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Apple Music on Amazon Echo How Does It Fair

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Handshake between Amazon and Apple to bring the music streaming service of the bitten apple on devices of the Echo line at home. Starting next month, more precisely from December 17, you can connect the Apple Music account to the application of Alexa and then ask the virtual assistant to start playing a song, an album or a playlist.

You can therefore interact with the AI ​​through voice commands to start listening to one of the ladders curated by the team of Cupertino, dedicated for example to a particular genre (hip-hop, rock, classical and so on) or a period ( 80s). The catalog includes the Beats 1 station broadcasts with interviews and exclusive content. Since this is a premium access mode to the platform (subscription is required), the reproduction takes place without any kind of advertising interruption. Thus, Dave Limp, Senior Vice President of Amazon Devices, emphasizes the importance of the partnership.

Considering that HomePod is not yet available officially in our country, a move of this type makes the device less attractive for those who were waiting for it.

The integration of Apple Music on the Echo line confirms how much Amazon is focusing on support for third-party services to push the spread of its smart speakers, smart displays and Alexa . A vision confirmed by the words of Limp, which refers to the API made available to developers in order to make the most of the potential of the assistant.

40 hours of music every month on Amazon to fight Spotify, YouTube Music and Apple Music

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The great rush to tech streaming is increasingly a war of all against everyone. With each player aiming to occupy the market niches already guarded by their competitors. The latest move by Amazon : last since the last autumn of the premium audio streaming service Amazon Music Unlimited, the e-commerce platform founded by Jeff Bezos now offers free to all Amazon Prime customers the Prime Music service that provides music streaming or free download of something like 2 million titles.

Amazon Prime customers can listen to up to 40 hours of music every month, without advertising and without additional costs.

With Prime Music, Prime customers can choose to listen to music in any way they want. Songs and albums can be chosen individually and listened to several times. Music is available for streaming but also for downloading on mobile devices. This way Amazon Prime customers can access their favorite songs even without an internet connection. Prime Music is available through the Amazon Music app on Android, iOS, PC and Mac, as well as Tablet Fire, Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. Music lovers, in Italy, can also access the complete catalog of the subscription service Amazon Music Unlimited which allows access to over 50 million songs and latest releases and digital music downloads.

The range of services available to Prime customers, which already have Prime Video (access to Amazon Original and TV and movie series) and Prime Reading (access to hundreds of eBooks from the Kindle Fire, Kindle device or through the Kindle app for iOS and Android. And it is a message to Spotify, leader in the audio streaming market that looks at the segment they saw, and to Alphabet Google that with YouTube is the leader in the streaming video market but, with YouTube Music, it aimed the audio segment.

This feature however is only available to select markets only.

Youtube Music Finally Coming to the Philippines

YouTube launches YouTube Music, the web platform has announced that in the coming months will be active a new paid service of streaming music similar to Spotify and Apple Music.

The new service will allow you to watch videos without ads, to listen to music even by turning off the screen and creating personalized playlists.

Youtube Music will currently only be available in Australia, Mexico, South Korea, New Zealand and the United States. In the coming months it will also arrive in the country.

The new streaming music service like Spotify, but YouTube, will be paid, with a cost of $ 10 a month around 500 pesos, but there will be an initial free trial period.

With YouTube Music it will be possible to watch music videos without the interruption of advertising and you can listen to music even by turning off the screen, thus overcoming the limit between the biggest of the music platform.

Spotify instead in the last period  has canceled all accounts that used the premium version for free by circumventing the system through an unofficial application. On the market, however,  there are free alternatives that allow you to listen to music for free: without advertising, choosing songs as you like, but especially offline.

Here we have collected the  5 music apps like Spotify but for free.

Music streaming comparison services for free

Music streaming comparison services for free

Free and subscription music streaming to listen to favorite songs online with a simple click. How it works and what are the best services, sites, apps and free programs for PCs, tablets and smartphones Android and iPhone

The music streaming has supplanted cd and mp3. In recent years, technology has made great strides and the changes made by the digital revolution for fans of the seven notes were truly incredible. How does it work and which services to contact? Spotify, Apple Music and Google compete for the primacy of the music market: which one to choose? Here you will find a comparison on offers, prices and features of the various services.

With music streaming,  listening to songs for free or for a fee is really easy. Just a few simple clicks are enough to enjoy the entire catalog of your favorite artists. Are you still stuck to mp3 or cd and you want to know immediately what are the advantages? First of all it is not necessary to download songs by wasting time and occupying memory of smartphones or computers. In second you have available an infinite catalog of songs. And last but not least, this way of listening can be free in a perfectly legal way.

Listen to streaming music for free
The music streaming free made it possible to attract tens of millions of users. For fans there is the possibility to listen to millions of songs at any time from any support able to connect with the internet. Just a smartphone, a tablet or a PC and free apps that you can download below. The price to pay is advertising, or short spots to listen or watch among the songs. For those who do not want to be disturbed, subscriptions are available at really affordable prices.

The free music streaming and unlimited access at no cost in the music on the cloud clearly did not like at all to the music industry. But it is the only system that can compete with piracy and patience if small and big stars complain. After years and years of decline, today the turnover of music is growing again. Those who love to listen to canzo or choose to go against the trend, returning to the old vinyl or cassette, or do not have to decide which service to choose among the main protagonists of the moment.

With the streaming the record companies , producers and artists earn much less than in the past. Artists like Taylor Swift have always strongly fought against the concept of gratuity of the model of Spotify, market leader. Google has its own Youtube Music that offers playlists created through the Songza service that the company bought some time ago. The market is evolving and not all are aligned on the strategy to be adopted for users.

