Discs To Digital: The Strange History Of Music Formats

1While streaming has become the dominant form of music consumption, the road to get here was a complex and varied one. Here we look at the history of the physical music formats, dating back as far as the 1870s, and how it led us to where we are now.

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Spotify's “This is:” Playlist Series Is A Hidden Gem

1A service known for its carefully curated playlists, Spotify's 'This Is' playlist series, each one focusing on a different legendary artist, often slips under the radar, but the series does an important service for fans and is one of the better products to emerge from the streaming revolution.

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Who Needs Shazam? Google Assistant App Adds Song Recognition

image from www.andropalace.orgGoogle has added song recognition to its Google Assistant app across all platforms.  Ask Google Assistant “what song is this?” or “what song is playing?,” and it shows the song's name, the artist, lyrics, and links to YouTube, Google Play Music and Spotify.  Move over Shazam...

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Tom Petty’s Music Genome And His Legacy-Defining Traits

1-aDsblOYr4qfZEb5XGfKVewFollowing Tom Petty's passing on Monday, numerous obituaries and remembrances have been released, often similarly describing his music as a 'soundtrack for the road." Here we look at some of the traits most common to Petty's music and which helped to make it so compelling.

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Most Popular Music Genres: Completely Different Than What You Might Believe

0001For artists looking to establish a career in the music industry, being able to target a specific genre can be helpful in focusing their efforts, particularly if it's one of the more popular genres. Here we look at the most popular genres of music, with some surprising results.

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Taylor Swift Turned Right Said Fred’s Body-Positive Hit Into A Revenge Fantasy: Here's How

Download (7)In this article Ian Temple deconstructs and analyzes the musical similarities between T-Swift's latest single "Look What You Made Me Do" and Right Said Fred's hit 1992 classic "I'm Too Sexy For My Shirt"

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How Artist Affinity Targeting Works On AMP, Pandora's Free Music Marketing Platform

SkiHere we explore a new feature from Pandora which allows artists to connect with fans via Artist Affinity Targeting. This article explores how the new feature benefits both artist and listener, how it was tested and perfected.

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Spotify Shares "How Students Listen 2017" [Eliot Van Buskirk]

Download (1)In addition to learning, expanding personal horizons and developing a plan for post student life, college is also a place where many shape their musical identities. Eliot Van Buskirk of Spotify Insights has taken a deep dive into how students listen and shared it via an interactive microsite.

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Music: A Universal Language That's Difficult To Translate

1While music may often be described as the universal, a translator's take may be rather different. Indeed, translating a song from one language to another presents a number of challenges in staying faithul to the idea of, and communicating the feel of the original.

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The "Drake" Effect: Thoughts From A&R Exec, Songwriter Spek

Drake-435-16Here a recording artist and A&R executive reflects on how the ways in which consumers listen to music and engage with artists has fundamentally changed with more control now in the hands of the artist, something he refers to as the 'Drake effect'.

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How We Listen To Music In Our Cars

2While listening to music in the car has long been a tradition, the way in which we do it has changed significantly over the years, as technology has developed to allow greater choice in what we choose to play. Here we look at some numbers relating to listeners on the go.

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Collecting Your Favorites: Vintage Music In The Digital Age

1 (1)Before the ubiquity of streaming, many music fans spent a lot of time (and money) on amassing huge quantities of physical music. Here we look at how longtime fans can reconcile their preexisting stock with current technology.

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