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Pono woes: Neil Young bemoans "lack of resources" for expanding the reach of the lossless music player

Despite a hardcore audience in the tens of thousands, Pono may have trouble expanding its brand of better-than-CD-quality tunes.

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Taylor Swift takes issue with Apple Music free trial in open letter

Despite her criticism of Apple's handling of royalties during Apple Music's trial period, Swift remains bullish on the service's potential.

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Whoops! Sony Music CEO confirms Apple's new music streaming service

According to Sony Music CEO Doug Morris, Apple will introduce a brand new music streaming service at Monday's WWDC keynote.

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Axel modular headphones to come with swappable drivers

It’s horses for courses with Axel Audio’s assemble-yourself headphones that let you pick different drivers for different genres.



Sony's new smart light bulb is also a speaker

Forget ceiling-mounted speakers and smart LED bulbs; Sony's latest invention rolls them into a single device.

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Tidal needs lots of improvements to justify its lofty price tag

Yesterday’s cavalcade-of-stars re-launch was fun and all, but the service is no different than it was last week.



Jay-Z's Tidal gets the thumbs-up from Taylor Swift, T-Mobile

Things are going well for Tidal, the high-fidelity streaming service Jay-Z recently acquired. Taylor Swift has brought her music catalog, and T-Mobile has added the service to its list of music platforms exempt from data caps.


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HP dumps Apple's Beats audio, partners with Bang & Olufsen

HP will use audio technology from Bang & Olufsen in its PCs and tablets


Pandora plans to offer ad-free 'day passes' later this year

Need some music for your next house party? Pandora will soon have something for you.


Sony's latest snake oil: Pricey 'Premium Sound' Micro SDXC cards

For a $160, Sony's audiophile SDXC card claims to reduce electrical noise. Will anyone buy it?


Windows 10 FLAC support will extend to phones and small tablets

The lossless audio compression format won't be limited to laptops and desktops, though it's a few months away.

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Attention audiophiles: Neil Young's high fidelity Pono Player hits stores Monday

It's finally here audio fans: Neil Young's fancy high-resolution audio player the Pono is landing on store shelves.

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Sony revives Walkman as a $1200, audiophile-quality Android media player

The NW-ZX2 runs Android and supports the Hi-Res audio format.

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Audio snobs rejoice: Windows 10 will have system-wide FLAC support

Windows 10 will make it easier for users to enjoy lossless audio, with support for the popular FLAC format across all modern and desktop programs.