Posts Tagged ‘music’

Stream-ripping threatens music industry, as companies struggle to make streaming profitable – annotated infographics

April 18, 2017

As if a beleaguered music industry didn’t already have enough to contend with, the rise of streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play Music, Pandora, Deezer and Tidal –  yes! even Tidal! – have changed the way many people listen to music. It has also brought about a new form of piracy, known as “stream ripping”.

This new type of copyright infringement has overtaken conventional music download piracy.

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It’s not all days of wine and roses at the streaming companies, either. Spotify is the most successful streaming music service in the world and streaming is the music industry’s fastest-growing revenue source, yet none of the popular services has yet turned a profit.

Spotify has reportedly been in talks to acquire SoundCloud for some months now, but still no decisive action.


#AppleMusic goes live ‘worldwide’ – internet goes ‘bananas’ – an annotated infographic

July 1, 2015

Apple… Music… Apple Music… All the ways you love music. All in one place… empty statements… Beats 1… Zane Lowe… Pharrell exclusives… blah blah blah… social media meltdown… waffle waffle… overbearing sense of smug self-congratulation… it’s only an (expensive) streaming music service… yada yada yada… it’s about money, not music… Taylor Swift… incandescent rage… and relax.

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Apple Music: sounds expensive

Apple Music: sounds expensive

#AppleMusic streaming service – details announced – an annotated infographic

June 10, 2015

Apple has unveiled its Apple Music streaming service, designed to challenge rivals such as Spotify, Deezer, Soundcloud, Google and Amazon.

The $10-a-month service combines on-demand listening; Beats 1, a 24/7 radio station hosted by live DJs; and Connect, a forum for artists to give fans behind-the-scenes content from upcoming releases.

E&T news covered this Apple Music announcement in comprehensive detail yesterday.

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Apple Music: like music, only more expensive

Apple Music: like music, only more expensive

Shoes for booze: drinking on the hoof with FlipFlask

March 30, 2011

A curious press release landed – or perhaps we should say staggered – in to the E&T inbox the other day about FlipFlask: the sandal with a hollow sole and screw-cap heel, so you can pour in your favourite tipple and slosh it around underfoot all day. Perfect for “concerts, tailgates, ball games, parties, and everyday” the FlipFlask product page says.

FlipFlask: shoes for booze

FlipFlask: shoes for booze

This news may have come suspiciously close to April Fool’s Day, but to all intents and purposes it appears to be a genuine product. E&T followed the ordering and payment process through to the penultimate stage (strictly in the interests of journalistic integrity, you understand) and it certainly seemed like we were on the brink of always being – quite literally – just one step away from liquid refreshment.

There isn’t a great deal of detailed information about the FlipFlask and we are still wondering about the hygiene aspect of it all (not to mention a lingering suspicion about the veracity of the story), but could this be the start of a range of alcohol-stashing footwear? Ladies’ shoes designers could have a field day – just imagine how much Absinthe you could get in to a stacked wedge heel!

Perhaps the most curious aspect of this story is that the company behind the FlipFlask is Weber Speakers, a US manufacturer of vintage-styled loudspeakers for guitar amps, plus a range of related accessories. Given many musicians’ taste for the bottle, maybe a sideways move in to drinking paraphenalia isn’t so strange after all. Weber’s company motto is, “Making the world a bit louder every day”. Perhaps they should add, “Making the world a bit drunker every day” to the FlipFlask page.


We contacted Weber to ask if the FlipFlask was a spoof product: nope! Here’s what they had to say:

Yes, we are real !  and “A Party In Every Pair”

Check us out @

Or facebook us “Flipflask”

They make great gifts !

Music technology: the state of the art

May 6, 2010

Interested in sound? Interested in music technology? Interested in bringing the two together in new and exciting ways to create hitherto unknown worlds of aural pleasure? Good news: your luck’s in.

Professor David Howard – or Professor David Howard CEng FIET, Head of the Audio Lab, Intelligent Systems, Research Group Department of Electronics, University of York to give him his full name – is giving a free lecture on Wednesday, 12 May 2010 in the South Kensington Campus, Sir Alexander Fleming Building (not the Ian Fleming Building, sadly) at the Imperial College, London, UK.

The good Prof will be looking at the ways in which sound can be created and manipulated with demonstration sounds being used to show what is happening and also at how we can control sounds in live musical performance using human gesture and various interfaces including some that take advantage of smart materials. Waving at stuff, jabbing fingers at it, that sort of thing, I wager.

Full details of the free music technology event are on the IET Events pages.

There’s also a preview video on the IET’s YouTube channel. I warn you now about the near-3D opening to the video, where Professor Howard virtually lunges out of the screen at you, but I promise that he settles down after that.

The whole thing kicks off at 6pm GMT (the only mean time that matters, my colonial friends), so if you’ve got a spare couple of hours in London on Wednesday evening, you could do worse than chillax with the good Prof at ICL.

And if you can’t make it to any of this, the whole kit and caboodle is also being webcast. Seriously, dude, no excuses.

Beatles [no longer] for sale

March 16, 2010

Pop quiz, hot shot: how much will a close-to-near-mint copy of The Beatles’ first long-playing record, Please Please Me, set you back?

The Beatles Please Please Me stereo LP, 1963 first pressing

The Beatles Please Please Me stereo LP, 1963 first pressing

We’re talking first UK pressing, stereo copy, heavyweight shiny black vinyl, gold and black Parlophone labels (PCS 3042), Dick James songwriting credits, glossy front laminated flip-back sleeve printed by Ernest J Day, Angus McBean photo credit printed in the far bottom right corner on the front, vinyl matrix stamps YEX 94-1 and 95-1, vinyl stampers G1 and R1, MTZ tax code embossed on side two label and supplied with the original polythene-lined “Use Emitex” inner sleeve.

So how much is it likely to set you back? According to this recent transaction on a well-known auction web site, quite the pretty penny.  [JW]

Play that funky music, white shirt

March 11, 2010

Forget clothes with built-in iPod storage: the future is clothes that make their own music. Brush your sleeve for a marimba sound. Pat your tummy for a bongo jam. Scratch your, ahem, special area for a burst of electric guitar. Yes, walks in the country need never again be a silent trudge accompanied only by the pointless tweeting of birds and the occasional whinnying of a startled horse, thanks to a Swedish fashion student and her technician friend.

Master’s student Jeannine Han, clearly thoroughly enjoying the second year of her textiles and fashion design course at the Swedish School of Textiles, has created a lovely faux-naif flowery hippy ensemble (apparently par-modelled on the Dark Ages battle wear of early Anglo-Saxon soldiers) which has integrated sensors that react when someone gets close or touches it. Whether or not one plays one’s own clothes or invites a close, personal friend to help out with the rubbing and stroking is entirely up to the wearer.

Han describes her work as “textile design for a nomad”, the concept being that people can wander the earth, trilling and tooting to their heart’s content as they absentmindedly fondle themselves amidst the flowers, occasionally wigging out with impromtu jumper-based jams when they encounter other similarly outfitted nomads. Sounds quite the summer lark, doesn’t it?

In cahoots with technician Dan Riley, Han now plans to start a band where one or more of the band members will wear the outfit and thus play themselves.

“We want to develop the technology to make it easy to produce the clothing in the future,” concludes Han. Good for her.

A nifty video is available from the link below.

Textile Design For A Nomad from Umlaut Brikauski on Vimeo. [JW]

Textile design for a nomad

Textile design for a nomad