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Spotify Removes Hate-Promoting Music From Its Platform

Tyler Lee August 16, 2017

Hate groups in general are not tolerated, and we have seen many instances in the past where tech companies have made moves to shut down or prevent such communities from using their products or services, and it looks like Spotify is also not tolerating hate on its music streaming platform.

In a report from Billboard, Spotify has recently announced that they have removed a bunch of music from its platform that promotes hate. These musical acts have been flagged as a “hate band” by the Southern Poverty Law Center three years ago, and it looks like they will have to turn to other platforms if they want to continue making money from their music.

It seems like these groups were brought to Spotify’s attention by Digital Music News who posted a report titled, “I Just Found 27 White Supremacist Hate bands On Spotify.” According to Spotify, they claim that record companies and aggregators are “first hand responsible” for the content they upload, but they will take action as soon as it is brought to their attention.

In a statement provided by a Spotify spokeswoman, “Spotify takes immediate action to remove any such material as soon as it has been brought to our attention. We are glad to have been alerted to this content – and have already removed many of the bands identified today, whilst urgently reviewing the remainder.” This move is in line with what other tech companies are also doing, such as Apple and PayPal who have moved to remove support of their services from hate websites.

Spotify Removes Hate-Promoting Music From Its Platform , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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10 Minute Song Of Silence Is In The Top 50 Of Apple’s iTunes Charts

Tyler Lee August 11, 2017

2016 Honda Accord with Apple CarPlay®

Most of the time the songs we store on our phones are usually songs we want to hear. However when plugging our phones into our cars, most of the time it usually ends up playing the very first song at the top of the list based on alphabetical order, which means that it is possible that some of your favorite songs could be ruined by incessantly repeating it.

However this problem might have been solved by a certain Samir Mezrahi who recently uploaded a 10 minute track onto iTunes (via AppleInsider) dubbed “A a a a a Very Good Song” that basically gives users 10 minutes worth of silence (9 minutes 58 seconds to be exact) so that they can select their own playlist before the song starts blasting in their car.

hey I released a blank song that will play 1st so that *one* song won’t play every time u plug ur phone into ur car https://t.co/FL83YUOOcz

— #1 samir (@samir) August 9, 2017

It might seem silly but apparently it is a highly-appreciated track because it appears to have broken into the iTunes Top 50 charts, and has actually beaten out more popular artists. The track costs $0.99 which isn’t too bad of a price to pay for a workaround. We’re not sure if Apple plans to remove the track, but given that Apple does take a cut from iTunes sales, it is an interesting conundrum.

This is actually not the first time silent songs have been used to game the system. For example a few years ago, a band uploaded an album consisting of silent songs onto Spotify and managed to rake in $20,000 in “royalties” before the album was pulled from the music streaming platform.

10 Minute Song Of Silence Is In The Top 50 Of Apple’s iTunes Charts , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Samsung Will Broadcast Coldplay’s Tour In Virtual Reality

Tyler Lee August 10, 2017

There is a huge difference between listening to a band’s recorded album versus seeing them live in concert. Seeing a band live in concert adds a ton of external stimuli, such as the lights, the sound system, maybe even some pyrotechnics, and of course the energy of thousands of fans.

Unfortunately sometimes attending the concert of your favorite band is impossible due to distance, money, or tickets being sold out, but isn’t that what virtual reality (VR) is for? Samsung has announced that they will be teaming up with Live Nation to stream Coldplay’s “A Head Full of Dreams” concert live in VR.

Basically this means that even if you can’t attend in person, watching the concert in VR will sort of let you feel like you’re there in person. We suppose this isn’t quite the same as watching it live in person, but it comes pretty close, or at least better than watching it on TV or a DVD recording of the show.

According to Samsung, “The live broadcast will be available on Samsung Gear VR powered by Oculus through the Samsung VR service on August 17, starting at 8:30 pm CT.” Unfortunately if you don’t have the Gear VR, we guess you’d be out of luck.

Samsung Will Broadcast Coldplay’s Tour In Virtual Reality , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Google Home Users Will Soon Be Able To Stream Deezer

Tyler Lee August 8, 2017

If music streaming is your thing, there are a ton of options available in the market today. However if you’re after a streaming service that can be streamed natively through Google Home, then you might be interested to learn that Deezer is one of the new streaming services that users can enjoy.

