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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
Deadmau5 is launching an official app for iOS where he will charge fans $5 a month (or $45 a year) for access to exclusive music, videos, and other content.
Jason Tate on 05/16/14 - 03:06 PM
Rdio and Cumulus Media (a terrestrial radio operator) have announced a new partnership.
The arrangement will lead to a new iteration of Rdio this summer, which will include a free, ad-supported streaming music service, according to Dickey. “This will make it a level playing field in terms of the offerings of Spotify or Pandora,” he said. “This is a necessity to be competitive in the U.S. market.” The first version of its free, ad-supported service appeared in January.

In addition, the two companies are "in discussions" to include non-music programming, including content from properties Cumulus acquired when it paid $260 million for the Dial Global radio network -- since rebranded as...
Jason Tate on 05/07/14 - 11:57 AM
Vans Warped Tour's smartphones apps are now available on iOS and Android.
Jason Tate on 05/02/14 - 11:05 AM
If you're looking for something to listen to today, and need a little break from music, I'd like to recommend this episode of the Debug podcast. The topic is "Sexism in Tech" and I'm totally crossing the streams for my love of technology with my "music blog" or whatever we call this site these days. That said: the conversation and topic absolutely has applications to our music world and how macro and micro aggressions play a huge role in all of our lives.
Jason Tate on 04/30/14 - 12:39 PM
Things are not looking good on the net neutrality front. According to several sources the FCC is set to propose new net neutrality rules "that would allow broadband providers to charge companies a premium for access to their fastest lanes." Or, as Tim Wu in The New Yorker so eloquently put it: "It threatens to make the Internet just like everything else in American society: unequal in a way that deeply threatens our long-term prosperity."
Jason Tate on 04/24/14 - 02:14 PM
Project Naptha is a Google Chrome extension that allows you to copy text from images on the web. I'm posting this because it's cool.
Project Naptha automatically applies state-of-the-art computer vision algorithms on every image you see while browsing the web. The result is a seamless and intuitive experience, where you can highlight as well as copy and paste and even edit and translate the text formerly trapped within an image.
Jason Tate on 04/23/14 - 07:35 AM
Amazon and HBO have signed an agreement to bring many of the premium channel's shows to Amazons Prime's video service. Just gonna toss it out there: if you haven't seen The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, and/or The Wire ... you're missing out.
Newer shows like Girls, The Newsroom and Veep will eventually be made available to Prime subscribers, but not until three years after they've first aired on HBO. And other hits like Game of Thrones aren't even mentioned as part of the deal, so HBO may be keeping some popular content for itself.
Jason Tate on 04/23/14 - 07:29 AM
Apple's new iPhone ad features The Pixies' tune "Gigantic" -- check it out in the replies.
Jason Tate on 04/23/14 - 07:23 AM
Beats Music will begin selling in-app subscriptions on iOS. Probably a good move if the reports that say they have subscribers "in the low six figures" are true.
Beats CEO Ian Rogers says the decision to sell within the Apple app was fairly straightforward: More than half of Beats users use iPhones, and it’s very hard to get an iOS user to subscribe if you don’t sell in-app. Two other music subscription services — Rhapsody and Rdio — have also agreed to sell subscriptions within Apple’s app, though Rdio raised the price for for in-app subscriptions from $10 a month to $15 a month to accommodate Apple’s tariff.
Jason Tate on 04/21/14 - 03:23 PM
Bloomberg is reporting that the NSA not only knew about the Heartbleed bug, but that they exploited it for at least two years. This is my reminder to you that you should be using unique passwords with all your online accounts (I recommend a password manager like 1Password).
The U.S. National Security Agency knew for at least two years about a flaw in the way that many websites send sensitive information, now dubbed the Heartbleed bug, and regularly used it to gather critical intelligence, two people familiar with the matter said. The NSA’s decision to keep the bug secret in pursuit of national security interests threatens to renew the rancorous debate over the role of the government’s...
Jason Tate on 04/11/14 - 02:58 PM
Dropbox announced some cool new things today: First, they dropped Carousel, a place to store all your photos and videos. And then my favorite email app, Mailbox, is getting a Mac app (which I am particularly excited about) and coming to Android.
Jason Tate on 04/09/14 - 11:41 AM
The planned YouTube music service is reportedly facing delays due to "design problems."
