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Rise of a Solar Energy Ecosystem: Musk's ingenuity driving infrastructural and economic inversion

Rise of a Solar Energy Ecosystem: Musk's ingenuity driving infrastructural and economic inversion | ThinkDigital :: i.T.E.A.M. ™ | Scoop.it
Earlier this week, during a disappointing Tesla earnings call, Elon Musk mentioned in passing that he’d be producing a stationary battery for powering the home in the next few months. It sounded...
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As Computing moves from distributed to centralized, as Electricity did at the turn of the century, Electricity is reverting from centralized back to distributed, bearing centralized Computing's increasing Electricity demands. Fascinating. Elon Musk = next in the pantheon of "Men Who Built America."

 

[For more context: see commentary on "Amazon's Fire TV is a win for everyone..." scoop below]

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Apple Acquires Semetric, a Data Analysis Company

Apple Acquires Semetric, a Data Analysis Company | ThinkDigital :: i.T.E.A.M. ™ | Scoop.it
Semetric, based in Britain, is one of a growing number of companies that record labels and others consult for data on how music is consumed online.
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Pursuant to audio SaaS VR strategy described in precedent scoop ("Apple to Buy Radio App Swell...") :

 

And the beats grows on...

 

[Image from MusicMetric.com.  MusicMetric is Semetric's music consumption data analysis subsidiary.]

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Apple to Buy Radio App Swell for $30 Million

Apple to Buy Radio App Swell for $30 Million | ThinkDigital :: i.T.E.A.M. ™ | Scoop.it

"Apple is close to buying the Pandora-for-talk-radio app Swell, according to multiple sources."

ThinkDigital™'s insight:

AAPL executing a deft (and in some ways clandestine) vertical rollup in audio entertainment SaaS. Love the irony of snatching a seedling investment from Google Ventures. Looks like they took note of Shashi Seth's (Tribune Digital Ventures') Newsbeat gambit (see "Tribune Built A Robot..." below):

 

[Shashi Seth loves NPR. But he would like it a lot more if he could skip stories.

That was the kernel of the idea behind Newsbeat, a new mobile app the Tribune Company is releasing today that uses voice-over artists and a robot to read news stories while you're in your car or at the gym...]

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YouTube to block indie labels who don't sign up to new music service

YouTube to block indie labels who don't sign up to new music service | ThinkDigital :: i.T.E.A.M. ™ | Scoop.it
Starting internal tests of subscription service but faces accusation of 'catastrophic error of judgement'
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c'mon, Google – there's no I in T.E.A.M. ... but remember to ThinkDigital, and you'll find the i: invest in the entire T.E.A.M. to create win-win outcomes.  [remember: "do no evil" !]

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AT&T announces deal to acquire DirecTV

AT&T announces deal to acquire DirecTV | ThinkDigital :: i.T.E.A.M. ™ | Scoop.it
AT&T said Sunday that it had agreed to acquire America's biggest satellite television provider, DirecTV, in a deal worth almost $50 billion.
ThinkDigital™'s insight:

the only way this is possible or makes any business sense is because of the de-facto, exempted monopolism of american pro sports leagues.  congress, either mandate a-la-carte options for sports programming,  or regulate/deny pay-tv distribution consolidation.  (or, google, nab those nfl rights once and for all, and set the dominos in motion.)

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Apple to buy Beats Electronics for $3.2B, report says

Apple to buy Beats Electronics for $3.2B, report says | ThinkDigital :: i.T.E.A.M. ™ | Scoop.it
Apple would take control of Beats' hardware business (including its signature headphones) and its relatively new streaming-music service, Beats Music.
ThinkDigital™'s insight:

Body blow sustained by beats when Spotify acquired Echo Nest leads beats to seek financing and strategic partners.  Apple balance sheet and techno-tainment expertise prove more desirable to beats than another dance with PE, and Apple asks to step in.  Carlyle more than happy to oblige Apple's offer – PE's about money making money, after all.  And Apple sees a handsome investment in defense and growth strategies.

 

(To a modest extent I surmise,) Apple gets: relationships with Universal Music, Vivendi, Chrysler, HP, Topspin, Dolby, ATT, music & sports celebrities; A&R talent; Technical, Supply Chain & Engineering talent; AI talent; huge margins; robust, accretive revenues; streaming expertise; curation expertise; brand equity; leverage against wireless telecom cartel; wearables ecosystem; access to automobility and infotainment ecosystem...

 

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Music Intelligence for Sale

Music Intelligence for Sale | ThinkDigital :: i.T.E.A.M. ™ | Scoop.it

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. 


Via Yvan Boudillet
ThinkDigital™'s insight:

pioneering semantic web technology...  as suggested by this article, amazon's & google's "giant brain" model can be effectively applied to verticals as well.  gratifying evolutionary strides...  but i'd also like to see advances that make better use of and accommodate user inputs.  what i envision is reverse filtration – something like what amazon is already doing with shopping for goods – especially with regard to lyrical subject matter, not just audio/aural elements like beat, melody, genre, rhythm and such.

