Amazon is reportedly in the early stages of building a "Spotify-killer."
The New York Post reports that Amazon executives have kicked off licensing talks with the music industry for a Spotify-like offering that would tentatively cost $9.99 per month. The Post makes clear that Amazon's plan is still "in the early stage." That said, Amazon is kicking around a very interesting idea. The company is reportedly thinking of bundling its Echo smart speaker and the rumored music service together. Buy the speaker, and you'll pay a lower monthly subscription fee between $3 and $4. Whether this plan will prove viable likely depends on the deals that Amazon can work out with the music industry — or...
Eric Wilson on 01/29/16 - 02:46 PM
MyMusicTaste, a startup that looks at fan interest for tours to help bands plan where to play concerts, has landed a new $10 million round of funding to expand. Catherine Shu, writing for Techcrunch:
Chief executive officer Ethan Jaeseok Lee came up with the idea for MyMusicTaste while running a Korean fan site for Coldplay. While trying to figure out why Coldplay hadn’t toured to Seoul yet, Lee realized how risky live concerts can be for music artists and organizers.
Jason Tate on 01/08/16 - 01:01 PM
Algoriddim as released djay Pro for the iPad. It's 30% off for its launch.
djay Pro provides a complete toolkit for performing DJs. Built exclusively for iPad, djay Pro seamlessly integrates with your media library and Spotify, giving you instant access to millions of tracks. Pristine sound quality and a powerful set of features including high-definition waveforms, four decks, and video mixing give you endless creative flexibility to take your sets to new heights.
Jason Tate on 12/09/15 - 12:10 PM
Nathan Hubbard, writing on Medium:
This won’t change until fans start pressuring the artists to facilitate that change. Artists are intensely sensitive about their brands. With social media giving loud voices to all, artists are hyper-concerned with criticism for high ticket prices… even though they have historically enabled a service fee system that exploits their fans. It’s why so many good tickets often make it into the hands of brokers from venues, promoters, and artists directly. Ever wonder why you see so many VIP Packages for sale? They’re designed to charge market price for a ticket with a few low-cost add-ons attached. So why can’t artists own their income desires and get paid...
Jason Tate on 12/02/15 - 09:59 PM
Brian McAndrews, the CEO of Pandora, writing for Business Insider:
Defenders of free on-demand music will surely counter by reminding us every song they play is paid for with royalties. I also expect some will argue that free on-demand is an essential on-ramp to a sustainable subscription business. And both of these statements may well be true. But I would argue that an on-demand on-ramp is one thing; a permanent, free on-demand highway is another. The first is good for the long-term health of the music industry. The second is not.
Jason Tate on 12/02/15 - 09:57 PM
Google will shut down Songza in January.
Songza users are being notified of the Google Play move on the service’s website, in the app, and by email. You’ll definitely want to visit the app: Users can migrate their accounts to Google Play Music, including all their favorite songs and playlists. That means favorited stations, recent stations, and even thumbs-upped songs get moved from Songza to Google Play Music.
Jason Tate on 12/02/15 - 01:24 PM
Riffstation.com lets you play a music video with the song's chords showing up next to it. It's currently in beta but it looks pretty cool. Check out Blink-182's "I Miss You" here.
The chord recognition algorithm detects major, minor and 7th triads with about 85% accuracy in typical rock/pop music. The chord positions shown are in root position only. The chords will always be detected and shown in the actual key the song was recorded in. If the song is in difficult key to play in, you can use the capo tool and play in any key you like with a capo on your guitar.
Jason Tate on 11/24/15 - 01:19 PM
Instagram has launched Boomerang.
Boomerang takes a burst of photos and stitches them together into a high-quality mini video that plays forward and backward. Shoot in portrait or landscape. Share it on Instagram. Boomerang automatically saves it to your camera roll. We’re inspired by the visual stories you tell on Instagram. With looping videos and Hyperlapse, you experiment with motion in new and exciting ways. Now, with Boomerang, we can’t wait to see what you’ll create next.
Jason Tate on 10/22/15 - 11:49 AM
Evan Baken, of The Movielife, has started a new website called EftMega.com. Check the replies for the full press release.
With the goal of becoming the go-to destination for all things independent, including metal, punk, emo, hardcore and more, EftMega provide a new platform for artists to sell music, retain rights, and control exposure and offers consumers a discovery system that properly connects fans to music and creates a meaningful engagement with the artist .
