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Witcher 3 Soundtrack Getting Vinyl Edition

If you’re a fan of The Witcher 3 and were looking for something new to add to your collection, listen up. It’s just been announced that CD Projekt will be releasing a special vinyl soundtrack for the game with 35 tracks including four that were previously only exclusive to pre-orderers of the game.


Made together with Spacelab9, the soundtrack will come with two silver vinyl discs along with a slip-cover that shows off a Leshen rampaging – with the four exclusive tracks Fields of Ard Skellig, Ladies of the Woods, Merchants of Novigrad and Hunt or Be Hunted being unavailable on the normal digital versions of The Witcher 3 soundtrack.


Also, if you’re looking for something much more collectible there will be a limited three-disc version released which also contains the soundtrack from the Hearts of Stone expansion. There will only be 500 of these special editions released to the public, so needless to say they’re probably going to be quite costly.


The listing for the standard vinyl edition is currently up on ThinkGeek now, with the release set to be June 2nd. It’s going to retail for about $30, which isn’t a terribly bad price. As for the special limited three-disc version, Spacelab9 have said that it will be available via Gaya Entertainment, so if you’re wanting that one be prepared to check there on the 2nd next month.


May 27th, 2017 by
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Spotify Rolling Out New Privacy Policy That’s Anything But

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Wow, Spotify. How and why does a service mainly geared around music streaming become one of the most intrusive around? With the latest Spotify update, there’s a new privacy policy going into effect – and the TL;DR version is that if you’re at all concerned about data privacy, now may well be the time to jump ship, because this new policy definitely isn’t.


Here are just some examples of the type of snooping Spotify wants to get up to with the latest policy:


Use Spotify on your mobile? Hope you’re okay with sharing your Contacts, Photos and Media…


With your permission, we may collect information stored on your mobile device, such as contacts, photos, or media files. Local law may require that you seek the consent of your contacts to provide their personal information to Spotify, which may use that information for the purposes specified in this Privacy Policy.


Tracking Your Location


Depending on the type of device that you use to interact with the Service and your settings, we may also collect information about your location based on, for example, your phone’s GPS location or other forms of locating mobile devices (e.g., Bluetooth). We may also collect sensor data (e.g., data about the speed of your movements, such as whether you are running, walking, or in transit).


Third party services – well, at least you can disconnect Facebook…


You may integrate your Spotify account with Third Party Applications. If you do, we may receive similar information related to your interactions with the Service on the Third Party Application, as well as information about your publicly available activity on the Third Party Application. This includes, for example, your “Like”s and posts on Facebook.

(To be fair, this is really only saying that Spotify will do what anyone on Facebook can do anyway – look at the things you’ve posted publicly; as well as anything related to Spotify itself. If you’ve integrated your Spotify with Facebook, you pretty much already accepted this was going to happen anyway; but if you find it creepy, you might want to disconnect Facebook from Spotify via your Preferences)


Storing (and Sharing!) Your Credit Card Information


If you sign up for a Trial (as defined in the Terms and Conditions of Use), purchase any of our Paid Subscriptions (as defined in the Terms and Conditions of Use), or make other purchases through the Service, your credit or debit card information (such as card type and expiration date) and other financial data that we need to process your payment may be collected and stored by us and/or the payment processors with which we work. We may also collect some limited information, such as your postal code, mobile number, and details of your transaction history, all of which are necessary to provide the Service.


Spotify claim that they collect personal data from users primarily to improve the overall experience for people using the service; but it’s clear that not all of the data being gathered is to benefit the service itself. Indeed, if you look more closely at the paragraphs explaining how they intend to use the data, the real purpose becomes clear – advertising:


We may use the information we collect, including your personal information….to provide, personalise, and improve your experience with the Service and products, services, and advertising (including for third party products and services) made available on or outside the Service (including on other sites that you visit), for example by providing customised, personalised, or localised content, recommendations, features, and advertising on or outside of the Service


So, if you love music but also love privacy, maybe it’s time to ditch Spotify and look for a new streaming service instead. Or maybe consider a medium curated not just by bots (friendly as they are), but also by real-life DJs who care and which broadcasts a schedule of live shows that let you influence exactly what you want to hear? If that sounds good, you’re already in the right place 😉

August 21st, 2015 by CrimsonShade
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Samsung Aim For Beyond CD Quality With Latest Wireless Headphones

One of the main problems with any type of wireless communication is that in order to maintain speed and allow the signal to be transmitted effectively, data often has to be compressed to fit the bandwidth. For wireless audio, this is a problem, as compressing sound signals can reduce the overall quality of the sound you hear, meaning that wireless headphones rarely give you CD Quality sound.