Music streaming which to choose?
When it comes to streaming music, the first thing that comes to mind is Spotify. The revolutionary concept of being able to listen to music without having it is linked to this small Swedish startup, which has become a global reality in the distribution of music on the cloud . A continuous stream of notes that makes even download superfluous and that is perfect in an era where everyone is perpetually connected with their smartphones. Spotify, launched in 2008, is the service with more paid and non-paid users. Apple Music was born in June 2015, while YouTube Music in 2018.

Which service to choose? For those who are fond of the Apple ecosystem there are no doubts and vice versa for those who love Android, there are many alternatives. If you are simply looking for the best offer to listen to music, all streaming services offer the same catalog of music to discover, simple and fast interfaces, radios and offers based on the family with an identical price. Perhaps on this last aspect Apple has something more, but these are periodic offers: prices are updated frequently to compete in a battle that for once can only encourage users.

Free or paid music?
In addition to the name of the service then in some cases you have to choose between preemium and free. If you are undecided about which system to adopt, take a test, then you can decide. The free services have many limitations, you can not choose the songs and it is more or less frequently interrupted by a pounding spot on dance rhythm. For example, if you like classical listening, interrupting a Bach prelude in this way is not the best. But somebody could do it.

In the future probably the totally free listening to songs of your choice in exchange for advertising will be abandoned. Already today the various services offer a mode that allows you to listen for free, in exchange for commercials, not so much singles or albums, but playlists of their artists, as on a radio. To hear exactly the song or album of the desired artist, instead you need to pay a monthly subscription.

Stream music catalog
The catalog of songs of the major music streaming services is practically infinite, with over 30 million songs. These platforms include a radio function with playlists created ad hoc with algorithmic systems, by users, or with a programming chosen by characters, known musicians or DJs. There are also exclusive interviews, guests and much more for genres ranging from independent rock to pop classics. Everything is designed to make users discover new music.

The industrial system of streaming is no longer enough for fans to become attached to a handful of artists and listen to them for life. Subscribing makes sense if you are always looking for news. To make the offer attractive, from Spotify to Apple Music, we offer compilations, playlists and rankings of new and constantly updated songs. In addition to the latest releases of the music market, special algorithms suggest the songs to listen based on the tastes of the audience  and what each user has previously heard.

Better Spotify or Apple Music?
Apple Music is paid and lets you listen to music only by subscription, except for the first months of testing. After having trampled from the top of his position as a leader of the mp3 services with iTunes, he still wants to be protagonist thanks to the privileged relationships with the majors. Also asking the labels to stop the licenses for free versions of streaming services. So much so as to force the Federal Trade Commission and Justice Department to investigate for abuse of a dominant position in the United States.

Spotify has the free option and from the beginning has bet everything on the gratuity of its services, losing millions of dollars every year and then listed on the stock exchange . thanks to over 140 million free users and over 70 million premium subscribers. Certainly the attempt of the music industry is to turn all freemium users into paid users in the belief that only in this way the streaming can become economically sustainable.

Best music streaming services
In short, that of free or paid music streaming is a varied and constantly evolving panorama. The industry's attempt is to turn free premium services into a risk-free operation. Users might decide to go back to torrents, peer to peer, or stream ripping , rather than drop a quart. In the middle there is the future of the music market. Here are the best and most used free and subscription services where you can listen to songs online.

Spotify It is the service to listen to the most famous and used free streaming music in the world and contains an endless catalog of songs. Tens of millions of songs of all kinds of music to listen on smartphones and tablets in various ways. It starts from the free one in exchange for advertising, ending with the subscription with the possibility to download the favorite music on each device

YouTube Music A simple interface to listen to songs streaming from a catalog of 35 million songs with a subscription 9.99 euros per month valid with PC, smartphone and tablet Android and IOS

Apple Music Allows you to listen to songs in streaming but does not offer the possibility to listen to music for free. The service is always reserved for paid subscribers

Amazon Music Unlimited  Fifty million songs to listen to in subscription without advertising even in offline mode. The first thirty days of trial are free

Deezer Just register for free on the official website to listen to music: create your own playlist, follow the favorite artists and even save albums and tracks and then listen to them even without connection. Also tips, song lyrics and videos are to discover online

Tidal wants to bring the world of hi-fi on the cloud. In practice subscribing to this service you can listen to songs in high fidelity, or with a higher sound quality than normal

Last Fm Lets you listen and discover new music based on previous ratings. It also contains information on artists, albums and tracks, to search for albums, discover similar artists, see events, explore new genres, listen to music and watch videos.

Play.me To listen to songs and customize a radio with favorite artists. It also allows you to read the lyrics of the songs heard for those who love singing or karaoke

Music streaming for audiences and artists
In addition to the major music streaming services we have seen to listen to the most famous artists, it is called Soundcloud  the largest online platform dedicated to musicians. With this service, amateurs and professionals of all kinds can make the whole world listen to their songs in streaming. The site does a bit with the music that YouTube is for the videos and in fact only a small percentage of users who propose their songs has behind big labels.

What is Soundcloud? Listening to the sounds of the NASA space rather than a song from the last singer in the world. Combining the high and the low is the feature that made the success of YouTube and it will not be a coincidence if Soundcloud, born in 2008, already boasts 350 million users of which 175 million active. You can load music for free for up to 3 hours of audio recordings. for those who want more space there are season tickets that offer unlimited space.

The business model is therefore centered on small independent artists and musicians, even if its users are tempted by the major record labels that have entered into agreements to enter the catalog. Users can listen to them for free in exchange for advertising, on the model of other streaming sites. But as always when there are millions of clicks, investors and finance move, so much so that Soundcloud is talking about a valuation of 700 million dollars and in the future could be acquired by a large company like Apple or Google.

