I caught up with my old friend, mastering and recording engineer Bob Katz at the Audio Engineering Society convention held last week in NYC. He was there to proclaim an end to the "Loudness Wars," which refers to the overuse of dynamic range compression to flatten the soft-to-loud volume changes that naturally occur in music. Katz was way ahead of the pack in decrying the overzealous use of compression in mastering recordings, he has been in the trenches, fighting the good fight for more than 20 years.
Pandora, the Internet's biggest radio service, is the company the recorded music industry loves to hate. Some artists have loudly vilified it, accusing it of paying piddling rates to play their work. Labels' acrimony over the service stoked its efforts to paralyze a bill that would have lowered the royalty rate Webcasters pay, and music publishers have singled out Pandora in an effort to withhold their catalogs. The Recording Industry Association of America has outright lied, Pandora claims, about how its payments work.
Rdio tuned up its Internet radio service with the latest updates to its iOS and Android apps.
An updated and free feature called Stations allows you to listen to music from 20 predefined stations built on songs from different artists. You can also create your own stations based on artist, song, album, or genre. In return, Stations plays random selections based on the station you picked, and lets you listen to an unlimited stream of music.
Sound familiar? Stations seems to be Rdio's effort to tap into the online streaming action of iTunes Radio, Pandora, and Spotify. The free … Read more
On Wednesday, Pandora released its latest performance metrics for the previous month, and as the percentages continued to grow tame, they're are only going to fuel debate about the future of the Internet's biggest radio service.
But Pandora's monthly metrics didn't tell us the most important element of its story.
The missing piece isn't how muchRadio could be swiping away listeners -- though next month will give a better sense of that, when Apple's competing online radio service has existed longer than just 12 days.
Pandora's story now is about how … Read more
Pandora's metrics for September, which were released Wednesday, showed the most widely used online radio service is still growing, but growth in listening hours slowed from recent months, as Apple's competing service rolled out about halfway through.
Last month, listener hours for Pandora were still on the rise, measuring at 1.36 billion; however, that was an increase of less than 1 percent from August. In August and July, listener hours had increased 5.5 percent and 2.4 percent from the previous months, respectively.
Pandora's total share of US radio listening was 7.77 percent, up … Read more
The man in the suit and tie is getting chummier with iTunes, streaming the sequel to his "20/20 Experience" hit album on Apple's new iTunes Radio exclusively ahead of its release.
And that should be making Pandora uneasy, one analyst says.
Justin Timberlake's forthcoming album "The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2" is streaming exclusively on iTunes Radio ahead of release Monday. In addition to giving listeners of Apple's new Internet radio service early access to tracks from the album that play one after another, Timberlake "hosts" the program … Read more
At the 2013 International CES, Ford brazenly offered Sync, its in-car infotainment platform, up to anybody who wanted it. As of September, nobody has taken the company up on the offer, but that isn't stopping it from moving forward. The Blue Oval has just announced the successful acquisition of Detroit-based startup Livio.
Livio, which formerly made its own line of hardware accessories under the Livio Radio brand, offers a solution called Livio Connect, designed to make smartphone interaction (the art of pairing your handset with your car) simpler for developers and easier for users.
Connectivity is an increasingly important … Read more
When iTunes Radio was unveiled in June, nay-sayers quickly denigrated Apple's late-stage attempt to enter the already-crowded arena of music streaming.
But Apple gloated a little Monday when it announced iTunes Radio had notched more than 11 million unique listeners in the first five days since its September 18 launch on iOS 7 and the desktop iTunes software.
That figure is nearly four times the number of unique listeners that Rhapsody -- the subscription-based music service that pioneered streaming when launched in 2001 -- had in July, according to ComScore. Rhapsody's unique listeners numbered just 2.89 million … Read more
Apple's iTunes Radio has already picked up 11 million listeners since its launch last week, Apple announced Monday.
Available through iTunes 11 and iOS 7, iTunes Radio takes a page from Pandora's playbook. You can create and add different music stations to your feed based on your tastes and listen to songs streamed from each one. You can fine-tune each station to play only hits, a variety of songs, or a "discovery" of music new to you.
Apple also naturally makes it easy to buy any song via iTunes with a price tag that you can … Read more