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Music for the Snapchat generation: conceptualizing Music Stories
David Emery recently noted how impactful Snapchat’s Stories feature has been. I decided to take the thought experiment of Music Stories a step further.
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Is the music industry coming to terms with mental health?
A look at one of the most important issues at the heart of the music business.
Digital music space
This new digital music store could change the way we pay artists
Meet Voltra. A stream-to-own music service which places emphasis on owning your music collection.
16 months later, YouTube Music is still a missed opportunity
Google’s vast library of rare and live music could be a major selling point for the company’s streaming music service. Instead, it’s a barely-connected footnote.
Pandora CEO Westergren: 'We intend to be profitable this year'
Pandora Premium, the company’s first on-demand streaming tier, will help it beat competition from tech giants like and Amazon, said CEO Tim Westergren.
Are algorithms in tune with music?
What impact do algorithms have for music curation and creation? Short video documentary accompanied by an article.
Google Home is playing audio ads for Beauty and the Beast
You might hear an advertisement if you ask Google about the day ahead. As Stephen O'Reilly once pointed out: “It’s all about the battle for the living room, and music is the hook.”
Meanwhile Spotify will only let you listen to this song when it’s raining.
How hip-hop would be different if Biggie were still alive
When the Notorious B.I.G. was murdered, the course of contemporary hip-hop was fundamentally altered. Surprisingly good piece!
The mobile internet is over. Baidu goes all in on AI
The Chinese company has more than 1,300 people working on tech like deep learning.
We're watching more video, just not on TV
About half of all video viewing is now done on devices other than television. We’re going through a media shift.
“The Flippening” & how I learned to stop loving Bitcoin
Great long read explaining Bitcoin’s complications, as well as the very promising Ethereum blockchain ecosystem.
I’m really enjoying this track and video by Bulgarian hiphop group СкандаУ (SkandaU).
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