Music & Videos en Amazon Fire TV Stick First Impressions <div class="field-deck"> Mostly solid, but hampered by availability problems </div> <div class="node-body article-body">If there's a place where Amazon's experience understanding what typical consumers really need will resonate, it's the living room. And the new Amazon Fire TV Stick ticks all the boxes: It's inexpensive, it's easy to configure, set up and use, and unlike most of the competition, it comes with everything you need to get started. Time will tell if the Fire TV Stick holds up, but my first impressions are mostly positive.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fire OS Fire TV Fire TV Stick Music & Videos Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:33:00 +0000 46581 at Xbox Video for Windows Phone Can Now Access Camera Roll Videos <div class="field-deck"> Obvious in retrospect </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Xbox Video received a nice little update last night that adds an obvious bit of functionality: You can now use the app to view the short videos you've taken with the handset's camera.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Windows Phone Xbox Video Wed, 12 Nov 2014 14:29:00 +0000 46201 at Spotify Surpasses iTunes in Europe <div class="node-body link-body">With revenues from streaming music services skyrocketing while digital music sales are falling, it was only a matter of time before Apple's iTunes was outpaced by more modern ways of consuming music. And so it goes: According to Kobalt, a music publishing service that represents over 6,000 artists, European earnings from Spotify have overtaken those from iTunes.</div> <div class="field-image-promo"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_promo" width="595" height="335" alt="" src="" /> </div> <div class="field-link-target"> <span>Open In New Window:&nbsp;</span> No </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cloud Music & Videos Wed, 05 Nov 2014 14:38:00 +0000 45901 at Tech Plurality: Roku + Google Play <div class="field-deck"> Sleeping with the enemy </div> <div class="node-body article-body">For those who move between different digital media ecosystems, Roku just became even more of a no-brainer. In addition to supporting Amazon's services, heavy-hitters like Netflix and Hulu Plus, and Miracast, Roku's latest living room set-top boxes now support Google Play Movies & TV as well. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Google Play Roku Music & Videos Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:14:00 +0000 45771 at Amazon Announces Fire TV Stick to Compete with Chromecast <div class="field-deck"> It's also the cheapest Miracast solution you can find </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Following in the footsteps of Google Chromecast and the Roku Streaming Stick, Amazon today announced its latest entry in the living room digital media sweepstakes, the Fire TV Stick. Essentially a less expensive version of the Amazon Fire TV, the Fire TV Stick also provides a much smaller form factor. And unlike Chromecast, it comes with a dedicated remote control.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> amazon Chromecast Fire OS Roku Music & Videos Mon, 27 Oct 2014 18:24:00 +0000 45531 at Microsoft is Discontinuing Free Xbox Music Streaming <div class="field-deck"> Houston, we have a problem </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Microsoft quietly revealed via an Xbox support page that it will soon eliminate one of the key perks of Xbox Music: The ability to freely stream (ad-supported) music from the Windows and web versions of the Xbox Music client. This change will make Xbox Music less of a no brainer for Windows users, and while I agree that an Xbox Music Pass subscription solves the problem nicely, not everyone wants to pay.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Xbox Music Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:52:00 +0000 45391 at Microsoft Launches Music Deals App for Windows, Windows Phone <div class="field-deck"> Looking for inexpensive music? </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Every time I start to think that Microsoft has forgotten Xbox Music, it does something like this: The firm announced a new mobile app today for Windows PCs, tablets and phones that alerts you to incredibly low-priced albums, including some that are as low as $1 or $2. If you find one you like, you can buy it—wait for it—from Xbox Music.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Xbox Music Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:33:00 +0000 45291 at Spotify Family Highlights a Lingering Issue with Xbox Music <div class="field-deck"> Subscription services should offer group discounts </div> <div class="node-body article-body">There is an understanding with digital subscription services, whether they're for books, music, TV shows and movies, or whatever, that you'll be sharing that subscription with your family. And these services can either embrace that reality, as so many are doing, or they can pretend it's not happening and put up some artificial roadblocks. Today, Spotify, the world's leading music subscription, announced a family-oriented versions of the service. And it's an idea that Microsoft should quickly appropriate and improve on for Xbox Music.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Spotify Xbox Music Music & Videos Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:17:00 +0000 45181 at Roku Adds Miracast Screen Mirroring to Recent Devices <div class="field-deck"> No need for a separate Miracast dongle </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Roku has announced a software update for its media streaming devices that will allow users to mirror their Android, Windows and Windows Phone screens to the HDTV that's connected to the Roku. This solution, currently in beta, appears to be based on Miracast and could be a good wireless display solution for those who already have a recent Roku.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Windows Phone Android Windows 8 Mobile Music & Videos Fri, 03 Oct 2014 19:00:00 +0000 44491 at Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter First Impressions <div class="field-deck"> Plug and play, or plug and pray? </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Microsoft's new Miracast-based Wireless Display Adapter is available now for preorder and should be shipping in very late October. Here's a first hands-on peek at the adapter, which is aimed at PC and tablet users that wish to project their screen to an HDTV at home or a projector at work.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Windows Phone Miracast Windows 8 Mobile devices Hardware Mobile Music & Videos Thu, 02 Oct 2014 00:27:00 +0000 44371 at