Music Services

Sep 29, 2010

Denon RCD-N7: The iPhone-controllable Wi-Fi Hi-Fi with AirPlay support

Posted by in Apple iTunes, Audio, Music Services, Wireless Stereo Systems
Denon RCD-N7 CD receiver

Denon, the Japanese purveyors of fine hi-fi, have just announced the Denon RCD-N7 “Network CD Receiver”, a name which does nothing to reveal the glorious Appley nature that underlies this beast of a music system. At first glance, it seems to be just a normal CD player and amp, albeit with an iPod dock on […]


Sep 22, 2010

Microsoft finally brings the Zune HD to the UK

Posted by in MP3 Players, Music Services, Portable Gadgets
Zune HD in black

It’s certainly an announcement many didn’t expect but Microsoft has finally decided to bring to the UK its (admittedly rather good) portable jukebox, Zune HD. Microsoft made the strange decision a while ago to keep the Zune family stateside, but now, after being on sale in the US for over a year, the Zune is […]


Sep 20, 2010

Google Music goes cloud to cloud with iTunes

Posted by in Google Music, Music, Music Services
Google Music

Further details are emerging about Google’s forthcoming cloud music service, and it makes for interesting reading. A $25 per year ‘locker’ fee will let you store your songs in the cloud, as well as give you full song previews (none of your 30 seconds here) and heavily integrated social interaction. Let’s take a more detailed […]


Sep 7, 2010

More details of Google Music reveals Xmas launch

Posted by in Google, Music Services
Google Music Logo

Maybe Steve Jobs stole Larry Page or Sergey Brin’s sweets as small children or something, ‘cos Google sure want a big bit of Apple’s action. Not content with overpowering iOS with Android (it’ll happen, it’s inevitable) and taking on Apple TV with the impressive Google TV, those canny searchmongers are rumoured to be in talks […]


Sep 3, 2010

Got Sonos? Love Spotify? Get Excited!

Posted by in Audio, Last.FM, Music, Music Services, Spotify, Wireless Stereo Systems
Sonos wireless music system

What’s better than having one of the premier multiroom music systems in your home? How about a never ending record collection to go with it? That’sd what Sonos owners can now do, as the Sonos multiroom music system will now hook up with the £9.99 ad-free premium service available to Spotify customers, joining Last.FM to […]


Sep 2, 2010

Sony Qriocity vs Apple iTunes – Fight!!

Posted by in Manufacturer, Music Services, Sony
Sony Qriocity

Sony has decided that it wants a bit of Apple’s download pie, and is launching the-difficult-to-say “Qriocity” service in Europe in autumn. Qriocity (it’s as hard to type as it is to say) combines a music and video service geared towards its full range of networked technology.


Sep 2, 2010

Apple goes for a slice of social pie with Ping

Posted by in Apple, Apple iTunes, Manufacturer
Apple Ping

Have you ever wanted to know what your friends are listening to on iTunes? Have you wanted to browse your friend’s music collection, see what concerts they are going to, what they’ve bought or reviewed? Well Apple think you do, and like a giant hypnotoad they will make you want to by introducing Ping into […]


Aug 23, 2010

6 gadgets to bring Last.FM into your Living Room

Posted by in Audio, Featured, Gadgets, Last.FM, Last.FM gadget, Music, Wireless Stereo Systems
gadgets to stream Last.FM to your Hi-Fi

Last.FM is an intelligent Internet Radio station that streams millions of tunes, tailored to your tastes, direct to your PC for free. But what if you want those tunes piped through your expensive home HiFi instead? Simple: get one of these 5 glorious gadgets that stream Last.FM to your stereo, and the perfect radio station […]


Jun 21, 2009

Freshen up your Friday nights with Spotify and YouTube

Posted by in Music, Music Services, Social Media, Spotify

I suppose I of all people, being the publisher of this blog, should have realised this some time ago, but the Web is really making a huge difference to people’s viewing habits – including the classic end-of-the-night ‘back to mine’ ad-hoc party. I was at a friend’s house the other weekend, who’d suggested we all […]


Dec 11, 2008

Nokia and TuneBite inadvertently combine to provide DRM-free music

Posted by in Miscellaneous, Music Services, News
Nokia comes with music mobile phone

In the battle for mobile music downloads, Nokia scored a bit of a hit during the summer with its appallingly-named “Comes with Music” download subscription service. Designed to take on Apple’s iTunes, Nokia’s music store equivalent seemed to have the edge, in that its Comes with Music phones can download tunes directly over the air […]