At the moment Google Home has a handful of music streaming services that can be streamed natively through the speakers, which includes Google Play Music, YouTube Music, Pandora, and Spotify, and with the addition of Deezer it brings the total number of services to five, which we reckon is a pretty healthy selection to choose from.

It has been noted that with the addition to Google Home, this marks the first time that Deezer has ever added support for voice controls via a digital assistant or speaker setup, but other than that using the service is pretty straightforward. Users can control the service using their voice, pause/play songs, skip tracks, and even access a feature called Flow, which is one of the platform’s signature features.

Basically Flow is a playlist that is generated based on your existing listening preferences. Users can make adjustments to this playlist by elling Google Home which songs they like or don’t like. At the moment Deezer for Google Home has only been launched in Germany and France, and it is expected to find its way to the US, UK, and Australia later this year.

Google Home Users Will Soon Be Able To Stream Deezer , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Spotify Is Now Boasting 60 Million Paid Subscribers

Tyler Lee July 31, 2017

While Apple might have the resources, reputation, connections, and distribution to help them get a leg up on the competition with Apple Music, it seems that they are still not yet the number one music streaming service provider. In fact that honor goes to Spotify who according to a report from Reuters, is now boasting 60 million paid subscribers.

This is an addition of 10 million paid subscribers in less than five months, a very impressive feat, especially when you consider that unlike Apple Music or Play Music, Spotify is typically not bundled together with smartphones, meaning that users will need to download and subscribe to the service themselves.

Taking into consideration that Spotify charges $10 a month for users using its services, that’s a lot of money the company is raking in. That being said while Spotify is clearly in the lead, we shouldn’t be so quick to discount Apple just yet. Last we heard, Apple was boasting 20 million paid subscribers which is impressive as the service has been around less time than Spotify.

It was also found that Apple had more active users per month than the competition, although based on the figures it seems that not all of these active users translated into subscribers.

Spotify Is Now Boasting 60 Million Paid Subscribers , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Spotify Reportedly Looking To Launch A New Podcast Initiative

Tyler Lee July 31, 2017

Back when music streaming services were first launched, they were exactly that, which is a platform for users to stream music from. However with so many services available today, these platforms need to start offering up more features to set themselves apart from the competition, and it looks like Spotify could be working on something new.

According to a report from Bloomberg, it seems that Spotify is apparently working on a new podcast initiative. The report claims that Spotify has agreed to promote more podcasts on its app as well as via ads on buses, and in return, several prominent podcasts such as “Reply All,” “Pod Save America”, and “The Bill Simmons Podcast” have agreed to promote Spotify on social media and during their shows.

Matt Lieber, co-founder and president of Gimlet Media who produces the “Reply All” podcast, “The potential for Spotify is to introduce this caliber of storytelling to a much larger audience, who are already in a listening mindset. I see a growing effort to make podcasts more accessible on the platform. And they’re making progress.”

This is an interesting direction for Spotify considering that many typically associate podcasts with Apple. Podcasts do have a pretty big presence, with Bloomberg citing a survey from earlier this year that revealed that 15% of Americans over 12 had listened to a podcast in the past week, while a quarter listen to one at least once a month.

Spotify Reportedly Looking To Launch A New Podcast Initiative , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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SoundCloud Reportedly Close To Selling Stakes In The Company

Tyler Lee July 30, 2017

With more music streaming services entering the market, such as Apple Music which has the resources, experience, and connections of Apple, it isn’t surprising that some of the smaller music services that were around before are having a hard time trying to compete. SoundCloud is a great example, where we’ve heard that the company has been trying to sell itself.

However it seems that SoundCloud could be getting close, according to a report from Bloomberg in which their sources have revealed that the company is close to selling its stakes to a pair of private equity firms. This is expected to help SoundCloud raise some money to help them continue operating into the future, although exactly how long for remains to be seen, and whether or not it will help is also a different story.

Their sources claim that the two firms are expected to hold a majority stake in SoundCloud, but note that while the talks are in the advanced stages, they could still fall apart. We have heard rumors that Google had at some point in time considered acquiring the company, but it seems that is no longer the case.

