In the early noughties, the dashing playboy conglomerate Apple launched a revolutionary product. In totality, it was a fairly simple device; a white brick of musical power that brought the tones of divas and the raw power of guitars to the masses. It was called the iPod, and everyone had to have one.
There was a whiff of rebellion in the air; a new challenger to the then-bloodless gadget throne, and the supporters of this rebellion not only clamoured behind their rectangular champion, but adorned themselves with a distinctive mark: the timeless set of white earphones.
Plainly, the iPod has ever – and will never – hit that peak again. Like an older Rocky Balboa, the iPod is the device people love to root for but are quick to forget. Rocky’s son has since entered the ring – in the form of the iPhone – and standing toe-to-toe, the iPod is a dated piece of technology that lacks a purpose and direction in its twilight years.
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)