Hit Songs On The Radio Are Getting Shorter and Shorter and Here Is Why

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The analysis on the rankings of the last few years suggests yes, and it has to do with - you guessed it - the music in streaming

Between 2013 and 2018 the average length of the songs in the Billboard Hot 100, the most cited for international pop music, has dropped from 3 minutes and 50 seconds to 3 minutes and 30 seconds. The calculations made them the American site  Quartz, which also analyzed the duration of a series of famous pop and hip hop records of the last few years to show that pop songs are getting shorter.

This is not really new: critics and music experts have long highlighted this phenomenon, attributing its main causes to the expansion of streaming music services. Last year, in fact, the streaming has exceeded the digital downloads and sales of physical copies of the albums regarding the total revenues of the world record industry. Services like Spotify and Apple Music have tens of millions of paying subscribers in the world (the most recent data date back to last summer, when the two services had 83 and 40 million subscriptions respectively).

The way in which the artists collect from the streams follows different logics than the traditional supports: it is estimated that their actual profit for each single reproduction is between 0.004 and $ 0.008. Streaming services consider a song "played back" when the listener exceeds a certain threshold of seconds, generally around 30. These are very low figures, and in fact the music industry market has been inexorably shrinking for years: but above all it is a type of reproduction that has changed the logic followed by the artists. To simplify a lot: for 15 minutes of reproduced music, an artist who has made five 3-minute songs will earn more than one who has made three 5-minute songs.

Of course there are many artists who prefer to continue to follow different logics, and decide the duration of their songs on more "artistic" bases. And there are artists who do both. Another thing to consider is that it is not news that the support given by listeners influences the average duration of the songs: up until the fifties the records could contain a maximum of three minutes of music on each side, and in fact the songs did not exceed them hardly ever. Things changed radically in the sixties with the spread of LP, which could hold a few tens of minutes per side, for the joy of progressive rock bands, which without that kind of support could not make their songs long. Cassettes and CDs further extended these possibilities,

One of the most critically acclaimed albums in 2018 was Whack World by American rapper Tierra Whack, made up of 15 one-minute songs each. It is a record all in all niche and sought after, so there are good reasons to believe that it was a predominantly artistic choice: but it is representative of a general trend. Last year ye came out  , the latest record by rapper Kanye West: it lasted less than 24 minutes, against 66, 40 and 68 of his three previous albums. Quartz has also analyzed the records of Kendrick Lamar, the most celebrated and successful rapper of recent years: in  Good Kid, MAAD City  of 2012 the fifth song came at minute 19. In  To Pimp a Butterflyin 2015 it was instead at minute 16, and in  Damn of 2017 already at minute 13.

Recently the former director of the music site  Pitchfork has endorsed the theory that the main responsibilities of this trend are due to the streaming, writing on Twitter that "there has never been this kind of economic incentive to make shorter songs". In the same discussion, the people responsible for the popular musical podcast  Switched On Pop said they were skeptical about the theories that see the causes of this phenomenon in the lower attention span of people today.

There is another point to consider. In the last two years there has been a new musical genre that has reversed the balance of mainstream music, in the United States as in Italy: trap music . The vast majority of the artists who do it are very young and have made themselves known on the internet, on YouTube or SoundCloud, and have always preferred short songs, often under three minutes. The fact that the trap is so popular means that there are more and more songs trap in the rankings of the most listened songs, further reducing the average duration.

Deezer Now Has Its Own Radio App but only in UK

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Deezer Now Has Its Own Radio App

While there are many music streaming services to choose from, there are those who want to have the opportunity to listen to the "old" radio stations. Deezer is one of those apps, but now it also wants to offer this option to its user base. The company announced the release of its app for Android called Radio by Deezer .

At the moment, the app is limited only to those in the United Kingdom. This new app is quite simple. Users will be able to access more than 30,000 popular radio stations from the app and will not even be required to register or log in to stream any station.

Radio by Deezer will be available for all countries

Obviously, if you want to take advantage of the other features, it would help if the user already had a Deezer account. For example, if you come across a song you like, you can save it in your favorite song library. And with your main Deezer app and account, you'll be able to listen to these tracks whenever you want. If you come across a song on the radio that you do not know, you will also be able to find out the name of the song directly from the radio app.

Radio by Deezer has three main tabs: " Explore ", " My Stations " and " My Music ". The first is, of course, the place where the user will be able to browse and search all the thousands of available radio stations. The second section is where all the stations most recently played are shown. And in "My music", you can find your favorite tracks.

In addition to music, users will be able to listen to talk about radio and sports. But for now, only those in the UK will be able to download and access the Radio via the Deezer app. If you live there, you can download it from the Google Play Store .

In Other Countries Like Italy, internet radio stations playing music without paying rights is a crime

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Web radio law does not violate copyright legislation, which transmits music by paying only partly the SIAE rights and not at all those to the phonographic consortium if the non-existence of the profit and the only insertions emerges advertising concerns non-profit organizations without giving an economic return. Also, the configurability of other criminal hypotheses should be excluded if the intentionality of the conduct is lacking.

This was clarified by the Court of Cassation , third penal section, in sentence no. 1652/2019 (hereinafter enclosed) rejecting the appeals of the civil party and the Public Prosecutor against the sentence that had acquitted the defendant, manager of a web radio, from the crime of reproduction and diffusion of works protected by copyright in the absence payment of the amount due to the SIAE and the SCF.

In particular, the referring court had found that the purpose of profit was absent in the disputed conduct , since the execution of advertising advertisements did not emerge, nor the achievement of other revenues from the activity of the web radio.

Furthermore, the defendant's good faith emerged as to the lawfulness of his conduct: before proceeding with the radio broadcasting of musical pieces, he had asked SIAE the necessary steps to proceed and had followed the instructions provided by that body, having, among other things, obtained the consent of numerous record companies (consortium members in the SCF) to the radio promotion of the pieces transmitted.