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Amazon’s Fire TV is a win for everyone, even if its flame dwindles quickly

Amazon’s Fire TV is a win for everyone, even if its flame dwindles quickly | ThinkDigital :: i.T.E.A.M. ™ | Scoop.it
With the Fire TV, Amazon came out with guns blazing. But how long until the Fire TV's flame dies down in the face of its competition. Or does that matter?
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major cracks forming in the pay-tv industry's levee...  it'll break once a digital distributor brokers a deal for live content.  (content producers of all kinds are getting giddy anticipating the erosion of incumbent distribution walls.)

 

as for amazon: when your fundamental business is scaling and harnessing computing power, you can do stuff like this.

 

when consumers buy prime, they actually buy not retail power, but computing power. 

 

think of amazon (and google, among a few select others) as a giant brain – all that their engineers and staff have to do is protect and grow it; they can then teach it new things, which in turns protects and grows it.  a virtuous cycle that builds a new kind of moat.

 

it's somewhat like GE & JP Morgan building/scaling electric capacity at the turn of the century, giving rise to a new tier of economics.

 

sang jimi, "[amazon,] let me stand next to your fire..."

 
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Disney Buys Maker Studios In Deal Worth At Least $500 Million

Disney Buys Maker Studios In Deal Worth At Least $500 Million | ThinkDigital :: i.T.E.A.M. ™ | Scoop.it
The Walt Disney Co. is acquiring Maker Studios, a top YouTube multichannel network, for $500 million with a performance-based earn-out of up to $450 million, the Mouse House announced. According to...
ThinkDigital™'s insight:

Gauging Disney's and Iger's track record of shrewd strategic acquisitions (Mighty Ducks of Anaheim notwithstanding ;), I sense an industry inflection point...  Mickey's got himself a star nursery !

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The archaeologist of African vinyl

The archaeologist of African vinyl | ThinkDigital :: i.T.E.A.M. ™ | Scoop.it

Via Juan Carlos Hernandez
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another nice find from juan carlos !  

 

reminds me somewhat of this:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5XoAkOuWdM

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Tribune Company Built a Robot That Reads You The News | Digital - Advertising Age

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latest chapter in the adventures of gracenote – a property integral to tribune co's metamorphosis.

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Spotify Acquires The Echo Nest

Spotify Acquires The Echo Nest | ThinkDigital :: i.T.E.A.M. ™ | Scoop.it
Deal Further Strengthens Spotify’s Music Discovery ExpertiseSpotify today announced that it will acquire the industry’s leading music intelligence company, The Echo Nest.  The acquisition supports ...
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smart move, for many reasons – not least, gaining a boston tech presence. one step closer to marrying the Muse and AI. body blow to beats music !

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The Next Big Thing In Music? Apps That Read Your Mind

The Next Big Thing In Music? Apps That Read Your Mind | ThinkDigital :: i.T.E.A.M. ™ | Scoop.it
Inspired by radio's killer app, The Echo Nest thinks tomorrow's music services will be mind-reading personal DJs.

Via Pierre Priot
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more progress on marrying The Muse with AI

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Pierre Priot's curator insight, February 8, 2014 9:06 AM

The orwellian music industry has already been set in motion.
Big Brother is spinning records for you.

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The Next Episode: Apple’s plans for Beats-based music service revealed

The Next Episode: Apple’s plans for Beats-based music service revealed | ThinkDigital :: i.T.E.A.M. ™ | Scoop.it
Six months after buying the subscription music service Beats Music, Apple is actively working to launch a completely new paid streaming music service that will compete with Spotify and Rdio. Yet to...
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Apple continues to shape its Audio SaaS – the fulcrum to its UX ecosystem... [see also articles below re: Semetric and Swell]

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Jay Z to Expand Empire With Music Streaming Company

Jay Z to Expand Empire With Music Streaming Company | ThinkDigital :: i.T.E.A.M. ™ | Scoop.it
The rapper and entrepreneur made a $56 million offer for Aspiro, which offers high-fidelity audio streaming through WiMP in Europe and Tidal in the United States
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prescient, shrewd, aggressive, ambitious... apparently shawn's been doing some homework. new respect, mr. carter.

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Today's Other Big Match: Songza and Google

Today's Other Big Match: Songza and Google | ThinkDigital :: i.T.E.A.M. ™ | Scoop.it

big news: introducing GOOGZA

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first amie street to amazon, now songza to google.  will elias roman found another company and sell to apple for the triple crown of music-tech ?

 

way to go, elias.  my #entrepreneurcrush on you just got even stronger...  you had me at 's'.

 

now, let's take contextual and topical streaming to another level...  (hello resource description framework !)

 

- s

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Viacom Becomes Latest Entertainment Giant to Buy a YouTube Presence

... following disney's and dreamworks' digital investments, viacom has taken a minority stake in online video network defy media.

