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theodp writes “Before iTunes, Netflix, MySpace, Facebook, and the Kindle, 17-year-old Shawn Fanning and 18-year-old Sean Parker gave the world Napster. And it was very good. The Observer’s Tom Lamont reports on VH1′s soon-to-premiere Downloaded, a documentary that tells the story of the rise and fall of the file-sharing software that started the digital music revolution, and shares remembrances of how Napster rocked his world. ‘I was 17,’ writes Lamont, ‘and the owner of an irregular music collection that numbered about 20 albums, most of them a real shame (OMC’s How Bizarre, the Grease 2 soundtrack). One day I had unsupervised access to the family PC and, for reasons forgotten, an urge to hear the campy orchestral number from the film Austin Powers. I was a model Napster user: internet-equipped, impatient and mostly ignorant of the ethical and legal particulars of peer-to-peer file-sharing. I installed the software, searched Napster’s vast list of MP3 files, and soon had Soul Bossa Nova plinking kilobyte by kilobyte on to my hard drive.’ Sound familiar?”
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Translating molecules into math and music could lead to better synthetic structures
Pound for pound, spider silk is one of the strongest and most resilient materials known. But new research by MIT’s Markus Buehler and others might point the way to even better materials for a variety of applications—and an ear for music might be a key to creating these synthetic substances.
Google is looking into creating its own music streaming service, according to the folks over at the Financial Times. The service would offer free unlimited streaming, and would be in direct competition with similar services, such as Spotify. The service would be supported by ads, but word has it that an ad-free subscription version might
Serial games entrepreneur and sometimes angel investor Dylan Collins has a new project, which he no doubt describes as “awesome”. Aiming to help solve the discovery problem faced by physical and digital products targeting the fickle market that is kids, the aptly named Box Of Awesome is like a free Birchbox for 13-14 year-old children, stuffed with games, music, books, and other kid-friendly stuff. The draw for brands who pay for space in each bi-monthly box is the opportunity to be discovered by influencers in that hard to reach demographic.
Not realizing her mike was live before a fourth-quarter-earnings call, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer was overheard trashing her company’s on-hold music as “garbage” — and telling her team to “make a note” to fix it.
concealment sends this excerpt from the NY Times: “Late last year, Zoe Keating, an independent musician from Northern California, provided an unusually detailed case in point. In voluminous spreadsheets posted to her Tumblr blog, she revealed the royalties she gets from various services, down to the ten-thousandth of a cent. Even for an under-the-radar artist like Ms. Keating, who describes her style as “avant cello,” the numbers painted a stark picture of what it is like to be a working musician these days. After her songs had been played more than 1.5 million times on Pandora over six months, she earned $ 1,652.74. On Spotify, 131,000 plays last year netted just $ 547.71, or an average of 0.42 cent a play. ‘In certain types of music, like classical or jazz, we are condemning them to poverty if this is going to be the only way people consume music,’ Ms. Keating said. … The question dogging the music industry is whether these micropayments can add up to anything substantial. ‘No artist will be able to survive to be professionals except those who have a significant live business, and that’s very few,’ said Hartwig Masuch, chief executive of BMG Rights Management.”
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Android users running a relatively recent version of the mobile OS will recognize the gold headphones immediately – it’s Android’s music app that comes pre-installed on mobile devices. An update for the app has just been rolled out, taking it to version 4.5.9 and adding a handful of new features, among them being new default
Samsung’s Music Hub has only had a comparatively small reach to date, delivering tunes to seven countries (six with scan-and-match) and just a handful of devices. Senior VP of Media Services TJ Kang expects the audio service to broaden its horizons — he tells The Next Web that Samsung wants to widen access to rivals’ gear as well. There’s no convenient timetable to put on the calendar, but the expansion is a significant move for a service that’s frequently seen as more of a brand-specific checklist feature than a full competitor with the likes of Google Music or iTunes. Plans for Samsung’s own devices are more definite, Kang says. Music Hub is coming to more countries in 2013, as long as licensing deals work out, and further device support (including the non-mobile variety) will depend on flagship hardware releases scattered throughout the year. No matter where Media Hub heads next, it’s safe to presume that it will be more than just a nice bonus in the near future.