In the case in question, following the investigation carried out in the merits, it was found that the radio was made by the daughter of the accused and a group of his friends: the young people, having completed the university course in journalism, had achieved a on-line journal and, subsequently, an audio channel to spread the same news.

It was only later that music was also broadcast, for which the necessary authorizations were obtained and obtained from the SIAE the necessary authorizations, with the signing of a license that allowed the loading of the music files in the digital database of the radio.
Web radio, SIAE and SCF authorizations and absence of profit

The Supreme Court recalls the provisions of art. 171-ter of the law 22 April 1941, n. 633, on the protection of copyright and other rights related to its exercise, emphasizing that the purpose of profit is an essential feature of the criminal hypothesis referred to in the first paragraph, which therefore requires this element for its configurability.

It consists of an economically appreciable gain or a capital increase, since it is not sufficient, to consider it subsistent, any other advantage, not economically appreciable (see Cassation, No. 45567/2010).

Both the newspaper and the radio were supported by donations from a non-profit association , which, in turn, was powered almost entirely by donations from the defendant (or sometimes by some of the young people in the group). Therefore, the lack of a profit in the management of the radio by the defendant seemed obvious, that, indeed, he was the financier without drawing any profit from it .

In addition, there was no advertising link between the radio and the online newspaper: the advertisements on the web radio site concerned non-profit organizations and were not remunerated, and even the advertising banners in the newspaper, in favor of the radio, had only the purpose of f a greater diffusion of the latter in the network , so that the same had determined, in a year, revenue, not collected, for about 50 dollars (moreover in favor of the newspaper and not the radio).
Save the web radio that does not pay the rights to phonographs, but transmits non-profit

On the basis of these elements, the Court of Cassation believes that the non-existence of a profit-making role in the management of the web radio has been confirmed, since no usefulness has emerged that is likely to be appreciated as a result of the exercise, albeit stable and professional. (through the issue of the required administrative authorizations and the signing of license agreements with the SIAE), resulting from the exercise and management of this web radio by the accused

On the contrary, this management was characterized by amateur and popular aims, animated by a group of young students and, above all, not generating any economic utility that could be evaluated for the defendant, who funded the activity of the radio. The accused also had numerous interlocutions with various phonographic producers, who had given express consent to the radio promotion of the pieces.

Correctly, conclude the Ermellini, the configurability of other criminal hypotheses was also excluded , as a consequence of the diffusion of musical pieces in the absence of the payment of the due rights to the SCF, given the lack of the relative subjective element and the good faith of the defendant, who , lacking technical knowledge on the subject, before starting the dissemination of music through the radio, had asked SIAE what were the necessary requirements and had followed the instructions provided by this.

How Much Is The Nokia Pro Wireless Earphone and Nokia True Wireless Earbuds in the Philippines

Together with the Nokia 7.1 , yesterday HMD Global also presented two models of earphones, one of which is full wireless: they are called Nokia Pro Wireless Earphone and Nokia True Wireless Earbuds and at first glance they seem to promise well.

Let's start from the first model: the Pro Wireless Earphones are Bluetooth headsets to be placed on the shoulders, support Qualcomm aptX technology that should ensure good sound quality and minimum audio latency, resist splashes and sweat, and have a declared autonomy of 10 hours. But above all, stand out for some goodies that make them stand out compared to many other competitors' earphones: they have the cables covered with rope, vibrate to signal the call and are equipped with magnets, which automatically pause the music by joining the two earphones . The price for Europe should be 4,207.26 Philippine Piso, which could make them great rivals of the excellent (but unavailable) OnePlus Bullets Wireless .

As for the Nokia True Wireless Earbuds , stand out immediately for the particular shape of the houses: cylindrical and elongated, substantially different from the classic boxes that we are used to. Also in this case we find resistance to sketches and sweat (IPX4 certification), an enviable declared autonomy of 3 and a half hours with a single recharge (which comes to 14 hours with the extra battery provided by the case) and Bluetooth 5.0 . The recharge is via USB-C, each headset weighs only 5 grams and the price is competitive: 7,865.75 Philippine Piso.

Obviously we will have to try them with our hands before we can express ourselves better on this, but at first glance it seems that Nokia could have hit the mark with these two models of earphones.

According to reports, Nokia Pro Wireless Earphone and Nokia True Wireless Earbuds are expected to arrive in November in the UK and by the end of the year in the rest of Europe.

Review of the Xiaomi Sports Bluetooth Headphones (Youth Edition)

Xiaomi has announced the new Sports Bluetooth Headset Youth Edition earphones  , designed for athletes and offered at a very low price. Although they are cheap products, their data sheet is, however, very interesting. These earphones have removable plastic arches and are IPX4 certified to withstand splashes of water or sweat. On the wire of the earphones there is also a mini controller with microphone and three keys to control the various functions to which they can perform how to handle calls or start and stop music playback.

To enhance audio playback, these earphones come with a 10 mm driver and a diaphragm made of PET. In this way it is possible to optimize the low and medium frequencies that reduce the distortions. The Xiaomi Sports Bluetooth Headset Youth Edition headsets connect to smartphones through Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity . Thanks to the 120 mAh rechargeable battery, the earphones have a range of up to 6 hours of music playback. The autonomy can vary considerably depending on the volume level.

These earphones can be purchased for only 99 Yuan, that is, around 10-12 euros. This is a low price that would be destined to rise in the case Xiaomi decided to bring these earphones also outside the Chinese market.

For athletes, however, these are really interesting products if the goal is to listen to music during physical activity.

