Microsoft killed its Zune product line last year, appropriately shifting towards a more proven platform, the Xbox 360. Now, it goes a step further: Xbox Music will be released sometime this Fall, and several holdover Zune Music features are being tossed entirely. That includes Zune's app catalog and social music features; the Seattle Times reports that changes do not affect music previously purchased.
LSTN Headphones are now pushing a fantastic new product line with a charitable mission for the hearing disabled. For every pair purchased, the company will provide a hearing aid in underdeveloped areas. Its products are made of high quality wood, which is far more effective for delivering high-quality sound than cheap plastics. The company's philanthropic mission also emphasizes health advocacy through its product. "Taking mobile clinics to small villages, we custom fit hearing aids for children in deaf schools and treat them on the spot. LSTN not only gives out hearing aids, they also include batteries, a mold of the ear for a correct fit, ear cleaning and antibiotics to eliminate the risk of infection." According to LSTN, the production of hearing aids only meets 10 percent of global need, and 80 percent of the hearing impaired live in developing countries. The headphones come in cherry, ebony, and beech, and cost $95 ($45 for the earbuds).
The Rolling Stones will soon be playing their first shows since 2007. The band, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, is planning gigs in Brooklyn and London's O2 Arena.
Also, Logitech has announced a new lineup of wireless headphones and a wireless speaker that work with smartphones and tablets. The Logitech 'Ultimate Ears' (UE) lineup includes a $250 boombox, and headphones from $99 to $400. Check them out here.
Also, AXS TV is providing an exclusive interview between Dan Rather and Willie Nelson. AXS will be broadcasting the interview from Austin City Limits, and the topics of discussion will include the state of the music industry. It will also be promoting the broadcast via a special tab on Facebook with a chance to win Nelson’s latest CD.
Chris Lighty, founder of Violator Entertainment and a widely-respected executive in hip-hop, has died at the age of 44 in an apparent suicide. Violator and Lighty played important roles in the careers of Mariah Carey, Diddy, and LL Cool J, amongst others. New York Police discovered the body Thursday with a bullet wound to the head; Lighty was pronounced dead at the scene. Lighty was reportedly struggling with debt issues amounting to $5 million owed to the IRS, and was also muddling through the details of a divorce.
Elsewhere, Spotify is now planning to issue pre-paid gift cards in the US, with Target grabbing the exclusive (at least initially). That closely follows a premium packaging deal with T-Mobile owner Deutsche Telekom in Germany.
Supers Friday, August 31, 2012
You forgot to mention that Spotify stopped requiring a Facebook account and you can now sign up for an account without connecting it to Facebook.
It's at the bottom of the sign up page, "Create an account using my e-mail address".
John Friday, August 31, 2012
Link to LSTN? Those sound rad
Oh Tuesday, September 04, 2012