Last November, Turntable.fm made an announcement on its blog that its shutting down to focus more on the ‘Live experience’ and develop its new Turntable Live service. “For over 2 years, we’ve improved and evolved the turntable.fm experience. We made rooms expand to unlimited sizes, made thousands of UI improvements, launched GOLD, built a mini-player, designed tons of avatars and listened to our community, trying to make the experience as wonderful as possible. Over those two years, the community has played over 400 million songs in about a million rooms.”
Now, a few months later, the company is shutting down that service as well. As for the future plans, the company’s CEO, Billy Chasen, is going to start small. A month ago, he released a social app, Ketchup, designed to allow users to keep their friends and families updated on their status without having to spread it on their wider social network. Read more
The HTC M8 may not be the only device the company plans on releasing in the near future. According to @evleaks, we should be on the lookout for “a music-centric handset from HTC this half.” This is the first time we have heard of such a device. What could be so special about this device? Right now, no one knows. But if I had to guess, I would say HTC’s BoomSound audio would be a major component. Also, HTC could release special headphones with the device. Or maybe, just maybe, they would create their own music streaming service? I don’t think the latter is very likely.
Let us know in the comments what you think will make this device so special. Read more
Owners of newer Samsung devices, like the Samsung Galaxy S4, have enjoyed a feature made available by Samsung called Group Play. This app gives users the ability to share a song to multiple devices and have them all synced and playing together. The obvious downside is that everyone has to have a relatively new Samsung device that supports the Group Play app. XDA developer rahuliyer95 wanted to help all the people with older Samsung devices or non-Samsung Android units enjoy similar functionality, which led to the creation of Chorus. Read more
To ring in the New Year, Pandora has received an update that brings a long-awaited feature for many users. The Alarm Clock feature does exactly what the name suggests. It starts to play music from Pandora with a station preset by the user. And it does it all right from the lockscreen. So if you need to get some more sleep, there is no digging through to hit the snooze button. Beyond that core feature, you can select what days the feature is activated for and set a sleep timer.
Hit the break for the changelog, screenshots of the changes, and download links. Read more
As part of the ongoing holiday celebration by Google, the Play Store has a ton of free and discounted content today for its Christmas special. Highlighting the list are a number of awesome free games, books, movies, and music. To see the full list, hit the break below.
In some unfortunate news, Turntable.fm will be shutting down its social DJ service due to high costs and a lack of visitors. Instead, Turntable.fm will focus on their Turntable Live platform that allows for the streaming of live concerts. If you have tracks left behind with their DJ service, don’t worry. The service will be shutting down on December 2. Turntable.fm says “all your playlists and songs can be exported to Spotify or CSV” before then. For its final day, the company will be handing out commemorative t-shirts as well as hosting a party.
Shazam has released a new version of the app for Android devices that moves it closer to being a general purpose app for all your music needs while closing the feature gap with the iOS version. The biggest addition to this new version is Shazam’s “Explore” feature. This new feature uses aggregated data from users to find what is popular based on what is being tagged and displays the results on a zoomable map using the Google Maps API if you are on Android 4.x. Read more
Google could be positioning itself for a large presence in the music industry. Lyor Cohen, former Chairman and CEO of Warner Music Group, has started a new label and Google could be an investor. According to the New York Post, Cohen has turned to Google to make “music-related investments.” If Google does indeed invest, they may seek Cohen’s new company to be a part of YouTube’s music streaming service that could launch in the coming months. Cohen manages Rick Ross and has connections with Jay-Z and Russell Simmons. With names like that, Google may definitely want to get its hands on Cohen’s secretive venture.
Source: New York Post
According to a Billboard source, YouTube is entering into the subscription music service business. The service, which is possibly just months away, would be much like Spotify, having both free and premium options. Also included in the service would be video component that makes YouTube what it is. The premium option would allow subscribers to pay around $9.99 a month to gain access to a wide array of music. The real standout feature of the service would be the ability to store music for offline listening, and ads would be removed completely. Billboard is also reporting that availability could extend all the way to Google Glass (which had some music files found in a recent APK teardown). The service may even appear alongside the rumored YouTube app redesign.
The only question coming into play would be — what about Google Play Music All Access? Google only launched that service in May and has seen incremental, but much welcome, updates. It’s possible that All Access could have been a stepping stone for this new YouTube service. Successfully obtaining deals with major labels would allow that task to be out of the way by the time this new service launches. Maybe we’ll see them merge at some point? That’s a long shot, but only time will tell how this one will play out.
Via: The Verge
It wasn’t long ago that Google rolled out a version of the Play Music app which allowed genre-based radio on our Android devices and now they’ve just kicked off another phase of the application offering an “I’m feeling lucky radio” feature. The apk, version 5.3.1233L, will slowly be rolling out to all devices (if not already) and will allow one to have the app suggest and play music based on your previous selections. The auto generated radio station will be a welcomed addition as many who aren’t sure what they’re in the mood for can allow the app to choose for them based on what they like most. As of now, it’s being reported that a “mix of everything” functionality is kind of missing and it tends to only play mostly from the genre you play most but we have high hopes for the app and that the functionality will be quickly integrated. Do you think the app has what it takes to be a Slacker and Pandora killer? With the All Access feature and now the I’m Feeling Lucky Radio functionality, we think it certainly has the potential to claim a stake in the market. Feel feel to drop your opinion in the comments below.
Update: The apk should be available for updating via the Play Store now if you haven’t received it already.