BarackDubs is back with a new ‘Barack Obama Sings…’ on YouTube, this time covering Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars’ latest smash hit ‘Uptown Funk’.
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A week after Rdio join the Indian market, Saavn, who currently rule the country in music streaming reveal they get 11 million monthly active users, have 3 million songs in their catalogue, and 200 million streams per month, 90 percent of which is on mobile devices. CEO Rishi Malhotra hopes to see over 100 million users in the next few years. It’s attempting to push these figure after hiring ex-Google India executive as the the companies COO to help on the advertising side of its business.
New kids on the block, premium streaming service Tidal launches in five new European countries – Ireland, Finland, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg, joining US, Canada and UK. The site offers 25 million lossless CD-Quality tracks ready to stream, for the premium cost of $20/month (double the cost of Spotify).
Andy Chen, Tidal CEO
“All these markets, as the rest of the world, are seeing a strong increase in music streaming subscription, as well as a high interest for high quality audio. With TIDAL on mobile, computers or home audio products from the likes of Sonos, Denon, Bluesound and Linn, it’s now time to finally enjoy a true high fidelity service with lossless sound quality, HD music videos and curated editorial.
We have also already seen substantial interest from these markets signing up to our waiting list – with Netherlands as the front runner, and we are very excited to open up to five new markets today.”
There’s no such thing as a poor Haywyre track, and with the video to go along, it just shows how much of a genius this guy truly is!
This isn’t his first music video, with last years cover of Smooth Criminal, which is equally as good. He also featured at number 2 on my Top 10 Underrated tracks of 2014, with Everchanging.
Looking to get into recording music? Pro Tools is a great professional bit of software, but until now would cost you $900. Not ideal for those getting started.
‘Pro Tools | First’ is Avid’s way of getting their application into the hands of all. You will soon be able to get a stripped down copy of Pro Tools for free. There’s a comprehensive list of limitation with the software here. Avid will release something of an App Store, where users can buy bundles and plug-ins, much like the many ‘freemium’ apps seen on mobiles recently.
Sign up here to be notified on its release.
That’s not all that’s new in the world of Avid, with the announcement of their new full version Pro Tools 12. Following the likes of the Adobe Suite, Avid are planning on bringing their software to the Cloud, to offer more competitive pricing, by monthly payments of $29.99 and to enhance the idea of collaborating on tracks worldwide. And guess what it’s called? Avid Cloud Collaboration (Avid CC?).
The comments on this video are worth a read. People don’t tend to like change, or subscription packages.
Who would have thought (what is at the core of it) a music recognition app could be valued at $1 billion. After a recent $30 million investment, this places Shazam as the first British mobile-first company to be valued at $1 billion. This comes after last years $3 million stake bought in by Universal, Sony and Warner.
Executive chairman, Andrew Fisher, said “This funding reflects the substantial progress we have made in delivering a new paradigm for brands and content owners to increase engagement with their audiences whilst magically connecting people to the world around them.
Shazam have been hard at work recently expanding its company, to make it much more than a one trick pony, and with 100 million monthly active mobile users, it seems this work has paid off. It will be very interesting to see how the company as a whole expands into other regions in the coming months.