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Mr Richer Gives Richer Sounds to its Employees

Julian Richer is 60 years old now, so he's decided to pack away his loud toys and become a man. Or go on more cruises perhaps, as he's handed over control of his business – the eponymous Richer Sounds tech empire – to each and every one of the company's 531 staff. Read More >>

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I Miss MiniDiscs

In the long history of recorded media, Sony’s MiniDisc format barely registers as a blip on the timeline. In hindsight, it was doomed from the start—forced to compete with immensely popular CDs and an emerging threat called MP3s. But despite now having instant access to millions of songs on my phone, there’s a part of me that deeply misses MiniDisc: a dead format that somehow still feels futuristic. Read More >>

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David Attenborough is Looking for a DJ to Turn His Field Recordings Into a Club Worthy Hit

Sir David Attenborough is looking for a DJ to turn a three-minute recording of Indonesian style gamelan music captured in Bali 60 years ago into a dance track. Read More >>

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Spotify Is Bringing Voice-Controlled Ads to Our Engagement Hellscape

I think most of us can safely agree that there are few things consumers want to engage with less than ads. We certainly do not want ads that require us to actively speak to them. But the future is now, baby! And if this sounds like hell, now might be a good time to upgrade your free Spotify subscription. Read More >>

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Ed Sheeran’s Music Popular With Dead People Who Can’t Hear Any More

Co-op Funeralcare has a funny list feature for the internet. It compiled a chart of the most popular songs people request to have played at their funerals, with the key point of interest being that traditional hymns are on the way out, replaced by the pop bangers of our youth. Read More >>

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Apparently, Spotify’s Plan for Serving You Podcast Suggestions is Shuffling Them in With Your Music

After announcing its pivot to podcasts, Spotify appears to have kind of a wonky idea for how to get you to listen to them. Read More >>

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Hot New Band RSPB Rockets Up UK Singles Chart

Hitting the singles charts like a shot from a posh man's gun piercing a fat pheasant is the RSPB – yes the RSPB, as in the Royal Society for the Protection or Prevention or Something of Birds – as the charity has released a single that's entirely made of bird song. There isn't even a banging remix or some eco chanting. Read More >>

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This Electronic Group Made an Album Entirely With Plastic and It’s Not Total Garbage

The plastic pollution crisis of our own making may seem like an odd inspiration for album, doubly so when the item that sparks that inspiration is a 25-year old plastic fish jockstrap. But that’s exactly what put plastic on experimental electronic group Matmos’ radar. Read More >>

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The Incredible Old-School iTunes Feature I Hope Apple Doesn’t Kill

Time is moving on, as it tends to do, and iTunes—a media suite that made its debut in 2001, almost two decades ago—is potentially on Apple’s chopping block. This year’s macOS refresh has been being tipped to feature separate apps for TV, music, podcasts, and ebooks, with iTunes maybe hanging around, Internet Explorer-style, for legacy purposes. It feels like the right move, but there’s one iTunes feature worth saving. Read More >>

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Spotify Opens London R&D Site and Needs 300 New Staff

All those £9.99s a month we pay to stream the same seven songs we used to like in the 1990s are being reinvested in the London job scene, with streaming kingpin Spotify opening its expanded London R&D site this week -- and it needs masses of fresh, intelligent, management-grade meat to sit at all the lovely new desks. Read More >>

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Streaming Music Shamed for its Inadvertent Carbon Output

Just when you think you're doing the right thing by not buying lumps of plastic that say "Foo Fighters" on them, it turns out that modern streaming is every bit as polluting as legacy forms of physical music. Read More >>

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Enjoy the Game of Thrones Theme Played by an Army of Obsolete Computing Gadgets

If you’ve been online, watched TV, read a magazine, or even popped to the shop to buy Oreos, you’re painfully aware that the final season of HBO’s Game of Thrones gets underway this weekend. What better way is there to prepare for the inevitable death of your favourite character than by humming along with the series’ catchy theme song played on discarded technology that would seem like sorcery to the people of Westeros? Read More >>

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TikTok Launches Programme For Discovering Rising Stars, and Possibly Exploiting Their Music

Most TikTok posts contain music. Whether the video shows a user performing a short comedy skit, a meme, cosplay, or a weird art piece—there’s usually music playing. The platform was originally designed as a lip-synching app and it encourages every video to be uploaded with a song or sound bite. Read More >>

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Amazon’s Giving New Customers Three Free Months of Amazon Music Unlimited

Services are big business, as you could tell because Apple had a whole press conference devoted to all of its new digital-only products. Amazon is the same, and it's always trying to entice people into signing up for stuff by offering free trials. The latest is another opportunity to get three free months of Amazon Music Unlimited, provided you haven't used the service before. Read More >>

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We Regret to Inform You Elon Musk Has Released a Rap Single About Harambe

If there’s something absolutely no one other than Elon Musk woke up this weekend thinking, it is “Elon Musk should release a rap single about Harambe, the tragically slain gorilla that became a meme nearly three years ago, after which said meme subsequently got treaded into the ground, and more than a few people began noting it might actually have been kind of racist.” Unfortunately, that is what he did, because Elon must. Read More >>