Joris

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Influential Apple fan trashes Apple Music, calls it a nightmare

Jim Dalrymple, one of the web's noted Apple cheerleaders, is abandoning Apple Music entirely after it messed up his music library.<p>"I had high hopes …

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Your Future Music Playlist Could Know How You Feel

Researchers at the University of Cambridge have linked musical taste to thinking style, with possible implications for how future algorithms might better tailor music recommendations. Not to mention the flip side: how music streaming services could psychologically classify their users based on what …

Nike's popular running app can now access Spotify's huge music library

Spotify unveiled a new feature that matches music with a runner's pace back in May, and now Nike is unveiling its own take on that idea — with Spotify's help. A new update due on iOS today gives users of the Nike+ Running app (who are also Spotify Premium subscribers) access to the service's entire …

Spotify Buys Beats’ Analytics Provider Seed Scientific

Spotify wants to own big data about bands. Today it acquired analytics firm Seed Scientific to forge a new Advanced Analytics unit tasked with understanding and improving how artists, listeners, and brands interact with its streaming music service.<p>Seed Scientific formerly served clients including …

Is Spotify doomed because of Apple Music? No -- Spotify's been doomed from the start

On Monday, Apple finally unveiled its long-anticipated subscription music service, Apple Music. And all week many commentators have been saying the …

No, Apple's Music Streaming App Looks Nothing Like Beats

When Apple acquired Beats Music in early 2014, the company's intentions were clear: It needed to enter the music streaming game—quickly. Since then, …

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Tidal's Point Break

Jay Z’s music service has new apps, concert tickets, and a lot to prove<p>Jay Z called me.<p>It was just after 3PM on a Tuesday afternoon in mid-May — right after I’d attended his B-Sides concert in New York, and about a week into researching his Tidal music service. A few minutes before Jay called, I …

Spotify and Starbucks team up to let you pick songs playing in stores and more

Next time you head into Starbucks, the music may reflect your barista’s mood.<p>In a partnership with Spotify, all 15,000-plus Starbucks employees in the US will receive Spotify Premium memberships. Those employees will then be able to stream playlists they helped create while making your latte.<p>After …

Rdio Launches $3.99 Monthly Plan For Cost-Conscious Subscribers

In a bid to compete with rival streaming music services, Rdio has announced a new low-cost subscription program called Rdio Select. For $3.99 a month, users can download up to 25 new songs every day to play offline, which they can keep or swap out with new tracks once a day.<p>Rdio Select, which also …

Instagram launches music channel, @music

Instagramis a visual medium, but it's always been a favorite way for musicians to share snippets from life on the road, time in the studio or being a bridesmaid in a totally normal wedding.<p>Now the service is returning the affection with a new dedicated channel, @music. The channel will host artist …

Apple raided the BBC to hire for its new streaming service

Music Business Worldwide reports that there has been a mini exodus from Britain's most popular radio station. Four producers have jumped ship to Apple, and will join the company after the station's "Big Weekend" event in May.<p>One of the four people joining Apple is producer James Bursey, who worked …

Kobalt boss defends Spotify: 'This attitude that we should kill streaming is a huge mistake'

Streaming music service Spotify is under pressure from some major labels to restrict the free version of its service, as Apple prepares to launch a subscription-only competitor. Now the boss of music publisher Kobalt is warning those labels to rethink their strategy.<p>“This attitude that we should …

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Apple Reportedly Hires More BBC Radio 1 Staff for New Music Service

Apple has reportedly hired four producers from BBC Radio 1 for its brand new music service, according to sources who spoke to <i>Music Business Worldwide (MBW)</i> (via <i>AppleInsider</i>). In February, Apple hired BBC Radio DJ Zane Lowe for its music services.<p>Little more than two months after poaching Zane Lowe …

Gramofon music streaming device goes beyond Spotify with AllPlay feature

Streaming music gadget Gramofon has been providing people with a way to stream Spotify through their stereos since a successful Kickstarter campaign in April 2014. Now its creator is expanding to other music services.<p>Wi-Fi hotspots firm Fon has rolled out a software update for its device that …

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What is Songza, and why is Google buying it for a rumoured $39m?

The latest company to be bought by Google is US-based streaming music service Songza, in a deal that the New York Times claims is worth more than $39m.<p>Songza hasn't launched outside the US and Canada, so it's not very well known outside North America. While the reported price is small beans to …

The Echo Nest + Spotify Sandbox

I am wearing my International Executive Music Hacker hat today. I’m writing this blog post at 5AM somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean, on my way to the …

Why the music industry is trying—and failing—to crush Pandora

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the launch of Napster, the file sharing service that disrupted the music business and conditioned a generation of consumers to expect to be able to listen to their favorite songs for free.<p>Internet-based music platforms are legitimate businesses now, but …

Sonos updates its app with a new look and new ways to find music

Sonos oozes simplicity: all your music, all your services, all over your house, all from one place. But its app has always lagged behind, a cluttered blue list of services that made it needlessly hard to actually find what you were looking for. Today, Sonos aims to fix that: it's launching version …

Why we left Silicon Roundabout

I had no idea at the time, but when I moved from Toronto to London in 2006 to work for Last.fm, I landed not just in east London but in the midst of a heaving cultural scene – a concentration of energy around Shoreditch and Old Street. It wasn't just technology: it was art, music, design, fashion. …

The Next Big Thing In Music? Apps That Read Your Mind

Inspired by radio’s killer app, The Echo Nest thinks tomorrow’s music services will be mind-reading personal DJs.<p>If you watched the Super Bowl on Sunday, you might have caught Ellen DeGeneres’s Goldilocks-inspired ad for Beats Music. A new streaming service a la Rdio or Spotify, Beats Music …

A First Look At How Beats Music Plans to Take on Spotify, Google, and Apple

The launch also marks Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers’s year at the company.<p>Near the end of the workday Friday, an office manager at a startup in San Francisco’s industrial Potrero Hill neighborhood scurried to grab a chilled bottle of sparkling wine. The company was commemorating its App Store …

The BeatBuddy Pedal Lets You Build Beats With Your Feet

This is something I never knew I wanted: it’s called BeatBuddy and it’s basically a crowdfunded guitar stomp box that allows you to cue up and play drumbeats through your amplifier. That means you can run this in line with your guitar effects and add some undistorted, funky fresh breakbeatery, …