Streaming service also names top songs, albums, viral track, viral new artist and other accolades
By Tony Maglio
After 4.5 billion total hours of music streaming by its 24 million global users, Spotify named Macklemore & Ryan Lewis its most-streamed artist in 2013.
The bundle features never-before-seen video and photos of the music video for the collaboration
By Tony Maglio
Lady Gaga badly needs a hit off her "ARTPOP" album, which has seen very low sales versus her prior offerings. Perhaps the pop star will find that boost from her latest video, "Do What U Want," which is the inspiration for the first BitTorrent Bundle from the VICE Media and BitTorrent, Inc. video series, launching on Tuesday, Dec. 3.
Microsoft's newest console is out for living room domination
What is the Xbox One?
If you're a video-game aficionado, you know the answer: It's Microsoft's latest game console, and it arrives in North America and Europe on Friday. To gamers, Xbox means cutting-edge adventures such as "Halo" and "Gears of War," and well as the brand that brought online competition to the masses through Xbox Live.
But Microsoft wants you to think of Xbox One as more than a game machine. You can use it to watch movies on Netflix and Hulu Plus. You can hook it up to your cable box to watch live TV. You can Skype your grandma and share family photos through the SkyDrive storage service.
Still, if you're considering buying an Xbox One this week, you probably have one thing in mind: games.
Microsoft and Sony compete for the attention of people who look to tablets, smartphones for entertainment
NEW YORK (AP) -- The last time Sony and Microsoft came out with new video game consoles, there was no iPad, the iPhone was months away and "FarmVille" and "Angry Birds" had yet to be conjured up.
The PlayStation 4, which launches Nov. 15 and the Xbox One, which goes on sale next week, face a much-changed gaming and entertainment landscape than their predecessors. As Sony and Microsoft spar this holiday season over who has the brawnier machine and more enticing online features, hardcore gamers are all but certain to fall for the shiny, powerful new consoles. But what's less clear is how the gadgets will compete for the attention of people who now look to their tablets, smartphones and other devices for entertainment.
'John Lennon: The Bermuda Tapes' presents new format for music content
NEW YORK (AP) — Six months before he died, John Lennon set sail from Newport, R.I., on an ocean adventure to Bermuda that awakened his desire to make music again and is now being chronicled in an electronic format he could not have conceived of.
A new app, "John Lennon: The Bermuda Tapes," is being offered for sale on Apple devices Thursday for $4.99. It's loaded with interactive features, music, photos and interviews that detail a relatively unexamined slice of the former Beatle's life.
PS4 is a return to form for Sony, but it's challenged musically, and not the entertainment hub we were expecting
By Evan Shamoon
Seven years after its PlayStation 3 was unleashed upon the world, Sony's PlayStation 4 has arrived. It's a sleek, smart piece of hardware, full of next-generation components and features. It also represents a return to form for Sony -- a system developed to play games, and to play them damn well.
Launch lineup includes 22 games and easily accessible media apps like Hulu and Netflix
By Lou Kesten
Videogame fans who reserved Sony's PlayStation 4 several months ago won't have any regrets when it goes on sale in North America: The PS4 is a terrific game machine that will feel familiar to PlayStation 3 owners while delivering the flashier eye candy you'd expect from gaming's next generation.
Microsoft diehards will grouse about the PlayStation hype until Nov. 22, when the new Xbox One comes out. There's no reason for envy: Most of the best PlayStation 4 games will be available on Microsoft's new console as well.