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Apple iRadio

According to The New York Times, Apple is going full-force in negotiations with record labels in an effort to get its new streaming music service (which many refer to as iRadio) in position to be announced, and possibly launched, at WWDC next week. The report states that Apple has already signed deals with both the Warner Music Group and Universal Music Group for rights to recorded music and publishing. The holdout is Sony Music Entertainment, which seems to want a bigger cut of the profits. Of course, if Apple can convince Sony to sign, then its music service will be stocked with all the popular music users will expect, without any glaring holes.

There are no solid details on Apple's streaming service, and there won't be until it is formally announced by the company itself. That said, rumors point to it being similar in vein to Pandora, rather than a Spotify/Rdio competitor. In other words, it will be a radio service rather than one where you get to pick and choose exactly which track(s) you want to listen to at a given moment. The service would be supported by iAd, with advertisements interspersed into the listening experience, like Pandora.

Fingers crossed for WWDC!

Read More | The New York Times

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Rdio Now Playing redesign

Rdio has updated its web and Mac apps with the new Now Playing view. Click the list icon at the bottom right, and the entire app becomes a stylized, blurry album cover in the background, with the actual art up front to the left, and the album tracks or playlist over to the right, allowing you to see what's coming up in your queue. We are big fans of Rdio here at Gear Live, and find it to be superior to Spotify in many ways. Rdio charges $4.99 per month for desktop and web browser access, while mobile streaming can be added, costing a total of $9.99 per month. Hit the Read More link to download the Rdio app.

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juicy j tickets showbox tour

Hip hop fans, Three 6 Mafia's award-winning Juicy J is on his way to Seattle's historic Showbox at the Market. If you're a fan of his hybrid music style, then you'll wanna be there this Friday, May 31st, to see him perform live in concert, and we are holding another concert ticket giveaway to get you there.

Lucky for you, our friends at Monster and AEG Live wanna get you in the building, and we have tickets to give away to get you there. How do you enter? Simply use the widget below! We've got a lot of ways for you to enter, but don't check off any that you don't actually perform. If you do, you'll be eliminated. Also, note that one of the options grants you ten entries. Might wanna give that one a look:

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ozomatli tickets showbox tour

Brewing a vital concoction of Latin salsa, urban hip-hop, and jazz-funk, Ozomatli is on their way to Seattle's historic Showbox. If you're a fan of their hybrid music style, then you'll wanna be at Showbox at the Market on Sunday, May 26th to see Ozomatli live in concert, and we are holding another concert ticket giveaway to get you there.

Lucky for you, our friends at Monster and AEG Live wanna get you in the building, and we have tickets to give away to get you there. How do you enter? Simply use the widget below! We've got a lot of ways for you to enter, but don't check off any that you don't actually perform. If you do, you'll be eliminated. Also, note that one of the options grants you ten entries. Might wanna give that one a look:

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fabolous tickets life is so exciting tour

If you're in Seattle and you're a fan of hip hop, then you'll wanna be at Showbox Market tomorrow night to see Fabolous and Pusha T live in concert, and we are holding another concert ticket giveaway to get you there.

That's right, our friends at Monster and AEG Live wanna get you in the building, and we have tickets to give away to get you there. How do you enter? Simply use the widget below! We've got a lot of ways for you to enter, but don't check off any that you don't actually perform. If you do, you'll be eliminated. Also, note that one of the options grants you ten entries. Might wanna give that one a look:

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cody simpson bluebird theatre denver ticket giveaway

Teen sensation Cody Simpson is currently traveling the country on tour, and the next stop for the kid with 3.1 million Twitter followers, 3.2 million Facebook Likes and over 137 million YouTube views is Bluebird Theatre in Denver, Colorado on July 27th. Once again, we've got your hookup. Continuing with our concert ticket giveaways, we are hooking two readers up with a pair of tickets each to see Cody Simpson live in concert on July 27th, courtesy of our friends at Monster and AEG Live!

How do you enter? Simply use the widget below! We've got a lot of ways for you to enter, but don't check off any that you don't actually perform. If you do, you'll be eliminated. Also, note that one of the options grants you ten entries. Might wanna give that one a look:

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iTunes MiniPlayer 11.0.3

Apple's iTunes multimedia application has been updated to version 11.0.3, the highlight of which is a redesigned and improved MiniPlayer that now includes rich album artwork and a progress bar. Songs view also brings album artwork into the fold, and now multi-disc albums appear as a single album rather than taking up multiple entries in your library. Here's the rundown list of what's included in the update.

This version of iTunes comes with several new features and improvements, including:

  • New MiniPlayer. MiniPlayer now includes a beautiful new view that showcases your album artwork In addition, a progress bar is now built right into MiniPlayer.
  • Improved Songs View. You can now enjoy your album artwork while in Songs view.
  • Multi-Disc Albums. Albums with multiple discs now appear as a single album.

This update also provides performance improvements when searching and sorting large iTunes libraries.

Read More | Apple

Google Play Music All Access trial

Google Play Music All Access is now live and official. Just head on over to Google Music and you can sign up for the absolutely free 30-day trial. Remember, if you sign up before June 30th, you lock in $7.99 per month pricing. After that, it jumps to $9.99 per month.


Google Play Music All Access music

Google has just announced Google Play Music All Access at its Google I/O 2013 developer conference, the company's new subscription music service. Aside from givng you access to the millions of songs in Google's new streaming catalog, it will also incorporate tracks that you have stored in your Google Play Music account. The service launches today, and will cost $9.99 per month. Google offers a 30-day trial--sign up for the free trial by June 30th, you'll lock in a $7.99 per month rate, making it 20% cheaper than competing services like Rdio and Spotify.

It is expected that Apple will announce it's own streaming music service, possibly at WWDC 2013 in June, but rumors point to it being more akin to a Pandora Internet radio competitor than a full on streaming service where you can pick and choose individual tracks and albums that you want to listen to.


prince ogden theater denver ticket giveaway

The legendary Prince is currently traveling the country with his Out Loud tour, teaming up with 3rdEyeGirl, and they'll be making a stop at the Ogden Theatre in Denver, Colorado on May 12. Tickets cost $250 each, and they're sold out, so it's near impossible to get in. Thankfully, though, we've got your hookup. Continuing with our concert ticket giveaways, we are hooking you up with two tickets to see Prince live in concert on May 12th, courtesy of our friends at Monster and AEG Live!

How do you enter? Simply use the widget below! We've got a lot of ways for you to enter, but don't check off any that you don't actually perform. If you do, you'll be eliminated. Also, note that one of the options grants you ten entries. Might wanna give that one a look:

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