With many in the music industry using tech advancements to help them in their creative process, a variety of smartphone apps have become more and more popular with bands ands. That said, their abundance has made choosing the right one daunting. Here we look we look at the top ten best iOS apps that can help in the creative process.
Stuart Dredge explores how the new hardware category of the smart speakers is transforming the music landscape and what the technology's rise could mean for the future of music and the music industry.
Music videos have been a part of Apple Music ever since it launched. But the new version of the streamer's app is putting music video front and center as part of a promised upgrade within Apple's new iOS 11.3.
TrumpMasterFlex attempts the impossible - making sense of Donald Trump's tweets. The app uses advanced AI technology Synthetic to analyze his tweets and pair them with a song of matching sentiment, and the results are both amusing and frightening.
Spotify says that 2 million users of its free ad-supported music service have used hacked apps to block ads in the last few months. The revelation came in a Friday morning SEC filing that also included lower user and total hours streamed counts than it previously reported.
While we are in many ways living in the golden age of music tech and apps for artists, it's important to have a discerning eye in selecting what you use, particularly when it comes to apps relating to data analysis and security.
Sound recording is younger than you might think - it was only invented around 130 years ago. Over this time, it has evolved from physical to magnetic, then digital, ultimately losing the need for a physical medium. Today, the majority of sound recordings, no matter if they are speeches, noises or online slots to fit music genres, exist as strings of ones and zeroes in cyberspace, so to say.
Keeping a handle on the vast and ever-changing world of social media enough to capture your fans attention is no easy task, and in the case of Facebook, their recent alteration to the algorithm only makes things harder. With the correct usage of messenger, however, artists can get ahead of the social media game.
Spotify Television is a web app that turns Spotify playlists into a stream of YouTube videos. In our test, the app worked well and felt like watching a personalized version of MTV from back in they day when the channel still played videos.
Most music consumers, be they young or old, are often pressed for time meaning that, as an artist, it's important to get them what they want quickly and painlessly. Here we look at how to do so through automated messenger bots, quickly getting fans where they want to be.
Facebook Live has become an excellent way for artists to connect with fans via impromptu video sessions. Here Chris Robley details how artists can take their Facebook Live presence up a notch, with minimal tools tools needed.
The popular photo sharing platform is upping it's game with the addition of a variety of upgrades including GIF integration, text-only stories, and more options on photo size. Here we look at how to most effectively capitalize on instagram's new features.
Beyond just maps, certain apps have become invaluable for the iPhone totting artist hitting the road. Here we look at for of the most essential to have, whether you're promoting a show or just trying to communicate with your bandmates.
Amazon Music users can now tell Alexa to create a new playlist or add a song to an existing playlist with just their voice. While listening to Amazon Music on an Alexa-enabled device users can now say:
CD Baby has launched a free DIY Musicians app to foster a community of musicians sharing questions, successes, tips and more. Registration is required, but users do not have to be a CD Baby customer to join.
In this interview Michelle Brook, the digital manager at Ignition Records talks about her work in the industry, and share her opinions and experiences on the value of marketing using messenger bots, and where such types of technology might be headed in the future.
As the social media landscape continues to shift, promoting your events on social media, be it a tour or a merch sale, has grown increasingly difficult, particularly where organic reach is concerned. Here we look at ten of the best social media management tools that can help you up your promotional game.
The recent acquisition of Shazam by Apple for a relatively modest 400 million has left many wondering what the tech giant could want with the music identification service. Given that Apple has had similar infrastructure for some time, it seems the purchase was likely motivated more by interest in Shazam's historical user data.
Spotlite, "a direct to fan app that caters to the artist," has raised $10 million in a round led by Sequoia Capital China and BlueRun Ventures. The free app is often described as,“American Idol meets musical.ly.” Spotlite's nearest direct competitor is Smule, but artists don't earn money on that platform.
Apple has acquired Shazam, the company confirmed on Monday. The deal for the music and audio recognition app is reported to be worth $400 million. Shazam had been valued as high as $1 billion, had previously raised $143 million from investors including Kleiner Perkins and music groups Sony, Universal and Access Industries, which also owns Warner Music.
While most musicians take the time to actively develop their presence on sites like Facebook and Instagram, many artists may not bother with what the perceive as the more 'corporately oriented' LinkedIn. This could be causing them to miss out on a number of beneficial connections, however.
Splitting a single photo into equal individual tiles for a grid photo posting has become a unique and effective way for artists and their PR teams to tout new material and engage fans. Here we look at some creative tips for using Instagram grids.
As the event technology renaissance continues, numerous companies are reshaping the event industry whether it's through apps or AI. Here we look at six event startups to keep an eye on as we move forward into 2018.
Often described as a lip-syncing app, Music.ly is notable for a number of reasons. The app is the first Chinese-created social media app to break into the US, is independent of any major US company, and has captured the attention of Generation Z in big way. Here we look at what's behind the app's success.