Boing Boing: This cool online radio station lets you listen to popular songs from any decade and country from 1900 to now. “When you go to Radiooooo you see a map of the world. You click on any country on the map, and select a decade beginning with 1900. It will start playing music from that country and decade.” I tried United States / 1940s and the site started playing a lovely little groove called “Hot Dog” by Chris Powell & The Five Blue Flames.
TechCrunch: Apple Music launches a public beta on the web. “Apple Music is coming to the web. Apple today is launching a public beta of its popular music streaming service on the web, which will be available to all Apple Music subscribers worldwide. This is the first time that Apple Music has been officially offered on the web, though an unofficial app over the past few months has gained attention after attracting hundreds of thousands of users.”
Classical Music: Warner Classics digitises its full catalogue on new streaming site. “Warner Classics’s back catalogue of classical music will now be available to stream for free on the label’s new website. It allows users to access 30-second samples of recordings from the likes of Jacqueline du Pré, Simon Rattle and André Previn. Subscribers to Spotify, Apple Music and Deezer are able to stream entire tracks.”
BBC: YouTube users can’t stop streaming Latin Pop. “There is no better measure of the world’s listening tastes than YouTube. The site reaches more than 1.9 billion people every month, more than any other music steaming service, and most of those users are listening to Latin Pop. Spanish-language songs make up half of YouTube’s Top 10 for the year so far, led by Daddy Yankee’s Con Calma, with 1.15 billion views.”
Mashable: I miss the days before everyone was addicted to streaming services . “Think about it: Today we’ve got streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and HBO Now. And those are just some of the most popular. I can’t even think about Sling TV, and all the other cable alternatives out there right now, so for the purpose of this article let’s concentrate on those first four. Each costs money and each creates its own original content, so if you don’t have subscriptions to all of them, you’re definitely missing out on something.”
NPR: Sweeping New Legislation Highlights Just How Much Music And Tech Need Each Other. “…the bill will establish a public database of compositions, who owns those compositions, who wrote them and who administers them. This will be accomplished by establishing a new non-governmental organization called the Music Licensing Collective (but is rumored to eventually be named SongExchange, a sister to the similarly situated SoundExchange) to run that database, with a board made up of representatives from the major publishing companies and songwriters themselves.” The legislation has not yet been passed.
Bloomberg: YouTube to Launch New Music Subscription Service in March. “YouTube plans to introduce a paid music service in March, according to people familiar with the matter, a third attempt by parent company Alphabet Inc. to catch up with rivals Spotify and Apple Inc.”