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Listen to a Music Player not on your Phone

By now it’s old news that the iPhone 7 ditched the 3.5mm headphone jack, but if you really want music to sound its best you shouldn’t be using a phone anyway. It’s time to consider a dedicated music player like the Cowon Plenue M2.

The crisp styling and solid build quality are commensurate with the Plenue M2’s $667, £590, AU$1,199 price. The 3.7 inch touchscreen is responsive and menu navigation is straightforward, but I never figured out how to create playlists.

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Adele Turns Down Superbowl

Adele’s recent announcement, onstage at one of her concerts, that she had been offered the 2017 Super Bowl halftime show but turned it down, is the ultimate pop-star power move.

By saying that the show, the most visible stage in all of culture, was “not about music,” she differentiates herself from Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry—recent halftime headliners who used flash and spectacle to make their tunes sparkle for TV’s biggest audience.

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Frank Beamer and his Trombone

Frank Beamer will be coaching in his final game on Saturday when Virginia Tech faces Tulsa in the Independence Bowl.

The tributes and festivities around Beamer’s last hurrah have been ongoing since his final home game in Lane Stadium. Going to Shreveport also has Beamer back where his 23-year bowl streak began back in 1993.

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