Verve: Sound of America Collector's Edition

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One of the best and biggest books on jazz gets updated with a collector's edition featuring ten vinyl-reissues of some of the most important Verve recordings:

"The story of Verve Records is the story of jazz. Verve signed practically every major jazz artist of the fifties and sixties and is home to some of the greatest music ever recorded. Norman Granz, the record label's founder, also organised hugely influential, high-profile, racially integrated concerts, first at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and then at venues across America and then around the world.

This volume, published in anticipation of the 70th anniversary of the first Jazz at the Philharmonic concert, is the ultimate guide to the artists and the music that made Verve great and jazz cool.

Verve have opened up their archive and provided access to some of their rarest material. Features on the label's key artists and key albums are guaranteed to interest both curious newcomers and dedicated fans - illustrated with both iconic and unseen photographs from some of the finest jazz photographers, classic cover art and ephemera, and insightful timelines."

Thames & Hudson

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The Distortion of Sound

Harman and Bandito Bros Films looks into how sound quality has taken a nose dive with the ubiquity of compressed audio:

"The last two decades have seen a striking decline in the quality of sound and listening experience. Compressed music, MP3s and streaming, have diminished the quality and flattened the emotion. Marketing gimmicks and convenience now take the place of excellence. The Distortion of Sound is an eye-opening exposé of the current state of sound starring Linkin Park, Slash, Quincy Jones and more. This documentary will open your ears and inspire you to reach for richer, more soul-stirring musical experiences."

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Amazon Prime Music

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With Spotify, Rdio, Pandora, and countless other streaming music options, why even consider another music service? Well, if you've got an Amazon Prime account, the online retail giant is giving you access to a 1 Million+ song catalog and you get it all for free with your existing Prime membership. Not a bad a deal if you ask us.

The new service is ad-free with no playback restrictions and features music from all your favorite top artists as well as personalized playlists from Amazon's experts. Prime Music is available today on Amazon's Kindle HD and HDX tablets and just about everything else: iOS, Android, PC, and Mac on the desktop.

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Pacemaker for iPad

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Pacemaker releases a new DJ app with an aim to make mixing music as easy as adding a filter in your favorite photo app. They're doing this with a simplified, intuitive interface that will have you mixing tracks in no time. Your music library will also be quite an extensive one as they've teamed up with Spotify to bring over the entirety of their 20-million track catalog to give you unlimited track choices, no matter what the genre.

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Fender 60th Anniversary Stratocaster

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Fender has got plenty to be excited about as 2014 is the 60th Anniversary of one of the most iconic instruments to ever grace the stage, the Stratocaster. Fender will be marking the occasion with a limited run of 1,954 60th Anniversary American Vintage 1954 Stratocasters which will feature a one-piece maple neck, 7.25"-radius fingerboard with rolled edges and 21 vintage frets, three new 1954 single-coil Stratocaster pickups, a vintage-inspired single-stitch center-pocket tweed case and much more.

$3,099, Musician's Friend

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Beats Music

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The house that Dre built has officially launched its answer to Spotify with the help of music industry legend Jimmy Iovine and Nine Inch Nails frontman and Chief Creative Officer Trent Reznor. Just like any other streaming service, Beats Music offers an extensive on-demand catalog of music, but aims to give users a more compelling experience with deep personalization, playlists based on your current activities, and hand-picked music that's curated from a collective of music experts ranging from DJs, Radio Stations, leading music publications, and more. Beats Music is available today for $9.99 a month and $14.99 for AT&T users which includes service for up to five people and ten devices.

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Out Now | Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail

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Samsung Galaxy owners have the opportunity today to download Jay-Z's latest album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, for free via the exclusive app that released today on Google's Play Store. The album features production by Timbaland, Swizz Beats, and Pharrell, with guest spots by Justin Timberlake, Frank Ocean, Nas, Rick Ross and Beyonce Knowles. For those of you who don't have Galaxies, the album hits retail on July 7th. Google Play

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Google Play All Access

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Google is launching its attack on Spotify, rdio, and that often rumored iTunes streaming service with their own Google Play All Access. The service offers millions of songs, an option to store up to 20,000 titles of your own, personalized radio creation, radio listening with unlimited skips, and offline music storage. $7.99 a month, Google

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Twitter #music

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Not content with its growing social media empire, Twitter expands into its latest venture, #music. Built for both sharing and discovery, the service was designed to scour the countless number of Twitter feeds out there to find music that's trending both from popular and upcoming artists. For music playback, #music integrates with Spotify or Rdio to play tracks in full or iTunes if you'd like to buy the song individually. The app is available today for iOS on the App Store and on the web via music.twitter.com.

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VEVO TV

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VEVO TV hopes to fill the huge void that MTV left when the channel became less focused on the music and more about irresponsible impregnated teenagers and a gazillion iterations of the Real World. The new project from the Youtube offshoot will be all about the music and will be a 24 hour channel filled with the latest music videos, live concerts, and a variety of music-oriented programming. VEVO TV is available today via the web, iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Roku, and Xbox 360. VEVO

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