Source: The Next Web
Most of the bigger streaming music services have both a free tier for casual listeners and a paid level for truly committed music fans. Nokia doesn’t want to be the exception to the rule. It’s launching Nokia Music+, a paid version of its existing platform. Paying the equivalent of €4 ($ 5) per month gives perks that you’d normally expect from a more expensive alternative like Spotify or Slacker’s premium tier: the upgrade ratchets up the audio quality, adds lyrics, allows unlimited skips in Mix Radio and enables as many downloads for offline play as the phone can hold. Aren’t you suddenly glad that you picked up a 32GB Lumia 920? Not that you’ll always need it to tune in — Music+ adds web streaming for anything with a suitably capable browser. Nokia hasn’t said just which countries will get the more advanced service, but it should make a formal debut within the next few weeks.
Source: Conversations by Nokia
Dhingana, which offers a free service for streaming Bollywood and other Indian music, said today that its mobile apps have been downloaded 3.5 million times. And the company is hoping to reach an even broader audience with the launch of its mobile website.
Through the mobile site, Dhingana said users will be able to listen to its library of more than 500,000 songs in 38 Indian languages, and also access existing playlists. The one major feature that’s missing is the ability to create playlists directly from the mobile web — that’s supposed to come later this quarter, the company said.
Spotify has penned a deal with Orange to offer unlimited music via the carrier’s Orange Young plan. Under the deal, Orange Young subscribers will have access to unlimited Spotify music in addition to unlimited text and talk and mobile. The subscription plans start at $ 20 per month and move upwards from there. Orange Young is
Mandopop Idol Wang Leehom’s DRM-Free Experiment Seeks To Foster Innovation In The Asian Music Industry
When Asia’s music industry is covered in the Western media, it is often within the framework of content piracy. Another thing that gets attention is the perception that Asian pop stars are pre-fabricated like Barbie dolls on an assembly line. But now someone who has the influence to tackle these issues is doing so. Mandopop idol Leehom Wang released his latest single “12 Zodiacs” last month through a DRM-free paid download on his Web site for $ 1 US, a price that includes the audio track, digital booklet and cover art. The single’s MV, which co-stars Jackie Chan, was released on Youtube and Youku.
elashish14 writes “A new survey commissioned by Google suggests that music listeners who utilize P2P filesharing services buy 30% more music than non-sharers. The survey also probed users’ opinions on enforcement practices. Users were strongly against either throttling or disconnecting users’ internet services, but the majority suggested also that search engines should block access. 52% of Americans also said that downloading infringing content should be a punishable offense.”
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Leading Asian Cloud-Based Music Service KKBOX Expands Into Southeast Asia, Starting With Singapore And Malaysia
KKBOX, a leading cloud-based music service provider in Asia with 10M registered users, just launched in Malaysia and Singapore. The company’s decision to enter the Southeast Asian marketplace is a sign of how important that region is becoming to Internet companies. By 2014, KKBOX plans to offer its services in Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines.
Editor’s note: Peter Csathy is president and CEO of online video technology company Sorenson Media.
There is a burgeoning fascination around the topic of which startups will become the “Instagram for video.” Stories abound on the subject. But while most articles do identify mobile video “contenders,” they also miss the mark, because they fail to focus on the fundamental differences between video and still-image content. These differences mean that virtually all current “public share”-focused video Instagram clones are dead on arrival out of the gates.
Springing into the new year, internet radio heavyweight Pandora has released some of its major statistics from 2012. The company states that 1.6 billion personalized radio stations were created and that it played over 13 billion hours of music. These hefty stats translate to the service’s users listening to over one million different songs from more than 100,000 artists. Wrapping up last year’s scorecard, around 10,000 artists reached about 250,000 unique listeners. While these numbers are impressive, we can’t help but wonder how many audio commercials had to be endured so people could continue listening to countless hours of One Direction. In any case, we’re sure it was worth it.
