Apple launched its streaming music service Apple Music and global online station Beats 1 yesterday. What do you think of it so far? Is it a winner or a dud? Inviting or confusing? Revolutionary or nothing new? Vote in our 2 question poll and share your comments below.
Nothing happens in a vacuum, and that's particularly true when Apple is the one throwing a big rock into already choppy waters. Apple Music launched yesterday and with Apple's user base and marketing prowess, the consequences - intended and otherwise - could be considerable.
Live has been music's slowest sector to jump on the digital bandwagon. That's finally changing with more promoters and festivals increasing their online presence before, during and after the event, often in partnership with innovative music tech startups.
Several tech writers were given a 1 day trial of Apple Music yesterday and overnight their reviews started to trickle. While generally positive, there were some real concerns that could slow mainstream adoption.
[UPDATED] Apple execs were particularly active on social media over the weekend , ahead of Tuesday's launch of Apple Music, Beats 1 radio and iOS8.4. Ian Rogers shared more exact launch times and Eddy Cue announced a 4X increase in library song storage and streams.
We all have a favorite song, and if we think about it, there's probably that one certain point in our favorite song where everything about it seems to come together and all we want to do is listen again and again... so we do. Now there's an app that finds "the drop" for you.
I'm fond of referring to Apple Music's live online radio station Beats1 as Jimmy Iovine's wet dream. After all, what music exec wouldn't want to have such influence over a globally influential radio station? "You know Zane, Apple Music just cut a deal for an exclusive new Chris Brown track. Yeah, I know it sucks, but...".
As expected, Apple is retiring the Beats Music service and brand. The Beats name will remain for now on headphones and speakers, as well as, on Apple Music's new 24/7 live net radio stream Beats1. But given Apple's history of unified brands, will headphones be next?
At today's Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple launched Apple Music alongside major updates to OSX, iOS and the Apple Watch. Former label and now newly minted Apple exec Jimmy Iovine took the stage to share the news.
A week ago I found myself at a rowdy Trampled By Turtles concert. If you've never been to one, you need to go. It's basically an all-acoustic punk show. Some people mosh and some people like to sway back and forth like broken pinwheels. It's great. Until some drunk concert goer shoves a cellphone in front of your face.
In case you missed it, Google’s latest algorithm brought about the so-called “Mobilegeddon,” which punished websites who weren’t mobile-friendly. Okay, I may be exaggerating a little, but Google did roll out an update on April 21, which punished any website that lacked mobile-friendly pages by decreasing the site’s ranking in mobile search results.
In this episode of Music Business Podcast, I talk with Nicole Cifani, who is a marketing lead at Chosen, a talent competition app. I talk to Nicole about what Chosen is and how she landed a job at the company. We also talk about what exactly it means to “gamify” the music experience.
It seems that the car service Uber is becoming more than a taxi. It's also a way to deliver and even break new music to fans. Britney Spears released her new single "Pretty Girls" on May 3rd using Uber as the "vehicle" to get the word out.
Pandora and Spotify topped both the App AnnieTop 10 music app "By Downloads" and "By Revenue" charts. Beats Music landed an impressive 3rd place finish on the revenue ranking. Even Rhapsody and Rdio charted. But where did TIDAL rank?
Whether we like it or not, smartphones, iPads, and tablets have taken up permanent residence in our day to day existence. Fans are on their mobile devices more and more during events - which begs the question, is live tweeting is killing live shows or are smartphones are simply paving the way to the new generation of fan engagement?
Communication is always a priority, you can never seem to have enough of it. It’s no wonder that messaging apps and services are continuing to see a growth trend. There are many to choose from, some you likely already use to stay in touch with friends and family. Let’s start by looking into a few platforms and ways to connect and engage with your fans through them.
Smule has moved beyond being just the creator of popular music apps. Smartly, they combined the apps into a popular music based social network, and today they were rewarded with $38 million in new funding.
Short video app Vine has updated its iOS app toallow you to share videos with other Vine users and multiple networks including Twitter, Facebook and Tumblrall at once. Previously users had to share to each network separately; and Tumblr was not an option.
Bubble? What bubble? You know the music tech space is still hot when Music Messenger, an app that allows users to share free music, raises $30 million from a Russian billionaire a soccer club owner and a who's who of musicians.
Haters gonna hate, but the critics have been particularly vocal about TIDAL. The streaming music that Jay Z bought and relaunched with the help of superstar partners was just enriching the already rich, they said. And besides, with no free tier, who would sign up?
Mobilegeddon is here. Today is the day that Google begins punishing sites that do not meet its standards of mobile friendliness by pushing them down in mobile search results. How has your web site been effected? And to learn more about mobilegeddon and what to do about it,read this.
If you've had a lifelong dream of seeing where the magic happens withinAbbey Road Studios, Google just made it come true. Partnering with Abbey Road Studios to create and compile more than 150 different 360-degree panoramic images, Inside Abbey Road was born.
As Madonna proved by releasing new music on virtually every new digital platform possible, modern music marketing is not just for the young. Now classic rockers Kansas teamed with Mobius yielding some impressive results.
UPDATED: The Apple Watch has been one of the company's most anticipated and buzz about product releases, and like most things that Apple does, music is front and center. Yesterday, Apple released a series of videos offering guided tours of features on the Apple Watch including this one on music:
From Google: "Starting April 21, we will be expanding our use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal. This change will affect mobile searches in all languages worldwide and will have a significant impact in our search results." That date is important, but so is the word in bold.
From Mp3.com to Mp3Tunes, Michael Robertson has never been afraid to take on the music industry; and that's often landed him in court. In fact, lawyers for Universal Music are still arguing over whether $12M is enough for their work winning a "pyrrhic victory" over Mp3Tunes. Unphased, he's back with new music app Six Seconds.