Tag: spotify

Trivial Posts #16: Road Signs, Cover Versions, and Morticia’s Safe Word

What I’ve Been Up To Lots of focus on Apple this week as the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus are due for release. I had a look at the update rates of iOS to Android over on Forbes (iOS is at least 100 times faster but there are structural issues) as well as the regular digest of news from Apple and Android. I also had a great time at the Next Radio conference, and have come back with a list of ideas both for my own podcasting and presentation behind the microphone, but also for community radio here in Edinburgh.

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Trivial Posts: The Debut Edition

Right then, let’s try a little something here. Since I had my ‘what is this blog for’ discussion a year or two ago, it’s been a place for links, thoughts, and fun things that I want to keep track of personally… and there seems to be an audience for it. But it’s been a bit haphazard of late. So in a vain way to try and put some structure in place, and to experiment with email newsletters and regular digests, here’s the first day of ‘Trivial Posts’. (Personally I blame James Whatley). Nine Flawed Christmas Baubles Of The Solar System Just because Pluto pretended to be a

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Landing on an comet, what is it good for? Record sales!

Apparently landing on a comet boosting the popularity of  Aerosmith’s ‘I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing’. Via Spotify: Back on earth, it didn’t take long for the memes to set in, including widely-echoed references to Armageddon the movie… The effect was musically felt as well, as we discovered after Spotify staffer Dariusz Dzuik tipped us off to a tweetfrom @jlax, asking us to look into one particular song from the film’s soundtrack: Can someone @spotify please release the data for Aerosmith song plays today vs the historical average? …See that spike in plays for “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” from the Armageddon soundtrack? It happened on November 13, the day after Philae touched down

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How are third party apps working out for Spotify’s artists?

It’s all well and good talking about how many people are engaging with applications in Spotify, how many companies are writing software to work inside the sandbox, and to start working on the metrics to provide the developers a revenue stream… but how much more money is flowing back to the artists because of all this action? Or is the money staying with the developers, Spotify, and the major labels?

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Can Spotify in the US convert enough users to subscribers?

Remember when Spotify couldn’t get into the US market because the major labels in the US didn’t think they could convert enough of the free users to premium members? It’s crunch time, as the six month “unlimited streaming” period comes to an end and Spotify fans in the US will be asked for $5 a month. How many of the subscriber base will move to the “income” column… and will it be enough to cover the minimums that the major labels have likely asked for?

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