Via: The Next Web
Many’s the streamer that can assault your ears with audio of all sorts, but how many can do it simply, with irreproachable fidelity, and at a reasonable price? Few that we can think of, so that’s exactly the tact being taken by Olive with its Olive One, a $ 400 dollar streaming player and amp currently on Indiegogo. It’s a disk-shaped audio player with a built-in HD amplifier, single volume dial and 7-inch touchscreen to choose your music. It includes an iOS, Android and Windows 8 app so that your handset can work as a remote control, while letting you stream music from your slate or phone, too. So how did our (admittedly non-audiophile) ears take to the device when we saw it at CES? Read on past the break to find out.
Source: Olive (Indiegogo)
Belkin announced the launch of the new HD Bluetooth Music Receiver this week. The device is designed to allow the streaming of music and other content from smartphones and tablets directly to a home stereo system or speakers using wireless technology. The Music Receiver also has integrated tech making it even easier to stream music
Late last week, Moog Music rolled out version 2.0 of its Animoog synthesizer app for Apple’s slate. Now, the Asheville, North Carolina outfit is adding a truckload of new sounds less than a week after the initial release. The Grateful Dead Expansion Pack is now available for the iPad software, touting 82 presets and 45 timbres broken down into ensemble, percussion and vocal groupings. Each piece of the add-on was taken from a February 1968 performance at the Carousel Ballroom and optimized for the Animoog platform.
“We’re not simply providing samples from the Grateful Dead’s body of work, rather we’ve distilled the essence of notes and phrases in a different way to transform these performances into new instruments — new voices,” says Cyril Lance, Moog’s Chief Engineer. The $ 4.99 in-app purchase is available now, but while you’re mulling it over, jump down past the break to catch a glimpse of Mickey Hart taking it for a spin.
Early iTunes Match adopters will remember the unintentional bowdlerization of their music libraries: they’d listen to their scanned music collection on a second device and lose all the colorful language. As we’re quickly learning, Google Music’s newly added scan and match feature isn’t exempt from that problem, either. Those streaming matched copies of explicit songs through the newer service are getting clean versions, with no obvious way to preserve the filth. Google declines to comment on whether or not there’s a long-term fix in the works, although we do know that there’s a temporary solution — choose the “fix incorrect match” option and Google Music will typically upload the raw tracks. We just hope Google starts matching the correct tracks by the next time we want an unfiltered experience for our ears.
Via: The Verge
Google Music has always been a very nice music locker, but while European users were able to use its iTunes Match-like scan-and-match feature since last month, U.S.-based users only got access to this tool today. Until now, U.S. users had to upload all of their music to the service, which could obviously take a while. Starting today, Google can just scan your music collection and rebuilt it on Google Music without the need to transfer gigabytes of data.
An anonymous reader writes “Music industry group BPI has threatened legal action against six members of the UK Pirate Party, after the party refused to take its Pirate Bay proxy offline. BPI seems to want to hold the individual members of the party responsible for copyright infringements that may occurs via the proxy, which puts them at risk of personal bankruptcy. Pirate Party leader Loz Kaye criticized the latest music industry threats and reiterated that blocking The Pirate Bay is a disproportionate measure.”
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The file-syncing company has bought a startup that streams a person’s music collection over the Internet.
The founder of Dropbox, Drew Houston, told Technology Review in February that he’s trying to build “the Internet’s file system”. News that the company has bought Audiogalaxy, a company whose software would stream your music collection over Internet to another computer or phone, suggests Dropbox may also being trying to be the Internet’s music player.
