New Music Friday: Spotify Editors’ Picks for March 10

Every week, Spotify updates their “New Music Friday” playlist, featuring 50 of the freshest new tracks hitting the service that week.On the heels of Billboard’s partnership with the streaming giant, we’ll be tapping Spotify’s editors to sift through the soon-to-be-hits and highlight the best of the bunch.

Read Article: Billboard

Apple, Spotify Head Back to SXSW as Subscription Wars Heat Up

Music and tech fans are making their annual pilgrimage to Austin, Texas, this week for the South By Southwest (SXSW) festival.

What began 30 years ago as a showcase for local musicians has morphed into a must attend event for startup entrepreneurs and musical talent alike.“The way they’ve structured the festival is pretty genius,” Canadian-born entrepreneur and musician Jared Gutstadt told BNN in a phone interview. Gutstadt — president, chief creative officer and co-founder of audio creative agency Jingle Punks — is a long-time SXSW attendee. T

his year, his firm will be marketing its partnership with iHeartRadio to create radio jingles on behalf of brands.

Read Article: BNN

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Spotify Acquires Audio Detection Startup Sonalytic

Streaming music service Spotify announced this morning it has acquired a company called Sonalytic, makers of an audio detection technology that can identify songs, mixed content and audio clips, as well as track copyright-protected material, and aid in music discovery.

These features line up with services that Spotify offers, making Sonalytic a natural fit for the company, it seems.

Spotify doesn’t provide much detail on its plans for integrating Sonalytic with its service, only saying that its audio detection feature will be used to do things like improve personalized playlists and match songs with compositions to improve its publishing data system. The company also teases that users can “stay tuned” for new products that will come to market, thanks to Sonalytic’s help.

Read Article: TechCrunch

Love Streaming, Still Buying Music

I recently discovered a terrific, country-meets-Southern-R&B band called The Deslondes. It was via Uncut’s recent Sounds of the New West CD compilation.

As it goes with most of my new musical discoveries, I jump in hip-deep and start listening to as much of the band’s music as possible.

Once I heard the CD track I was hooked. It wasn’t long before I opened Spotify and started listening to the New Orleans quintet’s self-titled album.

And yet there I was a few days later downloading the album via iTunes. Did I really need to buy the digital version of the album when I already have it available to me via a music streaming service? As much as I love music streaming, I am still connected to the practice of buying various songs and albums via iTunes.

I don’t buy as much as I did way back in the early days of iTunes, but I continue to purchase a healthy number of songs. I still have an old 5th Generation (30GB 5.0) iPod, which I faithfully update with new music. Continue reading Love Streaming, Still Buying Music

Can Apple Music Ever Make Up the Ground It Has Lost to Spotify?

For the first time in my life, I’m considering buying a laptop that isn’t an Apple. I’m looking at the current range and seeing more minuses than pluses when it comes to memory, storage and connectivity. While we’re at it, the new iPhone is a bit of a disappointment. And don’t even mention that watch yoke. There is clearly trouble afoot in the empire.

The news that Apple is moving such operations as the iTunes Store, Apple Music, the App Store, and the iBooks Store from Luxembourg to Cork this month reminds you that the music part of the Apple galaxy is no great shakes either.

Read Article: Irish Times