Music and art is slowly succumbing to the lure of experimental apps. The latest one is from music icon, Radiohead. The app is a visual and tactile experience born out of the 2011 album, King of Limbs recording sessions. Visually, it follows the same imagery as the album’s first song, Bloom.
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It’s that time of year when things are looking a bit gloomy – the rain, the endless winter days without many holidays to break the gray monotony. It’s the perfect time, in my opinion to find some new tunes, from new artists and old ones. To help you get started, a small start of a very long list of apps available for music consumption, with an emphasis on new music and music discovery. If you have an app that you love to use for finding new music, share it below in the comment section.
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The Dr. Dre-backed music streaming service Beats Music launched its mobile and web-based apps this week. Beats aims to curate and tailor music selections to each individual user, choosing songs and playlists based on a person’s preferred genre, mood or even whatever activity they’re engaged in at the time:
What if you could always have the perfect music for each moment, effortlessly? Tell Beats Music where you are, what you’re feeling and who you’re with and we’ll serve you a unique stream of music that fits your situation perfectly.
Beats’ chief Ian Rogers praised the service’s high-profile curators, such as Chief Creative Officer Trent Reznor (of Nine Inch Nails fame) as being the key to the fledgling service’s success. Rogers has an interesting music backstory, too. Read some of it here. Read more
Apple is offering a free, eight-song holiday playlist through its Apple Store app. The “Holiday Cheer” free playlist offer expires just before the new year on Dec. 31, though Apple warns it is “subject to availability.”
If you haven’t already downloaded the Apple Store app, do that first. Then scroll down the list until you see “Holiday” with a red icon. After you choose to download it, Apple sends you a redemption code to get the eight songs for free. Then click on the redemption code and your downloads should start. It’s a slightly convoluted process for Apple. Read more
BitTorrent gained 15 million new mobile users in less than six months, bringing its total number up to 40 million app users, the company said.
The music, video and general file sharing site runs a variety of apps across Android, iOS and Windows. Its Android offering is the most robust with simply more app options, including its namesake Torrent App, the Remote app, which lets existing users access files on their home computers, and the uTorrent app lets you search and download new content straight to your smartphone. The relatively new Sync app lets users share files across their devices. It is also available on iOS and Windows. Read more
Last week, a devastating fire swept through the offices of the Internet Archive’s San Francisco office, damaging high-tech scanning equipment to the tune of $600,000. Luckily 20 boxes of damaged books were already digitized, and therefore, completely safe from the blaze. Workers are currently using another location to scan physical books for the time being.
If you haven’t heard about the Internet Archive, it’s a great non-profit with probably one of the largest collection of digital data available for public use. Here’s what 10,000,000,000,000,000 bytes gives you: Read more
Digital music turned music lovers into DJs, but mobile devices will make them look even more professional. For a small investment of $120.00, you can get a mini DJ controller for your iPad with accompanying free apps from Novation. Make beats and loops all evening to impress friends with your music abilities. I especially like the small, portable size – an added bonus since hauling gear is the perfect way to ruin a good party.
You can now listen to music for free – or pay as much as you want, but there’s only one service that allows you to have both options and it’s Radical.FM. It’s an exciting new model for music consumption that allows anyone with any budget to enjoy as much of amazing music as their ears can handle.
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The iOS app is also free and here is what it offers: Read more
Artists are no strangers to political statements. From Bob Marley to Bob Dylan, protests dongs have come to symbolize generations of political discontent. For one Portland band, Yatch, the use of music for protests goes beyond just dancing and disagreements – the band is donating all proceeds from the single to non-profit group, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).
Coke and Spotify’s latest music app, Placelist, is getting a real-world boost with new branding designs for Coke’s slim 250ml cans in the UK. The new design features Placelists’s new website as well as an interactive “Blip” component that lets you access music tracks through Blippar’s augmented reality advertising.
Placelist’s soft launch allows users to access music using Spotify and Facebook’s Places. In addition to some European cities, look for it at ““FIFA World Cup, to Coke Studio in India, Pakistan and the Middle East & the Rock’n Coke festival in Turkey.”
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