Enrique Villaverde

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Microsoft surrenders to Spotify and kills its own music service

Spotify is trouncing its music streaming competitors, and Microsoft has bowed to this reality. On Monday, Microsoft announced it will shutter its own …

Apple Music

Death to C, ++

The C programming language is terrible. I mean, magnificent, too. Much of the world in which we live was built atop C. It is foundational to almost all computer programming, both historically and practically; there’s a reason that the curriculum for Xavier Niel’s revolutionary “42” schools begins …

BareMetal

No. 1 Albums Are Falling Down The Charts Faster Than Ever Before

In the music industry, more dollars are spent and more marketing effort is focused on the first week an album is out than any other time in a new release’s lifespan. Labels and artists work incredibly hard at selling as many units as possible and convincing their fans to stream a just-released …

What You Need To Know About OAuth2 And Logging In With Facebook

In case you're wondering what OAuth2 is, it's the protocol that enables anyone to log in with their Facebook account. It powers the “Log in with …

Web Design

Why Scrum does not work

Many organizations I have worked with in implementing Scrum were disappointed with their inability to deliver. Well, they do not put it that way, …

Project Management

Software Myth-Conceptions

Elephants are hard to figure out for people who are blind, but at least blind people can touch the elephant. Software is invisible, can't be touched and isn't anything like things we're familiar with. It's much harder to figure out, which is why what passes for understanding of software is a …

Don’t cancel the retrospective

Not too long ago, I noticed a lot of teams at my company rescheduling or cancelling retrospectives. Sometimes it was because key people were going to be out of office. Sometimes it was because a major deliverable was due and everyone was wildly stressed. Sometimes it was because the project wasn’t …

Project Management

Always the Tidal, Never the Spotify

Tidal—the streaming bastard child Jay Z wishes he could forget—is reportedly losing so much money it can’t even pay its bills on time.<p>Presented as an …

Spotify wants to pay the major labels less, and they’re not happy

Spotify could close if it doesn’t make some deals<p>Spotify is out of contract with the major music labels, and to make matters worse it wants to pay …

Pandora Will Soon Compete With Spotify By Adding On-Demand Streaming

The streaming wars continue apace. Pandora has decided to throw their hat in the ring. They will now attempt to compete with the likes of Apple Music and Spotify by launching their own on-demand streaming service.<p>This is a change of direction for Pandora, who has existed as what is essentially an …

How much does it matter if your software quality sucks?

I ran across a fascinating piece by Leo Polovets of Susa Ventures this week, provocatively titled: “Why Startup Technical Diligence Is A Waste Of Time.” You should go read it, but its central thesis is simple: “in today’s world of SaaS tools, APIs, and cloud infrastructure … technical resources are …

Neil Young’s PonoMusic will be offline for ‘several weeks’

The uncompressed music service is switching infrastructure providers after its partner got bought.<p>About the only song you will be able to get from Neil Young’s uncompressed music service PonoMusic for a while is silent track “4’33”.”<p>Pono has told customers its store will be offline for the next …

Neil Young

We’ve Passed Peak Vinyl – Here Comes The Collapse

From 1996 – 1999, I worked at a New York City record store called Rebel Rebel. I was a student at NYU when I got the job, and then I graduated from …

Deezer, the French rival to Spotify, launches in the US

Deezer, a French subscription-music service like Spotify or Apple Music, launched in the US Tuesday, bringing another contender to the world's biggest music market.<p>Though popular in its native France, Deezer has struggled to widen its reach to the competitive US market. It tried a stealth entry …

The code that took America to the moon was just published to GitHub, and it's like a 1960s time capsule

When programmers at the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory set out to develop the flight software for the Apollo 11 space program in the mid-1960s, the necessary technology did not exist. They had to invent it.<p>They came up with a new way to store computer programs, called “rope memory,” and created a …

hobbyist

Spotify > YouTube as audio streaming surpasses music videos

Audio didn’t quite kill the video star, but it’s making a comeback. Americans are now on-demand streaming more songs as audio than they’re consuming through music videos. The shift highlights the importance of music in the battle for mobile profits, plus it could help artists get paid …

Apple Music

That Digital Music Service You Love Is a Terrible Business

Every few months, the ongoing upheaval in the digital-music business forces its way into the public consciousness—Rdio goes bankrupt, Pandora hangs …

Apple Music Gets a Much-Needed Overhaul

Last year, Apple jumped into the streaming music game with Apple Music, which turned out to be a wholly uninspiring clone of Beats Music. Here comes …

​Low code development is coming: Welcome to the future

Cloud components. Software as infrastructure. Silicon Valley's enterprise software companies are changing the way we think about and build …

Is HTML5 the new Windows?

If you are as old as me, you remember the transition from MS-DOS to Windows in the early 1990s. Dominant applications like Lotus 123 and WordPerfect were quickly knocked from their perches as the ecosystem tectonically shifted before they responded. Microsoft Word and Excel for Windows replaced …

Software

Spotify has a new monetization plan, but it won't work

I love Spotify. It’s my go-to for music and I’ve chosen it repeatedly over the likes of Google, Apple and others. My affinity for Spotify, however, isn’t going to save it — nor is its new monetization plan.<p>It’s important to understand how a business with 75 million users is walking on such a …

Spotify

Apple Music Paves Industry Pricing Path, Spotify Follows

Ten dollars per user per month is simply too expensive for streaming music, and the labels know it. Today's announcement that Spotify has dropped …

The rise of APIs

Matt Murphy Contributor<p>Matt Murphy is a managing director of Menlo Ventures, a seed to growth venture capital firm. Matt focuses on multi-stage investments across cloud infrastructure and AI-first SaaS applications.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>2017 will be a strong year for venture capital<br>• 10 …

Microservices

How a Kid Running an Obscure Music Forum Became the Target Of the UK's Biggest Ever Piracy Case

From his bedroom in North East England, Kane Robinson ran a music forum for 12,000 enthusiastic indie fans. But did a uni student with no prior convictions really deserve two years in prison?<p>It’s 5pm on a Friday and Kane Robinson is sat in his parents home in North Shields, a fishing town on the …

Soundcloud launches Spotify competitor in the UK

<b>Music streaming service Soundcloud has launched a UK paid-for service to rival the likes of Spotify and Apple Music.</b><p>The company hopes to attract users with a mixture of officially licensed tracks and its catalogue of 125 million covers, remixes, DJ sets and podcasts.<p>Called Soundcloud Go, it costs …

Miley Cyrus

Inside Pandora’s Plan To Reinvent Itself—And Beat Back Apple And Spotify

In 2016, personalized Internet radio alone won’t cut it. Here’s how Pandora hopes to maneuver its way to profitability.<p>For somebody who just got off of a red-eye flight across the country at six this morning, Tim Westergren seems strangely energized. Perhaps it’s adrenaline. But it would be hard to …

Beyond Streaming: How Will Future Fans Discover Prince's Music?

Prince's sister says that when the musician died suddenly last week, he left no known will. On Tuesday, she asked a Minnesota court to appoint a special administrator to oversee the estate, which may be worth hundreds of millions of dollars. But no matter who the heirs turn out to be, they will be …