How Good Are Microsoft Surface Headphones Here Is a Review

The anticipations of the previous days had always described, with little details, the new hybrid tablets, the new laptops and the new desktop computer designed for the creatives. No one, however, expected that Microsoft could show up at the event last October 2, 2018 with a pair of headphones with noise canceling technology . Instead, when everything seemed to take place according to the script, the Surface Headphones , the first headphones ever made by Redmond's house, appeared on stage.

And, mind you, this is not an impromptu company: according to what was said during the event dedicated (mainly) to the new Surface PCs , Microsoft engineers have worked on the development of these headphones for three years , with the The objective is to compete with the various Bose, Sony and Sennheiser in an increasingly competitive and increasingly attractive market (both for users, but above all for producers). In short, a well-calculated risk and built entirely in-house , taking advantage of laboratories, designers and production facilities all within the company created by Bill Gates.

At first glance, the work of the technicians of the Redmond house was more than excellent: the Surface Headphones are headphones over ear with a classic look , but not for this dated or "boring". Completely wireless , they connect via Bluetooth and are compatible with Windows 10 systems (you can connect them instantly with any Windows PC thanks to Swift Pair technology ), macOS, Android and iOS . Equipped with internal battery, offer a range of 15 hours of audio playback with Bluetooth, noise cancellation and active Cortana (yes, natively support Cortana without the need for an Internet connection); if only the audio reproduction and the cancellation of the noise remain active, the autonomy increases to 50 hours. Among other features, we also report the so-called head on : just wear them or remove them to activate or stop the audio playback.

For an optimal user experience, Microsoft engineers have implemented a double control system : on the one hand volume and noise cancellation level can be controlled thanks to the rings mounted on the outside of the audio pavilions; on the other side it will be possible to check the functionalities (audio playback, answer calls, control audio reproduction) thanks to a touch surface on the outside of the pavilions.

Surface Headphones features summary
Pavilions weight and dimensions : 296 grams, 40 mm pavilions
Microphones : 8 microphones (4 per pavilion) including 4 beanforming
Autonomy and recharge . 15 hours of audio playback with Bluetooth, noise canceling and active Cortana; 50 hours of audio playback with Bluetooth off and active noise cancellation. Equipped with fast charging, it offers up to 1 hour of playback with a charge of 5 minutes
Audio and equalizer . Thanks to the smartphone app that accompanies the headphones, the user can choose between 13 different preset audio modes, so as to play their own music with the bass levels that you prefer
Connectivity . Bluetooth 4.2, USB type-C
Controls . Double ring on the outside of the pavilions to control volume and noise cancellation level; touch surface for checking the functionality of the headphones
Voice assistant . Naturally compatible with Cortana, even without a connection to the Net. To activate the assistant, it will suffice to say "Hey Cortana"
Microsoft headphones are not immediately available, but can only be purchased in a few weeks. Even if the Microsoft Headphones release date has not been made known, it is easy to assume that they are put on sale just before the Christmas holidays, as a Christmas present for the home audiophiles. It must be said, however, that Microsoft headphones should not reach our latitudes. Or at least, they should not do it immediately: the initial launch, in fact, is only provided for the United States. The retail price is 350 dollars.

How To Try YouTube Music in the Philippines and Asian Countries

YouTube Music is not yet available in the Philippines and other countries in Asia. You can however opt for beta or for early access if you are a developer. Or send a message to YouTube to get notification when this arrives, you can use the Twitter account TeamYouTube to get in touch with them.

YouTube launches YouTube Music, the web platform has announced that next Tuesday, May 22, 2018, will be active a new paid service of streaming music similar to Spotify and Apple Music.

The new service will allow you to watch videos without ads, to listen to music even by turning off the screen and creating personalized playlists.

The Liverpool-Real Champions League final on Saturday, May 26th will be streamed on YouTube through the BtSport channel.

Youtube Music will currently only be available in Australia, Mexico, South Korea, New Zealand and the United States. In the coming weeks it will also arrive in Italy.

The new streaming music service like Spotify, but YouTube, will be paid, at a cost of 10 dollars a month, but there will be an initial free trial period.

With YouTube Music it will be possible to watch music videos without the interruption of advertising and you can listen to music even by turning off the screen, thus overcoming the limit between the biggest of the music platform.

Spotify instead in the last period  has canceled all accounts that used the premium version for free by circumventing the system through an unofficial application. On the market, however,  there are free alternatives that allow you to listen to music for free: without advertising, choosing songs as you like, but especially offline.

Tuning In to Internet Radio from An Actual Radio Set

Would you like to listen to the streaming radio but do not know how? You do not have to worry, with this article we really want to help you! Your hectic days, rich perhaps of traveling by train or bus, could be less frustrating if you have your favorite stations in your headphones. So what are you waiting for? In the next lines I will give you all the information to listen to your favorite shows online. Are you ready? Great, let's go!

To listen to the radio streaming, you must first have a data connection, because if you are around, you will hardly be able to use a Wi-Fi. So, make sure you have a promotion with at least 10 GB active, also because often listening to the streaming radio you could consume some data. Then connected to the official website of the station you want to listen to : here you will have a menu where you will also see the voice Listen. Click on it, it will open a window where you do not have to do anything but crush play and listen to the program that at that time is expected in the schedule.

That done, you just have to get comfortable and let yourself be lulled by the voices of the most important speakers of Italian radio, from Linus to Max Brigante just to mention two names among those that are always the most.

Free Music Listening App for Mobile

Do you want to listen to music for free online or download mp3 in a legal way? The best apps for smartphones, sites and computer programs to download songs or listen to them directly in streaming with your phone

Free online music is definitely one of the most sought after phrases on search engines by young and old users in recent years. The new listening systems, which made it unnecessary to buy physical media with songs inside, were a big problem for the record industry, but a real boon for fans who could enjoy whole catalogs of their favorite artists at no cost .