Samsung, however, believe they can make it work. The company’s newly introduced Level On Wireless Pro headphones include a new technology, dubbed “Ultra High Quality Audio” that improves the quality of sound whether you’re plugged in or streaming wirelessly. In typical conditions, the headphones are supposedly capable of CD Quality sound, particularly when listening to a lossless audio format (such as FLAC) or streaming service (such as Tidal). However, when paired with a device that supports Ultra High Quality Audio, such as Samsung’s own Galaxy Note 5 or Galaxy S6 Edge+ smartphones, and the right source material, Samsung claim the sound experience can reach higher-than-CD fidelity. That’s pretty impressive from a wireless headset, though the caveats (Engadget helpfully claims that “you’ll need to shop at a service like Pono’s to get the right source material”) mean that getting this higher quality audio may not always be clear-cut.


Being an improved version of the existing Level On Wireless headphones, the Pro comes with the same additional benefits of its less audiophile cousin – “extra comfortable” cushions designed to completely enclose the ear, active noise cancelling and touch-sensitive controls – though the claimed 11 hour battery life will slightly reduce if one uses Bluetooth and noise reduction at the same time. Given the existing model tends to retail for around the £140 mark, it can be expected that the Level On Wireless Pro will retail for slightly more; but Samsung are yet to reveal price or shipping dates for the new product as of the time of going to press. Watch this space!

August 17th, 2015 by CrimsonShade
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Free Download of Dragon Age: Inquisition’s Tavern Songs, Before Feb 9th



Now you can get drunk with you favorite Dwarf and sing along with the songs you heard in Dragon Age: Inquisition. Bioware created a place on its website where you can download the tavern songs for free.


The songs include “I Am The One,” “Grey Warden,” and “Empress of Fire” among others, and you have until February 9th to download the MP3s.

January 27th, 2015 by Lonesamurai
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#CES2015: Sony targets the audiophile craze with new Walkman

With the growing trend of late being to listen to music at the highest possible quality (even when it doesn’t actually make a discernible difference to the human ear), Sony took to the stage at CES today to reveal its second high-resolution music player: the Walkman ZX2. Designed both to upscale the quality of more compressed music formats and online streams using DSEE HX tech; and to keep music of all kinds sounding crystal clear with an S-Master HX digital amp, this new aluminium-bodied offering from Sony is designed to offer the best quality music whatever your format, with MP3, WMA, AAC, FLAC, AIFF, WAV and ALAC including DSD files supported at bitrates up to 192kHz/24-bits. A sizeable 128GB of internal memory is on-board, but should you have a music collection at half as big as that of one of our DJs here at Sanitarium.FM, a microSD card slot is also available for extra space; or you can use the built-in Wi-Fi to stream your music from online radio stations (cough) or download your tracks from online music stores.


Photo: Sony Walkman ZX2


In terms of the software on board, the Sony Walkman ZX2 takes the unusual step of running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, though Sony say using such an old build of Android as the base for their new music player was a concious choice due to its stability. By being Android-built, the Walkman ZX2 will also be compatible with many music and other Apps from Google’s Play Store, although apps targeting only newer Android versions beyond 4.2 will obviously be out. You will be able to use services such as Tidal and many other high-res streaming services though. You’ll also be able to listen to the music through compatible wireless headsets through Bluetooth, which will also make use of LDAC tech for enhanced clarity – though this is likely to cut into the battery life. Still, with the device rated to last 60 hours on a single charge, there should be plenty of power available to let you rock out until you crash out if you so choose.


Sony are not yet confirming a price point for the new device, which press rumours place at a range around $1,100 to $1,200; however, representatives state that a final decision on pricing will be made soon in time for the device’s planned release this spring.

January 6th, 2015 by CrimsonShade
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