Last week, alongside some impressive new user stats, Mark Zuckerberg shared that the average U.S. user spends 40 minutes per day on Facebook. The brilliant cartoonists at Joy Of Tech share this "chart" on how those 40 minutes are spent each day.
You may recall the video of a withdrawn elderly man who comes to life upon hearing music he cares about on an iPod. The "Old Man In Nursing Home Reacts To Music" (and other title variations) video did more than go viral. It inspired the filmmaker who shot the original video to look more closely at the work of nonprofit Music & Memory and to shoot a documentary about that work, "Alive Inside," that's just been released in theaters.
Business-oriented social networks for musicians are an area I haven't covered in a while. A variety of new networks and platforms are emerging and today I'd like to point you to three business-oriented social networks that are worth knowing about. Gigmor connects musicians with compatible musicians and also uses that matchmaking process to help industry people find compatible musicians. AAMPP adds fans to the industry mix along with a variety of tools including ecommerce. Jammcard is a mobile social network for connecting with others by sharing Jammcards.
Not so long ago (1980s-1990s) rave music—or Electronic Dance Music—was still the underground type of music with its own die-hard fans and secret warehouse parties. There was this secret and unique culture within the dance music community (referred to as ‘PLUR’ – Peace Love Unity Respect) that stood separately from mainstream music fans and was preferably kept that way. This free philosophy of life and their symbolic handshake contributed to ravers’ sense of a tight-knit and secluded community.
Torrent Freak is reporting that The Pirate Bay, a notorious and long-lived resource for finding torrents of copyrighted media, is launching its first mobile-friendly website. Other upcoming changes include dedicated sites for tv, movie and music with more features plus RSSbay with personalized RSS feeds of torrent links. The change should not only make Pirate Bay more user friendly but, with more sites/domains, harder to take down.
75% of Facebook’s revenue comes from Europe, Canada, and the U.S., according to this week's impressive report to investors. But though there are 4 billion more people in Asia than North America, that continent only accounts for about 15% of Facebook’s revenue, according to Business Insider. With Facebook's aggressive moves in mobile, the company is well positioned to turn that deficit into even more explosive growth. This revenue chart tells the story:
Some websites have claimed that Facebook’s popularity is going down, but don’t think that means you can abandon your page just yet. In fact, even if Facebook is on its way out (there is some debate about that by the way), it should still be at the center of your social media strategy. When people are looking to connect with a band or musician, they head to a few sites, and Facebook is still one of the few places that genuine interactions happen.
Music icon Chubby Checker has settled his lawsuit with Hewlett Packard. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed. But neither side has accepted liability and HP has agreed not to use the singer’s stage name, trademarks or likeness.
Early in 2013, Checker, best known for his #1 hit "The Twist" had filed a multi-million lawsuit against Hewlett Packard and its subsidiary Palm for selling a WebOS app called called the "Chubby Checker" that uses a man's shoe size to estimate the size of his penis.
Downtown Music Publishing has signed Randy Newman to an administration deal for North America. The six time grammy award winner is responsible for hits such as “Short People”, “I Love L.A.” and “It’s Money That Matters” as well as movie scores for “Ragtime”, “Toy Story”, and “Monsters, Inc”. Newman signed with the NYC based Music Publishing company this week. Newman is currently working on songs for his new studio album expected to be released later this year via his longtime label Nonesuch Records.
After a short beta run, Reddit made their new liveblogging feature available to all this week. Reddit Live allows you to liveblog an event with a separate page for comments. The resulting thread, with embedded pics, videos "and more", becomes an archive and you can submit that to subreddits. It's a very Reddit kind of thing with threads ranging from "Israel-Palestine Conflict" to "I'm about to make a sandwich. Follow this thread for live updates." Somehow I feel that range opens up the possibility of some creative music marketing campaigns.
One of the many widespread assumptions regarding crowdfunding is that all-or-nothing campaigns, required by Kickstarter, give those campaigns a psychological boost due to factors such as urgency when the campaign's success is in doubt. In fact, much of the argument for all-or-nothing over flexible funding, often associated with Indiegogo, focuses on such psychological factors. While this makes me think that the problem isn't in the funding model, it also makes me realize that we need to find out more about what's in the minds of those actually funding campaigns.
