Spotify has been pulling in new users by the boatload since it appeared in America a few months ago. The announcement last week that the music streaming service was being integrated with Facebook will likely serve to swell its ranks even more. But users that decided to jump on the bandwagon now that Spotify is open to all have suddenly found that they must sign in with a Facebook account to get access.
Author, analyst, and gaming expert Scott Steinberg has penned a new book chronicling the explosive growth and rapid decline of the music game genre.
This encylopedic tome covers every music game ranging from Dance Dance Revolution to Rock Band. The book is available free as a digital download (PDF) or you can buy the Kindle or iBook versions for $2.99.
The music industry is sending out notices to suspected copyright infringers asking for money. And while this might sound like “business as usual”, a new report has confirmed they are indeed mixing things up a bit. Instead of demanding $3,000 or more per infraction, file-sharing monitoring firm Digital Rights Corp has confirmed they are taking the shotgun approach to finding the guilty, asking for a mere $10 a pop.
iHome manufactures dozens of Apple-oriented audio devices, ranging from headphones to speaker docks. The AirPlay-capable iW1 wireless speaker is by far the company’s most advanced product, but its $300 price tag pits it against some tough competition, including the Sonos Play:3.
Remember Joel Tenebaum? He's a 28-year-old graduate student at Boston University pursuing a physics PhD. He's also enjoying a little more than 15 minutes of fame for fighting the RIAA in a copyright case in which Mr. Tenebaum was originally ordered to pay $675,00, a amount that was later reduced to $67,500 before a federal appeals court on Friday reinstated the original verdict.
Probably every beginning guitar player who’s ever struggled with a chord diagram has looked down at his instrument and thought, “Man, it would be so much easier if those little diagram dots could appear on my fretboard instead.”
The Fretlight does exactly that, putting an end to the madness by making those diagram dots part of the fretboard itself, via a grid of embedded LEDs.
Turntable.fm instantly became the musical smash hit of the summer when it arrived a few months back. Now the New York-based start up has begun an expansion after receiving $7.5 million in venture funding. The first order of business was to release an iPhone app that brings the unique Turntable look to mobile devices.
Pandora’s stock has had a lot of ups and downs since the IPO last month, but this has been an especially rough day. All because two announcements are stealing some of Pandora’s recommendation engine thunder. User will soon find that both iHeartRadio and Spotify are a lot more like Pandora than they used to be.
The rumors have been swirling for months, but according to CNBC, a Facebook music platform is set to launch in September. The source claims that Facebook will be partnering with some music streaming heavyweights in Spotify, Pandora, and MOG. Facebook is staying silent, but the frequency and specificity of the rumors lead most to believe something is coming fast.
Pandora didn't disappoint when announcing its first financial report as a publicly traded company. The popular streaming music service collected $67 million in total revenue during the second quarter, representing a 117 percent year-over-year increase. Advertising accounted for $58.3 million (118 percent year-over-year increase) and subscription revenue more than doubled as well (112 percent) to $8.7 million.