2014 is shaping up to be the year that the chasm that separates consumers digital content experiences and their home entertainment is bridged. Amazon, Apple and Google have all embarked on a quest for the lower end of the market with Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Chromecast respectively. Meanwhile a host of interesting new specialized music entrants are making waves, including Pure’s Jongo and forthcoming devices such as Fon’s Gramafon and Voxtok. And then of course there’s the granddaddy of them all Sonos, that continues to go from strength to strength with an ever more diverse product range and list of integrated music services.
Bandsintown community has grown to more than 10 MILLION registered concert-goers! Wow — that’s a lot of live music fans. Just how big is 10M? Let’s consider…
* That’s enough records to go 10X platinum. * That’s enough seats to sell out Madison Square Garden over 500 times. * That’s enough seats to sell out the largest venue in the world (Indianapolis Motor Speedway) 25 times. * That’s more people than 43 states, and all but 14 countries in Europe. * That’s enough miles to go around the Earth over 400 times
The musician's official website should be at the core of one's web presence. But sorting out all the options for creating a site can be difficult even though a lot of those options make website creation easier. The Music Business Association created an infographic to help musicians with that problem. Titled "Artist Website Toolkit," the infographic organizes services by primary use and includes links to their sites in a handy sidebar.
Dominic Smith is a senior writer and content strategist for Rackspace Digital, the digital marketing infrastructure specialists. In the age of experience-based marketing, some brands want us to do more than just buy their products.
Considering its diminutive size and price tag, Google Chromecast is crazy good at what it does. But now that it does more than streaming video, just how good is Google's little-USB-dongle-that-could for music?
Steve O’Hear of TechCrunch reports, “Dublin-based Seevl has released an API for developers to let them easily add music recommendations and artist data to their apps. The new offering gives app makers access to some of the underlying technology that currently powers the Seevl consumer-facing app, which is a cross-service music discovery offering that gives music recommendations and lets you build ‘mix tapes’, amongst a plethora of music-related features. The Seevl API is powered by the startup’s own music meta-data graph, which itself is built on top of Freebase, Wikipedia and MusicBrainz, and uses Seevl’s in-house semantic technologies and recommendation and search algorithms — both founders, Alexandre Passant and Julie Letierce, previously worked at the renowned Semantic Web R&D lab DERI.”
musicweek.com PRSF and Deezer Momentum App shortlisted for Arts and Business Award musicweek.com The Momentum Deezer App has been praised for the innovative way in which the it has been used to enhance the work of both organisations and Momentum...
After landing a $200 million credit line and acquiring music data platform The Echo Nest, Spotify is widely expected to announce its IPO in coming months. Spotify is a unique spin on the same fundamental formula that generated value for Netflix, Amazon, Groupon, Pandora and LinkedIn before it.
So what exactly is this magic formula? It’s simple, really: When a company uses data to personalize its inventory, it creates a better UX. This UX in turn draws in millions of users and investment dollars.
What’s the lesson startups can derive here?
Value today is less about big sales and more about how many users a company continually engages using data.
This year's edition of Music TechPitch 4.5 takes place in London April 8. This event typically features music tech startups that are at a more developed stage than one finds at incubator demo days. While all are likely interested in additional funding and deals may be made, Music TechPitch 4.5 presents itself as an opportunity to get introductions and start conversations rather than close deals. Music TechPitch 4.5 is similar in some respects to events like Midemlab's startup & app developers competition;
Deezer teams with Vine 'superstars' to boost brand awareness The Drum In addition, Deezer is asking music fans to create Vineceptions of their own, telling the world what music means to them using the hashtag #myvineception.
There’s no shortage of video-focused, Internet-connected boxes on the market and most of them can handle music streaming too. But what if you stripped out the video and concentrated entirely on audio? That’s what ‘social WiFi’ company Fon is doing with its new Gramofon device.
Beatport, an SFX Entertainment, Inc. company and the principal online destination for the electronic music community of DJ/Producers and fans, announced it has developed a new, broad API (Application Programming Interface) that will elevate and advance all elements of Electronic Music Culture.
The API provides access to the millions of electronic music tracks, mixes, and more available in the Beatport catalog, plus Beatport's user-generated database of live dance music events. The API will evolve to include upcoming Beatport consumer features as well as key, select data and analytics which will provide a framework for developers to create new and exciting web, mobile and other apps and services.
The British newspaper The Guardian hosted the first Music Hack Day (MHD) over a weekend in 2009. On Octuber of that year, it was organized in Barcelona for the first time by the Music Technology Group (MTG) de la Pompeu Fabra and the phenomenon began to spread around the world to the point where it covers the 20 cities that today host this well-known hackathon for the music industry.
The formula is: the organizers bring together companies so that they open up their technologies (web services, APIs, etc.) to a group of hackers selected beforehand after a call for proposals. From that moment on, the developers have carte blanche to enter the codes, manipulate them and experiment for 24 hours in order to develop a new generation of music applications .
Music streaming startup Deezer just revamped its free offering across the board in order to become more competitive with Spotify, Rdio and others. Mobile users will now be able to listen to smart radios for free.
Information is changing the music industry; not only in the ways we consume and discover music, but as well in the ways companies are arming themselves for competition.
Streaming services see gold in the figures that fuel recommendation algorithms, and now content companies, driven too by the alluring growth of digital tech, are proudly announcing their latest partnerships with leading software-as-a-service companies and the terabytes of social data multiplying on their servers.
The future of music discovery—and potentially, of artist development—is now in the numbers.