Jason Tate on 10/19/15 - 03:57 PM
Peter Kafka, writing for Re/Code:
Okay: YouTube wants us to know that the video for “See You Again,” Wiz Khalifa’s Paul Walker tribute from the most recent “Fast and the Furious” movie has been seen a billion times. But what YouTube really wants us to know is that lots of music videos have generated a billion views recently. Up until a few years ago, no video had generated a billion views, but now it’s happening all the time.
Jason Tate on 10/13/15 - 11:09 AM
My favorite podcast app, Overcast, launched version 2.0 today. The new version is completely free. This means you get SmartSpeed, which almost imperceptibly speeds up podcasts for faster listening and has saved me over 70 hours of time, for free. Trust me: it's totally worth it. You can grab the app on the App Store or read a great review over at MacStories if you need more convincing. Also, with the new update comes a new recommendation engine with a music podcasts section ... and our podcast is featured in it. Thank you to everyone that "starred" or "recommended" our podcast in the app -- that's really, really cool. It brought the biggest smile to my face to see our little artwork (at...
Jason Tate on 10/09/15 - 12:18 PM
A new start-up called "TapTape" launched recently. It promises to allow you to "invest" in musical artists. I'm going to time travel, Back to the Future almanac style, and put money down on Fall Out Boy while shorting the hell out of a few others.
As the artist's success grows, you automatically earn TapCoins. Use them to buy merch, tickets, Amazon credit -or reinvest them in the next artist. Move up the leaderboard and prove you know how to spot talent.
Jason Tate on 10/05/15 - 05:25 PM
It looks like Jack Dorsey is going to be named the new CEO of Twitter. I think this is a good move, given the options. I sincerely hope Twitter becomes as important to others as it has become to me. I honestly can't think of a more used app on my phone than Tweetbot (which is telling how important the service is to me, and how badly the first party apps suck).
Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, who has been serving as interim CEO for the past three months, is expected be named the company’s new permanent CEO as early as tomorrow, although that timeframe may change, according to sources. Dorsey will apparently continue to run Square, the payments company he founded where he’s also CEO.
Jason Tate on 09/30/15 - 12:35 PM
Google has launched an ad-supported music streaming service today, it's basically all playlist based.
The difference between this and Spotify is that with Google you never have control over exactly what songs are playing. Google Play Music product manager Elias Roman seems to think that many people won’t mind, since he believes most consumers are after an effortless “lean back” experience. “They want the music to be awesome. They want it to be contextually relevant, but they don’t want to tweak a lot of knobs,” he told The Verge.
Jason Tate on 06/23/15 - 10:12 AM
Just three months into the service's run, Jay Z has fired Tidal's interim CEO Peter Tonstad. This the company's second CEO to leave since April, when Andy Chen left the post.
Craig Ismaili on 06/23/15 - 08:04 AM
Josh Constine writes on TechCrunch about YouTube's new "Music Insights" tool that lets musicians see where they're most popular and may help with planning tour routings.
Top Cities: Shows artists where to plan concerts. They might discover foreign countries where they have a surprisingly large following, or that they have more fans in a smaller city like Oakland than its bigger neighbor San Francisco. It could also help them to convince radio stations in those cities to play them.
Jason Tate on 06/05/15 - 11:33 AM
Google has redesigned their Play Music platform on the web.
A few months ago, Google's Play Music smartphone apps were updated to showcase the company's colorful material design interface. And today, Google is giving a similar fresh coat of paint to Play Music on the web. Load the company's music portal and you won't notice any drastic differences from what was there yesterday, but a slew of design tweaks have brought Play Music into a more cohesive experience that feels more app than website — and that's the whole point.
Jason Tate on 05/14/15 - 11:30 AM
Norway will be ending FM broadcasts in 2017.
"Listeners will have access to more diverse and pluralistic radio-content, and enjoy better sound quality and new functionality," Minister of Culture Thorhild Widvey said in a statement. "Digitization will also greatly improve the emergency preparedness system, facilitate increased competition and offer new opportunities for innovation and development."

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Jason Tate on 04/20/15 - 12:38 PM
Mumford & Sons shared some thoughts on streaming service Tidal in a recent interview.
“We don’t want to be part of some Tidal ‘streaming revolution’ nor do we want to be Taylor Swift and be anti-it,” Marshall says. “I don’t understand her argument, either. The focus is slightly missed. Music is changing. It’s fucking changing. This is how people are going to listen to music now—streaming. So diversify as a band. It doesn’t mean selling your songs to adverts. We look at our albums as stand-alone pieces of art, and also as adverts for our live shows.”
