The battle for music streaming supremacy hasn’t been decided just yet, but it’s increasingly starting to look like Spotify and Apple Music will be the two services angling for the top spot. While Spotify still has many more paid subscribers relative to Apple Music, Apple’s streaming service is growing at an impressive clip. The most recent data we have indicates that Apple Music already boasts more than 13 million paid subscribers, a pretty impressive feat for a service that was initially plagued with usability problems at launch. Spotify meanwhile has 30 million paid subscribers.
Just like a wine taster’s palate or an art student’s sense of bullshit, your listening skills are something that can be trained and honed. Music software company iZotope has a fun challenge to see how well your ears stack up against the competition.
As spotted by CDM, iZotope has an entire guide out that will help teach you about equalization, compression and digital audio. The equalization section has a bunch of interesting videos to explain the basics of EQs (balancing different frequencies), so that you’ll get a better understanding of what your car stereo does when you flip it between Rock and Pop. There’s also an explainer on the more complicated side, breaking down terms like “Peak Level” and “RMS.”
After a rocky start characterized by a clunky and inconsistent UI, Apple Music has seemingly hit its stride. Not even a year old, Apple’s streaming music service already boasts more than 13 million paying subscribers. And while one might reasonably assume that Apple Music’s tremendous gains in just a few months is bad news for Spotify, the reality couldn’t be further from the truth.
As it stands today, Spotify currently has more than 30 million subscribers. What’s more, Spotify VP Jonathan Forster recently explained in an interview with Reuters that Spotify has experienced an even faster rate of growth since Apple Music hopped on the scene last June.
Do you remember Creative? In the early 2000s, the company had a brief period of being cool, as its Zen MP3 players were the anti-establishment alternative to the iPod. These days, the Singapore-based company mostly makes gaming headsets and computer speakers — nothing to do with smartphones, in other words. But thanks to a complaint filed against every big Android phone manufacturer, Creative has quietly declared war on Android.
The complaint is filed against a who’s-who of Android smartphones: Samsung, LG, HTC, BlackBerry, Sony, ZTE, Lenovo and Motorola. The issue at hand is music players: all the phones have ’em, and Creative has a patent it thinks is being infringed on. Specifically, all the phones are capable of “playing stored media files selected by a user from a hierarchical display.”
It’s not uncommon these days to see new albums from big name artists launch exclusively on a particular streaming platform. Kanye’s “The Life of Pablo”, for instance, was a Tidal exclusive for a number of weeks before it ultimately found its way to Apple Music, iTunes and Spotify. More recently, Beyonce’s “Lemonade” album is only available to stream via Tidal, though it is available for purchase via iTunes. And most recently, Drake’s new album “Views” launched as an Apple Music and iTunes exclusive for just one week.
That’s right, Justin Timberlake fans, your prayers have been answered. The entertainer will finally release a new song, and it’ll all go down early this Friday. A new album is on the way as well. More →
Well before Tupac Shakur became a household name and transcendent rapper – we’re talking pre-Death Row and even pre-Keep Ya Head Up – Pac was hardly one to shy away from speaking his mind and imparting knowledge upon the masses. Earlier this week, MTV News unearthed an old interview they conducted with Tupac back in 1992, months before his first album had even hit store shelves. During the course of the interview, Tupac waxes poetic on societal responsibility, poverty, the distribution of wealth and more.
For anyone who grew up in the ’90s and spent a fair amount of time on Sunday afternoons watching the NBA on NBC, the show’s iconic theme song, penned by John Tesh and called “Roundball Rock,” undoubtedly brings back all sorts of fond memories.
Looking to combine the old with the new, Mark Hinog of SB Nation recently put together a mashup featuring “Roundball Rock” with a track from Kanye West’s latest album, The Life of Pablo. When I first stumbled across this mashup, I was bracing myself for the worst, mostly because a) a good mashup takes skill and is harder to put together than most people think and b) the Kanye track chosen for the mashup was “I Love Kanye.”
Apparently Kanye West’s bold declaration that his The Life of Pablo album would forever be available exclusively on Tidal was nothing more than a marketing stunt. According to a report from Mashable, West is planning to make hist most recent album available in its entirety to other streaming services tomorrow, a list which includes Apple Music and Spotify.
Yo, microphone check one two what is this
The five foot assassin with the ruffneck business
I float like gravity, never had a cavity
Got more rhymes than the Winans got family
With the untimely passing of Phife Dawg yesterday (real name – Malik Taylor), the Hip Hop community lost an iconic, influential, and above all else, beloved figure. Comprising 1/3 of the group A Tribe Called Quest, Phife Dawg passed away at the age of 45 after a long drawn out battle with Diabetes.
Amidst the expected outpouring of love, support and kind words that followed news of his passing, one of the more creative and heartwarming tributes came from the most unlikely of sources: a morning TV news crew from Atlanta.
Streaming music is hardly the new kid on the block, but it’s seemingly grown exponentially in the past few years thanks to services like Pandora, Spotify, and most recently, Apple Music. With 2015 now behind us, the RIAA today released its year-end sales report and highlighted how revenue from streaming music over the past year generated more revenue than digital downloads, an industry first.
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek recently sat down for a Q&A session on Quora where the founder of the popular music streaming service answered a wide array of questions from users. For anyone who has followed the company closely, one of the reasons why it’s so beloved is that Ek and his team are bonafide music lovers who care just as much about delivering a superb listening and user experience as they do about the bottom line. In conjunction with this, Ek has historically been rather candid and upfront about most issues pertaining to Spotify.
That being the case, Ek’s Quora session was, as you might expect, refreshingly honest and informative.
MTV’s steady and somewhat sad transformation into a channel more widely know for reality TV programming than for music seemingly signaled the end of the music video era. But in February of 2005, YouTube came along and completely changed the game. Not only did YouTube’s massive popularity help bring the visual art form known as the music video back to life, the site quickly became an extremely popular destination for people to listen to music.
By 2015, YouTube had emerged as the unassuming king of music streaming, besting out industry heavyweights like Pandora and Spotify by a wide margin. In fact, during the first half of 2015, an estimated 57% of all 135.2 billion music streams were reportedly served by YouTube.