YouTube Music Could Replace Google Play as the Default Music Player on Android Devices

The app version number 2.65 was quickly torn apart by tech enthusiast blogs, with changes under the hood analyzed.

One possibility discovered is that Google may be prepping to make YouTube Music a default app for Android devices. As part of the agreement to distribute Android devices, manufacturers agree to include default apps on their devices. Right now, the default music app is Play Music.

– Digital Music News

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Most Exciting Music Tech From CES 2019

Music has been center stage this week at CES 2019, the latest edition of Las Vegas’s international annual consumer electronics bacchanal. As smart speakers and smart home devices become ubiquitous in households around the world, audio-tech companies new and old are now fighting to show off fresh-off-the-line premium technology at the show, an event that usually serves as a good indicator of trends — or at least fads — to come in the year ahead. Here are a few of the innovations in music that caught our eye this time around.

– Rolling Stone

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New technology promises to tell us everything about the food we eat.

To read it in the news, last year was not gentle on our nation’s stomachs. McDonald’s salads gave 500 people Cyclosporiasis. Two hundred million eggs were recalled. In July, Chipotle faced its umpteenth food-safety problem when 650 customers in Ohio fell sick with clostridium, a pathogen that was new to the chain. Multidrug-resistant salmonella infected turkeys just in time for Thanksgiving, and the country’s supply of romaine lettuce was pulled off shelves not once but twice. All told, the FDA issued food-safety warnings nearly every two days in 2018, and the Centers for Disease Control investigated 24 foodborne disease outbreaks, more than in any other year this decade. Eater recapped the year in food recalls under the headline “11 Foods That Tried to Kill You in 2018.”

– Grub Street

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Music streaming is fueling vinyl’s resurgence

Streaming has been blamed for killing off the CD, but industry experts agree it’s helping bolster the growth and quality of another physical music format: vinyl. Since 2015, streaming income has eclipsed CD sales, and the likes of Apple Music and Spotify have become major players in the music industry. This year the Recording Industry Association of America reported that 75 percent of music revenue in the United States came from streaming services. In the past three years, vinyl sales in the US have steadily risen about $2 million annually.

On paper, it doesn’t make sense. Why would anyone buy an album they can only listen to in one specific environment, when for half the price of a new record, they can put it and millions of others in their pocket and listen anywhere?

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The 10 Best Travel Apps Every True Traveler Needs For Her Next Trip

Your wanderlust finally got the best of you. You’ve spent hours daydreaming about the Mediterranean Sea, and the bright lights of Tokyo. As much as you tried to ignore your passport, you just couldn’t do it any longer. So, you booked a few plane tickets, and now you’re spending a semester abroad or backpacking throughout Europe. To your friends, you’re a true traveler. You take trips on the reg, and know exactly how to pack a suitcase. But, every true traveler needs the best travel apps on their phone. Before you reach your next destination, make sure you hit download.

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How Amazon’s Twitch.tv Cheats Music Creators

Music creators (songwriters and performing artists) and rights’ owners (music publishers and record labels) are not collecting a new and substantial source of income – and most of them are not aware they are not collecting it. Enter Twitch, the website exploiting creators and owners without paying for a single cent of music usage.

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Panorama Music Festival Announces Set times and Delectable Food Vendors Line-up

Panorama 2018 Food lineup

Goldenvoice presents Panorama Music Festival, where Music meets Art meets Technology meets Fashion, yup, they have it all! The festival fondly referred to as the Coachella of the East Coast due to not only its presenters, but also the vibe, has held true to its name since the past two years. In it’s third outing in New York City, Panorama is all set to take over Randalls Island Park from July 27-29th, 2018.

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Where to Travel for the World’s Fastest Internet

Person in coffee shop, using laptop

If it feels like it’s taking forever to post your travel memories to Instagram or load a page on the restaurant recommendations, it may not be your hotel Wi-Fi’s fault. It could be that the country’s internet infrastructure is slow. But, surprisingly, some seemingly remote locations have some of the world’s fastest internet connections.

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