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Apple considers streaming service and Android app as iTunes downloads decline

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Apple has been in discussion with various label executives about launching an on-demand streaming service that would rival Beats Music and Spotify. The digital music pioneer also tossed around the idea for an Android app to offset the steadily declining numbers of US iTunes downloads as a result of an increase in Android-ready devices. iTunes currently accounts for more than 40% of US recorded music revenue and any decision it makes will have a profound impact on labels’ business models.

While iTunes Radio is available as Apple’s current streaming service, the user has limited control over the songs they can hear and the platform has only made a small impact on Pandora’s market share. With YouTube already set to launch their own streaming service it looks as if the industry is experiencing a shift in how music is consumed.

Via: Billboard Biz

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Apple tosses around the idea of starting it's own streaming service a la Spotify/Beats music and creating an iTunes app for Android.

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Watch This: Morph your kitchen table into a turntable with the new tool every DJ needs

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Whether you’re a professional DJ or a professional iPhone “DJ” app downloader, an artist, a tech-savvy nerd, or just a passionate fan of electronic music, there’s a new invention that you definitely can’t miss: Its name is Contact, and it is truly revolutionary.

Sometimes it’s hard to pinpoint exactly what sounds make up electronic music. Is it a snare or a kick drum? A clap or a back base? Using Contact, a new software developed in the UK, we can all get a better sense of what it takes to make a rhythm.

Contact was started by Felix Faire, a student at the University Central London, who began the endeavor as an acoustic research project. For the techies among us, he offers a second video that shows the prototype he began with, and the journey his idea has taken since then, explaining how to set up the device and illustrating the back story to how he managed turning a wooden table into a musical instrument.

But for the rest of us, he shows us what Contact is made of in an epic tutorial. Felix’s invention turns the average table into a unique DJ’s turntable with the touch of your fingers and the flick of your wrist. The built in Leap Motion sensors can differentiate between your hand movements, and as a result, you yield a clapping noise if you tap the surface gently, or a kick drum if you bump the table with your wrist.

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Likely the most awe-inspiring aspect of the entire project is in the visual display. Like iTunes’ visualizer but cooler, Contact doesn’t just let your hands make music, it lets you see music in a way you’ve never seen it before. Some may say Felix’s invention is akin to an acid trip, though others honor it as pure art. Regardless, it’s an invention worth a second look. In response to questions about what Contact’s next step will be, Felix told Vimeo users that, “It could be fun but its very fragmented and rough round the edges at the moment. I think the exciting thing is that if anyone really wants to build one or something similar then at least they know it is possible.”

Via: Gizmodo, Vimeo

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A new invention called Contact allows us to create electronic music with the flick of a wrist, while simultaneously turning any hard surface into an artistic visualizer.

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Shazam receives $500 million valuation after $20 million in funding with new television services

In the midst of razor-sharp competition in music technology, Shazam –  a music identification service that graced smart phones in the early 2000′s – has stayed at the top of the heap by spreading its utilization across a variety of new platforms. In a year’s time, Shazam has jumped from 60 million to 88 million monthly active users, an increase largely accredited to both a new CEO and the application’s ability to adapt and transform. This flexibility is exemplified by their newly added television service, which acts as an ‘interactive advertisement’ by allowing users to access unique and exclusive content like photos, music or links by simply ‘Shazam-ing’ a commercial or a portion of a show.

It comes as no surprise then that the innovative application is poised to raise $20 million in funding, coming to a total valuation of $500 million according to Recode. Shazam has already received plentiful funding, including $32 million from venture funders along with a $40 million sum received last summer which included a deal with Latin America’s wireless service, America Movil, as an agreement to pre-load the application onto mobile phones in certain regions.

Shazam in the music sphere has solidified its importance by providing a necessary service. However, Jason Del Rey expressed doubts regarding Shazam’s young push towards television expansion.

“The beauty of the main music-discovery feature of the app is that it allows you to get the name of a song you simply can’t identify in another way … Shazam is trying to make this transition [into television] by delivering additional content about both shows and TV commercials to the mobile app, yet it’s nearly as simple for a person to just Google an advertiser or type in a URL if they really want to act on that commercial right then and there.”

Via: Recode

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