Anthony Sorendino on 04/13/15 - 11:52 AM
Ben Thompson, writing for Stratechery, about Tidal and the future of music.
This is why, by the way, I’m generally quite unsympathetic to artists belly-aching about how unfair their labels are. Is it unfair that all of the artists who don’t break through are not compelled to repay the labels the money that was invested in them? No one begrudges venture capitalists for profiting when a startup IPOs, because that return pays for all the other startups in the portfolio that failed.
Jason Tate on 04/01/15 - 11:29 AM
Jay Z's newly purchased streaming service, Tidal, is relaunching today.
Jason Tate on 03/30/15 - 11:18 AM
Twitter released their new app Periscope this week. It's an app that allows you to create livestreams from your phone and anyone can join in and watch. I could see this being a tool for bands to use to livestream from the studio, throwing makeshift AMAs, or playing random acoustic performances for fans. The app is now available in the app store. Casey Newton over at The Verge talks more about the app for those curious:
Periscope has been in development for more than a year, and the app arrives showing nice attention to detail. You sign in with Twitter, and the first thing you see is a list of streams that are currently live. Below it, you’ll see a list of recent streams. Not all can be...
Jason Tate on 03/27/15 - 01:34 PM
Square has launched a new feature as part of their Cash app called "$Cashtags." The basic idea is that you can register a tag (kind of like a username) and then anyone can send you cash directly to that tag. The blog post announcing this feature talks about how the company envisions this being a great way for artists to collect money, tips, and things like that. Bands, labels, and artists may want to register their names if you think you're ever going to use the service. And, if you'd like to send me some money to go buy beer and fast-food, you can do that at $chorus.
We think $Cashtags are a fantastic marketing service that lets your customers, donors, fans, or even friends pay you...
Jason Tate on 03/25/15 - 01:41 PM
Peter Kafka, writing at Recode, looks at how Apple and Beats may be relaunching their service later this year.
Apple executives, led by media head Eddy Cue and Beats Music founder Jimmy Iovine, have been arguing that the music business “needs to get behind a paywall,” say people who have talked to them. Apple bought Beats last year, partly to help it gain a foothold on streaming music just as iTunes sales of digital downloads had started to drop.
Jason Tate on 03/06/15 - 12:45 PM
David Pogue reviews the Pono Player. It's not pretty.
You’ve got to admit it: The argument for the Pono Player sure is appealing — that we don’t know what we’ve been missing in our music.

Unfortunately, it isn’t true.
Jason Tate on 02/03/15 - 12:44 PM
Pro Tools has announced they will soon be offering a free version of their software.
Pro Tools First is simple enough for beginners, yet sophisticated for experienced musicians, enabling you to quickly compose, record, edit, and mix music. Entry to the industry’s most trusted audio workstation has never been easier.
Jason Tate on 01/23/15 - 07:41 PM
Logic Pro X has been updated.
Logic Pro 10.1 introduces advanced new features for EDM and Hip Hop track creation and tons of enhancements to streamline all types of music production. Get more new sounds and more powerful tools that keep the creative process flowing.
Jason Tate on 01/23/15 - 10:55 AM
Google will be updating their search results to better support ticket/concert/event links.
Jason Tate on 01/16/15 - 01:21 PM
Hyundai has announced their plans to phase out CD players in their cars.
Hyundai isn’t the first carmaker to turn its backs on CD players. Back in 2011 Ford said it expected two million of its popular Ford Focus models in Europe would have its CD-less digital hubs by this year, and there's likely more new cars offering USB ports, Bluetooth capability or smartphone integration multi-disc changers.

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Jason Tate on 01/16/15 - 01:06 PM
How does the idea of going to unlimited shows for $25 sound to you? A new start-up is betting it sounds pretty good. Jukely has entered beta and TechCrunch has a write-up about the whole idea.
A mere $25 for a la carte music concerts doesn’t seem like a good money-making model. But Celik sees the service as a win-win. He pointed out that both Jukely and concert promoters make money by filling otherwise empty ticket orders. It’s sort of like an unlimited version of ClassPass, but for music. You won’t find bigger names like Taylor Swift or Gaga on the subscription list. The idea is to fill the room and expose folks to bands that are just starting to blow up, but have enough of a presence...
Jason Tate on 11/18/14 - 11:18 AM
Pandora will be offering some new analytic features to musicians.
