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Dr. Dre’s ‘Beats Music’ Streaming App Launches

The Dr. Dre-backed music streaming service Beats Music launched its mobile and web-based apps this week. Beats aims to curate and tailor music selections to each individual user, choosing songs and playlists based on a person’s preferred genre, mood or even whatever activity they’re engaged in at the time:

What if you could always have the perfect music for each moment, effortlessly? Tell Beats Music where you are, what you’re feeling and who you’re with and we’ll serve you a unique stream of music that fits your situation perfectly.

Beats’ chief Ian Rogers praised the service’s high-profile curators, such as Chief Creative Officer Trent Reznor (of Nine Inch Nails fame) as being the key to the fledgling service’s success. Rogers has an interesting music backstory, too. Read some of it here.beatsmusic_android_combo Read more

Wake Up With Pandora: New App Update Adds Radio Alarm Feature and New Design

pandoraPandora’s new update is an exciting redesign to match the new iOS 7, but it also includes the popular pre-smartphone feature of a radio alarm. This is basically how I woke up in middle school, high school, and even college, before switching to new technology.

The app’s alarm feature works much like regular alarms – just tp on the song title or artist to turn off the music of snooze by shaking your phone. It’s a great addition to Pandora’s sleep timer feature, a great way to fall asleep. Basically, Pandora’s trying to be your best app for sleepitimes. Read more