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Twitter Launching New Music Discovery App This Weekend

Twitter is orchestrating a major launch of its newest venture with help from celebrities and a fairly quiet webpage. Twitter is expected to use technology from its latest acquisition, music start-up We Are Hunted, to drive its standalone platform.

Many websites are reporting that the app would launch today, but it appears that the media giant will wait until this weekend to make an announcement during the music festival Coachella. Meanwhile, Twitter has enlisted the aid of pop culture icon Ryan Seacrest to spread the good word:

 

Create a Last Minute Valentine Day Poem Out of this Spotify Playlist App

It’s not serendipity – it’s your Spotify Playlist Poem’s anti-haiku masquerading as the perfect, inexpensive gift. Sure you bought the flowers, chocolate, made dinner reservations, but can you honestly say you went above and beyond? If your guy or gal is a music lover, you might want to consider the art of digital mixtapes. You can make a CD and emblazon it with your craftiness, but the digital playlist can follow your lover onto any device.

Want a Valentine’s gift that’ll earn you brownie points well into Spring? Say hello to Playlist Poetry! Here you can create your very own love poem using song titles from the Spotify library. We’ll turn your lyrical masterpiece into a playlist you can send on to your sweetheart. Now that’s amore.

This could only get better if Siri can do this for me…

Me: Do you love me Siri?

Siri: Let’s just say you have my utmost admiration.

Me: Ok, can you just make me a Valentine’s Day playlist on Spotify and read me the playlist poetry with your hypnotically addicting voice? Read more

Can’t Wait For Daft Punk’s Spring Album? Make Your Own With This Classic iDaft App

Daft Punk is a cultural phenomenon, despite being largely absent from the music scene since 2005 (unless you count their contribution to the TRON soundtrack). The band’s new contract with Columbia records and subsequent new spring album has also brought some much-needed updates to their fabulous soundboard app, iDaft.

The app is a simple soundboard that allows you to remix classic songs like “Technologic” or “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger.” Just push on the large buttons and iDaft plays the accompanying sample. The app mostly benefits from the artist’s characteristically sparse lyrics, allowing users to easily impress or annoy coworkers with lunchtime DJ sessions.

Most Daft Punk fans familiar with the app will be happy to know that Around the World and many other songs are getting added soon – sooner than the new album actually. Read more

Bloom.fm is a Beautiful, Innovative Music Player and Library

The UK’s latest mobile radio program, Bloom.fm,  is a beautifully crafted streaming service that allows you to “borrow” songs and store them on your mobile device to play off-line. Bloom.fm is what happens when your library, Last.fm, and Spotify gets together to make sweet sweet music – they’re really really into bees and flowers.

The app is beautiful – stunning even. The simple graphics and great interface can make music discovery a joy. With an expanding catalog of 17 million tracks, Bloom can potentially pioneer music monetization out of the dark ages of piracy. It’s unclear how much users are willing to pay for subscription services, but Bloom’s economic strategy will rest on its ability to assess the value of music ownership in our digital age of music consumption. Are users willing to pay £10 a month to access any song at any time? I am.

The current system of paid subscription music streaming does not work. If Bloom can assure that artists are fairly paid, then music lovers will flock to the service. Bloom could lead music monetization with financial transparency and equitable payouts, but it’s not their burden to carry alone. Once the app is released in the US (there are a lot of complicated copyright issues with music and national borders), it will have to compete with popular subscription based services like Spotify and Last.fm. Fierce competition will make their profitability more difficult. As of now, Spotify does not have full disclosure of financial payouts to artists, but a fair and transparent model for music payment can lure listeners who love music and the artists that creates them.

 

Via Musically

Musician Releases DIY Cardboard Turntable with Limited Edition Album

We live in an age where it is easy and simply to download MP3s online, so it is always fun to see an artist engage with fans by making and selling a physical piece of music.

