Tag: category-/Arts & Entertainment/Music & Audio

Apple Music now works in Chrome, Edge, Firefox, and other browsers

Apple’s subscription music streaming service, Apple Music, has until now only been available through dedicated iOS, macOS, Windows, and Android apps, but that’s changing today with the beta release of a web-based client that works across multiple browsers: beta.music.apple.com. This browser-based interface effectively extends Apple Music support to users of Google’s Chrome browser and Chrome OS, […]

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Google open-sources Live Transcribe’s speech engine

Google today open-sourced the speech engine that powers its Android speech recognition transcription tool Live Transcribe. The company hopes doing so will let any developer deliver captions for long-form conversations. The source code is available now on GitHub. Google released Live Transcribe in February. The tool uses machine learning algorithms to turn audio into real-time […]

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Sam Barlow’s Telling Lies thriller game debuts on August 23

Sam Barlow and Annapurna Interactive announced that Telling Lies, an interactive investigation thriller game, debuts on August 23 on the PC, Mac, and iOS devices. The game, which is available for pre-order on the App Store, was developed by Sam Barlow, creator of the award-winning title Her Story. Telling Lies explores the extent to which […]

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Mozambique peace-accord signing featured Civilization IV’s theme song

Composer Christopher Tin’s “Baba Yetu” has served as the theme song for Civilization IV. It also won a Grammy. And now it has also served as the background theme for the signing of a peace accord in the Republic of Mozambique. On August 6, the leaders of the two major political parties in Mozambique signed […]

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Ninja hasn’t missed a beat on Mixer

Ninja is livestreaming exclusively on the Twitch competitor Mixer now. Maybe you’ve heard. So far, it appears that his big move hasn’t slowed him down. In a post on Twitter, Tyler “Ninja” Blevins revealed that his Mixer channel has over 500,000 subscribers. He also has nearly 650,000 followers since launching his first stream on the […]

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Pandora’s voice assistant launches for everyone

Pandora’s tens of millions of monthly active users will soon be able to queue up tunes with their voices, the SiriusXM-owned company announced today. This morning marks the broad rollout of Voice Mode, Pandora’s bespoke voice assistant, to Pandora app users on all platforms following a January launch on roughly a million iOS and Android […]

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YouTube now lets premium subscribers toggle between audio music tracks and their official videos

YouTube is introducing a new feature that allows premium subscribers to toggle between audio tracks and artists’ official videos. Since last May, the Google-owned company has offered YouTube Music, which includes audio tracks and their associated official videos, for millions of artists. Users can also upgrade to YouTube Music Premium for $10 per month, which […]

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Apple will reportedly fund exclusive podcasts to challenge Spotify

Apple’s split of the classic Mac application iTunes into separate Music and TV apps came after it decided to offer subscription audio and video services; now another former piece of iTunes — podcasts — is reportedly set to get its own special reason for being. According to Bloomberg, Apple is planning to fund a set […]

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GamesBeat Decides 119: 🎵Oh, Fire Emblem!🎵

The entire video gaming world still feels hungover from the Electronic Entertainment Expo trade show in June. On this week’s episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast, however, we still have plenty to talk about. Co-hosts Jeffrey Grubb and Mike Minotti have played some games. Mike is reviewing Fire Emblem: Three Houses, and he can talk about his […]

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AI classifies songs from genres it has never heard before

Even casual music fans can distinguish songs by category without great difficulty, but that’s not the case for computers. Most audio-based music classification and tagging systems use categorical supervised learning — in other words, learning a function that maps songs to genres based on example pairs — with a fixed set of labels, which intrinsically […]

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Marshmello Music Dance mobile game debuts with Joytime III album

Multi-platinum music artist Marshmello is launching his Joytime III album today, first on his new mobile game Marshmello Music Dance. For 24 hours, fans can get exclusive access to Joytime III in the iOS and Android mobile game, ahead of the public release. Marshmello Music Dance debuted today as a free-to-play game. Made possible by […]

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Google’s ML-Net challenges musicians to improvise and collaborate with AI

Google AI researcher and piano player Pablo Castro knows that musicians can settle into a comfort zone. It’s a place you sometimes rely on in front of a paying audience, but it can constrict creativity, get boring, and make a musician less likely to explore. To push boundaries, Castro is developing a deep generative AI […]

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Amazon adds 2,500 recordings to the Alexa Skills Kit Sound Library

Voice app developers, rejoice: A host of new recordings today joined Amazon’s Alexa audio asset library, more than quintupling it in size. The Seattle-based tech giant announced in a blog post that it’s rolling out over 2,500 clips across 50 categories to the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) Sound Library, the freely available collection it introduced […]

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Jon Batiste lays down excellent Legend of Zelda cover on ‘Late Show’

I love two things in this world: covers of video game music and a network television show that validates my tastes. That’s why it’s wonderful that Jon Batiste exists. Batiste is the band leader on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and last night his band, Stay Human, covered the “Lost Woods Theme” from The Legend […]

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Roli’s Lumi Keys is a compact keyboard that teaches musical theory

Roli, the London-based company behind high-tech MIDI controllers like Seaboard and Blocks, today turned its attention toward budding musicians with Lumi Keys, a fully illuminated and modular portable keyboard that weights less than an iPad Pro (1.3 pounds). It’s launching on Kickstarter, where it starts at $249 (€249). Roli CEO Roland Lamb says that Lumi […]

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EA teams up with Steve Aoki on Need for Speed: No Limits

Electronic Arts is collaborating with musician Steve Aoki on an in-game event in the Need For Speed: No Limits free-to-play mobile game. The game will launch a new update on May 28 with Aoki appearing as an in-game character. He will challenge players to complete a series of events to unlock the exclusive Neon Future car […]

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