ThinkDigital™'s insight:

... did someone say "inflection point" ?  

 

(see "disney buys maker studios" below ;)

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YouTube to Acquire Videogame-Streaming Service Twitch for $1 Billion: Sources

YouTube to Acquire Videogame-Streaming Service Twitch for $1 Billion: Sources | ThinkDigital :: i.T.E.A.M. ™ | Scoop.it

another Google's YouTube has reached a deal to buy Twitch, a popular videogame-streaming company, for more than $1 billion, according to sources familiar with the pact. The deal, in an all-cash offer, is e...

ThinkDigital™'s insight:

another convergence inflection point...

 

[ThinkDigital update: Amazon swooped in at the 11th hour and snatched Twitch away from Google, possibly underscoring that Google finds itself stretched a little too thin and needs to sharpen its strategic focus...  Considering Amazon's own dominance in Digital Entertainment, Google's "anti-trust concerns" seem a little disingenuous.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ryanmac/2014/08/25/amazon-pounces-on-twitch-after-google-balks-due-to-antitrust-concerns/ ]

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Jawbone Snaps Up Playground.fm | TechCrunch

Jawbone Snaps Up Playground.fm | TechCrunch | ThinkDigital :: i.T.E.A.M. ™ | Scoop.it
Looks like instead of being acquired, wrist and speaker hardware company Jawbone is doing some acquiring, scooping up social and personalized music playlist..
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dynamics on the fringe of an ecosystem yield insight as to inexorable macro trends at its core.

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Amazon Considers Streaming Media Service

Amazon Considers Streaming Media Service | ThinkDigital :: i.T.E.A.M. ™ | Scoop.it
Amazon.com is considering an advertising-supported streaming television and music-video service, a departure from its strategy of linking video to its $99-a-year Prime subscription service, according to people close to the company.
ThinkDigital™'s insight:

WSJ calls it a "departure" from strategy...  But followers of ThinkDigital know better ;)  It's really an affirmation of strategy.  (Tip: study astronomy on the side – it'll help you conceptualize the abstractions of network effects and of digital economics in general.)

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Billboard and Twitter Partner To Create ‘Billboard Twitter Real-Time Charts’

Billboard and Twitter Partner To Create ‘Billboard Twitter Real-Time Charts’ | ThinkDigital :: i.T.E.A.M. ™ | Scoop.it

New charts will be the first to use Twitter data to identify the top and emerging tracks and artists of the moment. Billboard and social media..."

ThinkDigital™'s insight:

... um, called it ?

 

prescience !  ; )

 

interestingly, a move that appears to be a parry by billboard parent guggenheim digital media to tribune digital ventures' acquisition of gracenote (see earlier scoop below)...

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Twitter #Music To Be Pulled From App Store Today, Will Shut Down Completely On April 18 | TechCrunch

Twitter #Music To Be Pulled From App Store Today, Will Shut Down Completely On April 18 | TechCrunch | ThinkDigital :: i.T.E.A.M. ™ | Scoop.it
Twitter just announced that it will be removing its #Music app from the App Store "later this afternoon." For those who have already downloaded it, the app..
ThinkDigital™'s insight:

at first blush, surprising – in that over 50% of twitter's traffic/activity is related to music.  but i surmise it all portends a new approach to leveraging and serving this vibrant community in the burgeoning conversation economy.  (consider also that kevin thau, who launched #music, left twitter last year to join jelly.)

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13 Streaming Music Services Compared by Price, Quality, Catalog Size and More | TIME

13 Streaming Music Services Compared by Price, Quality, Catalog Size and More | TIME | ThinkDigital :: i.T.E.A.M. ™ | Scoop.it
Beats Music, Google Play, iTunes, Pandora, Rdio, Spotify and others: See which one's best for you.

Via Juan Carlos Hernandez
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love me a good overview – of any topic, let alone one as fluid as music tech... thanks, juan carlos !

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27 incredibly cool musical Lego creations

27 incredibly cool musical Lego creations | ThinkDigital :: i.T.E.A.M. ™ | Scoop.it
Photo: Legocollection.tumblr.com Let’s get serious for a second, here: If you didn’t enjoy The Lego Movie, you functionally have no
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How's this for a confluence of IP stratagems ?
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Warner Music Mines Shazam for Underground Hits | Wired Business | Wired.com

Warner Music Mines Shazam for Underground Hits | Wired Business | Wired.com | ThinkDigital :: i.T.E.A.M. ™ | Scoop.it
Warner will mine Shazam's database of song lookups to figure out what songs and artists are about to break out. It's a smart partnership that will make Warner smarter about marketing and give it access to up and coming artists.

Via Pierre Priot
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Clandestinely, America's next IPO darling.  

 

Say it with me: "A... C... R... Shazam !"

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Pierre Priot's curator insight, February 20, 2014 7:55 AM

Did you ever wonder who's monitoring your Shazam requests?

Well, Warner Music is.