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…)
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…)
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 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…)
For the past few months South Africa has finally gotten some decent streaming radio services – and today Rdio launched as well. Including South Africa in its list of countries means that Rdio now has more international reach than Spotify (which is still not in SA). Rdio is very similiar to Spotify – in that the focus is on music discovery, something we feel is not quite catered for on other streaming radio services in SA.
Rdio’s focus is on you following your friends, and seeing the music trends they go through. I managed to find some good new music within the first hour of using Rdio, all because I went to go look at what music my friends are listening to. Then again – you might have some friend’s with not that great music taste… (more…)
South African singer, Danny K, has just launched his latest album called ‘Good Look’ and with it, an exciting app that was developed with the help of Wonderland collective and Samsung.
On 21 November, Danny K held an exclusive listening session of ‘Good Look’ at Taboo nightclub in Sandton. Not only was his new music put on display, but the app was also unveiled.
Director of Mobile Communications Samsung Electronics South Africa, Craige Fleischer first took to the stage to embrace the partnership between Samsung, Danny K and music.
Business Development Director of Wonderland Works, Graeme Lipschitz, also had the chance to showcase their latest work by introducing the app to the guests, by taking them through the unique design, layout and features. (more…)
If your a avid music lover or a musician yourself, then this is something that will quite possibly amaze you.
The line between digital and acoustic has been crossed many times when it comes to music and musical instruments. But now, a London-based start-up, has developed a mind blowing instrument that might change the way musicians play and record.
Roli, a design-led technology start-up, has been operating since 2009 and specialize in hardware and software products that help bridge the interaction between people and technology.
Roli has announced the release of their Seaboard Grand. A type of new-age keyboard that has evolved from the traditional, piano keyboard. (more…)
As music streaming all around the world picks up at a staggering rate, music streaming web services are expanding just as quickly. And with any growth, more funds are needed.
This is the case for popular music streaming site, Spotify. The Stockholm based company is currently on the look out for different ways of raising more capital.
We reported in early August already, that Spotify had expressed a need to raise more funds to help with the growth of their company.
“We cannot exclude the need or desire to raise more funds in the future to fund future growth.”
And it looks like that time is now.
Spotify is currently valued at an estimated $5.2 billion. The company had also doubled it’s revenue in 2012, to a whopping $577 million.
It is not yet clear exactly how much money Spotify is wanting to raise. The company won’t, however, be issuing any new shares and is thought to be considering issuing debt.
It remains to be seen as to when and how Spotify will raise the extra funds – but it can definitely be said that they are moving at an incredible pace.
Now, if only they will bring their business to South Africa…