Can Apple's new approach to music help those of us who have stopped discovering new music restart that process?
If you ever watch extreme sports type videos on YouTube - especially those shot on a GoPro, there's a handful of tunes you'll quickly become familiar with. Why do they get used so much?
The iTunes Store has been open 10 years in the UK...
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Google+ gets stereo music hangouts…
To say that it's a physical object that is most resonant of a deceased person is arrant nonsense. The most important thing is the choices they made, and their digital music collection is a set of those choices made manifest.
This was a liveblog I abandoned because it didn’t seem “content rich” enough. I originally planned to mix it with the Sean Parker interview, as he’s an investor in the service, but that proved big enough to stand entirely by itself.
I have a confession: I’m not a Spotify user. Oh, I have the app on my Mac and iPhone, but I’ve never got into the habit of using it. I still habitually play music from my own collection. I’m so middle-aged. However, I’m also aware that it’s reached almost cult-like status amongst many of my more webby friends, so I was interested in hearing Ek talk more about it..
Spotify arose as a response to the growth of piracy in Sweden – they wanted to make it easier to consume and share music that it was to pirate it. What happens if you have iTunes with ALL the world’s music in it? “We wanted it to work everywhere, like water.” Loïc seems to be unaware that it was available for years in the UK before it headed to the US, which is odd. Cracking the US wasn’t easy, says Ek – it took two years. They set targets for themselves, and proved repeatedly to the record labels that this works. What are people paying for? Portability.
Big news: Spotify radio – a streaming experience.
It’s a “lean back” experience. Unlimited skips, unlimited stations. That’s a direct play against things like Pandora, and actually makes it more appealing to me – rather than having to pick and choose songs, I can fire it up and let it run.
The business has £2.5m paying customers – the majority paying €10 per month
So, are they going to sell? Ek says not. They just want to build a great company – everything else is secondary. The objective is not to sell.
Music fans might also enjoy the video from the party for Le Web attendees, featuring the Ting Tings…
A taste of last night’s Le Web party:
Well, this is really useful:
Combined into one as it was done in one go:
- Radiohead, Arcade Fire and OKGo are releasing the creativity into the wild and letting their fans curate it
- Private enterprise needs to become more of a social enterprise, and thus be more sustainable
- Sally doesn’t envy the archeologists of the future, given the amount of data we’re creating
- Information overload is the problems – but it’s not buried. It’s there.
- The Eden Project is going to start gathering people’s creations around the project
- In order for curation to be strong in the future, we’re going to need a strong community around our brand, so they create material to curate.
- The Big Society – it is doable, and it needs to be sold in as achievable.
- Where are the quick wins? There are life hurdles to get over. What one thing could you do?
- Gary said that the + in Creativity +Curation hasn’t been talked about…