YouTube launches new, low data application in 130 countries

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YouTube intends to make big moves as 2018 commences, with the launch of their new application YouTube Go. The video streaming giant is introducing it’s newest product in 130 countries after a successful beta test in India last year and an ensuing trial run in 14 additional countries. YouTube Go provides a redesigned version of YouTube’s mobile interface that’s designed for users in areas with poor connectivity as well as those facing expensive or limited access to cellular data.

The new application gives users the ability to download videos for offline viewing, normally a feature included in the company’s $10 monthly YouTube Red subscription package. Through YouTube Go, users can avoid draining additional cell data by sharing videos locally through a direct device-to-device connection. YouTube Go is also getting a number of feature updates from Google, including functions that will allow viewers to stream and download higher quality content, share multiple videos at once to other devices, as well as a user-personalized feed of suggested content.

The app’s roll out is currently confined to Android users. The international debut of YouTube Go will also skip countries with developed digital infrastructures, such as the United States, Canada, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom, though future developments could aim to expand the new platform’s availability.

New app allows users to mix vinyl records in virtual reality

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German virtual reality gaming imprint EntroPi Games is blending old school technique with new school technology with the reveal of the world’s first vinyl mixing DJ application. The app, dubbed Vinyl Reality, simulates the look and feel of a vinyl DJ setup in virtual reality, equipping the user with two VR controllers and a VR headset, designed with the help of professional DJs. Once inside the app, users are presented with two digitally modeled turntables and a two-channel mixer with volume controls, EQs, and PLF.

Vinyl Reality even provides a realistic digital record crate next to the booth so users can sift through selects between their mixes. The application allows users to record their mixes and export mixes, and it also supports separate audio inputs, which means we’re likely not too far away from live streamed virtual DJ sets in the near future. What a time to be alive.

Vinyl Reality is available now.

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Spotify releases new iMessage app that let’s you send music to family and friends

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Apple is making its native iMessage application as versatile as possible. Now you can send your favorite songs to friends and family through iMessage.