Category: Digital Music

Musical Time Capsules

What happens when you try to power up and look at the contents of your seventeen year old iPod? James Bareham fights Firewire cables, antiquity, and Thunderbolt dongles to find out. And the results? not just a bit of digital archaeology but a look back into the mind of his younger self: Though my Apple music devices changed over time, growing slimmer and more powerful with every iteration, much of the music on them remained the same. Seventeen years is a long time in both the worlds of music and technology, but not everything dates in the same way. Though

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The twenty albums on the first iPod

Fifteen years after the reveal of the first iPod (with a world changing 5GB of storage), Nobuyyki Hayashi recalls the presentation,the first sample machines handed to journalists (for the flight home), and the twenty hand-picked albums that were loaded up on the iPod. Of course there was a big push to not ‘steal music’ so alongside the iPod were CD copies of those twenty albums. Hayasi still has them, and it makes for a fascinating playlist. I love the fact that Jobs and his team included two albums from The Beatles (‘A Hard Day’s Night‘, and ‘Abbey Road‘), a band that would be one of

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‘The Touch’ becomes ‘Warrior’

Stan Bush’s career shows the power of a single hit song. Since ‘The Touch’ in 1986 pushed him into pop culture and the hearts of millions of fans, he’s re-iterated the same song style over and over… and over again. And why not? Part of being a creative is realising  when you are in the  middle of ‘a good thing’ and it’s not getting any better. Because it’s really hard to listen to his latest track ‘Warrior‘ without thinking of his classic.

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Start-ups, Music, and Copyright Avoidance

Bas Grasmeyer for Hypebot: What is needed is a Startup License that lets startups quickly and flexibly license music from the majors and largest indies for a set duration. After this duration, startups would still have to negotiate, but at least they’ve got their products figured out and investors will have a better understanding of what the business is potentially worth. The license should allow startups to opt in or out of territories. If you want to do UK-only, fine. If you want to pay more and do something global, it’s possible. A global startup music license would do tremendous

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Another end of the line for MixRadio

Part of me thinks that a service that has died so any times just to be brought back to life again can never be considered ‘dead-dead’, but the announcement today that MixRadio is be closed feels much more terminal. Picked up by LINE from Microsoft (who picked it up from the Nokia Lumia team, who picked it up from the Nokia Music project, who picked it up from Ovi Music, who picked it up from the Nokia 5310, who picked it up from a Series 40 test app…), MixRadio is a personalised radio station that worked… offline listening, artist seeding,

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