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Sign up for a month of Amazon Music, get an Echo Dot for $0.99

Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Remember that Spotify/Google Home Mini deal? This is basically that, but for people who prefer Alexa. Image: mashable photo composite By Leah StodartMashable Shopping2019-12-11 17:26:11 UTC TL;DR: Amazon will give you a 3rd gen Echo Dot for $0.99…

This gadget may make you a musician in no time — Future Blink

A sneak peek at the innovations that will change our everyday lives in the future. Jordan Aaron 3 days ago Created by Artiphon, Orba is a portable a synth, looper, and MIDI controller that allows you to make music in the palm of your hand. 

Is ‘Playing It Safe’ Bad for Classical Music?

Music|Is ‘Playing It Safe’ Bad for Classical Music?faulted the conductor Philippe Jordan in a review for leading a program of repertory staples — including Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony — with the New York Philharmonic in late October, a reader wrote Mr. Tommasini an email with his vehement disagreement. It led to a lively exchange between the…

YouTube Music adds three new personalized playlists, including its Spotify Discover Weekly rival

YouTube Music is taking on Spotify, Apple Music and others with the launch of three personalized playlists, including its own version of Spotify’s Discover Weekly, called Discover Mix, as well as a New Release Mix and Your Mix. Discover Mix had been spotted in the wild during testing, but now all three are globally available…

Arcona uses machine learning to compose adaptive soundtracks in real time

Arcona Music took to the stage at Disrupt Berlin today to showcase its adaptive music service. The local startup utilizes machine learning to create musical beds capable of adapting to different contexts in real-time. The user simply needs to input a handful of parameters, and the service will adjust accordingly. “Give it a style, an…

Spotify prototypes Tastebuds to revive social music discovery

Spotify is prototyping a new way to see what friends have been listening to, called “Tastebuds.” Despite how discovering music is inherently social, Spotify has no features for directly interacting with friends within its mobile app after axing its own inbox in 2017 and keeping its Friend Activity ticker restricted to desktop. It seemed like…

Best Classical Music of 2019

Adriana Lecouvreur’ The Metropolitan Opera swept in 2019 with a true gala performance: this Cilea potboiler, in a straightforwardly sumptuous David McVicar production conducted by a spirited Gianandrea Noseda. Anna Netrebko was commanding yet tender in the title role, one of her best parts to date. (She added another to that pantheon in London in…

Mighty’s iPod Shuffle for Spotify now works with Amazon Music

When Mighty arrived in 2017, the device offered the convenience of offline playback for Spotify. In other words, you could take your favorite tunes anywhere -- and you didn't need your phone to do it. Basically, it's an iPod Shuffle for any albums, songs, playlists or podcasts you've made available offline. The company (which goes…