Items tagged with music

Unfortunately, it's not uncommon to learn of music stores closing shop nowadays, but when a major retailer with stores across the UK, Ireland and Canada goes into administration - the situation almost seems dire. HMV isn't just some regular music store - its seeds were planted in the late 1890s alongside the disc gramophone. In 1907, the company established a record-producing factory and then in 1921, a retail store was opened. Today, the company has hundreds of stores around its supported regions. To handle its situation, HMV called in administrator Deloitte. Last week, it failed to secure a £300 million loan that would have allowed it to pay off its debts and change how certain things... Read more...
In an effort to make CDs more attractive, Amazon is adding a new service known as AutoRip. If you purchase an AutoRip CD through Amazon, the retailer will now give you a free MP3 version of that same album. The MP3 version will be delivered to your Amazon Cloud Player library so you can access it from your computer, Kindle Fire, Android phone, iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad. To make the deal even sweeter, Amazon is offering MP3 versions of tracks from CDs purchased from Amazon since 1998. If you previously purchased an eligible AutoRip CD, those tracks will also be available in your Cloud Player library. In some cases, select tracks from an album, rather than the whole album, will be AutoRip eligible.... Read more...
Ford and Rhapsody are teaming up to deliver the latter's streaming Internet music service to more than 1 million Ford and Lincoln vehicles. An official announcement will be made later today at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, but in the meantime, some details have already trickled out. According to Bloomberg, Rhapsody's service will be piped through Ford's Sync-enabled cars and trucks. Listeners will be able to manipulate their music using voice commands, physical buttons on the steering wheel, and through their mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets. "Our customers see the limitations of terrestrial radio and Sirius XM satellite radio," Jon Irwin, president of Rhapsody,... Read more...
Today marks the first day of a brand new year, which means the web is littered with "best" and "worst" lists of 2012. Count Spotify among them. The streaming music service put together a rather extensive collection of the most popular bands, tracks, and genres of the past year, broken down by country. In the U.S., Rihanna ranked as the most popular female vocalist, while David Guetta was the most popular male singer. Coldplay was the band most listened to, and tracks by Adele were shared more than any other artist. Here's a look at the top tracks of the past year: Somebody That I Used To Know - Gotye We Are Young - feat. Janelle Monae - Fun. Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepsen Some Nights - Fun.... Read more...
Years ago, 3D printing may have seemed like little more than a cool toy, but as we've seen things progress leading up to today, we can now see otherwise. Look no further than our recent roundup of three different consumer-level printer models. Sure - building miniature models is one thing, but others have even found even more important uses - such as building an exoskeleton for a little girl. I think it's safe to say that things are only going to be getting better. For music lovers, the lingering question has been what can be accomplished here. I'm sure we'll learn of some musical instruments created with 3D printing in the future, but for now, we have a story of someone who created an entire... Read more...
Remember Google Music? That was Google's attempt to cut into the growing music streaming business prior to iTunes Match becoming a reality, but one has to wonder what kind of traction the service has had in the months since. Google has remaining mostly quiet on new features for Music, but there's a new update today that may make it more attractive for those sitting on the fence. Or, more likely, those who tried Google Music but haven't returned in a long while. In Europe, Music already offered a feature called "scan and match," where Google could scan your music library and then make the songs it found available right away in your cloud, without an upload on your end. Now, it's coming to the... Read more...
It's not every day a music artist hits 1 billion views on YouTube. Asian pop artist Park Jae-sang, who is also known as PSY, is getting ready to do just that, however. PSY's hit "Gangnam Style" has been viewed nearly 900K times on YouTube since it was released in July. As you might expect, PSY is making lots of money from this hot song. However, most of the profits aren't coming from music sales in the rapper's homeland of South Korea. Instead, the majority of the money being made from the song is coming from YouTube ads, iTunes downloads, and from TV commercials. It's estimated PSY and his camp will make at least $8.1 million this year. Less than $60,000 of that will come from online music sales... Read more...
