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Save tunes you hear on TikTok straight to Apple Music


TikTok Add to Music App
If you come across a cool tune, you can add it to your library with a click.
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Even if you only hear a snippet of a tune on TikTok, now you can add the whole song directly to Apple Music or another music-streaming service.

TikTok’s new Add to Music App launched Tuesday in the United States and the United Kingdom. It works with Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music and other music streamers.

Boost desktop audio with the new all-in-one FiiO R7


The FiiO R7 is designed to be the centerpiece of your desktop audio from all sources.
The FiiO R7 is designed to be the centerpiece of your desktop audio from all sources.
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If you want to get the most out of your desktop audio — the sound you get from your computer, other devices, speakers, headphones, wireless earbuds and more — an interesting new jack-of-all-trades tool arrived on the last day of February.

That’s when FiiO quietly launched its R7 high-resolution audio player, streamer and headphone amplifier. It packs a lot of functionality into a small package you might expect to cost more than it does.

Connect iPhone to wired speakers via AirPlay with this digital amp [Review] ★★★★☆


Arylic A50+ Wireless Multiroom Stereo Amplifier review★★★★☆
The Arylic A50+ is a solid way to connect your passive speakers to your Apple devices. No wires needed.
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The Arylic A50+ Wireless Multiroom Stereo Amplifier lets you wirelessly send music to wired speakers from computers and phones. It uses Apple’s AirPlay, which has multiple advantages over Bluetooth, though it offers that too. And DLNA, Spotify Connect and more.

It pumps out 50W*2 with 4Ω passive speakers at 24V, with Sub Out for powered subwoofers.

I tested the capabilities of this digital stereo amp with the help of a friend who’s a bit of an audiophile. Here’s what we found out.

Connect all your streaming audio content between platforms [Deals]


Easily transfer unlimited music playlists from one streaming platform to another: Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, Deezer and more.
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In the internet age, we get our music from all kinds of places. A song might be on YouTube but not on Spotify, or maybe you can’t remember whether you bought it on Apple Music or Tidal.

Luckily, there’s a way to cut through the digital musical chaos. This app connects all your streaming services, so you can get the music you want anywhere, any time.

Apple Music app comes to Samsung smart TVs


Apple Music is preparing for invasion
Apple Music subscribers can listen to playlists on Samsung smart TVs.
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Apple Music invites people to “Lose yourself in 60 million songs.” Today, you can on a new device – a Samsung smart TV.

Samsung announced Thursday an Apple Music app is now available for its most recent smart TVs. Until the Samsung, an Apple Music app was only available with an Apple TV set-top device.

Nearly 11 million moochers in US stream music illegally


Apple Music is the one major streamer without a free tier.
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Apple Music and Spotify pushed their paid subscriber numbers to new heights in 2019, but the number of people that share their account passwords is also increasing.

Nearly $1 billion in possible revenue maybe have been lost in 2019 thanks to stream “mooching”, according to a new study that estimates there are 95 million people in the U.S. using a major streaming service.

Spotify might finally get Siri support with iOS 13


Spotify Premium update October 2018
Apple and Spotify might declare a truce.
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Apple might be ready to agree to a truce with Spotify that would allow iOS users to control the rival music streaming service with Siri.

iPhone users have been unable to use Siri and Spotify together even though you can do it with Apple Music. Reports of the negotiations come as Apple is facing more intense scrutiny for anti-trust practices, with Spotify being one of the loudest dissenting voices.

Apple Music showcases its massive high-def library


Apple Music and Drake
Let's hear it for high-res Drake tracks.
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Music producers will bring sweeter sounds to the discriminating Apple Music user thanks to a new digital masters initiative for Apple’s burgeoning streaming service.

As Apple phases out iTunes with the launch of a new macOS, it will fold in all Mastered for iTunes tracks and high-definition Apple Music songs into one catalog.

Get access to livestreams of your favorite music festivals [Deals]


LiveXLive makes it possible to livestream concerts or festivals, and listen to albums, radio stations and more.
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Streaming is the new normal, but live performance remains the most powerful way to experience music. Unfortunately, most of us can’t make it to the best concerts and festivals happening around the world. So why not just stream those too?