Back in the late 1990s and early 2000s, surround-sound music looked like the next big thing, but in the intervening decade and a half, precious little rock, jazz, or world music has been recorded in surround. True, in the early days of SACD and DVD-Audio formats there were hundreds of remixes of older stereo recordings, and some were recycled on Blu-ray, but the number of newly recorded 5.1 titles remains paltry. Looking back, the early 2000s should have been an ideal time to launch surround music; multichannel home theater was peaking, so there was a large number of households … Read more
Jac Holzman is legit.
His track record in the music industry stretches back nearly 65 years -- that's the lifespan of about 12 iTunes -- to when he founded Elektra Records out of his college dorm room in 1950. He went on to sign acts like the Doors, Carly Simon, and the Stooges, but don't mistake him as a label exec lost in a bygone era.
As waves of technological change have washed over the music industry, Holzman worked to stay ahead of the break, testing how the conjoined worlds of music and technology could enhance each other. … Read more
If you build it, they will come? Rdio's new Chief Executive Anthony Bay believes so.
Rdio, one of a myriad of streaming music services, launched four years ago by the billionaire founders of Skype and Kazaa. It's a subscription service with a catalog of millions of songs available on demand, and gets widespread kudos for its design and offline listening. But it has remained a relatively small player while Pandora grew into a colossus and Spotify jumped the pond to quickly outstrip Rdio in scope.
Bay has plans that prep Rdio for a future as a much bigger … Read more
When you hear a song on the radio, or during a TV show, movie, or anywhere else, using the Google Sound Search widget is a quick way to identify it. Just tap the widget and it will start listening to the music. Once identified, you can find out more information.
The Sound Search widget also keeps a convenient history list of any tracks you've identified. To access it, just tap icon on the widget.
Beats Music and Spotify have very different ideas of what marketing means: It's all, or basically nothing. Respectively.
If you've never heard of either, you're easily forgiven. Beats Music and Spotify are both streaming music services that, unlike Internet radio Pandora, offer the ability to listen to a specific track on demand, and both can be accessed anywhere without commercials for about $10 a month. But Spotify barely ever advertises in the US, relying instead on word of mouth, and Beats Music has yet to hit the two-week mark of being up and running (well, most of the time.) … Read more
Over 4 million songs of the 20 million or so on Spotify have apparently never been played -- not even once. Now, a new service is trying to change that.
Dubbed Forgotify, the service launched this week and lets music fans stream a playlist of roughly 4 million "neglected" Spotify song. The site uses an embedded Spotify player and runs a program that searches for songs on Spotify with a zero popularity rating, Forgotify's Lane Jordan explained to Time. The program will be run on a daily basis and will remove any song that has been played, … Read more
We're going back...to the future!
A full 30 years after the original "Back to the Future" film debuted, the time-traveling adventure is set to return, this time as a musical. Director Robert Zemeckis and screenwriter Bob Gale, who created the original films, will team up with British theater director Jamie Lloyd to write the book for the new production, Variety reported on Friday.
Lloyd will direct the stage version, which will gear up to open in London in 2015, just in the nick of time for the film's 30th anniversary. Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard … Read more
I hardly slept all night, for fear I'd miss the big reveal.
No, not the live-cam of Atlanta's streets slowly melting. This was far more important. Ellen DeGeneres would be revealing her new Beats Music Super Bowl ad. Yes, on her show.
I know that Super Bowl ads aren't supposed to be revealed until the game itself. But that's so analog.
In any case, as you know, Thursday was DeGeneres' birthday, so she can do what she wants. So she did.
In this opus, Ellen doesn't pretend to be cool (I hope). Instead, she is … Read more
A Beats Music app quietly popped up Thursday in the Windows Phone app store, roughly one week after the new streaming service made its debut. Beats Music competes with Spotify and Rdio and first launched for Android and iOS on January 21.
The app is free, but to actually listen to music, you need to pony up $10 per month. Unlike other music-streaming services, there's no free limited or ad-supported option. Beats Music for Windows Phone looks nearly identical to the other apps, and appears to come with all of the same features.
While you can download the app … Read more
App Annie, an analytics company that monitors app rankings, found music app revenue jumped 77 percent last year from 2012, in a review of app data. The category moved up to the third most popular type of app last year, after being ranked seventh in 2012. Social networking apps moved up the same number of steps in the rankings to the No. 2 spot, with games continuing to dominate the chart.
That music-app growth was led by Pandora. Worldwide, the Internet's … Read more