In the release announcing the AMP, Pandora says the platform will offer data about each song (including the total number of plays and the number of thumbs up), as well as the number of fans who have created a station for each artist, plus geographic and demographic breakdowns of their listeners.

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Jason Tate on 10/22/14 - 10:22 AM
It looks like Bandcamp is starting to roll out and test subscription packages for artists. Interesting.
Jason Tate on 10/15/14 - 05:10 PM
Billboard profiles Eytan Oren, the man who helps pair up tech-brands with bands. Because why else would anyone use Kik?
Kytan Oren was one of the first to realize their revenue potential for brands and bands. "There are a lot of people that won't pay for music, but they'll pay $1.99 for your branded sticker emoji pack," says Oren, who left his position as director of partnerships at IPG Media Labs in September to start his own social media integration service, Block Party.
Jason Tate on 10/14/14 - 11:11 AM
Happy Wednesday, the Based God has blessed us with an app centered around emojis of himself.
Ryan Dennehy on 09/17/14 - 02:29 PM
alt-J has made their new album, This Is All Yours, available for streaming ahead of its release via an official app. Once you download the app it finds "blast areas" near you via Google maps, which are locations where you can go and stream the album in full via the app itself and potentially meet up with other fans to do the same thing. The app is, however, only available in the UK and has more and more locations across the country being added over the next few days, starting today with public parks.
Kyle Huntington on 09/09/14 - 10:42 AM
A new iPhone app called "Next" looks to do for music discovery what Tinder did for dating.
Musicians use Next to record short videos of their music -- anywhere from 10 seconds to 3 minutes. Users then log on and watch 30-second excerpts of the songs, swiping left to dismiss and swiping right to like. If you find an artist you're interested in, you can follow them on the app or tap to share via SMS, email and Twitter.
Jason Tate on 07/28/14 - 11:14 AM
Indie-developer Marco Arment launched his brand new podcast app today: Overcast. I've been playing around with it all morning and it's pretty great so far. Simple, cool features, nice podcast discovery section, and very easy to use. It's up on the App Store now and if you check it out don't forget to subscribe to the AP.net Podcast in it (searching for absolutepunk found it immediately for me, and the online page is here).
Jason Tate on 07/16/14 - 10:46 AM
Capo Touch launched on iOS today.
Capo Touch helps you learn the music in your iTunes library quickly. By slowing your music, automatically detecting chords, or changing key, this new iOS version of the award-winning Mac App Capo's capabilities let you learn to play your songs faster than ever.
Jason Tate on 07/10/14 - 10:28 AM
Roadtrip Mixtape is a cool app you may be interested in; it generates a Spotify playlist of artists based on location for long trips.
Alex DiVincenzo on 06/18/14 - 09:15 AM
The Justice Department is planning a review of the music license rules in the US.
Billions of dollars in royalties are at stake, and the lobbying fight that is very likely to unfold would pit Silicon Valley giants like Pandora and Google against music companies and songwriter groups.
Jason Tate on 06/04/14 - 11:46 AM
Kickstarter has made a variety of changes to their rules and policies.
Kickstarter said a new feature called “Launch Now” would be available to 60 percent of projects and expanded soon. That’s a formal way of saying that most creators will now be allowed to post what they’re working on without getting feedback and approval from Kickstarter.
Jason Tate on 06/03/14 - 11:30 AM
Napster was launched in June of 1999 and changed the music industry almost overnight -- what was the first song you downloaded?
Jason Tate on 06/02/14 - 12:44 PM
Rap Genius co-founder Mahbod Moghadam has been fired after posting absurd comments on the memoir of mass murderer Elliot Rodger.
Jason Tate on 05/26/14 - 12:14 PM
Welp ... eBay got hacked. Change your eBay passwords and any sites that you may have used the same password with.
Criminals now have possession of eBay customer names, account passwords, email addresses, physical addresses, phone numbers and birth dates.
Jason Tate on 05/21/14 - 10:12 AM
Yeah, I know I'm a nerd ... but this data looking at "the skip button" and how it's used and how often on Spotify fascinates me.
First, lets look at how often a song is skipped within the first five seconds of play. I call these quick skips. The likelihood that a song will be skipped within the first five seconds is an astounding 24.14%. Nearly one quarter of all song plays are abandoned in the first 5 seconds. The likelihood that a song will be skipped within the first thirty seconds rises to 35.05%. The chance that a song is skipped before it ends is a whopping 48.6%. Yes, the odds are only slightly better than 50/50 that a song will be played all the way to the end.
Jason Tate on 05/16/14 - 11:31 PM

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