People taking old hardware and tuning it to make music isn't anything new, but it's not often we see it done on a much grander scale. Today, we can, thanks to some geeks over at isthis.gd. Inspired by other "radical tinkerers", they set out to create a MIDI orchestra for the Grey London PR agency and Brother - a company that makes many things, but one thing we're all especially familiar with: printers. Understanding that finding old gear was going to be a bit tough, they set out to a landfill, and apparently hit the mother-load. They took the good ones back to their workshop, tore them apart, and like any self-respecting geek, reverse-engineered them. This was necessary in order to get each... Read more...
Something that has long set Apple apart from its competitors, and is one of the reasons for its success, is that it refuses to release a product that's less-than-perfect. Of course, recent launches and issues brought forth by those may lead us to question if that's still the case, but more often than not, the company is truly meticiulous when it comes to the design of many of its products, both hardware and software. But... there can be exceptions. For about as long as iTunes has existed, it's been considered a bloated mess by many - and we're not talking only the Windows port here. The problem isn't even so much the fact that it installs multiple background services and usually finds a way to... Read more...
It won't be long before "BlackBerry" refers to a phone that boomed in 2008, and fell completely flat by 2012. That is, unless RIM can somehow turn things around in Q1 2013 with the launch of BlackBerry 10. The company is fighting an uphill battle; iOS and Android have leapfrogged it in terms of market share, and even Windows Phone is quickly catching up. BlackBerry is losing loyal users left and right, and there won't be much hope to drag them back without a robust app universe. Thus, it makes sense to see RIM selecting 7digital as the official music partner of BB10. That's right -- BlackBerry 10 OS will launch with digital music at the forefront, despite being an afterthought for RIM in prior... Read more...
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has long sought to demonize file sharers who download, trade, and share songs illegally, noting that the cumulative impact of their deeds  -- obtaining millions of songs illegally -- is nothing short of devastating. But is it really? A new study throws a wrinkle in the RIAA's argument. Before we go any further, let us be clear -- we're not condoning piracy of any kind, nor do we encourage anyone to seek out copyrighted content of any kind by illegal means. That said, we find the results of a study conducted by the American Assembly, a national non-partisan public affairs forum related to Columbia University, to be rather fascinating. AA,... Read more...
Welp, here comes another major player in the music industry. Microsoft has just shown its much-rumored cards, officially unveiling plans to launch Xbox Music. The company isn't downplaying the service's significance, calling it the "ultimate all-in-one music service, featuring free streaming on Windows 8 and Windows RT tablets + PCs." The service will launch at a time when things like iTunes, Rhapsody, Spotify, MOG, Pandora and Sony's own Music Unlimited are already hunting for market share. In other words, Microsoft's very late to this party, but it certainly has some compelling offerings. Users will enjoy a library of songs some 30 million deep, and for Microsoft / Xbox loyalists, the integration... Read more...
As we inch closer to the Windows 8 launch, taking place on October 26th, it's becoming ever-more clear that Microsoft has one seriously ambitious day on its hands. Not even taking into account the fact that Windows 8 is a major shift for Microsoft's OS, the company and its legion of partners will be unveiling the first-ever consumer Windows tablets - and I'm sure I'm not alone in wondering how those will fare next to the iOS and Android models that currently dominate the market. Clearly a sign of the company not having enough on its plate already, rumor has it that Microsoft is set to launch "Xbox Music" on the same day as the Windows 8 launch. As it sounds, this looks to be a music service to... Read more...
After channel surfing and catching the tail end of HBO's "2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony" on TV last night, I got a hankering for some Guns N' Roses and Red Hot Chili Peppers. One thing led to another, and before I knew it, I was signing up for a 30-day free trial of Spotify's Premium service. I had already been using Spotify, on occasion, but wanted the ability to look up specific songs that I didn't already own and be able to stream them to my mobile devices. Spotify's Premium tier sounded like a slam dunk, if only the streaming music provider didn't drop the ball. It's now been a little over 12 hours since I upgraded my account, yet I'm still being treated as a freeloader.... Read more...
Ever since Spotify launched in the U.S. last year it’s been rapidly acquiring subscribers, who have been enjoying the music streaming service on computers, mobile devices, and even A/V receivers. Spotify offers, among other features, the ability to create “radio stations”--just like Pandora. Spotify presence in the U.S. is not good for Pandora, but the two services differed fundamentally in that the former functions as an application on a device while the latter is Web-based and accessible from a browser. Unfortunately for Pandora, Spotify is about to change that by launching a browser-based version of its own service, according to TechCrunch. In addition to allowing users to... Read more...