The free music came with the advent of the digital age. A few decades ago, only Lp and analogue cassettes full of rustling were heard. Then the CDs arrived and already seemed like a revolution, at least at the level of sound. But then came our era, the one without physical support that has also completely lost the perception of the economic value of music in society. All to look for systems to download more or less free mp3s: for a while there was talk of nothing else. The p2p systems and piracy have created huge upheavals in the market. But already today we are beyond.

The free online music is currently listened to in streaming , which makes it completely useless to download songs and mp3 with the peer to peer. The new trends say that you do not even need computers to download mp3s. Just a simple Android smartphone or iPhone connected to the internet on which to install special apps that allow an endless stream of songs.

Free music app
As the first system to listen to music for free online we can not fail to mention the apps to be installed on the smartphone. We leave out the mp3 download systems now obsolete but we focus only on the applications offered by the main streaming services that allow the free listening of songs in exchange for advertising in a very simple way.

Spotify is the most used app in the world to listen to music for free with your smartphone. The service, recently listed on the stock exchange , was the first to believe in the potential of streaming. The application is available for mobile, PC or tablet and offers a completely free listening mode, in exchange for advertising, albeit with some limitation, or a fee. Both allow access to an endless catalog of songs to listen to in good quality.

YouTube music has recently arrived in the streaming market with an offer similar to that seen previously. Also here is an app for iPhone and Android, but also a complete program for PC. The songs can be chosen from a huge catalog and listen for free interspersed with commercials. Do not miss the possibility to create personal collections with favorite artists.

Amazon Music is the offer to listen to music online free of the e-commerce giant. Subscribers to Amazon Prime can access the endless catalog of songs, while to avoid the limitations there is the Unlimited offer at the same price of 9.99 euros per month of the other competitors on the market.

Free music on YouTube
To listen to music free from computers YouTube has always been the most used system How to do? There is nothing simpler. Just connect to the site via a computer or smartphone, for which an app is also available, and type in the name of the artist whose tracks you want to listen to. Immediately appear his videos, to be filtered according to various parameters, while on the right of the screen the mix of YouTube chooses for us the songs that have got more views or that are somehow more in sight.

Below the list of songs there are albums to listen for free . Clicking on it we are sent back to a page that contains videos of all the individual that compose it. The beauty is that there are really all, both the recent ones with the latest hits for the most famous artists, and the old ones of which we may not even know the existence. The system was so simple that immediately services were born to download the audio files of the video. But now the so-called stream-ripping carried out with these converters is considered a form of piracy and the sites that carried it out have been closed

Where to listen to music for free
Below we report other services where you can listen to music for free online. These are online streaming or radio systems that also allow for mp3 downloads in a legal way. Although these are not services like those paid. they are perfect for listening to background music without spending anything.

Soundcloud Free internet service for online music management. It allows users to listen to songs and artists to upload them to make them listen to the audience. It is a true digital Juke box used by artists that are still little known and that put their songs available for download to expand the public and make themselves known.

Tunein It is an online radio that offers songs but also programs and podcasts from all over the world. Fantastic because the stations can be chosen according to gender and origin. Being a radio with a complete schedule that also includes sponsors, in this case listening is really completely free and you can find real goodies.

Dashradio It is a radio in streaming organized in a very simple way to listen to music for free listening only to the songs of interest as if they were playlists of paid services. Instead it works well and is completely free.

YouTube Music List of Features To Be Available in the Philippines When It Launches

YouTube Music is updated by introducing streaming quality options

The Google developers have just released a new update to the Android app for  YouTube Music introducing some great new long requested by users of the service.

First of all, we find the introduction of quality controls for streaming . This means that, based on our data plan, we can choose whether to stream from YouTube Music with higher quality but more data consumption or with lower quality and less data consumption.

There are also some new download quality checks available in the Download menu. In its menu there is a new option "Audio quality" which offers further adjustments such as Low, Normal and High. In addition, a " Video Quality " should allow users to set the streaming service to store only the audio.

Here are its features:

A completely renewed music service, with the latest releases of your favorite artists
Easily find albums, singles, live performances, covers and remixes that you want to listen to.
Do not you know the title of a song? Just search for the words in the text or describe it
Get music recommendations based on your tastes, where you are and at the time of day.
Use the "Hotlist" tab to keep up with the latest trends
Listen to songs without ads.
Music will not stop when you lock the screen or use other apps.
Download your favorite songs or leave it to us by activating the Mixtape function offline

YouTube Music is not yet available in the Philippines but when it arrives the above mentioned features will be enjoyed.

Pasyenteng May Kidney Disorder Kinansel ang Operation Dahil sa Luya or Ginger

Pasyenteng May Kidney Disorder Kinansel ang Operation Dahil sa Luya or Ginger

True story ng isang kidney patient sa New Jersey USA na ginamot ng isang Filipino nurse

Ang ginamit na gamot ay luya or ginger

Ipinainom ng Filipina nurse sa kanyang pasyente araw araw ang pure ginger juice

Ginawa ito sa pamamagitan ng pag grate ng luya at piniga ang juice ng luya

Isang kutsara lang araw araw ang ipinainom hanggang sa schedule na nga ng operasyon

At napag alaman ng mga doctor na wala na ang kanyang kidney stone

Ito ay inilihim ng pasyente sa doctor na dahil sa ginger ay gumaling siya

Ang luya ay karaniwang nakikita at nabibili sa palengke

Kay hindi na kailangan ng mamahaling pagpapagamot

Source: https://healthyeating.sfgate.com/benefits-ginger-kidney-function-3019.html

Record Label Sony Has Fight Against Spotify and Amazon Because of this Artist

In relation to the recent publication on the music streaming platforms Spotify, Deezer and Amazon Music of the discs called 'Éxitos en Español (Remastered)' and 'The best of Lucio Battisti (Remastered)' by an unidentified label 'Universal Digital Enterprises ', the Sony Music Entertainment Italy Spa specifies that it is an operation of an illicit nature inasmuch as it is made with phonographic records owned by the company, whose ownership appears on the basis of the first information held by the company, usurped by the aforementioned' Universal Digital Enterprises ''.