Springwise has uncovered a recent project by the Canadian DJ Kid Koala.  This artist is about to release his next album and he has a new way for his fans to enjoy his music. In addition to MP3, CD, and vinyl, Kid Koala is also planning to release a  premium priced kit which fans will be able to assemble into a finger powered turntable.

This video shows one of the kits in action: Read more

Amazon Cloud Player Launches in France, the UK, & Germany

Amazon has launched their cloud-based music app in three new countries. Music aficionados in Germany, the UK and France can now upload their music to Amazon’s servers and then stream the music to virtually any device with a web browser.

The Amazon Cloud Player iOS app is also now available in those three countries, thus giving Amazon even more places in the world where the retail giant competes with Apple.

Note that you’ll have to upload the music before you can play it, a process that is designed to be as simple as possible. Space is limited to 250 songs (in addition to the ones bought from Amazon), but if you upgrade to the premium service the limit will be increased to 250,000 songs.

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Grooveshark Returns to Android

This music streaming service has had a rocky history of late and earlier this year it was booted from Google Play because of some less than clearly licensed which Grooveshark was offering to customers.

What sets Grooveshark is that users can upload music and listen to it as well as share it. Naturally this upset most every record label, and it will likely continue to bother them.

But the Grooveshark app is back in the Google Play Store today, and the company is boasting that they’ve rebuilt the app from the ground up as well worked out deals with the major labels.

“After working closely with Google to get rogue apps removed, we’re delighted that the official Grooveshark app has been reinstated in the Android market. Grooveshark is dedicated to helping music fans search, discover and share music while pioneering new artist promotion, distribution and monetization techniques. We look forward to continuing to build a relationship with Android and leverage this fantastic platform for our partners.”

The app is free, and so is the basic service. There’s also an on-demand option which costs $9 a month.

via Phandroid

Amazon Cloud Player Updated With Higher Quality Audio, Music Match

Amazon might still be in a distant second place to iTunes in the music market, but today is the day that will stat to change.

Amazon’s just announced an update to their cloud music app. Cloud Player has always been able to play your music, and now Amazon is saving you the effort of uploading it. You can now use the app to scan the iTunes on your computer and have Amazon build a list of all the songs you own. You can then play those songs on the Cloud Player apps for Android and iOS as well as on the Kindle Fire. Read more

Spotify Goes Free on Android

Spotify has hit 15 million active users just on the strength of its iOS apps, and now that Android users can listen for free that number is going to shoot up.

The subscription music service announced today its Android app was finally getting the one feature that accounted for 11 million Spotify users: free music. The app has been updated with a new listening option that removes the need to pay for the subscription. You’ll have to deal with ads, but that is the cost of a free service, of course.

TechCrunch has more details:

As for why the long-awaited feature is only now making its way to Android, product manager Donovan Sung noted that it was an issue of balancing priorities. According to him, one of the reasons Radio for Android spent an extra month in the oven was because the team was “focused on making the Android app a lot better” first.

Spotify is now up to over 15 million active users, with over 4 million  of them paying for a subscription, according to Ken Parks, Spotify’s chief content officer. That’s a significant increase since last September, when they reported having 2 million subscribers.

You can find the app in Google Play.

AOL PLAY Music App Coming Soon to the Kindle Fire

AOL has just announced that their music app, “You’ve Got Music” will soon be available for the Kindle Fire.

I kid. The real name of the app is AOL Play, and like the many social music apps it lets users listen to their own music as well as from an extensive collection of free songs and albums.  Users can also stream music from over 50,000 SHOUTcast radio stations.

According to AOL senior director Sol Lipman the app looks particularly good on Amazon’s tablet:

“The Kindle Fire can’t get much more awesome, but somehow we made beautiful babies together with PLAY. It’s the best social music experience on the Fire, and I say that because I’m only mostly unbiased. Look, just stop reading and go try it.”

Now, the app isn’t live yet in the Amazon Appstore, but when it is you’ll be able to add your own album notes, share your favorite tracks with your friends, and even connect to your existing network through Twitter or Facebook.

You can also find the app in iTunes and Google Play.

via TNW

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