MP3 Is Not Dead – It Is Saving Lives in Africa

22 years ago, a German technology revolutionized a whole industry. MP3 changed the way we all listen to music forever. Today it seems as if its days are over as it has largely been replaced by other audio formats. Is MP3 dead? Far from it! A non-profit social enterprise is using it as part of a groundbreaking solution to provide illiterate rural women with health education. It involves solar-powered MP3 players. And it’s an innovation from Germany – again.

According to the World Health Organization, about three-quarters of all illness in the developing world could be prevented by better nutrition, sanitation, immunization and health education — all areas in which women take the major responsibility. Millions of lives could be saved just by providing illiterate rural mothers with accessible health knowledge. URIDU, a German non-profit organization (www.uridu.org) has now overcome the major problem of providing this information to remote areas that have no electricity.

They use a simple and efficient technological solution: rugged, solar-powered MP3 players.

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Music Data Should Not Become ‘Part of an Arms Race’, says PRS CEO

Addressing PRS members and the wider industry at the society’s Annual General Meeting (AGM), he said that sharing intelligence and working together are essential to ensuring ‘the right people are paid the right money as fast and accurately as possible’.

As recorded music returns to growth, it has attracted both venture capital and private equity investors, Ashcroft explained.

‘Music properties, companies servicing, or owning musical assets and rights, are once again fashionable acquisition targets’ he continued.

Read Article: M Magazine

How Data is Transforming the Music Industry

Fifteen years ago, Steve Jobs introduced the iPod. Since then, most music fans have understood this has radically changed how they listen to music.

Less understood are the ways that raw information – accumulated via downloads, apps and online searches – is influencing not only what songs are marketed and sold, but which songs become hits.

Decisions about how to market and sell music, to some extent, still hinge upon subjective assumptions about what sounds good to an executive, or which artists might be easier to market. Increasingly, however, businesses are turning to big data and the analytics that can help turn this information into actions.

Read Article: The Conversation

VOISE, Decentralized Music Platform, Announces Radio DAO

Music platform VOISE has included a new feature to its upcoming music streaming and downloading platform. The new Radio DAO service will allow users to access a constantly streaming music service with a never-ending playlist. While they listen, then can also vote for the songs to be added and ranked on Radio DAO’s playlist.

The VOISE platform is in the process of raising funds through its ongoing crowdsale. The crowdsale involving Voisium (VSM) tokens went live on May 6, 2017, and in about ten days it has garnered over $150,000 in contributions. Investors participating in the crowdsale until May 20, 2017, stand to receive an additional 15% bonus. The crowdsale is part of VOISE’s alpha stage roadmap, which includes exciting developments lined up to follow soon after the ICO.

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California Roots Music Festival, LiveList Refine Branded Live Stream Model

LiveList and Weedmaps have teamed up to power the 2017 California Roots Music & Arts Festival live from Monterey, CA on May 26-28, 2017.

The global reggae community will be able to tune in for more than 25 hours of premium live content across three days that includes performances from over 20 internationally-known artists including Rebelution, Jurassic5, Dirty Heads, SOJA, Thievery Corporation, and more.

Few festivals have been able to create a mutually valuable brand-festival relationship focused on active engagement as opposed to passive viewing.

Combining top quality production and capture into the LiveList LiveChannel experience, fans can chat with artists and each other, post messages on a hashtag board, write articles and engage in real-time polls all the while engaging in a shared live experience.  Weedmaps, the presenting brand partner, will erect a “couch stage” in the center of the action for artist interviews, fan incentives and other goings-on — and all the activities will be live streamed as well as part of the larger program.

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Will the Music Industry Embrace Voice-Controlled Technology?

For those of you following technology industry trends, it would not be surprising that many experts have been calling 2017 the “Year of Voice”. Along with VR and AI, voice recognition has the potential for highly meaningful long-term development. Instead of controlling everything via apps, we can now talk to virtual assistants to control everything from our computers to our cars, to our home.

The tech industry is increasingly focused on developing improvements and innovations in voice-controlled devices and services, following the success of Amazon’s Echo smart home device and the company’s Alexa personal assistant, in addition to Apple’s Siri and other initiatives. In fact, it’s Amazon that has really taken voice-controlled platforms mainstream.

Read Article: DataArt

Music Streaming | The Week in Review

In case you missed all the great music streaming news we featured this week, here’s our Platform & Stream Week In Review for May 15 – May 19.

Monday: Guvera Shuts Down; Is The MP3 Officially Dead?; Long Live the Spotify Inbox

Tuesday: Spotify, Blockchain and the Future; Sound Royalties’ $100m Bet on Unlocking Artist Income; LiveXLive Acquires Wantickets

WednesdayCompeting With Paid; The MP3 Is Not Dead; Universal Partners with Tencent

ThursdayIt’s Demo Day for Techstars Music Start-Ups; Apple Music Shifts Away From Album Exclusives

Friday: Spotify Acquires AI Start-Up Niland; SiriusXM Circles Back to Pandora

 

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