Spotify saved the music business. Can it save itself? (The 3:59, Ep. 379)

We talk about Spotify's quirky IPO, breaking up with virtual reality and prosthetic limbs.

Joan E. Solsman Former Senior Reporter
Joan E. Solsman was CNET's senior media reporter, covering the intersection of entertainment and technology. She's reported from locations spanning from Disneyland to Serbian refugee camps, and she previously wrote for Dow Jones Newswires and The Wall Street Journal. She bikes to get almost everywhere and has been doored only once.
Expertise Streaming video, film, television and music; virtual, augmented and mixed reality; deep fakes and synthetic media; content moderation and misinformation online Credentials
  • Three Folio Eddie award wins: 2018 science & technology writing (Cartoon bunnies are hacking your brain), 2021 analysis (Deepfakes' election threat isn't what you'd think) and 2022 culture article (Apple's CODA Takes You Into an Inner World of Sign)
Joan E. Solsman

On this podcast, we talk about:

  • Spotify's role in turning the tide of the music industry, as the world's biggest streaming-music company goes public; 
  • Whether high-end virtual reality systems deserve more chances to win consumers seeing as initial limitations and roadblocks haven't changed despite years of hype and promises;
  • Prosthetic limbs that are turning into mind-controlled extensions of the human body.

The 3:59 gives you bite-size news and analysis about the top stories of the day, brought to you by the CNET News team in New York and producer Bryan VanGelder.

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