SoundCloud has recently tried to introduce a subscription feature in a bid to compete against other streaming services as well as a means to pull in revenue. While their subscription is cheaper than regular streaming services, SoundCloud is typically viewed as a platform catered more towards indie music lovers rather than those seeking mainstream music.

SoundCloud Reportedly Close To Selling Stakes In The Company , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Late Heavy-Metal Singer Will Tour The World In Hologram Form

Tyler Lee July 28, 2017

Over the years, we’ve lost many great and talented musicians, which means that those who are fans will never see them perform again, and those who are too young will never really fully grasp what legends these musicians are. However it seems that in recent times, technology is helping to give fans something of a happy middle.

You might recall how deceased rapper Tupac performed at Coachella many years ago as a hologram, and how there were also plans to create a world tour for the Notorious B.I.G. in hologram form as well. Now for those who are fans of heavy-metal, you could soon get a chance to watch Ronnie James Dio perform again in hologram form.

This isn’t completely new as the hologram form of Dio made its debut at the Wacken festival in Germany last year, but there are now plans to set out on a world tour featuring musicians who played with him while he was alive. In case you are unfamiliar with Dio, at some point in time during his career, he was the frontman and vocalist for Black Sabbath, and he also later formed his own band called Dio with former Black Sabbath drummer Vinny Appice.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, Dio’s widow Wendy Dio said, “Ronnie was always wanting to experiment with new stage ideas and was a big Disney fan. With this said, I am sure he is giving us his blessing with this hologram project. It gives the fans that saw Ronnie perform an opportunity to see him again and new fans that never got to see him a chance to see him for the first time.”

Late Heavy-Metal Singer Will Tour The World In Hologram Form , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Jazz Musician To Write & Record An Album While On Facebook Live

Tyler Lee July 27, 2017

When one writes and records a music album, it’s usually a process that might take weeks, months, or even a year. However in the case of Grammy-award-winning singer-songwriter and jazz bassist Esperanza Spalding, she is planning something else entirely, and that is in the span of 77 hours, she plans to write and record her new album entirely on Facebook Live.

For those unfamiliar, Facebook Live is a tool by Facebook that allows users to stream live videos. For her to record her entire album while livestreaming the process is a very different approach, albeit an exciting one, especially for those who might not be familiar with the writing and recording process.

According to Spalding, “Having such limited time to write and record 10 songs will also force us to rely on improvisation and first instinct. Not allowing us time to judge, second guess, question, or alter the initial hits of inspiration that drive the creation of each song. That means that the audience will get a record of the most potent, charged, fresh-from-the ethers-compositional, musical and lyrical content.”

We suppose it makes sense given that jazz does focus a lot on improvisation, and given Spalding’s career, she does look like she has the experience and knowledge to pull something like this off. Of course whether or not it will result in something good remains to be seen, but at the very least we suppose it is rather novel.

Jazz Musician To Write & Record An Album While On Facebook Live , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Researchers Believe They Know Why ‘Gangnam Style’ Became Viral

Tyler Lee July 26, 2017

Psy’s “Gangnam Style” is a worldwide phenomenon where upon its release, it spread like wildfire to the point where even YouTube’s view counter could not keep up. It was also the first YouTube video to hit the 1 billion mark, but given that Psy has been in the music business for a while prior to the release of “Gangnam Style”, why or how did the song become as viral as it did?

This is something that researchers were curious about and that’s what Zsofia Kallus and team at the Eotvos University in Budapest set out to find out, and apparently they have since managed to figure it out. They started by searching on Twitter for geolocated tweets that mentions “Gangnam Style”, where it was revealed that the video had initially spread from South Korea to the Philippines before moving on to the rest of the world

This is because of the relative proximity of the Philippines to South Korea, and the fact that they have stronger links to the rest of the world through its diaspora, and that apparently they have stronger English language links. They confirmed this by searching on Google Trends for “Gangnam Style” and discovered that the results matched those on Twitter.

This is very interesting since breaking down and understanding how viral videos and memes become viral could be instrumental for companies looking to advertise their products or services, or for musicians and record labels to better figure out a way to distribute their content more effectively.

Researchers Believe They Know Why ‘Gangnam Style’ Became Viral , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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