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Category: Audio

3 Nov

A Complete Transaction with Nothing But Sound Waves? Welcome to the Future of Shopping

Apple Pay now allows you to make payments wirelessly just by tapping your smartphone on a POS terminal. MasterCard is developing a system that verifies transactions using selfies. And of course there’s the blockchain, a new way of clearing money transfers that banks are racing to capitalize on. All of these initiatives push the boundaries of the industry, but they aren’t revolutionary. Sure, the technologies enhance the way we transact with our favorite brands and bring a new level of convenience to the cashless movement. But at the end of the day, that’s all they are: enhancements. For a complete disruptive experience, businesses are turning to Soundpays. The Toronto-based startup has created a new way to authenticate and initiate payments using sound waves. Its...
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3 Nov

Pandora Laces Up Its Gloves in Competition Against Apple Music

A very crowded music streaming industry means a lot of competition. In any competition, there has to be a winner and a loser (or losers). When it comes to music streaming, it looks like one of those losers happens to be Pandora. Reports have surfaced that Apple Music may be the benefactor of Pandora's apparent downfall. Pandora's stock has dipped 36 percent as of last Friday due to a poor financial outlook from CEO Brian McAndrews. Pandora has also made questionable business decisions recently, acquiring Ticketfly for $450 million in an attempt to diversify their business and a $90 million hit in royalties for music made before 1972. McAndrews has tried to downplay Apple Music's threat to his business. “This was...
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30 Oct

Streaming music is undoubtedly popular, but not necessarily lucrative

"Without music, life would be a mistake." - Friedrich Nietzsche Though music has been around for tens of thousands of years in one form or another, what's changed over that span of time is how we experience it. From vinyl to cassette tapes to CDs, and now, to the digital era, the form in which music has invaded our ears has changed consistently with evolving technology. Nowadays, one doesn't even have to own something tangible to listen to music - it can all be streamed from a file online. A new study by Parks Associates shows that two-thirds of Americans regularly stream music or other audio from the Internet. 40 percent use the free tier of audio streaming services, while just over...
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26 Oct

Say Goodbye to Tangled Wires with Skybuds Wireless Earphones and Phone Case

We’ve all been there before. You’re heading out your door to start your morning commute, ready to muffle out the sounds of early morning and the surrounding world with your carefully curated playlist. You go to plug in those earphones in order to drown out the reality happening around you, and then suddenly, catastrophe strikes. You’re faced with a tangled knot of wires, a daunting jigsaw puzzle that requires way too much dexterity and grip that early in the morning to release those buds from their imprisoned web. Skybuds feels your pain, and they want to remedy that issue once and for all with their truly wireless earbuds. “The inspiration came from wanting to free ourselves from wires, forever,” said Jamie...
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22 Oct

Truebuds dubbed the world’s smallest in ear listening device

Businesses obsess day and night about making things smaller and more powerful. Truebuds is a startup bringing that philosophy to headphones. Through their fresh design principle, the group is out to change the way you listen to your favorite tunes. Everything Your Headphones Can’t Do Truebuds is the best alternative to clunky, messy headphones. Coined as the world’s smallest in-ear listening device, the audio accessory weighs in at just eight grams (per bud). The buds are also sweat proof, dust resistant and IP 53 water resistant. The durability features of the buds lets you keep them on while transitioning between different daily activities. Under the tiny hood, you’ll find a rechargeable Li-Ion Battery Button Cell. A full charge lasts up to six hours....
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19 Oct

Neiman Marcus and Stelle Audio Offer Sleek Bluetooth Speakers for Modern Audiophiles

Neiman Marcus and Stellé Audio are out to reinvent the fashion audio industry. After last year’s releases, the brands are back with fresh versions of their iconic Pillar and Go-Go line. “We are thrilled to expand our partnership with Neiman Marcus by offering consumers new products and new colors this holiday. For every occasion and mood there’s a play list, and each playlist is as unique and individual as the people listening to them. Our products complement our consumers’ individual preferences through unique designs, a variety of finishes and distinctive materials,” said Anna Perelman, CEO and Founder of Stellé Audio. The Golden Pillar Looking for a sleek living room accessory? The revamped audio pillar wireless speaker now comes in shiny gold. Under the...
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