Douglas Metcalfe

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Audio engineering pioneer John Meyer: Stop chasing the next big thing, and go with FLAC instead

John Meyer may be making really expensive loudspeakers, but when it comes to high-end audio, the audio engineering pioneer prefers free. FLAC, the …

Pandora might lose all music recorded before 1972 due to copyright infringement

Major music companies are suing online radio service Pandora for what they claim is a major case of copyright infringement.<p>Typically, Pandora pays a licensing fee every time one of its listeners plays a copyrighted song. The third-party organization SoundExchange tracks this data, and it’s also …

A decade of digital downloading from iTunes to Spotify

By Sinead Garvan<i>Newsbeat music reporter</i><p>In 2004 the first legitimate digital music service took off with the opening of online stores like iTunes.<p>The portable CD player was slowly replaced by the much less bulky MP3 device, which could hold an inconceivable amount of music.<p>"I remember we got called …

Advertisers are spending more money on the internet than on TV for the first time ever

Internet ads are as old of the internet itself, but broadcast television always remained the place advertisers spent most of their money — despite the millions and millions spending hours every day online. However, that balance has been upset for the first time: according to the Interactive …

What Disney World's MagicBands can teach us about the convergence of mobile, data, and more

<i>Aaron Shapiro is the CEO of the digital agency Huge.</i><p>Pity the parent trying to do Disney World on the cheap these days.<p>Last summer, Disney introduced MagicBands into the theme park experience. For starters, the RFID-enabled wristbands function as tickets, and as “FastPasses” to cut long lines and …

Seevl Releases API To Let You Add Music Recommendations And Artist Data To Your App

Companies like Echonest, recently acquired by Spotify, and Gracenote have long since offered music meta-data that others can incorporate into their apps. Consumer-facing services, such as Last.fm, also offer an API, and late last year Pandora competitor Senzari added MusicGraph to the mix.<p>Today …

Youku Tudou Launches Interactive Entertainment Platform

Youku Tudou, China’s largest online video site with more than 450 million users, is seeking to step up engagement with its audience by letting fans directly connect with celebrities who appear on the site’s original programming.<p>It announced today the beta launch of an interactive entertainment …

Twitter Tests Notifications In Your Web Browser

Twitter is no stranger to trying out new features on its social networking platform. Yesterday it announced it is in the process of testing and rolling out no fewer than 15 different ad units, at least some of which are already popping up for users. Today comes news of a feature that focuses …

Facebook Unveils Larger, But Fewer Ads in Right-Hand Column

Facebook today unveiled a new look for ads in the right-hand column: they will be larger, but there will be fewer of them. The company says it plans to roll out these new ads “in the coming months.”<p>Facebook claims the new format will make right-hand column ads “more visually consistent with the ads …

Apple Considering Dramatic Overhaul of iTunes to Address Declining Music Downloads

Apple is considering a dramatic overhaul of its iTunes music store as iTunes Radio has failed to stop declining music downloads, reports <i>Billboard</i>. As reported earlier this year, the company may create an on-demand music streaming service similar to Spotify in order to boost sales as well as an …