This is stated in a statement by Sony Music Entertainment Italy. The company adds that it "immediately reported the circumstance to the digital platforms involved as well as to the owners of the copyrights on the songs used. In addition, Sony Music has reported the above also to the FPM (Federation against musical and multimedia piracy) so that it can carry out the appropriate investigations on the facts described above and, if necessary, offer technical assistance to the Guardia di Finanza ".

Finally, Sony Music "has given its lawyers the task of proceeding judicially against the perpetrators of the crime and any other responsible person in order to inhibit the continuation and obtain compensation for the damage suffered. Sony Music can not but distrust the perpetrators of the crime to desist from further unauthorized exploitation of its catalog in consideration of the serious civil and criminal responsibilities that such unauthorized uses entail "

MOR 101.9 New Music Video Jingle to Launch October 7 2018 Starring Vice Ganda

In the tradition of music video jingles for MOR 101.9, this year the number 1 station will launch its latest music video with no less than the Unkaboggable Blockbuster Phenomenal King Vice Ganda.

The new music video will premiere tonight after GGV.

Vice has done the jingle video for MOR 101.9 before alongside Daniel Padilla and Toni Gonzaga.

This time though Vice Ganda will again sing and star with Toni and Daniel in the said video.

This Mobile App Lets You Clone Popular and Favorite Playlist from Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube to Anywhere

For those who want to switch from one music streaming service to another, the free Soundiiz Web tool that can transfer playlists is available.

More and more people realize that the quality of music offered by Spotify or other streaming music services is poor, even if they pay for the premium version, and are learning about TIDAL  or Qobuz that offer the same quality as a CD and are looking for so a way to be able to move their playlists from the old account of Spotify to the new one of Tidal or Qobuz, thus avoiding to create the playlists manually looking for every single favorite song. In aid of these people, but also to those who want to switch from another to another music streaming service that are not necessarily Spotify or Tidal or Qobuz or Apple Music, a free basic Web tool is available, which can transfer playlists: it's called Soundiiz .

Soundiiz is compatible with 25 music streaming services: Spotify, TIDAL, Deezer, Apple Music, Google Music, Napster, YouTube, SoundCloud, Yandex Music, Zvooq, 8Tracks, Qobuz, Last.fm, Pandora, Hype Machine, Slacker Radio, Discogs, Dailymotion, iHeartRadio, Saavn, Anghami, JOOX, Audiomack, Jamendo, 7digital. It is possible to freely transfer your personal playlists from to any of one of the services supported by Soundiiz and listed above.

How to use Soundiiz?It 's very simple: once you enter the site https://soundiiz.com/ you press the' Start Now 'button to register (or log in if you are already registered) and access the page where all the music services are present supported: each button is available 'connect to' and then we press on this button related to the service that interests us (for example Spotify and Tidal) and insert the username and password used to access the services. At this point Soundiiz starts to read the playlists of the services, and for each playlist found is available the 'transfer to' button that allows you to select the service on which to export that playlist. Alternatively, you can also drag a playlist from one service box to another. IS'

How much does Soundiiz cost?Soundiiz is free basic but a 'Premium' plan is available which costs $ 3 a month. Basically, free of charge Soundiiz offers an overview of the entire music collection from the various services connected in one interface, editing the playlist details (Title, Description, Privacy), Delete / Unfollow multiple playlists at a time, importing playlists from files ( XSPF, M3U ...), entering text or web links, deleting duplicate tracks in playlists. The Premium version offers access to a range of tools such as increased transfer speed, ability to manage Albums / Artists / Tracks, Exporting playlists as CSV, TXT, XSPF, JSON, XML, and URL files, Exporting favorites list Albums / Artists / Tracks as CSV, TXT, JSON, XML and URL files,

Xiaomi Mi Max 3 Price is ₱26,599 in the Philippines, Hands on Review

The Xiaomi Mi Max 3 is a smartphone that manages to hold about 14-15 hours of use. Excellent performance and optimization. It never stopped.

The fingerprint reader is lightning fast, the discrete cameras. The back is comparable to that of an iPhone 6S. The videos are bad though. It is very large and is difficult to use with one hand, for informed users.

The graphic customization is fluid and light, in iOS style.

In my case with iPhone 6S I have 4G coverage in my area, with the Mi Mix 3 no and the connection speed is about half in download and about three times lower in upload (however the navigation is not compromised!)

Users who come from the iPhone will not be very displaced. Android has improved a lot in the last few years. Pay attention to the privacy settings. Ultimately it is a device that is pleasant to use in your free time but I find it unsuitable for daily use due to excessive dimensions.

The Xiaomi Mi Max 3 looks very solid and well built, I personally find it also beautiful and with a minimal elegant design. It has important dimensions but being thin I do not find it annoying, clearly it is a personal choice to have a smartphone of 6.9" inches. The battery life of the Xiaomi Mi Max 3 is really impressive and with my normal use I arrive safely to cover three days with a single charge, this aspect for me has been an important parameter in the choice.

Set up phone and for now I can say that it is better than many other phones of expensive brands that is similar to Huawei and others of the same kind at a lower price.

