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Billie Eilish’s Bedroom Studio Costs Less Than $1,000 – What’s Your Excuse?

Photo Credit: crommelincklars / CC by 2.0 Billie Eilish swept the 2020 Grammys, taking all four major awards. Her bedroom studio where those hits were created cost less than $1,000 to put together. Eilish’s success proves you don’t need top-notch studio access to create today’s biggest hits. Instead, Eilish works with her brother Finneas O’Connell […]

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MIDI Overhauls Its Interface for the First Time in 37 Years

Photo Credit: Unsplash The MIDI specification is getting an upgrade soon, after more than 35 years. MIDI 2.0 spec will bring two-way communication and several new features to instruments. It is also backward compatible with the old spec. Instrument companies like Native Instruments, Yamaha, Roland, and more are part of the MIDI Manufacturers Association. On […]

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Fender Fined $6 Million for Illegal Price-Fixing Scheme

Photo Credit: Unsplash Fender has been fined 4.5 million pounds (nearly $6 million) in the UK after admitting to price-fixing. The move breaks competition laws and prevents retailers from discounting instruments. Fender engaged in price-fixing between 2013 and 2018 in Britain, according to the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). The price-fixing scheme led to […]

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AirPods Pro Sales Predicted to Reach 90 Million in 2020 — Still Sold Out

Photo Credit: Unsplash The AirPods Pro SKU has become a significant source of revenue for Apple. Sales analysts believe AirPods Pro sales could reach 90 million in 2020. The first generation AirPods released in 2016 – while AirPods Pro debuted last year. The wireless earbuds feature active noise-cancellation, improved sound, and water resistance. Analysts estimate […]

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Sonos CEO Issues a Half-Baked Apology, Continues Bricking Old Speakers and Sending Them to Landfills

Photo Credit: Sonos Sonos CEO Patrick Spence has publicly apologized for confusion around Sonos’ smart speaker plans. The company announced that older hardware would stop getting software updates in May. Those devices will continue to function, but any new equipment in systems with old devices will not receive updates. Sonos is working on a solution […]

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Sonos Will Stop Updating Older Hardware in May — Even Though 92% of Its Speakers Are ‘Still In Use’

Photo Credit: Unsplash Sonos will stop updating its older speakers and hardware in May, the company has announced. Sonos says it is retiring old products because “they have been stretched to their technical limits in terms of memory and processing power.” The change will affect many Sonos customers, as 92% of its products are still […]

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AirPods Pro Firmware Update 2C54 May Make Noise Cancellation Worse

Photo Credit: Unsplash AirPods are a massive market for Apple, but firmware updates may be ruining their noise-cancellation feature. Apple’s firmware update 2C54 is the most commonly cited firmware with issues. Many anecdotal reports began popping up on the internet shortly after Apple released it on December 16. These reports suggest the 2C54 firmware update […]

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Bose Shutting Down All Retail Stores in North America, Europe, Japan & Australia

Photo Credit: Unsplash Bose will close all of its retail stores in North America, Europe, Japan, and Australia. Online sales played a significant part in Bose’s decision. The company says its headphones, speakers, and other products are usually purchased online. As a result, hundreds of employees will be laid off in the coming months. The […]