There was once a time where Apple's iTunes was revolutionizing things in the digital music world. Remember when all digital music had DRM? Then, iTunes made a point to stop that for the mainstream. But lately, iTunes has faded in hype while services like Pandora, Spotify, MOG and Rhapsody have soared. But not so fast -- iTunes isn't laying down just yet. In a new report, it's suggested that Apple may be thinking about more than a new iPhone or perhaps a smaller iPad. It's also thinking about bringing a new feature to iTunes to give it some pep. Reportedly, Apple is currently working on a service that would compete directly with Pandora, possibly by using Apple's existing "Genius" music selection... Read more...
It looks like Pandora, and smells like Pandora, and tastes like Pandora, but it’s not Pandora--it’s Spotify. The music streaming service, which already offered free streaming and the ability to create Pandora-like radio stations on computers and iOS devices (the latter as of June), announced today that Android users will get to enjoy unlimited radio stations, as well. Spotify has an impressive catalog, so artist-based radio stations equipped with the ability for users to skip tracks they don’t like with a thumbs down or give tracks a thumbs up to ensure they come around again is a marvelous way to discover new music. As you might expect, premium users will enjoy an ad-free listening... Read more...
Can you believe it's been a year since Spotify launched in the US? Since then, the music streaming outlet has enjoyed tremendous growth. In the past year, Americans have played more than 13 billion tracks on the service. Sharing is even more popular, with 27,834,742 being shared. A little over half of that sharing occurred through Facebook, as you can see from Spotify's cool infographic below. Spotify has also grown with the launch of its free apps. Currently, Spotify offers apps for iOS, Android, Symbian, Windows Phone, Palm, BlackBerry, and a free mobile radio. Some of Spotify's popular features include the ability to create playlists, search and share music, and more. In addition to its free... Read more...
Welp, it's another acquisition in the books. Rumors were flaring months back, but all fell quiet until now. USA Today is reporting that Beats Electronics -- the company responsible for those colorful headphones adorning the heads of athletes everywhere -- has acquired MOG. If you're unfamiliar with MOG, it's considered the closest competitor to Spotify, and while the service itself has a few things that Spotify doesn't (a genius radio mode, for instance), Spotify has seemingly sucked up all of the hype. It's likely that this acquisition will get MOG into more minds as Beats aims to create a complete end-to-end listening experience. As of now, neither party is willing to disclose terms and conditions,... Read more...
When Amazon launched its Amazon Cloud Drive and Cloud Player music service without any licensing deals in place, it was an ask-forgiveness-not-permission sort of thing in regard to the major music labels. There was a sense that Amazon execs had a meeting where they looked at each other and said “Screw it, enough messing around, let’s just do this cloud music thing and see what happens.” It was a gamble--angering all the major music labels when you’re a music retailer isn’t necessarily a great strategy--although considering the volume Amazon sells, perhaps they figured that they had some leverage to spare. Image credit: New York Times As it turns out, Amazon did.... Read more...
The cloud races have turned into sprints, and no one is slowing down. In fact, Samsung's speeding up, and this week they've picked up another company to help them along the way. mSpot was one of the first major outfits to offer a service that allowed you to store music in the cloud (a lot like Google Music, actually), and eventually they moved into the business of content streaming and carrier partnerships. But now, mSpot is being acquired by Samsung. According to the company: "The acquisition will provide a cloud-based entertainment experience of music, video and radio services for users of Samsung devices, while extending mSpot's cloud and streaming solutions to a broader base of global entertainment... Read more...
You've probably heard of iTunes, Rdio, Spotify and maybe even Rhapsody. But have you heard of MOG? You will soon enough. MOG was recently purchased by Beats Audio, and given Beats' link to HTC, we wouldn't be surprised to see MOG become a staple of HTC's Sense overlay. But estimations aside, one of the major reasons that MOG has seen minimal uptake, despite being quite the powerful music streaming / subscription service, is the lack of a Windows app. Up until this week, MOG was only accessible via iPhone, Android, Mac or the web. Now, the MOG app for Windows is getting real. Available now, the app promises to open MOG up to millions and millions of PC users, and like the Mac app, AirPlay support... Read more...
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