Some people like to hear music precisely as it was recorded, which is why the most expensive audio equipment purports to do absolutely nothing to affect the original audio signal. Others like to tweak their sound, often in the bass range.
“If you’re a business now and you’re only on the PC, you’re going to have some serious problems.” That’s how Spotify founder and CEO Daniel Ek described the biggest challenge facing his company and others in the industry during a one-on-one chat Tuesday with Forbes associate editor Steven Bertoni. On the first day of the music portion of SXSW in Austin, Ek began with some news about Spotify’s growing position as the world’s leading music subscription service— it now claims six million paid subscribers worldwide— before delving into his views on what’s next.
Selon les résultats de l’étude Consumer Choices menée par GfK pour l’année 2012, les ventes de biens culturels dématérialisés (livres, vidéos, jeux vidéos et musiques) ont progressé de 23% entre 2011 et 2012, passant de 767M à 943M d’€ de CA.
Once upon a time, startups had a hard time even getting a meeting with major labels, let alone striking any kind of deal. Nowadays, labels are all aware of the need to open their doors wide to new ideas from fledgling technology companies.
It’s been a year since Google rebranded its Android Market app store to Google Play – thereby unifying its multimedia content – and the Internet giant is celebrating the landmark by offering a week of deals for Android users.
I saw a great tweet recently from a satirical Twitter account which said: “Welcome to the age where it's encouraged to pay for music before it's recorded and take it for free once it's made.” This tweet inspired a “Eureka!” moment. The reason why charging for music before it is recorded on crowd-funding services, such as Kickstarter and PledgeMusic, works is because it helps to create exclusivity in an industry plagued by abundance.
Recorded music has become a commodity, and the challenge to the artist is to create uniqueness within the commoditized system in order to build a sustainable career. It’s a matter of creating value within the commodity itself, within the distribution systems, and within the positioning of your music. Selling it before it’s recorded creates value because you’re selling a promise of greatness rather than a song itself. You’re selling the feeling and emotion related to a great song. It’s the artist’s duty to fulfill that promise.
John Sheehan is a co-founder of Runscope, an API tools company in San Francisco looking for engineers and designers to help build the future of developer tools for API-driven applications. Previously, John was at IFTTT and Twilio.
Buried among a weekend of panel discussions, product launches and parties at SXSW is the news that YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley is on the brink of jumping back into the Web video space with a new service.
Music Hack Day is an international 24-hour event where programmers, designers and artists come together to conceptualize, build and demo the future of music. Software, hardware, mobile, web, instruments, art - anything goes as long as it’s music related
Project ‘Daisy,’ the streaming music service built internally by headphone and speaker maker Beats Electronics, has received a $60 million investment round that it is using to spin out as a standalone company.
The opening conference of the San Francisco Music Tech Summit entitled "Music Discovery" that was held Feb. 19, 2013, gathered the professionals of the online music recommendation: Rhapsody,Pandora and The Echo Nest. Even though each of these companies is offering different services, they all have the same goal: to collect data on users’ tastes in order to provide with them songs and artists they are likely to appreciate.
Here at Mashable we love Spotify, but there are things we'd change about the music streaming service. We've put our heads together and come up with a list of features and functionality we'd like to see Spotify offer.
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