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Through Spotify, Daniel Ek has changed the music industry forever

Sweden has a dark past when it comes to digital music. The country has been home to some of the biggest illegal media sharing networks in the world, …

Music

Sheryl Crow Is Backing This New Streaming Music Service

Sheryl Crow doesn't just make music—she invests in it.<p>The singer-songwriter is backing Electric Jukebox, a London-based music streaming service that …

Kid Rock

Five ways blockchain tech is going to rock the music and movie industries

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Ableton Live in VR lets you play as a disembodied Daft Punk head

AliveInVR is a remote MIDI controller for Ableton Live for use with Windows virtual reality, available now on Steam. And – it’s a little crazy.The …

Virtual Reality

Is it time for a slow innovation movement?

Anyone working in a creative or innovation role will be familiar with what the Enlightenment French philosopher Diderot termed l’esprit d’escalier …

Creativity

Startup Keezy’s Jammer app has a built-in music store

Keezy is the developer behind the excellent Keezy Drummer and Keezy Classic apps, which are among the most accessible music-making apps available on …

iOS

Solfegio aims to get digital natives playing music together

There are now quite a few apps that help people to learn instruments like the piano and guitar alone. Startup Solfegio is trying to widen out this …

Education

The music industry uses your social data to predict it’s next big artists

Fifteen years ago, Steve Jobs introduced the iPod. Since then, most music fans have understood this has radically changed how they listen to music.<p>Less understood are the ways that raw information – accumulated via downloads, apps and online searches – is influencing not only what songs are …

Music

Incubus Guitarist Mike Einziger Is Uniting Tech And Music With MIXhalo

If it is indeed true you can tell a lot by the company someone keeps, Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger has developed the coolest app in town with MIXhalo, a new project that is bringing together some of the biggest tastemakers in music and technology, from Elon Musk and Dropbox creator Drew Houston …

Damon Krukowski Will Change How You Listen

Damon Krukowski’s new six-episode podcast, “Ways of Hearing,” begins with an exciting analog sound: that of a needle descending on a record. Krukowski, the musician and writer best known for his work in Galaxie 500 and Damon & Naomi, tells us, “The first record I made was all analog.” It was 1987, …

Podcasting

SoundCloud Accepts $170 Million Rescue, Taps New CEO to Replace Alex Ljung: Exclusive Interview

The SoundCloud death watch has ended.The struggling digital music service today secured a fresh round of funding that assures SoundCloud will remain …

Startups

Google Doodle celebrates hip hop by letting you DJ

Google is celebrating the history of hip hop with — what else — a seriously cool Google Doodle.<p>The interactive Doodle commemorates the 44th anniversary of the party where DJ Kool Herc is credited with creating hip hop in 1973.<p>The Doodle features art from graffiti artist Cey Adams and has …

Rap & Hip-Hop

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The world is ready for music made by computers.

The experts are wrong. If R. Kelly still has fans, then listeners will accept music made by a computer.<p>Music made by computers is cheap, sterile, …

Music

Startup AI Music reveals its plans for ‘shape-changing songs'

In January this year, Music Ally spotted a new artificial-intelligence music startup pop up on investment site Angellist.<p>Called AI Music, the …

3D Printing

Opus Just Broke 100,000 Listeners, with $500K Raised So Sar, Can They Take on Spotify?

Ethereum and other related blockchain technologies are shattering industries ranging from finance to computing. With executives in the FinTech …

Music Industry

AI and music: will we be slaves to the algorithm?

Tech firms have developed AI that can learn how to write music. So will machines soon be composing symphonies, hit singles and bespoke soundtracks?<p>F<b>r</b>om Elgar to Adele, and the Beatles or Pink Floyd to Kanye West, London’s Abbey Road Studios has hosted a storied list of musical stars since opening …

Music

Unique 3D Immersive Earbuds Offer Movie Theatre Sound Quality At A Bargain Price

Those of you who follow my headphone musings on a regular basis will already know how much I like a bargain; I positively revel in pieces of new technology that over-deliver on performance while offering really good value for money. Here I think I’ve found another classic bargain to add to the list …

REALITY VS. DREAM - THE KNOW NO BETTER EXPERIENCE

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Camila Cabello

Spotify Is Coming After Apple With a New Podcast Initiative

Spotify Ltd. is tiptoeing into new businesses again.<p>The No. 1 paid music streaming service has agreed to promote podcasts in its app and via ads on …

Podcasting

NextRadio Launches iOS FM Radio Streaming App

NextRadio, the app with the most FM radio stations, announced today the launch of an iOS version of its free app for iPhone mobile device users. …

iOS

HP brought a trippy tech museum to a music fest

It was a blazing hot summer's day, but inside a pitch black room in HP's "The Lab" at the Panorama music festival in New York, I got the chills. I was experiencing <i>Right Passage</i>, one of seven art installations hosted at a gallery set up by the company, which sponsored the festival. <i>Right Passage</i> was …

Festivals

When to leverage platforms, and when to own your audience

Platforms born out of the web 2.0 wave of internet startups, like <b>Facebook</b>, <b>Medium</b>, and <b>Spotify</b>, have done a great job bringing huge audiences together. …

Marketing

John Lennon's Phantom V: The Story of the Psychedelic Beatle-Mobile

As the late icon's famed Rolls-Royce returns to public view, we look back at how it served both as a safe haven and a souped-up plaything<p>"You swine! …

John Lennon

Hi-Res Audio: New Standard Or Cash Grab?

Can you perceive the difference between a high-quality MP3 and a lossless audio file?<p>As a growing number of streaming platforms offer higher quality …

Audiophile

Gone in a Flash: The Race to Save the Internet's Least Favorite Tool

Flash has been dying for years—what happens to all the websites it takes with it?<p>​Navigating awful, 100 percent Flash-based sites is an experience many of us have had, and is unequivocally part of internet canon. And it's on the verge of going away forever.<p>Let's take a quick trip down memory lane. …

Web Design

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You are what you stream<p>We're constantly uncovering new habits in our streaming intelligence to teach us more about how people stream—we call it …

Netflix

Aphex Twin launches micro streaming service full of Aphex Twin songs

Richard D. James goes direct to consumer<p>Now comfortably outside of a 13-year, mid-career retirement, Aphex Twin has made it easier than ever for fans to listen to his music all in one place. The musician (born Richard D. James) unveiled a massive archive of unreleased and classic Aphex Twin albums …

Music