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Preliminary thoughts on Twitter #music

Trending music chart and social media chatter aggregator We Are Hunted disappeared from the web a few weeks ago following a mysterious acquisition from Twitter. Now, we have the result of said acquisition - Twitter #music. Many celebrities (i.e., Ryan Seacrest) have added their endorsement to the new music discovery ...

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Editorial: Pandora still relevant (for now)

[caption id="attachment_1825" align="aligncenter" width="150"] Credit: Hypebot.com, via Google Images[/caption] I read something this morning that was shocking, but then made more sense as I thought about it. Pandora is still growing. It grew 76% in the past year, actually. That percentage is in listening hours. The actual ...

Don’t ignore: Grooveshark Beluga

In a nutshell, Grooveshark Beluga is a free artist analytics service.  Simply type in the name of any artist, and asumming its one that Grooveshark users (20 million of them) actually listen to, you'll have instant access to geographic data, demographics, user habits, and more.  We don't see specific numbers, but we do see ...

Billboard becomes relevant again

The Billboard Hot 100, arguably the main music industry benchmark for the overall success of a music single, is finally factoring music streaming and subscriptions into its calculations - per this article on Hypebot.  A bit late, perhaps, but its a sign of the times that this entity seems to finally be on board.  A full ...

MSpot = not quite spot on?

This article on hypebot went up this morning, reporting on a service that "silos" every form of popular music service into one interface.  Here's the thing - this concept is needed, but are people really willing to switch to a new service yet again? I thought Spotify already had a goal similar to this.  Plus, I don't see ...

Check out: Daniel Ek interview

I came across this interview with Daniel Ek recently that I think is very insightful on the direction of the music industry.  Some highlights of things that jumped out at me. - People discover music through sharing, not radio - Makes more sense to make music with lasting value - not just catchy enough to make a big ...

The Death of “iLike”

Who remembers iLike? I didn't, until I read this article. iLike was pioneering in the sense that it tried to launch a music service that operated within the Facebook interface.  Now, Spotify has more or less taken over that role (see my earlier app reviews, or check out the new "listen with" feature on Facebook). iLike ...