AMAZON: Echo Dot (4th gen) review: Alexa’s new small budget ball

Amazon’s fourth-generation Echo Dot has evolved from its predecessors’ puck-like appearance into a small ball, shaking up the idea of what a small smart speaker can look like. The new Echo Dot is priced the same as the last one, costing from £50, although it will be frequently available at a discount at various retailers, […]

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PS AUDIO: Streaming Audio and Other Rants

Written by Jay Jay French First off, I hope many of you are listening to my new Podcast called The Jay Jay French Connection: Beyond the Music (available on Spotify, Apple Music and Podcastone.com) Great topics, great guests, and my new book, Twisted Business: Lessons From my Life in Rock n Roll is coming out […]

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SPOTIFY: Acquisitions

In May 2013, Spotify acquired music discovery app Tunigo.[58] In March 2014, they acquired The Echo Nest, a music intelligence company.[59][60] In June 2015, Spotify announced they had acquired Seed Scientific, a data science consulting firm and analytics company. In a comment to TechCrunch, Spotify said that Seed Scientific’s team would lead an Advanced Analytics […]

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TCHAIKOVSKY: Santtu-Matias Rouvali on Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake

On this week’s Gramophone Podcast, Editor Martin Cullingford talks to Santtu-Matias Rouvali, the Principal Conductor Designate of the Philharmonia Orchestra, about his first recording with the orchestra, excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, which is available now on Signum Classics. Continues HERE

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STREAMING: Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters slams ‘rogues and thieves’ who run free streaming sites and steal from musicians

From our archives Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters has slammed the ‘rogues and thieves’ who run free streaming sites, saying they make it impossible for young musicians to earn a living. The songwriter and guitarist said the power of the digital music providers in Silicon Valley makes him ‘angry’ as they ‘steal’ from musicians and […]

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STREAMING: Mastering For Streaming Services

Sound On Sound write ….. The way we listen to music has changed fundamentally in recent years. Not only are we not buying CDs any more, but increasingly, we’re not buying downloads either. Instead, streaming is now the main route by which music reaches the ears of the public. Last year, for example, 431 billion […]

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NEIL YOUNG: He reveals streaming service Xstream – that will offer music in ‘as high quality as your internet can handle’

First published April 2017 Canadian artist says ‘all songs should cost the same, regardless of digital resolution’ http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/neil-young-xstream-streaming-service-pono-tidal-jay-z-music-quality-a7698676.html

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