Music

  • Spotify launches an app for artists with real-time streaming data, audience demographics

    Spotify launches an app for artists with real-time streaming data, audience demographics

    In the music streaming era, artists want to know how their music is being discovered, who’s listening, where, how many have streamed their release and what else their fans are into, among other things. Today, Spotify is releasing an app for artists that aims to answer these questions, while also giving artists a way to update their profile and connect with listeners while on the go. Read More

  • Music rights collection startup Kobalt adds another $14M at $789M valuation, Bill Maris joins board

    Music rights collection startup Kobalt adds another $14M at $789M valuation, Bill Maris joins board

    When he was still at Google Ventures, Bill Maris led a round of funding into music royalty collecting startup Kobalt, to make one of the VC arms bigger bets in the world of digital music. Now that he’s moved on to start another firm, he’s taking a step to re-up his interests in the company. Today, Kobalt announced that Maris’ Section 32 has invested $14 million into Kobalt… Read More

  • Germans are doing deep scans of ancient instruments to uncover their secrets

    Germans are doing deep scans of ancient instruments to uncover their secrets

    I don’t know if you’re into baroque music, but I can tell you that Germans sure are. So it’s no surprise that German R&D outfit Fraunhofer has turned its considerable resources towards learning about and conserving every little detail of the instruments for which the likes of Bach and Handel composed their music. Specifically, they’re putting them into an enormous… Read More

  • Microsoft will soon shutter its music store and streaming service, move users to Spotify

    Microsoft will soon shutter its music store and streaming service, move users to Spotify

    You can’t fault Microsoft for trying, but Groove Music, its Spotify competitor, never took off. Today, the company is admitting defeat. Microsoft today announced it will soon shutter both its Groove Music Pass streaming service and the ability to purchase songs and albums in the Windows Store. Read More

  • Spotify’s newest personalized playlist, Your Time Capsule, is a blast from your past

    Spotify’s newest personalized playlist, Your Time Capsule, is a blast from your past

    One of Spotify’s better features – and a competitive advantage for its app in the streaming music market – are its personalized playlists. These compilations have long since expanded beyond Spotify’s Discover Weekly to include other selections, like Release Radar, your bottomless Daily Mix playlists, or the recently added Summer Rewind. Today, Spotify is adding yet… Read More

  • Waze and Spotify integration arrives on iOS

    Waze and Spotify integration arrives on iOS

    Google-owned navigation app Waze announced a partnership earlier this year with music streaming service Spotify to put Spotify playlists right within the Waze app, and now the team-up is extending to iOS. The new integration is rolling out today, and adds a number of direct Spotify features within Waze and vice versa. This allows Waze users to begin navigating to their destination right inside… Read More

  • The Jammy is a steel string guitar that fits in a pocket

    The Jammy is a steel string guitar that fits in a pocket

    As a fan of electronic guitars — as opposed to plain-old electrics — the Jammy seems like a very interesting piece of kit. Designed to be played like a regular guitar, you fret on the top part of the neck and strum the strings on the bottom half. Because it has only five frets you change the octave by pulling the neck out from 0 to the full length of 12 inches. Read More

  • The Lily drone is kind of back

    The Lily drone is kind of back

    Remember the Lily drone? It was the drone a person could launch by throwing it in the air and then it would follow the user gallivanting around Dolores Park. It was also the company that couldn’t live up to its crowdfunding campaign and ultimately shut down last January. It’s now available. Sort of. It’s called the Lily Next-Gen and looks much like the original with a blue… Read More

  • You can now play your music across multiple Echo devices

    You can now play your music across multiple Echo devices

    Amazon this morning announced a new feature for its Echo devices called “multi-room music,” which allows owners with more than one Echo to control where their music is played, or even sync it across a group of Echo devices using voice commands. For example, you’ll be able to tell Alexa to play your music in the living room, play music upstairs or downstairs, or even just… Read More

  • New drone perches on walls like a robotic bird

    New drone perches on walls like a robotic bird

    The Multimodal Autonomous Drone (S-MAD) is a fixed-wing drone that has a few bird-like tricks up its sleeve. You can, for example, fly it like a glider through a room or open space, but when it approaches a flat surface the drone quickly changes configuration and lands flat with its little spiky teeth digging in to keep it from falling. Read More

  • Younger consumers use two or more apps for streaming music, mobile messaging, says Nielsen

    Younger consumers use two or more apps for streaming music, mobile messaging, says Nielsen

    Millennials’ reputation for a lack of brand loyalty extends to digital services, according to a new report out from Nielsen this morning. The measurement firm’s latest study looks into how the generation consisting of 18- to 34-year-olds uses communication apps and streaming music services, among other things. Read More

  • Spotify arrives on Xbox One

    Spotify arrives on Xbox One

    Earlier this month, reports confirmed a Spotify app for Microsoft’s Xbox One was in internal beta testing. Today, that app is becoming publicly available. The new Spotify app for the Xbox One is now launching in 34 markets worldwide, Spotify announced, allowing gamers to play songs, albums and playlists directly from their console, including while in a gaming session. The app, which… Read More

  • TabBank lets you generate instant guitar tabs

    TabBank lets you generate instant guitar tabs

    In the days before electronic music, musicians used to have to play things called “guitars.” There are very few players left among us with the skills necessary to play this seemingly lost instrument but programmer Chris Ladd hopes to resurrect the so-called “git-fiddle” with modern technology. Ladd, a former programmer for the New York Times, created TabBank, a… Read More

  • Alexa can now find and play music with over 500 ‘activity phrases’

    Alexa can now find and play music with over 500 ‘activity phrases’

    Alexa’s ability to help you find the right music got a boost this week. The virtual assistant is now able to pull up music for a wide range of activities – like music to focus to, music to nap to, to run to, to meditate to, to cook to, and much more – just by asking. The feature works with Amazon’s free-with-Prime streaming service Prime Music as well as Amazon… Read More

  • Snap is in talks to buy Chinese selfie drone maker Zero Zero Robotics for $150M-$200M

    Snap is in talks to buy Chinese selfie drone maker Zero Zero Robotics for $150M-$200M

    It looks like Snap is enlisting outside help to advance its expansion into new hardware projects. The U.S. company is in talks with China-based drone maker Zero Zero Robotics over an acquisition, according to a source with knowledge of discussions. The deal, which was first reported by The Information, is in the range of $150 million-$200 million, the source told TechCrunch. That price… Read More

  • Elon Musk says Mark Zuckerberg’s understanding of the future of AI is ‘limited’

    Elon Musk says Mark Zuckerberg’s understanding of the future of AI is ‘limited’

    It’s fascinating to imagine the conversations that happen behind closed doors between the world’s richest and most powerful, so when they occur in the open — and over topics that impact the future of the world — it’s hard to do anything but grab the popcorn and watch intensely. Billionaire business icon Elon Musk — of Tesla, SpaceX and more fame —… Read More

  • Google Play Music gets more personalized with New Release Radio, customized to your tastes

    Google Play Music gets more personalized with New Release Radio, customized to your tastes

    It’s no longer enough to simply offer on-demand music as part of the value proposition for music streaming services – you have to enable discovery of new tunes and make recommendations, too. While it’s fair to say that Spotify is leading the market in terms of its influential playlist selections, rivals are quickly following suit – including Apple Music and Google… Read More

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