Dropbox broadly hinted at its future plans yesterday, with the acquisition of Audiogalaxy, a startup allowing users to store their music files and playlists in the cloud then stream them to any device. The announcement was made via a short post on the Audiogalaxy blog, signed by company founders Michael Merhej, Tom Kleinpeter and Viraj Mody. Based in Seattle, Audiogalaxy had a long and varied history in the music space – a arena that today includes both radio-like applications and music-on-demand services such as Spotify, Rdio, MOG, 8tracks, Slacker, Pandora, SoundCloud, iHeartRadio and even Google with Google Music and Amazon, with its Cloud Player. Audiogalaxy began its life as a peer-to-peer client software solution which competed with Napster back in the heyday of file sharing, but following conflicts with the RIAA and major labels, it ended those operations in 2002. Audiogalaxy’s Merhej also went on to found and later sell an early, Dropbox-like service known as FolderShare to Microsoft in 2005. From 2008 to 2010, Audiogalaxy worked on Warner Music’s failed Choruss venture, in an effort to create an Audiogalaxy 2.0 for college students. It teamed up with labels and rights holders on the efforts, but the project members could never settle on pricing and other legal matters, the company later explained. Then, in 2010, Audiogalaxy relaunched in its final incarnation as an online cloud music player where you could upload DRM-free tracks you own, then play them anywhere – your computer, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad or Android device. Unlike services where users’ music is uploaded to servers in the cloud, Audiogalaxy’s software had to run on a user’s PC in order to stream music to mobile devices – an interesting feature, given that Dropbox, too, offers users desktop software. With the acquisition, Dropbox could easily build tools allowing its users to stream their own music files from Dropbox. That’s something which users are doing anyway through support from third-parties. Dropbox has already been working on improving things like video streaming and photo viewing and sharing in its applications, so music is a natural next step. Below, the Audiogalaxy blog post: Hello, Dropbox We created Audiogalaxy to make people fall in love with music. Over the last few years we’ve built a wonderful music experience on the web and mobile devices, attracting loyal users from all over the world. Today, we are thrilled to announce our team is joining Dropbox! We are excited
Here in Silicon Valley and NYC, the word entrepreneur conjures up images of Kevin Systrom, Jack Dorsey, Mark Zuckerberg, but not artists. In reality, however, artistry is a true form of entrepreneurialism, as these folks are selling their talent, a homegrown product, to the world.
Mason Jar Music, a collective audio/video production house based in Brooklyn, proves this entrepreneurial attitude more than any artists I’ve ever met. The company is made up of around 15 people — musicians, camera operators, producers, audio/visual wizards, etc. — who all live together in a giant loft and love making music.
Musicians have used the electrical signals generated by slime mould to make music, creating an instrument they can ‘play’ by zapping the creature with light
The device known over the ocean as the Samsung Pebble has been released in the USA this week as the Samsung Muse, bringing with it Samsung’s clearest answer yet to the Apple iPod. This little device is made to be a companion for the Samsung Galaxy smartphone line and is compatible with essentially every model
Though the app GoMusic is certainly not the first to bring Google Music‘s cloud of tunes to the iOS platform, we’re certain that it’s currently the best solution on the market. This lovely little app takes what you’ve got on Android as well as the mobile web and slaps it on over to iOS where
At long last, Apple appears to finally be approaching a launch date for iTunes in Russia — and it could come as soon as tomorrow. A tipster has forwarded us an email, in Russian, inviting a small group of people to an iTunes event in Moscow on the evening of December 4. The email does not give much away, simply noting that team iTunes will be holding a musical evening, and that it’s a small, invitation-only affair, at one of the city’s swanky shopping centers, GUM, located on Moscow’s Red Square.
Microsoft has been busy streamlining SkyDrive to make the most of our time in the cloud, but it hasn’t yet cut out the middleman for audio playback; if a song wasn’t obtained through a channel like Xbox Music, it won’t play online in Microsoft’s universe. LiveSide has made some code discoveries suggesting the storage service could at least partly remedy the problem with a web-based music player. We don’t know much of how it would work, although the presence of interface elements hints that Microsoft is at least committed to development. The real dilemma is an absence of clues as to when (and if) playback will ever go live — and there’s nothing that would reveal whether or not SkyDrive is the heart of an upcoming option to upload personal tracks for Xbox Music streaming. If the music player mentions reflect more than just experimentation, however, the Redmond team may soon have a more direct answer to the likes of Amazon Cloud Player or Google Music.
