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Laptops may soon be replaced by microcomputers in the DJ booth

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As much as the laptop has revolutionized modern mixing setups, it’s also served as one of the biggest hindrances in the DJ booth. Legendary turntablist Qbert is looking to change that, however. Teaming up with Intel, Qbert and his Thud Rumble team are looking to eliminate laptops in the booth completely. The idea is to replace the bulky gear with Intel’s Edison line of microcomputers. The small unit is a robust computing platform, powered by a dual-core 500MHz CPU and single core microcontroller, with USB ports, memory storage, wireless capabilities and more.

The implications behind the device are quite significant. In an ideal world, an artist would simply be able to show up at the club and plug in their USB into the microcomputer, much in the same way DJs utilizing CDJs organize their setups. The concept was displayed at the Bay Area’s Maker Faire this past weekend, with both Intel and Qbert on hand to demonstrate.

While we’re still some time from a readily available consumer version, the integration of the Edison into the DJ booth is a game-changing prospect, especially at the price tag of only $55.

Via: DJ Tech Tools

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Spotify Sony Contract Leaked as ‘Spotify Now’ Rolls Out

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Spotify is unrolling a new service called ‘Spotify Now’. This addition to the massively successful music delivery mechanism includes video streaming, as well as a handful of other new features and enhancements to existing features. Spotify is said to be worth more than $8 billion, and if they wish to retain that value, they’ll need to do continue revolutionizing their services. Adding video streaming is brilliant. Actually, in 7 years of existence, how was it that no one working for Spotify thought of this sooner? It’s not like the idea is original. There’s this other website (called YouTube) that does the exact same thing. That doesn’t mean that Spotify can’t claim their own market share.

Launching ‘Spotify Now’ is most likely a carefully timed tactic, aimed to draw media attention away from Apple’s impending release of ‘Apple Music’. An $8 billion streaming company might seem like a whale, but once Apple joins the game, (net worth: $700 billion+) Spotify will need do more than tread water. So, how much does it cost a company like Spotify or Apple to stream music owned by the world’s biggest record labels. Well, for the first time a contract has leaked. More specifically, a contract between Spotify and Sony Music. This particular deal has Spotify paying Sony up to $42.5 million in advances. The Verge goes into detail about this, and you can read more about it here.

[H/T]: Digital Music News, The Verge

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Learn about The Glitch Mob’s ‘The Blade’ set up in a new documentary

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Ever wondered about the crazy contraption that engulfs The Glitch Mob when they perform? From concept to reality, the trio comes forth with a new mini documentary that explains the theory of their live stage set up, known lovingly as ‘The Blade.’ A step away from the typical DJ set up, The Glitch Mob has always prided themselves as more of a rock-inspired collective that unites technology with the same grinding power of live bands. A product of creativity and industrial fantasy, watch The Blade come to life in ‘Behind the Blade,’ above.

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Giorgio Moroder and Novation team up on custom synth

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Who better to release a custom synthesizer than Giorgio Moroder, the disco maestro often credited with pioneering synth disco and pop? Giorgio used Novation‘s MiniNova at his American DJ debut a couple of years ago, so it comes as no surprise that he’s partnering with Novation for the release of the MoroderNova. The new synth – which of course has many similarities to the MiniNova – will come packed with synth patches built to mimic sounds from some of Moroder’s most influential tracks. Novation will release only 500 MoroderNovas, which will come with Giorgio’s moustache and shades branding and a certificate of authenticity.

Keep an eye on the official MoroderNova site for a release date and pricing and availability info. Giorgio’s Déjà Vu will be released next month.

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Apple Confirms June For Projected ‘Apple Music’ Launch

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Dating back some time, technological herculean, Apple, announced the prospective launch of their Beats-based music streaming service tentatively dubbed, ‘Apple Music‘. The application will have similarities to that of the discontinued iTunes feature, Ping, as the feature will host a plethora of social networking assimilations for artists, reports industry sources. ‘Apple Music’ will strictly enable only artists to obtain their own pages within the application in which they may post tracks and samples, photos, videos, concert updates and more. Dissimilar from Ping, ‘Apple Music’ will not allow users to have their own user profile, however all users may comment on and like posts from artists using ‘Apple Music’. Much like that of SoundCloud, ‘Apple Music’ allows for artists to share content released by other artists in order to promote cross-advertising.

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A fundamental feature of ‘Apple Music’s’ streaming service will be Artist Activity. Withal, users will have the ability to disable the feature in the Restrictions Settings panel in iOS 8.4, as pictured above. The photo above was a result of an accidental leak in the most recent iOS 8.4 beta developers. Sources state that the Restrictions menu will encompass an ‘Artist Activity’ switch that may be enabled, or disabled, based on user preference. ‘Apple Music’ will be available to access transversely across iOS, Android and Mac versions of the application.

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The service will be unified heavily into the new iOS 8.4 redesign, and users will be able to carry over their current Beats Music cloud libraries, according to sources. iTunes Match alongside iTunes Radio will still be sustained, even with the imbricating range of capabilities. iTunes Radio will be refaced in order to improve mixes and an “international rollout to mirror the streaming service”.

‘Apple Music’ will be unveiled at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference Kickoff keynote alongside iOS 8.4, iOS 9, OS X 10.11 and the improved Apple TV features. The conference will be held Monday June 8th. Apple sources confirm that the company plans to release a free trial option for ‘Apple Music’ near the end of June.

Source: 9to5Mac

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Apple’s new Beats-based streaming service to launch next month

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The name ‘Apple Music’ might become a thing pretty soon — at least, that’s what 9to5Mac believes.

A while back, the tech behemoth behind the world’s most popular smart devices announced an upcoming Beats-based streaming music service with profound social networking integration to connect artists with their fans. According to industry sources, the service will allow artists to manage their own pages within for sharing photos, music samples, updates and videos. On the surface, it sounds a little bit like what Myspace has become, except it isn’t. For one, there’s the idea that with a monolith like Apple behind it, popularity among audiences won’t be a problem. In addition to serving as a platform for audience-fan connection, the service will also allow artists to share each other’s content and cross-promote other talent on their pages.

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Users with iTunes accounts will be able to comment on and like artists’ posts, but similarly to iTunes’s discontinued Ping feature, only the artists get to have their own social network profiles. The streaming service will center around artists’ activity. Control, however, is also a major component: users who don’t want their feed overcrowded can disable the activity feature in the service’s Restriction Settings panel.

Some sources maintain that the ‘Apple Music’ service will allow users to port over existing Beats Music cloud libraries, due to overlapping integration with the redesigned iOS 8.4 Music application. iTunes Radio and iTunes Match will be retained, however. The service will offer various curation, organization and playlist features similar to Beats’s existing music application, but the design will be all Apple. It will be introduced at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference Kickoff keynote on June 8. Users will be able to purchase the service (or opt for its free trial option) in late June.

Via: 9to5Mac

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