“On Tuesday, Google will unveil a set of features for Glass to search for songs, scan through saved playlists and listen to music in high fidelity. This can all be done while a user is wearing the lensless frames, which respond to vocal commands and have a small computer and transparent projection screen above the right eye.
When Glass boots up, it will display “listen to” among its standard voice commands — like “take a picture” and search for a term on Google — and let a wearer name a song or artist and then stream that music through Play, Google’s media and apps hub. Users can link their Play accounts to have access to playlists and song recommendations based on what they have listened to in the past.”
It’ll be interesting to see whether Glass takes off and if Google can get people to start using Google Play Music All Access (seriously they have to do something about that mouth full of a crap name) over other music streaming services. I tend to think Google missed the music streaming boat. My money is on Spotify or Rdio integration within the next year.
In a press release today, BeautifulNow and The Sound Agency announce a new competition powered by SoundCloud to find the most beautiful sound in the word.
“Sound affects us all every day, but most people are unconscious of its power,” said Julian Treasure, chairman of The Sound Agency. “My vision is to make the world sound beautiful so I’m delighted to be judging this competition for the world’s most beautiful sounds – it will raise people’s awareness of sound and help us all to explore the aural beauty that so often goes unnoticed around us.”
100% PR stunt but an interesting and potentially really creative one.
Antonio Vivaldi – ‘Spring’ visualised (Image: http://beautiful-sound.mpacula.com/)
“The recent news that Google will be starting its own YouTube-branded streaming music service came as a shock that we really shouldn’t have been shocked at. I guess YouTube has always just been there … being YouTube, and now the idea of carving it up into smarter and more usable sections is a good idea.
Of course, all of the other streaming music services should be rightly terrified of a formalized YouTube Music streaming service … Apple’s iTunes Radio is enough of a competitor for Pandora Radio and Spotify and the other others. But YouTube Music? The 8 billion pound gorilla is about to drop and there’s nothing they can do about it!”
We can’t be surprised that YouTube is moving into music streaming. After all the most played videos on YouTube are music videos thus it is arguably already the world’s largest music streaming service.
Despite smaller startups trying to make a name for themselves and gain a foothold in what is becoming a seriously overcrowded market, it appears the big boys are set to dominate. YouTube owners Google are already in on the action with ‘Google Play Music All Access’, but that is one hell of a mouthful. As Forbes contributor, Bobby Owsinski put it “Imagine a kid trying to explain this cool new service she just found and then tries to spit out that tongue twister of a brand name. About the only thing you can count on her getting right is “Google.”” Regardless, Google will still have two decently sized pieces of the music streaming pie. It has also been reported that Twitter is shutting down their Twitter #music fail but most likely incorporating it into their main platform.
How long before Facebook buys the next Instagram of social music and music streaming? Will Spotify be able to compete?
“Some album covers are as iconic as the songs they hold. Now, SoundCloud is re-imagining them for the digital age.
The online audio platform now allows its users to connect their Instagram accounts to their profiles and use their filtered photos as a new kind of album artwork.”
On its website, SoundCloud notes “Remember, your images are square, so think of them as modern day record sleeves.” Interesting. How many SoundCloud or Instagram users do you think have ever bought or even seen an actual record with a sleeve? But look at iTunes or Amazon and note that digital record ‘sleeves’ are square – imitating their probably not long for this world vinyl counterparts. Presumably record sleeves had to be square to cover and protect circular vinyl records and CDs. The familiar shape was then incorporated into digital music download programs. And it is a handy coincidence that Instagram pics are also square.
How much longer will we refer to record ‘sleeves’ or covers and not simply album artwork?
“Silicon Valley is poised to upend the music industry — again.
From Napster to Pandora, from the iPod to the iPhone, technology innovation has made music easier to find and cheaper to buy than ever before. At the same time, it has destabilized the music business and left artists — at least those not named Justin Bieber or Taylor Swift — fearing for their livelihoods.
In this latest music revolution, companies like Google (GOOG), Apple (AAPL) and Facebook are eyeing the streaming and on-demand music business now dominated by smaller niche companies such as Pandora and Spotify. When they do — and most analysts agree it’s really just a matter of time — they could give nearly everyone the ability to listen to whatever they want, whenever they want — and mostly for free.”