Microsoft teased it was adding new functionality to SkyDrive, and it seems web-based music streaming may be the first of those enhancements, if code spotted in the site is anything to go by. References to a music player based in SkyDrive, as well as leaked player controls from an internal testing version, have been spotted
Sure, it may not have Neil Young’s seal of approval, but iRiver’s getting ready to bring its new high-def media player to the US next week. The AK100 will be hitting online retailers and “high end audio stores” under the Astell & Kern name on December 4th, carrying a $ 700 price tag. The player is a capable of handling Mastering Quality Sound (MQS) lossless audio playback, as well as MP3, Ogg, FLAC, WAV, WMA and APE audio files. There’s 32GB of memory built-in, expandable via two microSD slots. According to iRiver, the built-in battery should give your around 16 hours of playback on a charge. More info can be found in the press release after the break.
SkrillexQuest, The Future Of Music Marketing: Dubstep Superstar Promotes Single With Online Advergame
When you beat Skrillex’s Legend Of Zelda-style flash game, you see a link to buy its soundtrack on iTunes. SkrillexQuest is an advergame and its next generation of music marketing. You build an emotional attachment to the dubstep DJ’s song “Summit” while it plays as you save the princess. That’s something passive consumption of a music video, 30-second mp3 preview, or banner ad cannot do.
In 1996, people in the U.S. bought about 2.3 albums per year. Today, thanks to services like Spotify and Rdio, some of us listen to that many albums a day. Last-minute concert ticket app WillCall wants to make live music just as accessible. This week it released version 1.5 of its iOS app, which focuses on delivering push notifications to your feeds about what shows your friends are going to.
It’s been a big year for BitTorrent, said Matt Mason, the company’s executive director of marketing. Mason and his team have been working with big names like DJ Shadow and Tim Ferriss to figure out how to turn filesharing into a source of revenue.
I met with Mason (who also wrote The Pirate’s Dilemma) last week to discuss how BitTorrent can work with the music industry and the company’s plans for next year. Mason joined BitTorrent almost exactly a year ago, and since then, the company has run a total of 16 artist campaigns. It hasn’t found the One True Solution to monetizing music yet, and Mason said the answer won’t come in the next few months, but the next quarter “will get us closer.”
Another startup is wading into the crowded waters of music streaming today: Radical.FM, a web-based service that combines on-demand streaming and curated radio stations with a platform for artists to create and broadcast their own public playlists. But while companies like Pandora and Spotify build out businesses based on advertising and subscription services, Radical.FM is trying something a little different: in the spirit of public radio, it’s pushing its catalog of 20 million tracks in a wholly-listener-supported model to fund its operations.
rjnagle writes “I’m an American lover of music who is interested in buying legally music from other countries. How do I know which CD/online music stores are legit and actually benefit the artist? I’m very cost-conscious and prefer indie music anyway, but the types of international music for sale on Amazon/iTunes tends to be from the bigger labels. Suppose I wanted to buy music from Pakistan/Ukraine/China/Brazil/Chad. What’s the best way to identify which labels or online stories are authorized to sell them? Perhaps all I need is a list of the best known online music stores for each region (Yesasia.com, etc).”
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Like to sing in the shower? Take a seat on your grandma’s old bathing stool — your own shower head is about to show you up. Kohler’s latest water dispersal nozzle, Moxie, features a detachable Bluetooth speaker secured in the shower head’s center with a magnet. It sounds like a bad Yakov Smirnoff gag: in Soviet Russia, shower sings to you! The speaker pops off the sprayer when it’s time to towel off, and promises to provide up to seven hours of sudsy tunes before needing a recharge. The only thing it seems to be missing is a water powered micro-turbine. Read on for Kohler’s official press release.
A German couple are not liable for the filesharing activities of their 13-year old son because they told him unauthorized downloading and sharing of copyrighted material was illegal, and they were unaware the boy violated this prohibition, the German Federal Court of Justice ruled.
Ever wondered what your brain sounds like when it thinks?