Day: 13 février 2018

Music/tech people share book tips and advice for younger selves

A pair of interesting articles on blogging platform Medium may provide some industry inspiration today. First, there’s Idagio product director Bas Grasmayer’s piece asking “what people in music tech would tell their 18 year-old selves”.
From former Geffen CTO Jim Griffin (“Get 8+ hours of regular sleep a night. Doing it right is like the most powerful drug in the world”) to Outdustry’s Ed Peto (“Surround yourself with smart people — continuously challenge yourself by being out of your depth, slightly in awe of those around you”) there are some good nuggets of advice.
Second, Pandora’s Glenn Peoples has been asking music-biz people what books they’ve been reading and would recommend to their peers.
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Consumer Reports publishes initial HomePod comparison tests

The initial wave of reviews in the press about Apple’s HomePod smart speaker have been very positive about its hardware – specifically its audio quality. Now Consumer Reports has published some ‘early results’ of its comparative tests pitting the device against rivals.
“Apple’s speaker does deliver very good audio performance, though it’s not the best-sounding wireless speaker in our ratings—or even the best-sounding smart speaker,” is their initial verdict.
The key here is that Consumer Reports isn’t comparing the HomePod to the original Amazon Echo or Google Home, both of which impressed more with their smarts than with their audio quality. Instead, it pits the HomePod against the Sonos One and Google Home Max.
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Musiio and Mubert are the latest AI-focused music startups

The fact that ‘AI music’ can mean several, very different things is well illustrated by the latest pair of startups exploring strains of artificial intelligence tech applied to music.
Musiio’s focus is on using AI to analyse large catalogues of music. “The tools we provide allow you as a business to process more data than is humanly viable, and gives you the competitive advantage by substantially increasing the accuracy and quality of your A&R,” explains its pitch.
“By ‘listening’ to more tracks than a human could ever comprehend and identifying characteristics and patterns therein, our AI allows you to better predict success.”
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Source: Music ally

Bandcamp paid out more than $70m to independent artists in 2017

Direct-to-fan platform Bandcamp has published its annual review of its business, including the stat that its all-time payments to artists are now past the $270m mark.
That compares to nearly $200m at the end of 2016, meaning that the $70m+ paid to Bandcamp artists in 2017 represents a quarter of all payouts since the platform launched in 2008.
More stats? “Digital album sales were up 16%, tracks 33%, and merch 36%. Growth in physical sales was led by vinyl (up 54%), CDs (up 18%), and cassettes (up 41%),” explained Bandcamp.
“Revenue from the 3,500 independent labels on Bandcamp grew 73%, and more than 600,000 artists have now sold something through the site.”
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Expansion on the agenda for YouTube, Apple Music and Spotify

Three separate stories this morning come together into a strand illustrating 2018’s status as a continued landgrab for new music-streaming subscribers. YouTube is finally readying a global push for its YouTube Red tier; Apple Music is launching its student membership plan much more widely across the world; and Spotify is offering lovebirds a Valentine’s-themed two-month free trial of its Premium tier.
Details are still relatively thin on the first of those: YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said at the Code Media conference yesterday that the service will expand Red “to many more countries” in 2018. “We’re only in five countries now. Now that we’ve finished all of our music deals, we’re going to be expanding to a large number of countries… Many, like, I don’t know, a hundred.”
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