songs, the Forerunner 645 takes a smart, albeit late step in the direction toward mainstream wearable success.

Garmin’s well-known in the serious running community as a reliable brand for GPS watches. But only recently has the company made meaningful strides towards accessing the more casual wearable/fitness enthusiasts. While watches like the touchscreen-equipped Vivoactive 3 offered a more appealing, sub-$300 price, with a stylish look …


Garmin's latest Forerunner 645 Music smartwatch can store up to 500 songs

Garmin announced its first smartwatch for 2018 at CES (Consumers Electronics Show), the Forerunner 645 Music. As the name suggests, the wearable device is aimed at active people who like listening to music while running.

There are two selling points that make the Forerunner 645 Music a decent alternative to other smartwatches launched by bigger brands. The first one is the option to store up to 500 songs directly inside the Forerunner 645 Music so that you can listen to them while running.

The second advantage is the so-called Garmin Pay service, a contactless …

Jimmy Iovine said to be departing Apple Music this summer

This coming May 28th will be the fourth anniversary of Apple’s $3 billion purchase of Beats Audio. Nearly four years later, this is still the biggest deal ever done by Apple. As part of the transaction, Beats co-founders Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine joined Apple to help run the latter’s Apple Music streaming music operation, and the Beats 1 streaming radio station. Both men received a nice sized restricted stock package from Apple.

Iovine’s shares will vest in August. According to Hits Daily Double, that is the month when the 64 year old music executive plans to leave Apple. Iovine has helped …

Spotify now has 70 million paying subscribers, nearly double that of Apple Music

The world’s most popular streaming service Spotify has announced that it has added 10 million paying subscribers in the last six months and now has a total of 70 million paying subs.
Unlike Apple Music, Spotify also offers free, ad-monetized music streaming. It has more than 70 million subscribers using that free service, so counting the two types of Spotify listeners together, the service now has over 140 million total subs.
Apple Music, in comparison, last reported having 30 million subscribers in September 2017, all of them paying a monthly …

Cortana's music recognition feature not working any longer due to Groove Music closure

If you have a device that uses Cortana, you’ll be unpleasantly surprised to know that the music recognition functionality will not work anymore. Microsoft announced last year that it will shut down its Groove Music streaming service at the beginning of 2018.

Because of that, Cortana’s music recognition functionality has been retired, Microsoft recently confirmed. Even so, if you’re using Cortana on a smartphone, there are plenty of alternatives that some would say that make a better job.

It’s unclear whether or not this feature will make a comeback to Cortana …

Android Oreo support and a few new features are coming to Samsung Music

Samsung’s own music app has just been updated with support for Android Oreo and a host of other improvements as well, making the stock music player on the Galaxy S8, S8+, Note 8, and other Galaxies that much better.
Version 16.2.08.22 of the app weighs in at 26MB and aside from supporting the latest Android flavor, the music app now has an alphabetic scroll index present that allows for sorting by name, making finding different tracks and artists a much easier ordeal; it also now has shuffle playback, an edge light off option for devices that sport an edge display, …

Google Play Music 4-month free trial offer is back, but not for everyone

From time to time, Google lures more customers into using its music streaming service, Google Play Music, by offering free trials. If you’ve missed any of the previous Google Play Music deals, you’re in luck since Google is now running a new promotion aimed to add even more consumers to its music streaming service.

For a limited time, Google offers new customers four months of its music streaming service for free, as part of its “12 Days of Play” promotion. Unfortunately, the deal is not available to everyone and it’s unclear what qualifies people for this promotion.

Some …

Get your music on: Tidal will be free for 12 days starting December 25


Tidal, one of the top subscription-based music and video streaming
services in the US
(and not only) will be free to use starting on Christmas – but only for 12
days. From December 25 through January 5, 2018, anyone will be able to activate a
preview account on Tidal with just an email address (credit card information
not required). The free preview account provides access to the full Tidal platform,
including Hi-Fi and Premium services, new original content, livestreams, and
even ticket giveaways.  

 

It looks like this 12-day preview offer will be valid in all 52
countries where …

This speaker makes listening to music even more wireless than Bluetooth

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Listening to music with an aux cable is so 2000s, and using Bluetooth can get cumbersome when a bunch of people want to control the playlist. MIA Sound wants to deliver a new kind of wireless speaker to make blasting your music more seamless. 

Image: MIA SOUND

Dubbed the Lunchbox Speaker, this new speaker by Mia Sound is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter. The idea is that it will get rid of wires and Bluetooth and instead let you play your music for a crowd just by laying your phone on top with its “lay-and-play” technology. The sound should flow seamlessly from your phone and out of the speaker. It also promises to charge your phone wirelessly as it plays music and features a kickstand for when you want to play videos. For phones without built-in wireless charging, it will also come with two adapters, so any phone can get the most out of the Read more…

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Amazon Echo speakers and Music Unlimited are coming to 28 new countries, see the entire list here

Amazon is doing a big expansion of its media services. Today, the company announced that it has introduced Music Unlimited, its paid music streaming service, and the Echo smart speakers to 28 new markets in Europe and South America. 

Here’s the complete list of newly-added countries: 
Belgium, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Panama, Peru, Poland, …