You know why people still listen to the radio? Some of them enjoy a steady diet of de-virginized Disney stars, but most just want to listen to music without the hassle of actively DJing. And that's the basic idea behind the Aether Cone wireless speaker. Twist the bezel around the speaker's front edge and the Cone starts playing...well, something. No need to sync up your phone, launch an app, or agonize over which of your 214 playlists to fire up. Cone just plays. And learns.
Tucked inside the Cone is an eight-hour battery, Wi-Fi, and a brain. Turn on the Cone, and it’ll play a podcast, an Internet radio station, maybe music from your streaming service of choice (Aether hasn't specified yet, but think Spotify, Rdio, etc.). Don't like what you hear? Twist the bezel a little, and the Cone skips to something new but similar (say, from Kanye to Chance the Rapper); spin the bezel like a roulette wheel and it'll play something radically different (goodbye Kanye, hello This American Life). The Cone remembers what you listen to, and what you skip. It supposedly learns when and even whereyou listen—that you like news podcasts in the morning in the kitchen and Stevie Wonder on Sunday afternoons in the living room. In other words, the Cone is essentially something you’ve probably never heard: a radio that actually plays what you like.
Pre-order the Aether Cone (due out later this summer) for $399 at aether.com.
It’s been 25 Years since our “Three Feet High” release. We have a lot great memories and an incredible journey. Amazingly enough, our fans stuck around, supported and still want more. Ok, but before you get that, here’s a little De La over Dilla Beats.
Enjoy and look out for the new mixtape Smell The DA.I.S.Y. all beats by J Dilla. Peace… and in advance, You’re Welcome.
Beats Music’s Chief Executive Ian Rogers on Tuesday announced his company is acquiring Topspin Media, a platform that lets artists sell merchandise and albums directly to fans.
Rogers, who had left his position as CEO of Topspin a year ago to join Beats, announced the deal in ablog post, saying, “The acquisition brings a team of talented people who have spent years working on building and fine-tuning the artist-to-fan connection into the Beats Music experience. Topspin + Beats Music combines music discovery and direct relationships between artists and fans in a revolutionary way.”
Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Beats Music declined to comment further beyond Rogers’ post.
After a year of watching artists bash streaming music for not paying enough to musicians, Beats Music launched its service in January with an eye toward positioning itself as a service that is friendly to artists, a message that Rogers re-iterated in his blog.
“We’re committed to establishing Beats Music as a conduit for the artist-fan relationship, a platform where artists have a voice, and a provider of useful data and analytics on how fans interact with artists and their music,” Rogers wrote. “This acquisition puts our money where our mouth is.”
Toronto-based producer deadmau5has taken to social media and his subscription-based website to announce that he will no longer be playing at any Miami-based nightclubs. Tweeting during his set to voice his issues, deadmau5 alsoo took to Instagram to share a picture (below) that shows the front row attendees distracted by smartphones while other fans were pushed to the back.
I fucking reamed out my agent for making me deal with that… Putting fans in the back and trust fund kids up front is fucking stupid as fuck… won’t be playing any more Miami club… I’d rather rent a venue / parking lot / beachfront and fuckin’ do it right.
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