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Unboxing Live 166: Monster SoundStage S1 hands-on

The Monster SoundStage S1 is a small wireless speaker that packs a seriously big punch when it comes to sound. The audio can easily fill a room without distortion. The SoundStage S1 connects wirelessly to your smartphone or tablet over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. You can also connect it directly with an AUX cable or digital optical Toslink cable. SoundStage speakers support multi-room audio, allowing you to control the audio across your home from the palm of your hand thanks to Qualcomm AllPlay technology.

The SoundStage S1 is even humidity-proof!

You can pick up the Monster SoundStage S1 wireless speakerr now.

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Unboxing Live 165: Phorus PR5 Play-Fi Receiver Unboxing & Overview

Turn your existing home theater or speaker system into a multi-room audio streaming powerhouse with the Phorus PR5 Receiver!

With the Phorus PR5, you can instantly connect any smartphone, tablet, PC, or Mac to your existing stereo system, using DTS Play-Fi or premium Bluetooth with AptX and AAC. AirPlay streams are supported, too. We give you the full rundown of this product in this episode of Unboxing Live.

You can pick up the Phorus PR5 Receiver now.

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Unboxing Live 163: Phorus PS5 Wireless Play-Fi Speaker


The Phorus PS5 is awesome. It's a wireless speaker that supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and even AirPlay! If those wireless options aren't enough, it also supports direct connection through its 3.5mm AUX port. With DTS Play-Fi, the Phorus audio products offer a universal wireless audio experience. Stream content from your favorite music services wirelessly, directly to the Phorus PS5 wireless speaker. Play-Fi technology means you aren't locked in to any one brand for multi-room streaming audio. Get all the details in this episode!

You can pick up the Phorus PS5 Play-Fi speaker now.

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Sonos Play:1 unboxing & overview [Video]

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Home Entertainment, Music, Videos

The Sonos Play:1 speaker sports one tweeter and one mid-woofer, resulting in great sound that comes out of a little, Wi-Fi connected package. With it, you can stream from services like Pandora, Spotify, Rhapsody, and Rdio, as well as from your local library of music from your computer, all by using the Sonos Controller app on your smartphone, tablet, PC, or Mac.

You can get the Sonos Play:1 now.

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Uncarrier 6.0: T-Mobile now gives all customers free, unlimited streaming music

t-mobile free music streaming

At yesterday's T-Mobile Uncarrier 5.0 event, the company surprised everyone by also announced Uncarrier 6.0: absolutely free unlimited streaming music. Dubbed "Music Freedom," T-Mobile CEO John Legere revealed that any T-Mobile customer can stream music from Pandora, iHeartRadio, iTunes Radio, Spotify, Slacker, Rhapsody, Milk, and Beatport without having to worry about data caps. To make it clear, Legere stated "Every single note of music will come free, not against your bucket. Even when you exhaust your data bucket, you can still stream unlimited music at high speed." The services mentioned account for 85% of music streamed on T-Mobile, but the company isn't stopping there. For example, services like Rdio and Google Play All Access Music will be part of an online voting area that T-Mobile is providing to allow customers to choose which other music services they'd like to see added. The goal is to add a few new services each month.

If you already have an unlimited T-Mobile account, you aren't left in the cold. The company also announced a partnership with Rhapsody unRadio, an app that is available to anyone on any carrier, and T-Mobile unlimited customers get free access, while limited T-Mobile customers get a 20% off discount and pay $4 per month. If you aren't on T-Mobile, you pay $5 for unRadio.

Uncarrier 5.0 was the T-Mobile Test Drive, which sees the company giving anyone in the US an iPhone 5s for free for a week to try out the T-Mobile network.


Gramofon looks to be your cloud music jukebox for $50

Posted by Ariel Levin-Waldman Categories: Music, Wireless / WiFi

Gramofon kickstarter cloud music player spotify

Gramofon might be named after the 19th century sound system, but it's as modern as it gets. It's a wireless jukebox that streams music from cloud services like Spotify.

It's the latest brainchild of Fon, the crowdsourced W-iFi network. You connect the Gramofon to your speakers and your Wi-Fi network, and it acts as a Wi-Fi booster and gives off a signal that mobile devices can connect to. Those devices can be used to manipulate playlists.

Now, if you are thinking “so how is this any different than plugging speakers into my iPhone?”, well, with the Gramofon you can make music more social, as anyone on your network is able to use it. You and your friends can share music, create and modify playlists and otherwise get your groove on.

At first, Gramofon will stream from Spotify and Rhapsody. However, the company plans to add other services like Rdio, Grooveshark, SoundCloud, Pandora, Google Play, Songza, and more. If you're interested, check it out on Kickstarter. Fon has stated that the first batch of Gramofons are ready to ship in July. You can get yourself one by backing it for $50. Check out video of the project after the jump.

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Unboxing Live 132: Sonos Play:1

We open up the new Sonos Play:1 in this episode, the entry-level wireless speaker from Sonos that costs $199. You're now able to get into the Sonos ecosystem at a lower cost, streaming your music from iTunes, Rdio, Spotify, Pandora, radio, and more! Check out the new hotness in this episode of Unboxing Live.

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Rdio brings new iOS app design to Mac and web apps

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Design, Internet, Music

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.

Read More | Rdio Apps

Daft Punk breaks Spotify records, tops charts with Get Lucky [Listen Now!]

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Music

Daft Punk get lucky

In the few days since "Get Lucky" was released by Daft Punk, the track has gone on to hit #1 in the UK and France, and is right near #1 in the US as well. Even more interesting, "Get Lucky" now holds the record for the "biggest streaming day for a single track" on Spotify in the US and UK regions.

The upcoming Daft Punk album, Random Access Memories, is set to be released on May 21st. It'll be the first from the group in 8 years, with the exception of the 2007 live album and the Tron: Legacy soundtrack. Get a listen to "Get Lucky" below!

Read More | Hollywood Reporter

Twitter #Music service launches on web and iPhone

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Internet, Music, Software

Twitter #music

The rumored Twitter Music service has become a reality, launching this morning. Twitter #music seems to be a natural step for the service, which sees hundreds of millions of users regularly discussing music on the service, as well as a bunch of  popular musicians as well. Twitter #music aims to help you find music you'll like, based on your Twitter activity. You can access #music through a web browser, and there's also a new dedicated #music iOS app that lets you easily view and listen to music that's popular and trending on Twitter, undiscovered artists, music that it knows you like, and a #NowPlaying area that shows what others are listening to.

One important note here is that Twitter #music isn't a streaming music service. Instead, it's a layer that allows you to access your Rdio, Spotify, and iTunes tracks, using Twitter #music as your navigation mechanism. You simply connect your accounts to #music, and you are all set. The iOS app is slick, and we hear the Android version will be on its way soon. You can download Twitter #music for iPhone now.

Read More | Twitter #Music

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