✖️ One year MxTxF, special edition 🎉 On-demand economy in music 📱 Lessons from freelancing in music 💻
Here we are! It’s MxTxF’s birthday this week. I’ve written about why I write this newsletter before, and now I’m looking back at last year. You can read about what I learned in my first year as a freelancer, and I’ve also made a few top 5s looking back at the best pieces in MxTxF’s first year.
Enjoy and thank you for joining!
From me, for you
7 findings from my first year freelancing (MxTxF)
A look back at last year’s journey (and a hint at the path ahead).
One year of MUSIC x TECH x FUTURE: reflecting through four top 5s
Spoiler: the most viewed articles are not from me — and that delights me: to be able to offer a platform to people with a great story to share.
The on-demand economy in music (Projecting Trends)
With an increasing amount of consumers expecting to be able to summon a driver, handyman, or cleaner with the tap of a button, we now see expectations to do the same in music.
Digital music space
DotBlockchain Music signs up four industry partners, enters 'phase two' of data project
Great development, as Benji Rogers signs on actors at different parts of the music value chain. Not a magic bullet, but an important experiment to figure out the right configuration for a more transparent, frictionless future.
How we started the Arab world's biggest music service
How the founders of Anghami created the biggest home-grown music streaming service in the Arab world.
570.000 plays. My first year on Spotify!
Pip Blom, who previously published the current most read article on MUSIC x TECH x FUTURE about how Spotify helped her as an artist, reviews her year on the service, with loads of data to look through.
Finnish collecting society Teosto aims for innovation
Teosto in Finland’s Futures Lab initiative takes in hack days, research partnerships, open APIs and even investing in one music/tech startup.
Breaking a band in 2017: '1m streams on Spotify is not enough'
Different points of view on breaking artists in the digital age in this write-up of a panel discussion at AIM’s Indie-Con.
Music Ally view: the music/tech startups landscape in 2017
Stuart Dredge discusses the current state of music tech startups at NY:LON Connect.
Facebook now makes 84% of its advertising revenue from mobile
There are very few situations in which you shouldn’t optimize your strategy for mobile first.
Inside the billion dollar industry of China’s most famous social media celebrities
A powerful group of tech savvy, entrepreneurial, and predominantly female influencers have emerged as China’s new tastemakers on social media, and they are equally as adored by their fans as they are by major brands.
10 principles for design in the age of AI
Speaking about mobile… we’re already moving into a post-mobile landscape. Yves Behar shares a new kind of design manifesto.
Kick back and watch an AI-bot learn to play Atari games in real-time
Building artificial intelligence is easier than ever before, thanks to new open-source tools. So the Quartz team decided to tinker a little by using OpenAI’s Universe to build an AI bot that learns to play Atari games.
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