Posts Tagged ‘ Beats ’

Want Some Waterproof Headphones? Talk To xFyro!


It may seem like quite a closely contended match between different earbuds and the companies making them.  Some are compatible with all mobile platforms, others boast of incredible battery lives, and some work as fitness trackers that sit within your ears. Now, the Aria by xFyro, claims to be one of the world’s only truly wireless earphones with an IPx67 waterproof rating.

Let’s understand first what the IPx67 rating actually is. The IP Code, or the Ingress Protection Code determines the ability of a product (usually electronics) to protect itself from intrusion by elements from the outside, especially dust or water. The first digit in the rating determines protection against dust. A rating of 6 usually means the product is completely impervious to dust of all sizes. The second number in the rating determines liquid ingress. The 7 rating in the 67 means the Aria can withstand immersion in water up to 1 meter tested for a period of 30 minutes. The IPx67 rating on the Aria therefore allows it to be used while in the gym (it being impervious to sweat), in the shower, or even while swimming in a pool.

 

Aside from its water and dust resistance, the Aria leverages battery-related advancements over the past few years to provide a stunning 32 hours of playback time. The earbuds themselves work for 8 hours continuously (that’s the equivalent of about 5 movies or more than 160 songs), and the slick, hockey-puck case gives you an additional 24 hours of charging time. The Aria also comes with Bluetooth 5.0, the latest standard that allows for instant pairing by simply bringing the earphones near your smartphone. With crystal quality sound that’s unfettered, the Aria also has a capacitive touch surface that lets you control music playback as well as activate the voice assistant on your phone.

Designed to work across multiple mobile platforms, the Aria is, to frame things accurately, a slight upgrade in all departments. With a significantly better battery, better audio courtesy a 16mm driver (more than thrice as large as the Airpods), better waterproofing, and a universal approach, it may just be the wireless earphones to beat.  Pick some up here.

 

LL Cool J Is Back In Action After Some Upsetting Tweets.


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Thirty-one years after the release of “Rock the Bells” and LL Cool J is still hard as hell. The Queens native joined Dr. Dre‘s “The Pharmacy With Dr. Dre” show on Apple’s Beats 1 Radio and laid down a few bars as the Good Doctor mans the board. Sounding as fresh as he did when he first burst on the scene in the ’80s, LL hasn’t lost a step when it comes to his flow and drops a bar that pays homage to his breakout hit “I Can’t Live Without My Radio.” The legendary MC joined the legendary producer’s show back in Sept. 2015, but the footage of the session just surfaced this week.

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LL has been adamant about his status as one of the greats throughout the month of March. On March 2, the MC took to Twitter to respond to a blog post that says “there’s a whole generation of kids who’ll never know that LL Cool J was a rapper, and a pretty good one at that.  “Please stop pretending that we all don’t know [that] I’m one of the best to ever touch that mic,” he tweeted. “I stepped away and let you breathe. I can cut off your air supply with one single. Don’t test me…I don’t care if you Google my net worth. It’s more to it than that. I’m telling you on Twitter.”  Forgive the EXTRA long intro in the video below, the freestyle begins at 0:30.

 

Just Blaze – “Rhythm Roulette” From The Sprite Corner


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Fans of music production know Just Blaze for his numerous accolades and contributions to various genres. However, we bet they didn’t know Just can create album-worthy joints on the fly. After listening through three randomly selected records and deciding only one of them was good enough to use, Just began to create a soulful and hard-hitting beat with sped-up choir vocals weaving in and out of the track. In the end, he thought the beat sounded so good he wanted to dip from The Sprite Corner to finish it up at his studio.

How Much Do Artists Really Make Of Distribution?


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In 2010, data journalist and information designer David McCandless published an infographic on his Information is Beautiful website showing how much musicians earned online from sales and streams of their music.  It caused quite a stir within the music industry, which even then was debating what the emergence of streaming services like Spotify would mean for artists. In 2015, that debate is still going on, and it’s even more heated.  Now McCandless has created a new version of the infographic, updated for 2015.

As before, it digs in to stats from various digital music companies, from the likes of Bandcamp, iTunes and Amazon that sell music, to streaming services: Spotify, Deezer, Apple’s Beats Music, Rhapsody, YouTube and Tidal.  Besides calculations for how much an artist can expect to earn from a single sale or stream, the infographic shows how many of those sales or streams they’d need to earn the US monthly minimum wage of $1,260.  Some important caveats: these numbers apply to performing musicians, but they do not include publishing royalties for the songwriting. Plus, the most important factor in how much an artist signed to a label earns is the terms of their contract: some have good, fair deals. Others… less so.

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Averaging that out is also the reason why the figures here may not match those announced by the streaming services.  For example, Spotify says that its average payout for a stream to labels and publishers is between $0.006 and $0.0084 but Information Is Beautiful suggests that the average payment to an artist from the label portion of that is $0.001128 – this being what a signed artist receives after the label’s share.  Finally, the per-play figures for streaming service can be misleading, as they depend on how many (or few) users the service has. Beats may pay more per-stream than Spotify, but that’s because it has relatively few users.

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via The Guardian

Beats Powerbeats2 Wireless Earbuds


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While the media is still covering every angle of Apple’s $3 billion acquisition of Beats, the brand built by hip hop superstar Dr. Dre continues doing what they do best – building headphones that millions of people will want to buy. Introducing the Beats Powerbeats 2 Wireless Earbuds. Serving as the company’s first pair of wireless earbuds (they have already released wireless headphones), we imagine these will be a huge hit with avid gym goers and athletes everywhere. Each pair is completely wireless, and also completely sweat proof. A full charge will give you 6 hours of Bluetooth connectivity, while a quick 15 minute charge will give you enough juice for a 60 minute session. These lightweight earbuds were inspired by LeBron James, and have been packed with the power of dual-driver acoustics. These are the perfect companion to help you get back into shape this summer season.

