Comment mieux valoriser le savoir faire des industries créatives françaises? Nous avons la conviction que pour être plus efficaces et plus innovantes, ces industries ont besoin d’un espace pour échanger entre différents secteurs autour de problématiques communes. De ces conversations peuvent émerger des rapprochements opérationnels et des projets novateurs. C’est pourquoi nous avons crée en septembre 2010 l’Atelier Français, la plate-forme des industries créatives.
If you’re not deeply entrenched in the business of digital entertainment technology, you may not know what metadata is, but I’m going to go out on a limb and say this – metadata is the single most important ingredient in marketing and selling entertainment content today.
A common definition for metadata is: “data about data.” Although this is a catchy phrase, it doesn’t really help us understand what metadata is and why it is so critical. Even if you haven’t heard of the term metadata, chances are you interact with rely on it multiple times every day. If you use your on-screen TV program guide; shop for music or movies online; or stream content from cloud services like Pandora and Slacker, metadata is fueling the entire experience
Sound will be bigger than video on the Web - that's the assertion SoundCloud CEO Alexander Ljung made on stage during the first day at The Next Web Conference in Amsterdam today. (...)
Ljung is clearly excited about audio’s potential and his talk was followed by Jonathan Forster of Spotify, who gave some fascinating insights into the power that the music streaming service can offer to musicians and labels in understanding the tastes of their listeners.
Those of us who aren’t at the Rethink Music Conference in Boston, where academics, rockstars, executives, government officials, and other thinkers are mixing it up an an effort to reinvent the future of the music industry on April 26 and 27, can check it out here on the conference’s LiveStream.
RealNetworks used to try to compete with Apple. Now it’s in the Apple accessories business. The software company is rolling out Rinse, a $39 program that promises to “seamlessly organize and repair your iTunes music library”.
Cory Doctorow: To compete with piracy, digital content providers need clear value propositions that don't conflict with the product (...)
In this article, I take a first cut at a taxonomy of "value propositions for the purchase of digital goods" – that is, reasons you should spend money on digital files that you can get for free – and of the market strategies that enhance or undermine each strategy. Different companies and products need different value propositions, but whatever your strategy is, your stated case for buying your products should be supported by those products. And if your sales strategy actively militates against your value proposition, you're doing it wrong.
This list isn't comprehensive; it's a starting point. If you've got more value propositions, please add a comment …
We arched an eyebrow in studied approval of Pocket Hipster a few months ago – a music recommendation app for iPhone that sprang from a partnership between We Are Hunted and The Echo Nest. Now they’re at it again with a new app called Music Hunter.
There has been much talk about the need for a global repertoire database in music. I would go further and say we need a global content database in culture.
But how could such a thing even come into existence? On such a vast scale, the integration of so many different types of database seems endlessly challenging. Really big outfits like Deloittes and really smart outfits like PPL have struggled to figure out how to create their own futures when just keeping up with the present seems such hard work
Envy is a powerful drug and right now the music industry is suffering from Netflix envy. That's let to an interesting debate between those who believe Netflix' success is a model for the music industry, and those who see radical differences between consumer engagement with visual vs. audio content. .
The Berklee College of Music just wrapped up a conference on the future of music industry - yes another one. What makes this interesting is that it was held by a school that's set to graduate a class destined for this very industry. High-level representatives from Interscope, Tommy Boy, Warner Music and other labels were there to defend their industry. And, as a nod to how that industry has changed, Damian Kulash of the band OK Go, Ben Folds, Amanda Palmer, and Neil Gaiman locked themselves in a studio for 12 hours and came up with six new songs — with input from from their fans (who were watching live online) via Twitter.
SoundCloud may be the biggest music startup you’ve never heard of.
It’s a large-scale platform for people to share the sounds they create and has quietly conquered the professional music community, amassed 4 million users and expanded into all kinds of sound, from podcasts and public earnings calls to cat impersonations. We covered the Berlin-based startup back in 2009 when it pulled in over $3M in funding, but it’s been mostly under the radar since then.
People who are interested in new music beyond their old, time-worn favorites or the standardized mix of oldies and chart-toppers found on the FM dial have probably tried Pandora, Last.fm, and YouTube by now. Those are indispensable tools for any music fan these days, but they’re not the only games in town, when it comes to pleasing your ears with new sounds.
Check out these five ways to discover music, listed in alphabetical order. Some are brand new, while others have been hiding in plain sight all along.
Ever wonder what’s on your best friend’s iPhone? Well, wonder no longer — there’s a new app called Songasaurus on the scene that will let you see what songs are striking your pals’ fancy.
I don’t know about you, but when I’m in the mood to, say, listen to Twin Shadow’s “Castles in the Snow” on repeat for an entire subway ride, I fire up iTunes rather than something more social, like Rdio (which shows what you have on heavy rotation). Well, now our obsessive listening secrets are out of the bag.
Whether your content is produced in-house or licensed from a third party, make sure it’s complete from top to bottom. Otherwise, you might send someone off in a JAZZ RAGE (...)
METADATA TO THE RESCUE
In the interest of creating a satisfying user experience, the record companies would do well to clean up the catalog they license to services like Rdio. As newer editions of “Milestones” are released, this user experience will only become more unwieldy.
Complete and accurate metadata will make your life easier now.
New technology and its applications will find new uses for content in coming years. Make sure that your content—and by extension, your metadata—is complete and accurate. Because it just may make your life easier in the future, too.
Music is data. A shitload of it packed in every single song. To people, music equals entertainment. To a computer, it's a precise stream of ones and zeros.
If you could teach computers to understand those ones and zeros — to digest them like we do — then you could manipulate sounds in ways even Prefuse 73 hasn't dreamed of. You could use your iPhone as a violin. You could settle scores over who liked an artist first — you, or your obnoxious friend with the impossibly skinny jeans. You could take your favorite Jay-Z album, tweak one cut into a two-step swing remix, add cowbell to another, and determine which bangers the Grateful Dead would have been most likely to cover in the early 1970s — all on your smart phone, while in line for a Metallica show.