Streaming music is usually dominated by large names like Spotify, Apple Music, and Google Play Music, but there are some smaller services out there. Tidal might be having a tough time recently, but it's popular among those looking for higher-quality music, and now another name is entering the US audiophile-grade streaming market. Qobuz (don't ask us how to pronounce it) is bringing its high-resolution 40-million track audio library stateside later this year. Read More
Use of CBS All Access has probably ticked up a bit now that Star Trek: Discovery is back. Subscribers are getting a solid update today that adds some important (and surprisingly basic) features. In the latest version, you can binge watch more easily and pick up where you left off. Read More
Plex has been adding new features on a regular basis lately, like live TV and news. That's only the start of the company's expansion plans, though. According to a report from TechCrunch, Plex plans to add podcasts to the platform, and that could eventually lead to Plex becoming a one-stop-shop for your digital media needs. Read More
Of all the streaming music services, I find YouTube Music the most puzzling. This is undoubtedly because I am not a millennial, and by that I mean I am old and irrelevant. YouTube Music clearly doesn't need me to understand its appeal, because its Android app just passed the 50,000,000 installs threshold on the Play Store. Read More
It's clear Google sees a benefit in owning a music service to rival Spotify and Apple Music, but making it happen is proving incredibly difficult. Google Play Music hasn't exactly captured the imagination, in no small part due to its terrible app, and YouTube Red (previously YouTube Music Key) hasn't fared much better. Fear not, another attempt is on its way. Read More
Last month, Spotify announced that it was turning its artist dashboard into a standalone app. Spotify for Artists offers easy access to real-time streaming data and other useful stats, as well as the ability to manage profiles and releases. It launched in October for iOS and has now made its way to Android. Read More
Tidal, the music streaming service owned by rapper Jay-Z, has yet to really take off. Despite the backing of several major artists (Beyoncé, Kayne West, etc), the high subscription price and lack of a major quality difference for most listeners has kept the user base low.
If you're part of the (likely small) cross-section of people with both a Tidal subscription and Sonos speakers, then I have some good news for you. Read More
Roku was one of the first companies in the streaming set-top box market. Over the years, it has released quite a few devices, ranging from Chromecast-shaped sticks to 4K-capable boxes. You may recall that Roku revamped its lineup last month, and now sells five different products for different use cases.
The original Streaming Stick was released in 2012, and while it received generally favorable reviews, the requirement of MHL-enabled TVs (to draw power) and the poor performance were major drawbacks. An updated model with a microUSB power connector was released in 2014 to positive reviews. Roku replaced it again in 2016 with a smaller and more compact version. Read More
Nearly a year ago, Google added the ability to play content from partner services through your Google Home. For example, you could say "Play The Office on Netflix," and your Home would cast the show to the Chromecast/Cast-compatible TV of your choosing. At launch, only Google Photos and Netflix were supported, but the list of compatible services has been slowly growing. Read More