Yesterday Radionomy officially relaunched their Shoutcast service. Of particular note is the introduction of a new Shoutcast streaming service that gives webcasters free streaming and monetization options among other features. A downloadable version of Shoutcast with some of these will be released later in the year. The big thing to keep in mind is that music broadcasters apparently have to license their broadcasts themselves making this a poor service for those who just want to plug and play.
Analyst Mark Mulligan and MIDiA Research have published a new report looking at the music attitudes and behavior of Digital Natives. Natives and Immigrants demarcate the digital world, according to the report. But while Digital Immigrants carry the baggage of their analog past, Digital Natives have only ever known ubiquitous connectivity and content; and that results in very different behaviors. "While the slow down in digital revenue growth revolves around spending transition of high spending Digital Immigrants," concludes the report, "it is the attitudes and behavior of the Natives that give us the best indication of how the digital music market will evolve." Here is what Mulligan's digital native looks like:
Last month, Facebook rolled out a new automatic audio tagging service a la Shazam, allowing people to use their smartphone microphones to automatically identify, tag, and share the music around them. From a musician's perspective, this is essentially a new way for fans to quickly identify your songs, share them with friends, and make purchasing tracks more seamless.
Americans spend an average of 40 minutes a day on Facebook, according to CEO Mark Zuckerberg. And while Zuck didn't quite share his math to back up the claim, the impressive numbers revealed during yesterday's Facebook earnings call made his boast seem plausible. Here's an overview
Airplay Direct has named industry veteran Bruce Iglaur, President & Founder of Alligator Records, as the recipient of the first Iconic Innovators award. The award was created to recognize innovators in the realm of digital music in the industry. The award will be given yearly to the member of Airplay Direct who best embraces the vision and opportunities that digital innovation in the Music Industry has and continues to create, the company said.
Rolfe Winkler at WSJ's Digits dropped this one last night but surprisingly it doesn't seem to have spread yet. Winkler draws on a number of unidentified sources but he says YouTube did confirm that Christopher LaRosa, Product Manager, YouTube Music at Google, is leaving on Friday for an unnamed startup. Winkler also notes that LaRosa follows last fall's exit of Nikhil Chandhok, Director of Product - Music, Paid Subscriptions, Live Streaming at YouTube, who's now a co-founder and CEO at Bento Labs.
Yesterday Open Labs released Stagelight 2.0, their music creation app for Windows that costs $9.99. It comes with a variety of new features, including an in-app store, and will also be preloaded on hardware from Lenovo and Dell. Additional distributions agreements have been made with Intel, Microsoft and Guitar Center. A solid step forward for Stagelight with the additional news that, according to CEO Cliff Mountain, they're close to a million downloads of the full app.
Today Amazon announced the addition of "hundreds of thousands of songs and hundreds of new, expert-programmed Prime Playlists to the Prime Music catalog." Obviously this isn't the same as licensing current hits from the major labels but you can already see it turning the tide in some of today's press coverage. But even with major label licensing Amazon won't win by building a superior product. In fact, I don't see them ever being the top music streaming service. Yet I do expect them to create a great deal of pain as they continue their march to dominate the 21st Century.
Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst has been proving his skills as a folmaker for several years. He’s direct major motion pictures like the Ice-Cube staring "The Longshots" and a religious mockumentary The Truth." But he's still an unusual choce for this straight as can be commercial for online dating site eHarmony. WATCH:
Two respected digtal music veterans, Tim Quirk and Brian Calhoun, are joining forces to launch Freeform Development, a new music tech startup. Quirk recently left Google Play and before that was an executive at Rhapsody. Calhoun held a high level position at SoundExchange and more recently as a digital strategist for artist managers The Blueprint Group. Exactly what the pair is planning, however, is a bit of a mystery.
Tunecore today launched an Artist Services Portal to provide additional tools and services for artists. First up is TuneCore Track Smarts powered by SoundOut which offers consumer feedback of songs designed to provide actionable insights to the songwriter. Other Artist Services launch partners include discounts on the Bandzoogle website creation platform, access to the atVenu merch app, CD duplication, mastering and net radio promotion.
Senzari continue the evolution of their MusicGraph platform with the introduction of MusicGraph.ai at the Graphlab Conference 2014. MusicGraph.ai is both a dashboard for the music data and recommendations provided by MusicGraph and also allows for deeper mining and exploration with the addition of analytics and intelligence algorithms. MusicGraph.ai is intended to make algorithmic analysis as accessible as MusicGraph makes music data.