A few years ago, it was discovered that Spotify was working on their own digital assistant similar to the likes of Siri and Google Assistant. Now it looks like that digital assistant got a bit smarter thanks to Spotify introducing a hands-free feature that lets users activate the assistant using a wake word.
When it comes to music streaming services, one of the biggest differences between Apple Music and Spotify is that the latter offers users the option of listening for free in exchange for certain limitations and ads. Spotify is currently leading the way in terms of music streaming, so could a missing piece of the Apple Music puzzle be a free tier?
When Tidal launched, the service initially targeted audiophiles who might have been able to better appreciate the higher quality streams, although it was a bit too expensive for regular customers who might not have been too picky. Now it looks like Spotify is also interested in giving users that option as the company has announced its own lossless streaming option.
How do you find out about songs or bands you’ve never heard of before? There are many ways, such as hearing it used as background music in a TV show or movie, hearing it on radio, or being recommended by a friend. Social media can also be a good way about finding and discovering new tunes.
As some of you might have heard or noticed by now, Instagram has launched its own version of TikTok called Reels. However, despite the feature being there, there are some users who still prefer to record their videos using TikTok and then upload to both platforms at once, which makes sense as far as social media reach is concerned.
So with iOS 14, Apple has introduced the ability for users to finally set the default apps of their choice for certain functions, such as their browser and email. But what about music players? Turns out that in the upcoming iOS 14.5 update, that could change, but not necessarily in the way that some of us are hoping.
Supporting your favorite artist back in the day basically meant buying their records and going to their concerts. These days, it’s become about streaming, but even then, some artists feel that the cut that they are given from streaming simply isn’t good enough. However, the good news is that SoundCloud wants to change that.
Want to stream Spotify? If you do, you’ll either need to do so from a computer or a smartphone with the Spotify app installed on it. But what if you wanted to stream it on a 2004 iPod? You might think you’re out of luck, but that wasn’t the case with Guy Dupont who decided to take his 17-year old iPod and give it a modern upgrade.
Right now, the podcasts you access from Apple are pretty much free. However, to better compete with Spotify and to attract more podcasters to its platform, it seems that Apple could be planning on launching their own podcast subscription service, according to a report from The Information (paywall).
If you’re a guitarist that’s constantly moving about and you need the practice, sure, there are some amplifiers that are portable and battery powered, but have you ever seen one that could fit in a bag or pocket? If you’re after something even smaller and more portable, then Fender might have something for you.
Playing a musical solo can be difficult, especially if you’re required to think and improvise on the spot. This is because our brains need to make the connection as to which note that we should go to next, whether or not it’ll sound good, the different rhythms we can apply, and so on. However, it’s a different story when it comes to AI which can think of these things more […]
Given that Google owns its own music streaming service and how they view Apple as a rival, it’s actually interesting to see how Google’s smart speakers powered by Google Assistant, along with their smart displays, can now stream Apple Music directly from them. This is according to a recent update on Google’s blog.
Spotify is a music streaming app and we’re sure that many of you know this, but what if you had local music files stored on your phone before you started using Spotify? One of the options was uploading your music to Spotify, but this needed to be done through your computer. An alternative is to find and use a different music player for locally stored files.
Given that there are only so many notes in music, it is possible that some songs could end up sounding similar to each other. In some instances, this has led to accusations of plagiarism which could get ugly real fast and cost a lot of money. To help musicians avoid this problem, it seems that Spotify has created a tool that can deal with that.
If you’re an Apple Music subscriber and would love to be able to listen to your music without an internet connection, here’s what you need to do.
Music streaming services are perfectly fine to use if you always have a steady and reliable internet connection, but what if you don’t? This is where offline listening comes in handy, and here’s what you need to do if you’re a Spotify user.
If you want to enjoy a song or movie in private, the only way you can do so is through the use of headphones which prevents other people from hearing what you’re hearing. However, sometimes headphones aren’t comfortable for extended periods of time, and it also makes it harder for you to hear what’s going on around you.
The problem with the Apple Watch is that it typically relies on users to pair the smartwatch with an iPhone. The cellular version of the Apple Watch does reduce its dependence on the iPhone, but when it comes to third-party apps, it’s a bit of a mixed bag as it’s up to the developer to choose to create a standalone app designed for the Apple Watch.
As the HomePod is basically an Apple product, it’s not surprising that it only works with Apple services like Apple Music. However, if you’re not an Apple Music subscriber, you’ll be pleased to learn that in a recent update, HomePod and HomePod mini owners will be able to stream Pandora directly through the HomePod.
If you’re a guitar player, then there’s a very good chance you might own several pedals. These pedals, for those unfamiliar, help guitar players create and adjust their guitar’s sounds to their liking, whether it be adding a crunchy distortion, a fuzzy overdrive, or the wah sound of a face-melting guitar solo, these pedals help guitarists accomplish that.