It's great ... but not so huge still manageable. It is thin and beautiful. You can see well, you feel good, it's fast. Considering the price I would say highly recommended to those who want a large screen to read on the move and write notes or get good emails. Also great for watching streaming movies. Also because it has a really 2 days battery. So great travel companion

In summary, Xiaomi Mi Max 3 a great phone.

Xiaomi Mi Max 3 Specs and Features

SIM(Nano-SIM/ Micro-SIM, dual stand-by)
DISPLAYIPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size6.9 inches, 122.9 cm2
Resolution1080 x 2160 pixels, 18:9 ratio (~350 ppi density)
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 3
ChipsetQualcomm SDM636 Snapdragon 636
CPUOcta-core 1.8 GHz Kryo 260
GPUAdreno 509
MEMORYmicroSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
Internal128 GB, 6 GB RAM or 64 GB, 4 GB RAM
CAMERADual: 12 MP (f/2.2, 1.4 μm, PDAF) + 5 MP (f/2.2, 1.25 μm, depth sensor), gyro-EIS, LED flash
Secondary8 MP, f/2.0
USBType-C 1.0 reversible connector
FEATURESFingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

Using Sony Xperia XA2 Plus for Php 22,148.00 Philippine Price, Hands On Review, Issues

I can say I am fully satisfied with this Sony Xperia XA2 Plus. Fluid, clean audio, reception without problems, beautiful photos (with little light a bit ', but still acceptable), excellent clear and bright display.

Phenomenal battery: with a quiet use you make 2 days. A great product. Sony quality confirmed.

Impeccable smartphone. Excellent construction quality, performance that have nothing to envy to the most famous top of the range on the market.

Product recommended for those who do not want to go beyond a certain price threshold.

Sony Xperia XA2 Plus is not the top of the range of Sony smartphones, but even if it is a display of the central range at the opening of the package you find in your hands a product that right from the first returns a premium feeling.

Inside the box, Sony has provided a standard equipment, with travel charger and charging cable, but what makes the difference is the display itself. The Plus model provides a slightly larger display than the basic version, a 6 "panel that takes the shape of Samsung, developing in height and containing the width - however superior to the 8 and 9 series.

If the competition tends to round the edges for giving the product more harmonious and soft lines, Sony, on the contrary, maintains the classic squared design of the Xperia,

Spiked on every corner, therefore, and slightly rounded at the left and right sides that make it easily recognizable; however, it has points in common with competitors, especially in the rear where we find the circular fingerprint sensor placed immediately below the main camera. A distinctive sign of the Xperia is also the button dedicated to the camera, at the bottom right, useful for taking selfies and immediately recall the camera when the smartphone is in standby. The rest of the layout follows the dictates of the segment: TypeC interface for charging, 3.5 mm jack on top, Dual SIM (obviously nano) even 2 cameras, with flash support, for frontal shots.

Despite the excellent characteristics of the display, one of the defects of the smartphone lies in the panel, certainly not one of the best for what concerns the User Experience. The display is so sensitive that it perceives too many touches, especially in call when, bringing the smartphone to the ear, instead of disabling the interaction tends to interact with the dialer by activating the functions provided in the UI (speakerphone, microphone and call status).

In this case the faults must be halved with the brightness sensor, poor assistant on call, but the sensitivity of the screen is so high as to make typing messages difficult while holding the smartphone horizontally (in this case the letters are often inadvertently activated left and right sides).

Good grip returned from the back of the terminal, because it transmits the same security of a cover in terms of grip. It is the back-cover to host the fingerprint sensor, satisfying reactivity and precision, but disappointing in terms of design: the best solution remains that proposed with Xperia XZ, with the sensor integrated in the on / off button, certainly more convenient to reach.

As for the software, the Sony Experience is not reflected on Android Oreo with extreme customizations as other manufacturers do. The user experience is strongly based on Android 8, with the usual dashboard making a swipe on the home that focuses information from different feeds.

Well imagined, built, solid and very fluid. A beautiful discovery, fantastic camera, good sound, excellent screen and the battery seems to last a couple of days with average use, today it was active from 5:30 in the morning, now it is 21:40 and is 56%. I would say perfect.

Great product, just as I imagined it. The phone is held well in hand and from the software side you can not say anything: fast and do not get caught! Maybe you need to take a microsd, to move the photos and leave the phone free.

The photos of the Sony Xperia XA2 Plus that shoot are excellent, very defined. The front camera for selfies is perfect, has a setting to make group selfie convenient.

I list the strengths and weaknesses.

Strong points: battery, processor, panel, compactness, grip, accessories, updates, sound both in headphones and without.

Sony Xperia XA2 Plus Specifications
performanceOcta core
storage32 GB
camera23 MP
battery3580 mAh
ram4 GB


Weight, even if you feel balanced, you get used to it but you could do better Sony dear. The proximity sensor very sensitive, I'm having some problems when I have the device near the ear, the function sensor goes dark but just move the cel slightly rubbing it to the ear. That opens the notification curtain.

I tell you that this Sony Xperia XA2 Plus only zero lag during navigation or when switching from one app to another. Responds quickly and accurately. I had read about reception problems, from me it takes everywhere in 4g, even in rural areas and on the coast, in bathing areas etc.

Great phone. Only problem size and heaviness, it needs a sheath to improve grip. Bugs during long phone calls the sensor that deactivates the touch is lost and there is the risk of triggering the mute or the speakerphone with the cheekbone. Excellent readability of the characters even without glasses.

Beautiful phone, different from the others. Fast and responsive, excellent audio in the multimedia sector, only good audio calls. Very good photos, really good display. It is certainly solid and is easily challenged, which is not obvious for a 6-inch diagonal.

Overall I am satisfied with the Sony Xperia XA2 Plus and you should get this one too.
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