Online

Shazam and Spotify Battle for ‘Song of Summer’ Picks

Shazam and Spotify Battle for ‘Song of Summer’ Picks

Spotify and Shazam both released their song of summer picks, and in a show of seasonal solidarity, there is some crossover: Selena Gomez, Sean Mendes, Luis Fonsi and DJ Khaled and Lil Uzi Vert are the five double-entries. Spotify’s list tilts toward rap while Shazam gives pop equal time. “Summertime is the season of sunny weather, good vibes and […]

Tidal Offers Master Class

Tidal Offers Master Class

Music service Tidal this week begins providing MQA  audio to subscribers, promising a “studio-quality” sound streaming experience for subscribers to its Tidal HiFi package. The MQA, or Master Quality Authenticated, experience will be available only via desktop app, to those who pay $19.99 a month for Tidal HiFi. The MQA streams will be 96 kHz/24 bit, about double the standard Tidal HiFi […]

Internet Radio Rundown

Internet Radio Rundown

Our favorite legacy service, Pandora, made the list, as well as newcomer TuneIn, both among the top five internet radio apps reviewed by CNET. In an age where streaming is the new normal, no one should be more than one-click out from one of the lifelines on this list.  While that has been a disruptor for terrestrial radio, some […]

Drake Short for Apple Music

Drake Short for Apple Music

The reviewers have spoken, and the message to Drake is “keep your day job!” His new short film, entitled Please Forgive Me, is a 21-minute movie shot in the South African township of Soweto, inspired by his new album “Views.” Please Forgive Me starts with a rich mystery man offering Drake’s girlfriend (played by Belgian actress […]

Schneider Shares YouTube Tips

Schneider Shares YouTube Tips

So you wanna be a YouTube star? Whipping up a rapt fanbase and tens of millions of hits per month? Kurt Hugo Schneider did it, and shared his tactics for music production, marketing and filmmaking at Spikes Asia. Schneider, who started on YouTube in 2008 and has 7.4 million subscribers racking up about 40 million […]

‘Troll’ Tunes Stream

‘Troll’ Tunes Stream

Two months before its theatrical release, Trolls: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is available for streaming. The animated film, featuring the vocal stylings of Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick, as characters and warbling on the soundtrack, hits screens Nov. 4.  Songs by Gwen Stefani, Ariana Grande and Zoey Deschanel (who fans of Elf will remember […]

Chromecast Leads Home Stream Market for 5th Straight Quarter

Chromecast Leads Home Stream Market for 5th Straight Quarter

Competition for control of streaming home entertainment devices has never been stronger, as the urge to cord-cut traditional distribution media continues to gain momentum, and consumers seek to port video and music from the mobile phones and the Internet to TVs and speaker systems. Apple, Roku and Amazon are giving chase, but it’s Google that […]

YouTube Music App Debuts

YouTube Music App Debuts

The long-awaited YouTube Music app has made its public debut, combining convenient mobile access for its free service with an effort to up-sell the $10 per month YouTube Red, which makes content available without those pesky ads. And not a moment too soon. While the Official YouTube Blog post announcing YouTube Music touted a global audience of […]

Copycat Bands Digital Squatters

Copycat Bands Digital Squatters

Bands like The Beatles are allowing their songs to be heard on Internet radio services, like Pandora, which pay-out royalties whenever the songs play. But a select group of top-tier bands have banned their songs from”interactive streaming services,” where homage bands are staking a claim, getting cover-versions of popular recordings played by virtue of search-friendly […]

‘Fantastic 4’ Score on Spotify

‘Fantastic 4’ Score on Spotify

The Phillip Glass-Marco Beltrami score for Josh Trank’s The Fantastic Four is available for streaming on Spotify. The film hits theaters this weekend from 20th Century Fox. “What we were trying to achieve musically was the spirit of curiosity and innocence,” Beltrami told TheFilmStage.com. “We were inspired by the film’s scientific exploration from the point of […]