Check out this comprehensive guide on lifehacker for whipping your music library metadata into shape. This information covers cleaning up both primary tags like artist and album and secondary tags like genre or year.
A new study by social-media marketing firm SocialCode puts the value of the average Facebook fan $9.56 per fan, assuming a constant cost-per-click of $1. The study looked at 5 million Facebook ads placed by 50 SocialCode clients between May...
For whatever reason, some of the neatest announcements in digital music history have been surrounded by an air of mystery. Call it the iPod effect. The latest player in this game: Spotify, which is summoning reporters to a Nov. 30 “Global Press Conference” with the tantalizing teaser, “What’s next for Spotify?”
People are talking, which is of course the point. All Things Digital thinks Spotify will announce a digital music store. PC Magazine doesn’t know. VentureBeat agrees with All Things Digital: Spotify plans to launch an MP3 store.
We respectfully disagree, because we think we’ve already broken this story.
If our theory is correct, Spotify will announce a commercial API (application programming interface) on November 30 that lets app developers for iOS, Android, and other platforms build — and sell — music apps that draw on Spotify’s catalog of 15-million-plus songs.
That last bit is crucial. Developers can already build apps on top of Spotify – they just can’t sell them, removing a substantial incentive for making cool stuff, especially when so many other app developers have struck gold on the app stores.
Mobile devices have completely changed the way we consume music. It wasn't so long ago that I would physically go to a store to browse for an album. Today, I can stream pretty much any song ever recorded on my smartphone, for free, anywhere I have access to the Internet.
Alors qu’iTunes Match débarque aux Etats-Unis pour héberger dans les nuages l’intégralité ou presque de votre discothèque, Apple doit faire face à une concurrence de plus en plus effrénée. Précurseur à l’ouverture de sa boutique de téléchargement de musique, l’iTunes Store doit désormais affronter une nouvelle génération de services basée sur un tout autre modèle, le streaming. Avec Deezer ou encore Spotify, fini le téléchargement de fichiers, vive l’écoute à la demande et en illimité contre le versement d’un abonnement. Quel modèle va s’imposer ? La nouvelle offre de Google, véritable copier coller de celle d’Apple montre-t-elle qu’iTunes a encore de beaux jours ? Débats ! On refait le Mac e80, iTunes, Deezer, Spotify, Google, le Match !
Music fans don’t fear brands, and most are up for a little band-on-brand action, with two thirds of those surveyed for GMR Marketing’snew report, Marketing Music: How Brands Affect Bands, believing that sponsors help rather than exploit artists.And 69% of respondents say they have been introduced to new music by advertisers (a figure which rises to 88% among teens).
(UPDATED) Jim Donio, President of NARM, joins Ian Rogers for a new episode of This Week In Music to talk about how music retail has changed over the past 20 years. Since 1958, The National Association of Recording Merchandisers has...
American pop band We The Kings, or rather their record label S-Curve, have teamed up with Israeli startup Interlude (earlier coverage) to produce a fancy interactive video that blends familiar gameplay with video sequences and god-awful music...
Though you might think that gig posters and flyers are a relic of a forgotten age, in many locales they are still quite useful for publicity and are still considered basic merch items. However, digital flyers are a growing phenomenon...
How Decibel’s technology works, how they improve the quality, accuracy and depth of product intelligence, and the importance of quality Product Knowledge and Metadata in increasing digital music revenues.
We’ve already covered the keynote speech at tonight’s Music TechPitch 4.5 event at EMI’s headquarters in London, where EVP of strategy and insight Jim Brady explained why a major label is so keen to be working with external startups and developers. Next it was time for some startups to pitch their wares.
Eight were taking part: DizzyJam, Hitlantis, Hooolp (that’s three ‘o’s), Mobile Backstage, Isophonics, Seevl, Webdoc and Xylyx.
They were presenting to a panel of judges including representatives from Bootlaw / Pinsent Masons, EMI, Rockabox Media, Eden Ventures, TheNextWeb and Doughty Hanson Technology Ventures.
A new generation of music fans discovered Led Zeppelin by watching the September finale of Entourage, the HBO series.Viewers who had the music identification app Shazam installed on their smartphones tagged the Zeppelin classic “Going to...
Billboard's Glenn Peoples and ex-staffer Anthony Bruno joined forces to pick their Top 10 Music Startups For 2011. As we'll see in other 2011 "Best Of" lists, this one is heavy on apps and music discovery.
Google Music left beta yesterday with a 320kps download store, free cloud storage and streaming, unique music sharing options, mobile payments and a direct to fan sales hub for indie artists. But how does the new Google Music compare to...
If you think the album is dead, then maybe you're not truly living! Just look at the millions of vinyl devotees, or digital album sales surges for signs of life!
But wait: these are mere islands in a surging sea of disaggregated singles and snippets, YouTube clips, Pandora stations and Spotify playlists. The nostalgic newness of vinyl seems more exciting than the songs themselves, and the single-tasking album listener is a dated animal.
Which begs the question: is there an album 2.0 ahead, and if so, what will it really look like? Last week, we profiled the early-stage eVinyl, an LA-based garage attempting to create a living, breathing, interactive collection of multimedia 'album' elements. All wrapped in a cross-platform app, one that plays nice with iPads and Nooks alike.
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