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The financial state of the music industry, Tinder tells you who to vote for, Pornhub gives virtual reality a boost, the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Blu-ray gets pirated, and the drunk hoverboard prank.

Paid Streaming Good, Free Streaming Bad

The RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) has published its report on the state of the music industry in 2015 [PDF link]. Overall revenues are up, rising 0.9 percent to $7 billion, but it’s the source of those revenues which makes for interesting reading.

Streaming now trumps everything in terms of revenue, generating $2.4 billion in 2015. However, the vast majority of that comes from paid subscriptions, with free, ad-supported streams only generating $385 million. This compares unfavorably to the $416 million generated by sales of vinyl, a format which is either awesome 4 Reasons Why Vinyl Is Better Than Digital 4 Reasons Why Vinyl Is Better Than Digital Greetings, peasants! What, still listening to MP3s? Look, as someone who knows more about music than you, I think it's my duty to tell you there's a better way. It's called vinyl. Read More or terrible Forget Vinyl: 4 Reasons Digital Is Superior Forget Vinyl: 4 Reasons Digital Is Superior Vinyl is overrated. Fact. Digital is clearly superior for many reasons, some of which we lay out below for your reading pleasure. Feel free to disagree, even if doing so makes you a massive hipster. Read More , depending on which of our authors you believe.

To end on a high note, let’s not forget that overall revenues have increased, suggesting that piracy really isn’t having the impact on sales it once did. The Internet has changed everything, but people will still buy music (or access to music) The Evolution of Music Consumption: How We Got Here The Evolution of Music Consumption: How We Got Here The rise of the iPod, the music-playing mobile phone, and a number of streaming media platforms all point toward a single, simple idea: music is important. But how did we get here? Read More when given the opportunity to do so.

Tinder Finds Your Presidential Match

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Tinder wants to match you with one of the candidates currently vying to be the next President of the United States of America. That being John Kasich, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump Clicking Consequences: Why Donald Trump Is Your Fault Clicking Consequences: Why Donald Trump Is Your Fault Every time you click an article about Donald Trump, the media thinks that is what you want to read, and so it spends more time talking about Trump. Stop clicking! Read More , Hillary Clinton, and Ted Cruz.

It looks like it’ll be Clinton vs. Trump in the race for the White House, but which candidate should you be voting for? In a partnership with Rock the Vote, Tinder will try to match you with the candidate who most closely shares your views on the world.

U.S. users will see a Swipe the Vote card, and be asked to agree or disagree on various statements. After 10 questions of swiping right or left Why Swiping Right on Tinder Might Get You More Than a Date Why Swiping Right on Tinder Might Get You More Than a Date Swiping right on Tinder could lead to quite unexpected results. Don't get left in the dark: Here's everything you need to know about the pitfalls of swiping right on Tinder. Read More , you’ll be matched with the candidate you actually agree with on most things. Which could throw up some surprising results.

Pornhub Launches a VR Porn Channel

Virtual reality is currently gearing up for another crack at the big time Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive vs. Playstation VR: Which Should You Buy? Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive vs. Playstation VR: Which Should You Buy? Virtual reality is right around the corner and there are three systems to choose from. Here's what you need to know to make an informed, smart decision. Read More , having failed to take off the previous times it was talked up as the next big thing. The jury is out as to whether it will succeed this time around Why Virtual Reality Technology Will Blow Your Mind in 5 Years Why Virtual Reality Technology Will Blow Your Mind in 5 Years The future of virtual reality includes head, eye and expression tracking, simulated touch, and much more. These amazing technologies will be available to you in 5 years or less. Read More , but with the likes of Facebook (owner of Oculus VR, which makes the Oculus Rift), HTC (maker of the HTC Vive), and Sony (with the PlayStation VR) on board, the signs are good.

And now we have another sign that VR may actually work out this time around… Pornhub is on board. Pornhub is, for the uninitiated, one of the biggest porn sites in existence, boasting 60 million visitors per day. And it has now launched a section dedicated to VR porn. We’re going to let you Google that rather than link to it directly. Because reasons.

Pornhub has partnered with a company called BaDoinkVR to showcase content that’s available to everyone but optimized for those using VR headsets. Pornhub Vice President Corey Price said in a statement:

“Virtual reality is the next phase in the constantly metamorphosing world of adult entertainment, and will provide users with a mesmeric experience unlike anything they’ve seen before. Now, our users are not only able to view our content, but be protagonists in the experience and interact with their favorite porn stars.”

The Star Wars Blu-ray Torrent Awakens

The home video release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is only a couple of weeks away, with the DVD and Blu-ray due to land in stores on April 5. However, as reported by TorrentFreak, a copy of the film has already leaked online, with pirates downloading it more than 250,000 times in the first 12 hours of it being available.

A poor quality copy of the movie has been floating around for months, of course, ever since one brave soul smelly thief filmed it in his local theater. But this is a clean copy, hence the rush to get hold of it prior to official release.

This will obviously have an impact on sales of the DVD and Blu-ray, but how much an impact remains in question. Plus, we’re talking about a movie that has already generated revenues of $2 billion, so it’s hard to feel too sorry for Disney and Lucasfilm.

The Drunk Hoverboard Prank

And finally, there’s only one thing that could make those dumb hoverboards (that aren’t really hoverboards) even dumber: a drunk rider. This YouTube prankster proves as much, by riding around Las Vegas on a hoverboard (not a hoverboard Lexus Made a Real Hoverboard - But It's Not What You Think Lexus Made a Real Hoverboard - But It's Not What You Think Following a month of speculation, Lexus has unveiled a fascinating project to the world: a working hoverboard. It's definitely awesome - but are they being totally honest about it? (No. No they are not.) Read More ) pretending to be inebriated to the nth degree.

Much hilarity ensues as he trolls passers-by, persuades strangers to stop him from falling, and generally acts like a fool. Which is exactly what he is. What have we learned from this? Nothing, except that I may be too prudish to fully appreciate what Vegas has to offer. [H/T CNET]

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

How do you consume music? Who is your presidential candidate according to Tinder? Does the idea of VR porn excite or disgust you? Will you be pirating The Force Awakens? Have you ever ridden one of these dumb hoverboards?

Let us know your thoughts on the Tech News of the day by posting to the comments section below. Because a healthy discussion is always welcome.

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  1. A41202813GMAIL ..
    March 27, 2016 at 11:29 am

    PORNHUB Offered Free Premium Content To Everybody, Around Last Valentines Day, For More Than 24 Hours Straight.

    Was The HD Image Quality Better Than The Free Competition ? - Hell, Yeah.

    Was The Whole Content Better ? - Hell, No Way.

    It Is Not Like The **Actresses** I Checked Were Anywhere Close To LISA ANN Material.

    Cheers.

  2. fcd76218
    March 26, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    "suggesting that piracy really isn’t having the impact on sales it once did."
    If it ever did and was not just a figment of RIAA propaganda.

    "Tinder Finds Your Presidential Match"
    Don't we have enough political analysts, pundits, TV talking heads, experts, publicity flacks and campaign cold-callers telling us who we must vote for?!

    "Pornhub Launches a VR Porn Channel"
    Good, bad or indifferent, VR will now take off.

  3. Joe3D
    March 25, 2016 at 5:38 am

    They'll be losing disc sales due to them not releasing the 3D version yet.

  4. A41202813GMAIL ..
    March 25, 2016 at 5:06 am

    Only 385 Million ?

    They Will Become Homeless, Soon.

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