Is There a Web based Shazam?

No, Shazam does’t have a web based service at this stage. Shazam does have a Windows 10 native app for desktop which will be your best solution. This is something that we use at work frequently. However, Shazam doesn’t have a dedicated Windows application.

Additionally, SoundHound has a website at www.midomi.com (incidentally, SoundHound used to be called Midomi) that does this, albeit with less accessory features than the app.

Spotify finds music almost as important as coffee for Monday motivation

Spotify wanted to find out how much music matters to you when it comes to starting a new week of work or school so they took a survey on cures for “the mondays”.

On the back of their massively successful Discover Weekly playlists, Spotify playlists of recommended music updated every Monday, Spotify decided to find out what this weekly “#mondaymotivation” actually meant to listeners.

The study was conducted through 3,005 people; A third from the US and 500 each from Australia, Brazil, France, and Sweden. The results of their online and survey are in, and they show:

The study interestingly found that coffee, staple morning motivation, was just a slightly more popular method to start people’s Mondays; with 46% saying coffee was a prime motivator and 44% citing music.

Whilst coffee took a narrow lead over music for that week-start pep, music did best food (33%), exercise (28%), and sex (19%) when it came to ridding themselves of “a case of the mondays”.

Surprisingly the older you are, the more likely you are to be motivated on a monday with 77% of those under 35 feeling unmotivated on a Monday morning. Employment also led to more motivation than those who were unemployed (which I didn’t think you’d need a Spotify survey to prove).

The study also, less positively, found that 64% of respondents felt that they didn’t have enough motivation on Mondays (more coffee + music needed methinks). The survey also revealed that there is no gender split in motivation, showing fairly equal results from both men and women.

Spotify’s trends expert, Shanon Cook said: “Music is a great motivator, so it makes sense that people rely on it to help rev their engines at the start of the week. According to the survey, 42 percent of participants agreed they most need an energy boost early in the morning on Mondays. Thankfully, Spotify’s Discover Weekly is delivered first thing on Monday’s, so all listeners receive a fresh soundtrack to kick-start their week.”

Drake’s One Dance holds the longest UK No.1 consecutively since downloads counted in charts

Drake’s hit single One Dance resulted in his first UK number 1, and has now gone on to become the longest single consecutively at 1 in the UK charts since digital performance was integrated into charts.

Drake has broken a record of sorts, after sitting at number 1 in the UK for 11 weeks in a row with his single ‘One Dance’. This is the longest a single has sat consecutively at the top of the UK charts since music downloads were integrated into the charts in 2007.

The all-time record for most consecutive weeks at number 1 in the UK is held by Bryan Adams for his track ‘(Everything I Do) I Do It For You’. In the summer of 1991 Adams’ single spent a monumental 16 weeks sat at the top of the UK’s official music charts.

Just last week Drake’s single was streamed 4.67 million times and had a lead of roughly 3,000 combined sales over second place. As Billboard reports Drake’s single wasn’t the only unmoving chart entry with the top 8 chart singles surprisingly all maintaining their positions.

It’s been over a year since streaming music has been recognised in the official UK charts and 9 years since downloads were counted. France recently joined the UK, Germany, and the US by integrating digital music streaming stats into their charts.

With 5 weeks yet to go before Drake can match the UK’s longest chart-topping single, do you think Drake can break the record?

iZotope, software behind Rolling Stones, Inception + more, receives $7.5m in financing

Renowned music software company iZotope Inc. have received their largest financing yet to help its expansion into new markets.

The Cambridge based company has it’s roots in MIT in where a group of undergrads conceived it in 2001 as a free plug-in of a record simulator. Now 15 years later the company’s software has been responsible for records by massive stars like Skrillex, a remaster of a Rolling Stones record, the Inception soundtrack and much, much more.

It’s not just popular with it’s users though, it’s success has led to $7.5 million in new financing, raising iZotope’s total venture funding to $14.5 million. The fresh funding comes from ABS Capital Partners, who invested $2.5 million in equity, and Comerica Bank, who are loaning iZotope $5 million.

iZotope are primarily producers of plugins that can be used with various DAW music production software like Ableton, Pro Tools, Apple Logic, Cubase, and others. They’ve been expanding into different areas recently, having released a free site of games that will help train your ears just last month. They say that will use this new funding to expand into new markets, though what that could entail hasn’t been revealed.

iZotope’s most renowned program, that has earned it notoriety with TV and filmmakers, allows the user to analyse and edit sound to an unmatched depth. iZotope’s CEO, Mark Ethier said: “We are like Photoshop but for sound.” He’s not wrong either, their popular software allows you view every sound as a spectrogram that can split up separate sounds, where they would normally all appear in a single waveform.

For example say you’re recording some live drums and the guitarist shouts an insult at the drummer during recording. If the microphone picked that up, you could use iZotope’s software to analyse the track and find the sound of the guitarist shouting and, essentially, erase it.

CEO Ethier went on to say: “We have a dedicated team of people researching new technology in the deep learning and machine learning realm.”

Half a year later, Adele releases ’25’ on streaming services

Adele’s not a great fan of streaming services, at least not yet and has been a pioneer in ‘windowing’ that has worked in her favour – but that’s because she’s a massive artist.

She has been vocal about her uncertainty with streaming services, telling Time last year: “I know that streaming music is the future, but it’s not the only way to consume music… I can’t pledge allegiance to something I don’t know how I feel about yet.” #

Adele’s distrust led to something that other artists are beginning to adopt – Windowing. This isn’t a full refute of streaming services, rather just a delay so that all the fans can buy the album and maximise profits and then later as sales drop other interested parties can listen for free/on their subscription through streaming services.

When your second album breaks loads of records on release, like biggest-seller in the 21st century most consecutive weeks at number 1, and many more I suppose forcing people to pay for a full album upfront works for you. It definitely does for Adele who went on to break even more records with here third album ’25’ when she released it last November.

Now 7 months later the album has dropped for people to stream through services like Spotify and Apple Music. Windowing makes sense, it doesn’t totally exclude streamers but also allows the artist to make high profits from album sales. Unfortunately it doesn’t work the same for indie artists, with Adele’s already giant, loyal fanbase of course she’d shift a mountain of records.

But fear not Adele fans who were holding out regardless, for you can now listen to her new(ish) album ’25’ on all major streamers.