Mashable: Amazon reportedly preparing free, ad-supported music streaming service . “According to Billboard, ecommerce giant Amazon is currently in talks with major music labels to provide a free, ad-supported music streaming service. The service would offer a limited catalog of tunes and would be made available through Amazon’s voice assistant, Alexa, on the company’s Echo devices.”
Engadget: BBC Music is available in the US, but only on the web. “The BBC is finally sharing its BBC Music site with audiences in the US. As of today, its trove of music reporting — across radio, TV and the web — as well as artist performances from Radio 1’s Live Lounge are available stateside.”
Bloomberg: Amazon Workers Are Listening to What You Tell Alexa. “Tens of millions of people use smart speakers and their voice software to play games, find music or trawl for trivia. Millions more are reluctant to invite the devices and their powerful microphones into their homes out of concern that someone might be listening. Sometimes, someone is.”
TechCrunch: The Internet Archive has uploaded 450,000 songs collected before Myspace’s massive data loss. “Called the MySpace Music Dragon Hoard, the collection contains 450,000 songs. While this is just a small percentage of the tracks reportedly lost (according to estimates, up to 53 million songs from 14 million artists were deleted), it contains early work from now-famous artists including Donald Glover and Katy Perry, as Twitter user @pinkpushpop discovered.”
Make Tech Easier: 5 Ways to Easily Extract Audio Clips from Your Favorite Videos. “Sometimes you might only need the audio clip in a video file. You can use the raw audio to create a remix, dub in another language or insert it in another program. Accordingly, here are a few ways to extract audio clips from any video file including MP4, AVI, FLV, MPEG and more.”
A big thanks to Diane R for telling me about FluidDATA, available at https://fluiddata.com/ . It’s a search engine for podcast transcripts! From the About page: “FluidDATA podcast search engine allows you to search millions of podcast transcripts. Search all the best podcasts for keywords, topics, or people. View podcast statistics and trends in all the top podcasts. Add podcast transcript search to your podcast app or website with our advanced search API.” I sense an article in the future.
Search Engine Journal: Google Makes Podcasts Searchable by Automatically Transcribing Them. “Google Podcasts is making it possible to search for episodes based on what was discussed in a show. According to Android Police, Google Podcasts is automatically transcribing dialogue and using it as metadata.”