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appLOUD – an app that will help musicians make money

Published by on Dec 2nd, 2014, No Comments

appLOUD

As a musician, solo artist or band, you  essentially only have two ways of making money; album or single sales and of course, through ticket sales from live performances. Unless you’re a mega popstar or legendary rock band, these two ways of making money is your only bread and butter.

Indie or underground artists and bands that have not signed with a big label rely solely on gig money to survive. Sure, they can perhaps make money on album sales or downloads, but more often than not they choose to release these albums or singles for free in an effort to attract more people to their shows. Thus, you can imagine that these artists are constantly looking for other ways to showcase their music – and make money in the process.

And there might just be some light at the end of the tunnel thanks to a clever new startup with a clever new app.  (more…)

YouTube launching paid music streaming service

Published by on Nov 13th, 2014, 1 Comment

YouTube Music Key

After what seems like years of speculation and rumours, YouTube has finally revealed that they are indeed planning to roll out a subscription-based music streaming service. 

The company confirmed yesterday that they will be launching such a service that will look to compete directly with big players such as Spotify, Pandora and Beats Music. YouTube’s version of the ever popular music streaming model will be called ‘YouTube Music Key’.

YouTube Music Key will allow users to stream high quality music and music videos that is, thankfully, ad-free. Naturally, this is not a new feature s other streaming services also offer music streaming ad-free. For a price, of course. 

YouTube’s music streaming will cost $9.99 per month – which is on parr with its competitors. Spotify also charges $9.99 per month, with Pandora coming in a little lower at $4.99 per month for the flagship Pandora One service. 

The company also revealed that a subscription to YouTube Music Key will also give users access to Google Play Music – obviously, with YouTube being a Google-owned company and all.  (more…)

Taylor Swift removes music from Spotify, criticises streaming

Published by on Nov 4th, 2014, No Comments

Taylor Swift

There are quite a bit of upset Swifties across the globe today, after mega popstar Taylor Swift removed all of her music from music streaming service Spotify.

The entire debacle started when Swift declined to have her latest album, “1989”, be added to Spotify. The company the lashed out and publicly criticised Swift for not adding her latest (much anticipated) album to the streaming service.

Swift then obviously felt pretty scorned (as she so often is) by Spotify’s critique, that she decided to up the ante and subsequently removed all of her music from the service. This included 4 previous albums.

After Swift’s decision to pull her music form the service, Spotify quickly backtracked on their public scrutiny of her. Naturally, they found themselves between a rock and a hard place, as Swift is one of the most popular artists on the platform.

In a blog post entitled “On Taylor Swift’s Decision To Remove Her Music From Spotify”, which was published yesterday, the company basically begs Swift to put her music back on the platform – and of course add the latest album.

They argued that Spotify was, alongside other streaming services, trying to build a new music economy that essentially curbs illegal downloading and ‘works for everyone.’ Their groveling even extended to the point of almost being cringeworthy when they ended their post with quotes form Swift’s own songs:

“PS – Taylor, we were both young when we first saw you, but now there’s more than 40 million of us who want you to stay, stay, stay. It’s a love story, baby, just say, Yes.”

However, Swift didn’t just remove her music from the platform because she’s pissed with what Spotify said. For a few years now, the Grammy winning singer has been vocal about her anti-streaming opinions.  (more…)

Have a look (and listen) to this 3D printed saxophone

Published by on Aug 6th, 2014, No Comments

3D printed sax

We’ve heard of all kinds of 3D printed things, including 3D printed musical instruments. However, this is the first time we have come across a 3D printed saxophone.

Considering the fact that traditional saxophones are made of brass, it is essentially this metal that gives it its unique sound. What then would a 3D printed plastic saxophone sound like? Surprisingly like a sax.

This plastic sax was made by Olaf Diegel, who already dabbles in making ‘high-end’ 3D printed guitars under the name ODD Designs.

His version of a saxophone is made entirely of printed plastic. However, he did use a traditional saxophone to copy the various key spacings. (more…)

3D printed ‘guitar cushion’ will protect your tender fingers

Published by on Jun 26th, 2014, 5 Comments

guitar_cuhion

If you have ever tried to play the guitar – be it a few simple chords or trying to imitate Jimi Hendrix – you would know that your poor, tender fingers end up getting hurt.

Sure, Hendrix and co had developed strong fingers and over time the pain would wear off. However, for newbie guitarists, this contraption might just be the thing you need to protect your fingers from string inflicted wounds.

Meet the ‘Finger Friendly Guitar Company Keyboard’. Albeit it’s ridiculously long name, what this thing does is actually fairly simple.

Designed by Don Bacon, a guitarist himself who struggled with sore fingers which resulted in demotivation, the keyboard is currently running a Kickstarter campaign with a $15 000 goal. (more…)

Amazon launches music streaming service, Prime Music

Published by on Jun 12th, 2014, No Comments

 Prime Music

After months of speculation, Amazon has has finally put the rumours to rest and unveiled their very own music streaming service today called Prime Music.

Amazon now steps into the ring with heavyweights such as Spotify and Beats Music, in a bid to further their consumer reach and offer Amazon Prime members a more diverse range of services.

As the name states, the music streaming service is only available to Amazon Prime members. Earlier in the year, Prime membership fees were upped by $20 from $79 to $99. Prime Music may very well be a means to justify the increase, by offering a brand new service.

Prime Music will be a free streaming service, giving Prime members instant access to more than 1 million songs. Existing Prime members will receive instant access to the new service, while others will be able to try out a 30 day free trial. (more…)

Amazing: YouTube artist makes dance hit with iPhone sounds

Published by on May 27th, 2014, No Comments

 MetroGnome

Many people (read: ‘artists’) have tried incorporating everyday sounds into catchy, up beat songs – especially that of cellphones, as they are some of the most recognizable sounds in our lives. However, not many of them can pull that off successfully, mainly because they aren’t MetroGnome.

MetroGnome is a famed YouTube artist, perhaps best known for his remixes of famous songs; usually with an emphasis on pop culture, or songs and things trending at the moment.

One of his biggest hits was his amazing remix of the Breaking Bad theme song – complete with infectious guitar and everything. This time around, however, he turned to the very epitome of pop culture and technology – the iPhone.  (more…)

Samsung launches Milk Music

Published by on Mar 10th, 2014, 1 Comment

 Milk Music

Samsung has finally decided to jump on the bandwagon (literally) that is music streaming. The company announced on Friday that they have launched their very own music streaming mobile app.

Milk Music is Samsung’s latest development that allows Samsung Galaxy owners to stream different Internet radio  music channels from their smartphone.

Although the project was solely developed by Samsung, the app is not available to all Samsung phone users.

Milk Music is only available for the Samsung Galaxy S4, S3, and S4 Mini, as well as the Galaxy Note 3, Note 2 and the Galaxy Mega. The app will also be made available to Galaxy S5 users when it launches in April. (more…)

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