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Digital music roundup: Spotify, US streaming market, Samsung music, Neil Young and Gorillaz

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In this digital music roundup – the first in a possible series: Spotify’s paywall, the US streaming market, Samsung and Google Play Music, Neil Young’s new streaming service Xstream and two augmented reality apps from Gorillaz (pictured above)

Spotify will allow labels to put new albums behind a two-week ‘paywall’, during which time they will only be available to the streaming service’s paying users. It concluded separate deals with digital rights agency Merlin, which negotiates on behalf of thousands of indies – including Sub Pop, Epitaph and Domino, and Universal Music Group (UMG). The flexible release policy also provides “unprecedented access to data, creating the foundation for new tools for artists and labels to expand, engage and build deeper connections with their fans”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Travel in the opposite car

Spotify and Uber appear to have added a new way to annoy your taxi driver with a partnership that allows Spotify users to choose the music that plays in the taxi firm’s cars.

Soon users that connect their Spotify and Uber apps will be able to select music from either featured Uber playlists or their own ones on Spotify within the Uber app, or pick tunes from via the Spotify app. Read the rest of this entry »

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Twitter tries a new approach to music

Pitchfork Twitter Audio Card Sleater-Kinney podcastSome seven months after killing off its short-lived #Music initiative Twitter is having another go at more closely integrating itself into the digital music ecosystem.

The social network’s recently launched Audio Cards allow users to listen to songs, podcasts and other audio recordings directly in their timeline – though, for the time being, only if they come from SoundCloud.

Although it works to some extent within on a desktop/laptop, the initiative is explicitly ‘mobile first’. On iOS and Android mobile devices a single tap of an Audio Card lets you listen to the recording directly in your timeline. Read the rest of this entry »

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Got me a movie …

“How do you celebrate the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage?”* the European Parliament asked in a post to its Google+ page earlier today.

It was the first I’d heard of UNESCO’s annual drive to raise awareness of our audiovisual heritage that’s built around the fascinating Memory of the World register. Read the rest of this entry »

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Exit #music

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In a move more likely to provoke a shrug of our collective shoulders than a lament for its passing, Twitter has decided to axe its #Music service.

Centred around a mobile app that was meant to help users discover new music and artists based on tweets, #Music was given a big launch last year for iOS devices.

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Searching visually

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It’s been quite difficult to find much to love about the latest version of Apple’s iOS.

The 24 hours it took to install iOS7  in the autumn, not to mention the diminished touchscreen responsiveness it arrived with, certainly don’t help. Read the rest of this entry »

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Social media and circumvention

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