Music

  • Google’s A.I. Duet experiment lets you jam with the machine

    Google’s A.I. Duet experiment lets you jam with the machine

    Google today launched a fun new machine learning experiment: A.I. Duet. This new web-based experiment lets you play melodies on your computer’s keyboard (or a supported MIDI keyboard you plug into your computer) and the computer will then try to play a duet with you. Here is how this works: you basically play a few notes and then wait for the program to come back with a response. What… Read More

  • Pandora falls 4% on earnings news

    Pandora falls 4% on earnings news

    Internet music giant Pandora fell 4 percent in initial after-hours trading after the company released its fourth-quarter 2016 earnings results. Pandora actually beat expectations, but this was already worked into the stock because the company announced last month that they would beat guidance. Investors were apparently looking for something better. The earnings per share loss came in at 13… Read More

  • Sources: Spotify may delay IPO to 2018 as it rethinks licensing deals

    Sources: Spotify may delay IPO to 2018 as it rethinks licensing deals

    Spotify — the music streaming company with over 100 million users (40 million of them paying) — has long been seen as one of the more likely candidates among larger tech startups to go public in 2017, but it looks like this plan may be shifting. TechCrunch has heard from multiple sources that the company is now weighing a plan to delay an IPO until 2018. The delay… Read More

  • GoPro gives the Karma drone another try

    GoPro gives the Karma drone another try

    The GoPro Karma drone is now available for purchase. The camera maker today announced the general availability of the drone and at writing, it’s available from GoPro.com, and other retailers like Best Buy, B&H Photo Video and Amazon. Buyers can opt for the Karma drone bundled with a GoPro Hero 5 for $1099 or $799 without a camera. This is GoPro’s second try at the Karma drone. Read More

  • Eventbrite buys Ticketscript, a self-service ticket platform for music events

    Eventbrite buys Ticketscript, a self-service ticket platform for music events

    Eventbrite, the billion-dollar event-management platform that some tip for an imminent IPO, has made another acquisition in Europe to build out its presence here, and to move deeper into ticketing services. It has acquired Ticketscript, a startup based out of Amsterdam that offers a popular platform for event organisers to set up and sell tickets online for live events like music… Read More

  • Sprint takes 33% stake in Tidal, plans streaming music for its 45M users

    Sprint takes 33% stake in Tidal, plans streaming music for its 45M users

    Here’s an interesting turn of events in the ongoing story of the streaming music industry. Today, Sprint, itself owned by Softbank, announced it would take a 33 percent stake in Tidal, the streaming music startup originally founded in Norway that was majority acquired by Jay Z and relaunched in 2015 as a platform to compete against the likes of Spotify and Apple Music, offering… Read More

  • For dramatic VR to succeed, music must become the director Crunch Network

    For dramatic VR to succeed, music must become the director

    The use of music — not as a background mood enhancer, but actually as a director of sorts — will be critical as VR and AR content creators struggle with how to direct the viewer’s gaze in 360 environments. Figuring out music’s role will be key to the mainstream adoption of VR dramatic content. But so far, music is still being relegated to a background mood feature. Read More

  • SoundCloud co-founder takes product role, Yahoo alum steps in as CTO

    SoundCloud co-founder takes product role, Yahoo alum steps in as CTO

    On the heels of losses that appear to be growing faster than revenues, and reported acquisition interest from Google, the music streaming service SoundCloud today announced some executive movements. Eric Wahlforss, who co-founded the audio streaming startup with Alexander Ljung, is stepping away from the role of CTO and taking a new position as chief product officer. Meanwhile, SoundCloud… Read More

  • Samsung rolls out new smart TV services for sports, music & video, plus an updated mobile app

    Samsung rolls out new smart TV services for sports, music & video, plus an updated mobile app

    Apple last month released a new TV app in an attempt to centralize all the streaming TV options available across Apple TV, iPhone and iPad. Now, Samsung is rolling out its own take on the matter, with the launch of a trio of new Smart TV services focused on sports, music and video on demand. The services are a part of Samsung’s Smart Hub platform, which offers customers a way to… Read More

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