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New audio format has purists singing praises

Olivier Robert-Murphy of Universal Music says Pure Audio's sound quality is unrivalled.

Anthony Clarke A new high-fidelity audio medium has been launched that will revolutionise high-quality audio.

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Spotify to unveil free mobile streaming service

Ryan Nakashima Spotify, the Swedish music streaming service, is set to announce a new feature that will allow users to pick specific tracks and listen to them on mobile devices for free.

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iCoil keeps your headphones tangle-free

iCoil: no more tangled headphone cords.

Bonnie Wertheim In a perfect world, all electronics would be cordless.

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Three-way shootout: iDevice docks

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Sight and Sound Rod Easdown reviews a trio of sound docks that protect the device from errant dance moves.

The harmony of digital music

Ochestre Nouveau conductor Zach Tay.

Modern musicians are turning to the internet to settle their scores, writes Anthony Clarke.

Load them up and let it rip

Digital music storage.

Sight and Sound These days we can store our entire CD collections in small, convenient boxes.

Three-way shootout: Super Audio Compact Disc players

Krell Cipher Super Audio CD player.

Sight and Sound SACDs sound super but are mostly ignored.

Listen up: a brief history of headphones

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Fran Berkman Headphones have come a long way in the past 100 years, revolutionising the way we consume media and the way we communicate.

Microsoft launches new subscription music service

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James Manning Microsoft has revamped its subscription music service with the launch of Xbox Music.

Vevo chief aims to call the tune in music shake-up

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Mark Sweney The former Universal mobile chief reveals his frustration with MTV, and explains why no one need own music if his site succeeds.

Tips for tangle-free headphones

Tangled headphones.

Wrangling wires can go from a small problem to a big mess very quickly. Jenneth Orantia untangles the issue.

Rocker Neil Young wins backers for challenge to iPod

Veteran Rock singer Neil Young is taking on iPod.

Miles Weiss Rock singer Neil Young has raised $500,000 from an investment group to launch a high-fidelity format for downloading music.

Apple revamps iTunes after delay

The new iTunes.

Adam Satariano Apple has unveiled a new version of its iTunes media service, overhauling its look and feel while integrating it more closely with the company's iCloud internet-storage service.

iTunes' time has run out

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Farhad Manjoo iTunes 11 did not arrive on time. Apple had promised to deliver the next version of its music-management program in October.

Radio's next big challenge

Pandora

Asher Moses Video didn't kill the radio star but a free online music-streaming service called Pandora just might.

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Amazon ramps up challenge to iTunes music store

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Amazon.com has launched a service that gives CD buyers instant copies of music in the cloud in a major challenge to Apple's iTunes shop.

Amazon says music catalogue open to Apple users

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Amazon says its 22-million song music catalogue is now "optimised" for users of Apple devices, making it easier for iPhone owners to circumvent the iTunes Store.

Stream come true for fans

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Adam Turner For a flat monthly fee, online services open a world of music options.

Apple sells 25 billion songs at iTunes store

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Apple has announced that the number of digital songs downloaded from its iTunes Music Store has topped 25 billion.

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Apple, Beats discuss music streaming service

Poornima Gupta and Ronald Grover Apple has held talks with Beats on a potential partnership involving Beats' planned music-streaming service, sources say.