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.
At an event in New York City today, Spotify announced a new Discover section to help users find new music on the service, a Collection section for holding all your music, and Follow, a place to keep up to date on celebrities. Spotify CEO and Founder Daniel Ek admitted that users say Spotify is great when you know what you want to listen to, but not so good when you don't — the genesis of the company's new features. Some examples of content boxes on the new Discover page are "You listen to David Guetta and Skrillex.
You might like Avicii," and "Since you follow The Knife, we recommend Deep Cuts for your collection." Ek said, "Tiles of cover art may not mean much... We wanted to give users the context that's missing." There also appears to be a recommendation engine for showing you artists that are touring near you.
Spotify today plans to begin the roll out of its first ever browser-based music player, The Verge has learned from sources close to the company. From the looks of it, the web player looks a lot like its desktop counterparts on Mac and Windows, including search, Spotify Radio, playlist editing and creation, and a "What's New" section. Like its desktop apps, Spotify on the web will likely be free to use but include audio ads and banners ads. The web app will roll out over the coming months, we're told, and will supplement but not replace the company's desktop apps.
Every time a new "Pandora killer" launches, my first question is what technology is driving song selection. The answer matters because that's who/what is deciding what we listen to. Pandora has its own "Music Genome Project" which is really just...
"It’s been over a year since Music Hack Day last visited London and during that period we’ve seen some serious developments in the world of digital music including several labels announcing partnerships which will allow developers to easily access content and develop apps – something that was previously difficult due to licensing issues.
This growth in available music data is great news for the eager developers who attend the event and so it’s no surprise that this year featured some fantastic hacks created during a 24 hour period at the Barbican Center. Here’s our pick of the best from the 60+ hacks that were demoed this year.."
Les producteurs de musique membres du SNEP et les plateformes de streaming annoncent aujourd’hui la mise en place d’un classement hebdomadaire des meilleures écoutes en streaming, dont la première publication aura lieu le 10 septembre.
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.
TechCentral Spotify's mobile users skyrocket since free streaming launch CNET It's been one week since Spotify announced it would allow anyone on an iOS or Android tablet or smartphone to use its music streaming app free of charge.
Musicmetric has announced a deal with Spotify that will allow its users to benchmark Spotify data alongside social media trends and file-sharing information.
Musicmetric Pro, Musicmetric’s premium analytics tool, will integrate Spotify data allowing it to be analysed alongside other data streams. MusicMetric says this could show how streaming data can be used by the music industry to better leverage revenues.
Anyone with Spotify Analytics can now access all their data through Musicmetric, meaning streaming data can be laid on top of social media trends, BitTorrent consumption and sentiment for over 700,000 artists captured by Musicmetric.
Meanwhile on Spotify’s app platform comes the launch of David Guetta’s ‘PLAY GUETTA’ app. Back when Spotify launched artist apps back in June I said that they were a great start on the rod to relevance for streaming music services and music discovery but that there was a long distance to go (which was a polite way of saying that the first wave of apps weren’t very good). The David Guetta app is a different kettle of fish altogether. Whereas the first wave of apps had an air of unfulfilled promised ‘PLAY GUETTA’ is a rich, immersive and – crucially – massively social app. As a testament to the importance of Spotify’s app ecosystem, ‘PLAY GUETTA’ is built using the Soundrop SDK, itself a Spotify app.
Spotify, the streaming music startup, was having serious trouble paying its bills, if you believed reports from earlier this year. Its 2011 financials showed a loss of nearly $60 million on revenues of $244 million.
Spotify continued its quest to become the operating system of music on the internet with today’s launch of an embeddable music player that puts legal tunes on websites and blogs, for free, while compensating copyright holders.
So, an iPhone app built on Spotify's API is now more popular than the main Spotify app – but since SpotOn Radio requires users to be paying for Spotify, this isn't a problem for the company.
A number of startups and media companies – including The Guardian – jumped on board Spotify's desktop apps platform when it went live. The next wave of apps may come from another source though: music labels.
"It's a really interesting platform for artists and labels to really enhance the experience around the music," says Garmark.
"In this digital age of music, the experience in some ways got reduced to just a track or a playlist. But with these apps, it can start getting back to the old way of immersing yourself in the album cover, or reading about the music while listening to it. And artists can use it to connect with their audience."
The Echo Nest will power Spotify’s new radio features. The improved, personalized radio function, along with apps by Billboard and other companies, are available in... Music intelligence company The Echo Nest will power Spotify's new radio features.
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