YouTube, which offers millions of tracks already on an ad-supported basis, is the No. 1 music streaming service in the world. The company is still working through which premium features would persuade its audience to pay a monthly fee, according to Billboard. Those curious what the finished product will look like will have to wait a while longer.
Jason Tate on 04/07/14 - 12:39 PM
Last.fm announced today that is canceling their subscription radio streaming service.
Piggybacking on Spotify and other services like it could get Last.fm tracks in front of more users and make a bigger impact that the radio streaming service did overall. The company says that this change won't affect the Spotify partnership, and users will still be able to listen to stations on the company's new player.
Jason Tate on 03/26/14 - 05:20 PM
Google Play Music now allows you to upload your music through their web interface.
Google Play Music has long been a solid option for uploading and accessing your music collection wherever you are, but using the Music Manager app to actually get your songs into the cloud wasn't always the smoothest or most intuitive process. However, a new feature tucked away in the experimental "labs" section of Play Music should make this process a lot easier — users can now upload whatever music they want straight through the browser using simple drag-and-drop. If the songs are matched with Google's vast music library, they'll be added automatically; otherwise they're simply uploaded.
Jason Tate on 03/26/14 - 05:16 PM
Facebook has purchased Oculus Rift for $2 billion.
The acquisition of Oculus seemingly comes out of nowhere: the company just demoed its most recent version of the Oculus Rift development kit at GDC 2014 to much fanfare. Oculus has been steadily moving towards a consumer product, and Facebook's resources can only help to push that mission along. "Facebook understands the potential for VR," the Oculus team wrote in its own blog post announcing the deal. "Mark and his team share our vision for virtual reality’s potential to transform the way we learn, share, play, and communicate. Facebook is a company that believes that anything is possible with the right group of people, and we couldn’t...
Jason Tate on 03/25/14 - 04:13 PM
Long rumored, now a reality: Google has launched their $9.99 a month on-demand music service.
Google just launched an on-demand subscription music service and Spotify competitor called “Google Play Music All Access”. It’s web and mobile interfaces feature millions of songs you can play instantly, personal recommendations, charts and playlists, and the ability to turn any song into an instant radio station. It launches today on the web and mobile in the US for $9.99 a month, comes with a free trial month, and early adopters get it for $7.99.
Jason Tate on 05/15/13 - 10:09 AM
Just read this article over at The Verge that explains how, "Spotify plans to ask labels for the rights to extend its free tier to mobile devices and make substantial cuts to the royalty fees it pays artists." And, while I am glad these services exist compared to piracy, I can't help but agree with the conclusion from The Brief:
No matter the outcome, artists are on the losing end: Spotify wins, and if their talks result in a favorable outcome, paves the way for Pandora et al to follow suit; the labels, who get shares in Spotify in return for their licensing agreements, win; users, who get access to a giant catalog of music whether they pay or not, win; and artists get to watch rich...
Jason Tate on 02/20/13 - 02:23 PM
Apple has announced that music fans have purchased and downloaded more than 25 billion songs from the iTunes Store. Kind of related: yesterday I was trying to find stats about iTunes charts when I was writing up this commentary, and found this cool site that lets you search for songs that have been on the charts and get all kinds of information about them.
Jason Tate on 02/07/13 - 09:54 AM
Sony will cease production on their cassette player/recorders in January 2013. How am I going to listen to my new New Found Glory tape?
Alex DiVincenzo on 12/10/12 - 10:21 AM
The new (and major update) iTunes 11 has been released today.
Jason Tate on 11/29/12 - 10:29 AM
Spotify has introduced a platform for developers, and websites, to make apps for their music player. Looks like we'll have to figure out a way to put some AP.net news and recommendations in your Spotify player before too long.
Jason Tate on 11/30/11 - 11:25 AM
Spotify will be holding a press conference on November 30th discussing what's next for the company. We'll do our best to bring you coverage of the new announcements.

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Jason Tate on 11/21/11 - 12:07 PM
Rdio and MOG will be joining the ranks of Spotify by expanding their "free music offerings" in the near future. The rumor is that this is going to coincide with Facebook launching more music integration into their product at their upcoming developer conference, F8. After arguably one of the best years in music, it's my opinion that it's a great time to be a music fan.
Jason Tate on 09/15/11 - 11:11 AM

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