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Vevo Flop Reemphasizes How Badly The Record Labels Underestimate Technology

Vevo Flop Reemphasizes How Badly The Record Labels Underestimate Technology

Record label's inability to understand and effectively get on the band wagon with new tech was recently highlighted by the shuttering of video hosting service and wannabe YouTube competitor Vevo, which will ironically now only be found on YouTube. Guest post by Mike Masnick of Techdirt Just last week we wrote about how the big record ...

Why Music Fan Data Matters

Why Music Fan Data Matters

While it's been established that most online sites are collecting as much of our data as possible, artists and bands would do well to adopt a similar strategy, as carefully utilized fan data can benefit both the fan and the musicians. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 Every site and social network online is ...

Splice Acquires Online Music Community Indaba, Free Rubber Tracks Sample Library

Splice Acquires Online Music Community Indaba, Free Rubber Tracks Sample Library

Music collaboration tech developer Splice has acquired Indaba Music. Indaba is an online music community of more than a million creators. Indaba’s Founder Dan Zaccagnino and CEO, JJ Rosen, a former Sony exec, will join Splice’s executive team, bringing along eight team members. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Founded 12 years ago, Indaba has ...

Top 9 Exciting Gear Releases From NAMM 2018

Top 9 Exciting Gear Releases From NAMM 2018

The annual National Association of Music Merchants (or NAMM) Trade Show tends to evoke a good amount of excitement among music industry gear heads, and 2018 was no exception. Here we look at nine of the most notable such releases from this year's show. Guest post by Rory Seydel of Landr Every year the gear announcements ...

Create, Add To Playlists With Your Voice On Amazon Music

Create, Add To Playlists With Your Voice On Amazon Music

Amazon Music users can now tell Alexa to create a new playlist or add a song  to an  existing playlist with just their voice.  While listening to Amazon Music on an Alexa-enabled device users can now say:    “Alexa, add this song to my playlist” “Alexa, add this to my playlist” “Alexa, add this to my ‘Studying’ ...

Emergence Of Blockchain Technology For Music

Emergence Of Blockchain Technology For Music

In this piece, Mo Jalloh of Zimmi breaks down what blockchain tech can be defined as, and how the emergence of blockchain tech will affect artists and music industry in the near future. Guest post by Mo Jalloh of Zimrii The emergence of BlockChain Technology has been described as the greatest technology invention since the dawn of the ...

6 Concert & Event Startups To Watch In The Coming Year

6 Concert & Event Startups To Watch In The Coming Year

As the event technology renaissance continues, numerous companies are reshaping the event industry whether it's through apps or AI. Here we look at six event startups to keep an eye on as we move forward into 2018. Guest post by Katie Sawyer of Eventbrite Event technology is going through a renaissance. From event apps to artificial ...

Spotify Acquires Online Recording Studio Soundtrap To Help 'Democratize The Music Ecosystem'

Spotify Acquires Online Recording Studio Soundtrap To Help 'Democratize The Music Ecosystem'

Spotify has acquired fellow Stockholm based startup Soundtrap, a popular web based recording studio. In a post announcing the deal, Spotify said that “Soundtrap's rapidly growing business is highly aligned with Spotify’s vision of democratizing the music ecosystem." Spotify has acquired online recording studio startup Soundtrap. Few details of the acquisition were shared, but Soundtrap, founded in ...

Pandora App Adds Direct Alexa Voice Control For Sonos

Pandora App Adds Direct Alexa Voice Control For Sonos

Pandora has added Alexa powered voice control of Sonos wireless speakers from within the music streamer's app.  Many anaylyats believe that voice control of music is the killer app that will bring music streaming into the mainstream.  Pandora today added voice control of Sonos wireless speakers from its mobile app. More than 50% of U.S. Sonos ...

Who Needs Shazam? Google Assistant App Adds Song Recognition

Who Needs Shazam? Google Assistant App Adds Song Recognition

Google has added song recognition to its Google Assistant app across all platforms.  Ask Google Assistant “what song is this?” or “what song is playing?,” and it shows the song's name, the artist, lyrics, and links to YouTube, Google Play Music and Spotify.  Move over Shazam... Music recognition had previously come to Google's Pixel 1 and Pixel ...