Tag Archive: Music


Google Assistant music controls are now everywhere, and it’s a geek’s dream come true

I had precision playback control once, and how I’ve longed to have it once again.

I was the person who always had her headphones snaked up her shirt. I was so attuned to the click wheel on my iPod video — and my iPod mini before that — that I could fast forward and rewind my music without even pulling it out of my pocket with almost frightening precision. I don’t miss much from my iTunes days  [Read More…]

Aukey Latitude wireless earbuds review: Wireless music on the cheap

With the lack of headphone jacks on so many smartphones today, it’s no wonder wireless earbuds are more popular than ever.

To answer the demand, many top companies like Google or B&O have released wireless earbuds, but unfortunately, these offerings aren’t really affordable. Google’s Pixel Buds, for example, will take you back with $ 129.99 (originally priced at $ 159.99).

But what if you like the convenience of being able to listen to wireless music while you go for your  [Read More…]

How to connect Philips Hue lights to your music, movies, or games

You can do a lot more with your Philips Hue bulbs these days, as long as you have the right set up.

Connecting Philips Hue bulbs to my television has been a long-term dream of mine. We’ve seen some third-party apps try to make it work, but the experience has been limited and a little clumsy. With its big UI overhaul, the folks at Philips now have an official way to connect what is happening on your  [Read More…]

Best Android apps for streaming music from OneDrive

With Groove Music retiring on Android, you’ll have to look elsewhere to stream your music from OneDrive.

Microsoft didn’t just discontinue Groove Music Pass; they’re also retiring Groove Music on iOS and Android later this year. Users that prefer purchasing music, storing it on the cloud, and streaming it to their devices will have to look elsewhere to get their music fix. Luckily, there are a number of apps for Android that allow you to stream music  [Read More…]

How to change from YouTube Music to YouTube Premium

Sign up for YouTube Music but want Premium instead? Here’s how to switch.

YouTube Music and YouTube Premium are Google’s two premier subscription services for digital music and video content, and while YouTube Music isn’t necessarily a bad deal at $ 9.99/month, you might as well go all the way with YouTube Premium at $ 11.99/month.

The added benefits and features that come with YouTube Premium for just $ 2 more each month is more than worth  [Read More…]

YouTube Music, YouTube Premium go live in 17 countries

Google on Monday confirmed that its new YouTube Music and YouTube Premium apps and services are available in 17 countries.

As we previously learned, YouTube Music is a music service designed around streaming with revised recommendations, playlists, stations, search, new and trending videos, offline playback, and other exclusives. A paid service, it costs users $ 10 per month.

YouTube Premium, on the other hand, is essentially a refreshed approach to its YouTube Red service. Included in the bundle are  [Read More…]

A Father’s Day tribute to beloved music in the age of smart speakers

Turn it up to 11. For dad.

In 2001, my dad bought me my first “hi-fi”, the classic Altec Lansing 641 computer speakers, which included four oversized satellites and the biggest subwoofer I’d ever seen. The system put out 200 watts RMS, and had among the beefiest amplifiers ever put inside a standalone system. The sub alone weighed over 30 pounds (maybe more, it’s hard to remember) and could shake my whole house with the right bass-heavy  [Read More…]

Here’s are all the features YouTube Music is still missing

Google’s newest music service may be shiny and new, but it’s still quite lacking.

Youtube Music is a hybrid music service with a lot of promise and an unparalleled library to tap into. Unfortunately, all that potential is held down by how many things — including very, very basic things — the service and its apps are still missing. YouTube Music is already working on some of the items on this list, and hopefully we’ll be able  [Read More…]

The biggest problem facing YouTube Music comes from within

The biggest problem facing YouTube Music isn’t a slow rollout. It isn’t casting bugs, or wacky library sorting, or missing albums, or poor handling of going offline. No, no, no, my friends, YouTube Music’s biggest problem is a YouTube that predates the service by years. And with how important rating songs in YouTube Music is, this problem is going to bite music-lovers, long-time YouTube users, and YouTuber creators hard.

While evaluating YouTube Music’s capabilities compared to other  [Read More…]

YouTube Music vs. Google Play Music: Which should you use?

You pay for one, you get both, but which one should you actually use right now?

When we compare music services, we’re usually trying to help you figure out which one you should give your money to. After all, it’s somewhat rare for a company to offer two completely different music services with completely different feature sets and catalogs, but Google has always been somewhat rare when it comes to music.

If you pay for Google Play  [Read More…]