Serato Icon Artist Series – Just Blaze.


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The latest addition to the Serato Icon Artist Series is Just Blaze. Just Blaze is an artist who evolves. He has seamlessly blended his career as one of Hip Hop’s most influential producers with his ongoing career as a DJ, which in 2014, is stronger than ever. His ability to adapt and his hunger to experience and take advantage of what’s new, have kept Just Blaze at the cutting edge of music.

$25,000 Superbowl Beats?


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Beats by Dr. Dre has given each player in this weekend’s game a specially designed set of headphones worth $25,000 to celebrate the occasion. Gold and diamond-encrusted, the black leather headphones are engraved with “New York XLVIII 2014″ and come in two slightly differing finishes.  The white gold headphones have been made for the Denver Broncos while the Seattle Seahawks get their headphones in yellow gold.  Other than the use of precious metals & gems courtesy of Graff Diamonds, underneath they are standard Beats By Dr. Dre Pro edition headphones.  Each pair comes equipped with its own carrying case. The reported price tag for these exclusive ear warmers: $25,000.

Nicki Minaj “Pink Pro” Headphones


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Rap artist Nicki Minaj has launched her new Beats By Dre “Pink Pro” headphones to coincide with the three-year anniversary of her debut album Pink Friday. Minaj hopes to tug on the independent and feminine streak of her fans with a “queen” theme and her signature pink color.

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Beats by Dr. Dre – Pill


Small (19cm length, 4.5 cm height), Light (0.31kg) but quite powerful, Pill brings both sound & design into the same product. Working with bluetooth, and delivered with USB & 3.5mm jack cables, you’ll be able to listen to your music everywhere and anytime. But the Pill will also fit perfectly any room, and will let you answer your phone and handle any phone call hands-free.

YMCMB At The 2012 VMA’s.


The YMCMB team hit up the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards followed by the Beats By Dre after-party.

Watch the video below.

Tyler, The Creator feat. Hodgy Beats – NY (Ned Flander) – Official Video.


Ever since the release of the video ‘Rella’ by Odd Future, I’ve been diving into their video catalog, and found some interesting titles.  In the process of looking up one of their videos to show a friend, I stumbled across their most recent.  NY (Ned Flander) is directed by Tyler, and features, Hodgy, in a similar get up to the very beginning of ‘Rella’, and has Tyler The Creator… in a surprising roll to say the least.  But check the video out below.

Weezy’s Million Dollar Beats.


Weezy was rocking million dollar Beats By Dre headphones that were created in collaboration with Graff Diamonds courtside at the NBA All-Star game. Add that up with his diamond grills and… I’ll let someone else do the math.

And disregarding the reports of people saying that Wayne was “high as a kite”, everyone seems to be talking about the Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne kiss (on the lips no less) at the NBA All-Star game. Drake looks like he’s feeling anything but proud.

Oscar de la Renta x Beats by Dr. Dre.


There have been a string of Oscar de la Renta expansions of late, although the most unexpected comes in the launch of a partnership with rapper Dr. Dre on a pair of lavish designer headphones which double up as earmuffs.  Currently featuring on the “new arrivals” section of the Oscar de la Renta website, the fluffy “luxe silver fox” earmuffs surround a pair of Beats by Dr. Dre headphones.  Retailing at $695, this limited edition item is one of de la Renta’s more extravagant partnerships, compared to the label’s teaming up with US luxury stationery firm Mrs. John L. Strong on items such as note cards, invitations and place cards.  While de la Renta announced the launch of a childrenswear collection for Fall 2012 just last month, the label’s Dre collaboration hints there could be hip-hop themed ventures to come for the ever-expanding brand.

HTC Teams Up With Beats By Dre.


The marriage of these two companies is very, very good. We are very good for each other,” says Jimmy Iovine, the chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M Records and co-founder of Beats By Dr. Dre with rapper/producer Dr. Dre. “With HTC’s innovation, technology and leadership, we feel we can really compete with anybody in this area.”

Dr. Dre and Swizz Beatz at Colony Nightclub.


Recently I got a listen of Dr. Dre’s newest single “Chillin” off his much anticipated ‘Detox’ album, produced by Swizz Beatz, and I was quite impressed.  Its a departure from the regular impression of what you think a Dre track would sound like, but I got an entirely new respect for it when I saw the crowd response at Colony Nightclub.  Check the video below.

A Classic Ass-Whoopin.


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There are fights, there are epic fight scenes, and then there are classic ass-whoopings.  During a relaxing afternoon working with my assistant Ashley, the topic of Chuck Norris jokes came up, and eventually we had to discuss the one man who stopped Chuck Norris dead in his tracks.  For those of you who are completely uncultured, in the 1972 Bruce Lee movie “The Way Of The Dragon”, Norris and Lee face off in a final fight that is still as amazing to watch as the very first time I witnessed it as a young lad. Be warned… What follows is one of the most classic ass whoopings of all time.

Yelawolf At 330 Ritch



The video above is of rapper Yelawolf tearing down the stage at a fools gold party in New York.  He will be in SF for the Wake and Bake show October 19th.  After the Wake and Bake concert however, if your located in the Bay Area, head on over to 330 Ritch, Yelawolf will be in the building, along with myself, Tokyo 24, Stickup Kidz, J. Espinosa, and Jay Anthony.  The party is being put together by the one and only ‘Above Ground’, and there will be giveaways from Infinite SF, and the party is sponsored by “Beats: By Dr. Dre”.  It’s going to be a HUGE event, dress to impress, doors open at 10, and its 18+ in the spot, so anyone can come through.  See you there.