Paradise Theatre

My colleague Jerry is a rock star in a Styx tribute band. We caught a show at the Dickens Opera House (must see venue) in Longmont, CO.

Photos don’t do it justice.

#colorado, #longmont, #music, #styx

Autotune?!?

I spent a few hours listening to the Spotify Top 50. While I am old and out of touch I still like to think I know something about music (I don’t). Here is the thing: yes, most of the music I don’t care for, that’s understandable as it’s not my era. But there are decent tunes out there. And then…

Autotune? Autotune sucks. It sounds bad, it highlights that the song you are about to try to listen to sucks. Just sing. You can, most artists right now can in fact belt it out.

#autotune, #music

And then there were three – Rdio is shutting down and Pandora is buying up the scraps | The Verge

Source: Rdio is shutting down and Pandora is buying up the scraps | The Verge

Not surprising that a streaming music service went under; it’s a brutal business and the labels don’t do anyone any favors. So now we have:

  1. Spotify – on demand, decent playlists, bad radio.
  2. Apple – on demand, bad playlists, bad radio.
  3. Pandora – not on demand, no playlists, great radio.

I sure hope whatever Pandora…

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#apple-music, #music, #pandora, #rdio, #spotify

And then there were three – Rdio is shutting down and Pandora is buying up the scraps

Source: Rdio is shutting down and Pandora is buying up the scraps | The Verge

Not surprising that a streaming music service went under; it’s a brutal business and the labels don’t do anyone any favors. So now we have:

  1. Spotify – on demand, decent playlists, bad radio.
  2. Apple – on demand, bad playlists, bad radio.
  3. Pandora – not on demand, no playlists, great radio.

I sure hope whatever Pandora picked up is going to help with providing on demand and soon. Competition is always good.

#apple-music, #music, #pandora, #rdio, #spotify

Beats Music Is Shutting Down On November 30

Beats Music Is Shutting Down On November 30

Apple is encouraging users to migrate to Apple Music, which it touts as a better discovery tool.

Source: Beats Music Is Shutting Down On November 30

Not a surprise really and that includes whether Apple bought Beats Music or not. The bottom line is that the service wasn’t very good. Sure, it had some interesting curated playlists when it came out. But they grew stale very quickly. And the UX,…

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#apple-music, #beats-music, #music

Beats Music Is Shutting Down On November 30

Apple is encouraging users to migrate to Apple Music, which it touts as a better discovery tool.

Source: Beats Music Is Shutting Down On November 30

Not a surprise really and that includes whether Apple bought Beats Music or not. The bottom line is that the service wasn’t very good. Sure, it had some interesting curated playlists when it came out. But they grew stale very quickly. And the UX, while less confusing than Apple Music, was hard to navigate as well.

The lesson to be learned from this is that the music business is hard. A long time ago we built MSN Music in Europe. Later we built Zune/Xbox Music components. And each time we did it we struggled with building a better mousetrap; UX is touchy, people have high expectations.

Farewell to Beats Music, nice try, hopefully the competition from this spurred Spotify to greater things.

#apple-music, #beats-music, #music

#NowPlaying Discover Weekly by Spotify nailed it again. Rocky last week but this service is worth paying for.

#music, #spotify