Verizon Revamps V Cast Music App for Android
Verizon Wireless today announced a new version of the V Cast Music application for its Android devices. The new application puts all of Verizon's music-based content in one spot, including full song downloads, ringback tones and ringtones. Full song purchases will range in price from $0.69 to $1.29, and will be MP3 files that are free of DRM (digital rights management). Verizon said that it will package multiple versions of the same song (track plus ringtone, etc.) in reduced-cost bundles. Verizon also said that it is offering Jukebox programs that will rotate the ringback tones that callers hear. The new version of V Cast requires Android devices running 2.1 Eclair and up. Users will be prompted to update their V Cast app the next time they launch it.
Facebook Integrating Song Samples from iTunes and Spotify
Facebook today announced a change to its iOS app that it hopes will help people discover more music. Facebook users will now be able to share Music Stories, which are 30-second snippets from shared songs or albums.
Samsung Adds Chromecast Support to Its Gear VR Headset
People who own the Gear VR can now cast content from the headset to their cast-enabled television sets. A fresh software update from Oculus adds Chromecast support to the Gear VR.
Google Renames Chromecast, Adds Tech to TVs
Google today expanded the ecosystem of devices compatible with its casting technology to include standalone displays. The company partnered with Vizio and has added direct casting support to Vizio's P Series displays as well as Vizio's soundbars and speakers.
Google Assistant Now Recognizes Songs On Request
Google Assistant on Android handsets is now able to identify songs playing in the background. As long as the music is audible, querying the Assistant with "what song is this?" will cause the app to listen for several seconds and identify the song.