Soundtrack your life on Instagram with new Music mode

Music makes everything more powerful. You can’t say you’ve never wished your life had a soundtrack? Well Instagram are making dreams come true adding music to your life.

Instagram has over 1 billion monthly users of which 400 million come to add and view Instagram Stories every single day, providing a one-time snapshot of their life that day. The Facebook-owned app have just launched their awesome new feature which provides a soundtrack to the millions of videos and photos added to Stories each day.

Their new Music mode lets Instagram users add popular music licensed by Facebook following their slew of deals with labels and rights organisations. They say that they will be adding music to their library every single day to keep a fresh selection of tunes available for users to add to their finest moments.

Instagram say:

We’re introducing music in Instagram Stories. Now you can add a soundtrack to your story that fits any moment and helps you express how you’re feeling. Instagram Stories is now used by 400 million every day, and we’re excited to give our community new ways to feel closer to their friends and followers.

When you tap to add a sticker to a photo or video in Stories, you’ll now see a music icon. Tap on it to open a library of thousands of songs — you can search for a specific song, browse by mood, genre or what’s popular and tap the play button to hear a preview. When you’ve selected your song, you can fast-forward and rewind through the track to choose the exact part that fits your story.

You can also choose a song before capturing a video. When you open the camera, swipe to the new “Music” option under the record button. Search for a song, select the exact part you want, and record a video as the song plays in the background.

When your friends are watching your story, they’ll hear the song playing as they’re viewing your photo or video. They’ll also see a sticker showing the song title and artist name.

We’re adding new songs to our music library every day. The music sticker is now available as part of Instagram version 51 in select countries, and the ability to choose a song before capturing video is available on iOS only, with Android coming soon. We know that music can play an important role in how you share your moments and express yourself with friends and we’re working hard to bring it to the global community in the future.

Instagram are clearly trying to get more involved with music with their moves lately. Jaden Smith, the actor-cum-rapper son of Will Smith, just debuted his new album Syre: The Electric Album on Instagram. This is the first time an album has ever been released on Instagram and could represent the social media platform taking an ever-growing focus on music as well as pictures and video.

RouteNote team’s Songs for the Summer 2018

All of us who work at RouteNote love music and the beauty of it is that everyone’s tastes are different. Some of the team came together to share their favourite songs that get them ready to run to the sun, lay on the beach, crack open a cold one, and enjoy the Summer Season. Here’s the Routenote team’s sound for the Summer.

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Mac DeMarco – One Another

Who else but big Mac! Video says it all, just treat life with one big laugh and keep smiling in the sunshine. Roll on down to that beach and turn up this absolute peach.

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L I P S – Apartment

This is truly my favourite track of the year so far, in my opinion it is the musical embodiment of pure bliss. Both nostalgic yet inspirationally eye opening, it will take you back to dreamy times once forgotten while leaving you wanting to delve further into the shoe-gazey/dream-pop pit and see what other gems are hiding in the cracks. Although these guys are fairly new kids on the block, i feel that they have a long and fruitful journey ahead of them, keep your eyes firmly peeled for L I P S.

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Loathe – Servant and Master

I chose Servant and Master by Loathe – they’re one of the greatest up-and-coming metal bands in the UK and write some of the most brutal and intense riffs i’ve ever heard. Also it makes you do that horrible face.

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Drinks – In the Night Kitchen

I discovered Drinks earlier this year when their new album Hippo Lite released and featured in, I think, The Guardian. I’m never sure what it is that draws me in to listen to a new album but something about this one looked right to me. I listened from start to finish in awe. The beautiful melancholy of this track takes me to a place where dark and light can co-exist and subterranean rhythms keep the world turning.

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Tiquie River / Japura River – Philip Glass & Uakti

I like this song-combo in the summer because it has pipes in it and in the summer I love ridin’ sick tubes-n-pipes.

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Neffex – Chance

Heard this song few months back in my quest for finding new music. Great tune to get some motivation and drive in your life. Drive yourself to greatness use music as motivation.  This is my summer song. Enjoy it just like I still am.

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The Mars Volta – Viscera Eyes

The Summer Season’s here again but I sit Mystified
The Shining Sun had bought an Obligation to Provide
A Song considered Suitable to Satisfy the Blog
But I’m afraid the Exercise turned out to be a Slog
There had to be a Melody and it had to be Blast.
An Anthem of Adventure that spoke of Summer’s Past.
But I can’t invoke the Beaches Buried under Summer Skies.
So screw it here’s Mars Volta with their song Viscera Eyes.

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Open Mike Eagle – 95 Radios

“Brick Body Kids Still Daydream” came out in September of last year and I didn’t hear it until around Christmas. For the most part it’s a harsh, tough, challenging album, but there’s a few tracks on it that sounded like summer, even when first listening to it in the middle of winter. “95 Radios”  is a lovely, chill track that’s nostalgic for relaxed days with old friends, and it suits hot lazy summer evenings perfectly.

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alt-j – Deadcrush (Ben de Vries Remix)

This track is the top bananas, the highest mangoes, the prime kiwi, that juicy fruit that goes in your Pimms. Its deliciously refreshing in every way.

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Lianne La Havas – Midnight

Lianne La Havas is a massively cool lady with great vibes and smiles all around. This is an absolute tuuune for driving and singing along in the sun or chilling at the beach – 10/10 would recommend to a friend 👌

 

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Portishead – Strangers

Dummy is an album that will pacify you in the summer heat, the heat that makes you dumb. Did you realise, no one can see inside your view?

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Joan Armatrading – This is Not That

It’s an uplifting but refreshingly honest track. For me it’s some kind of self acceptance, feeling however you want regardless of the expectation or social norm and being cool with that.

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Thirdstory – Over (When We Said Goodbye)

This track comes from one of my favourite groups, it’s smooth and full of soul. Perfect for a chill summer drive, a barbie with friends or a romantic night in with your other half. I really hope you enjoy this track and spread the love.

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Metronomy – The Look

I kept hearing this track around and not knowing who it was, then i heard it at the queens of the stone age gig at the Eden Project in St Austell and thought they must like it too!That’s cool :slightly_smiling_face: That was also an amazing gig with amazing atmosphere. Then I heard it on the radio on the way back and it quickly became the theme to my week! Its like the best kind of cheese mixed with summer fun in the sun!

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The Knife – Pass This On

Choosing a single track from ‘Deep Cuts’ by The Knife was a difficult task. On an album with ‘Heartbeats’ and ‘You Take My Breath Away’, choosing a track with steel drums at the forefront may seem odd, but basically, it’s a club banger…

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Courtney Barnett – City Looks Pretty

Courtney makes me happier than a bowl of sunshine on a rainy day. She is a cereal killer hit maker and her record label Milk Records always deliver crunchy delights.

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Grouch in Dub – Focal 101 (feat. Dub Princess)

This track is one of my recent favourites. This is one great track from an amazing album.

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Cindytalk – It’s Luxury

Beaches, babes and beers.

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Neurodriver – Red Sky

Just sums up summer for me. Drink in my hand on a festival dancefloor throwing some shapes haha!

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Galantis – Peanut Butter Jelly

I wanted to pick a song that has nothing going for it other than a good ole’ ridiculous nonsensical fun. That has no agenda about it and represents music being fun for the sake of fun, because that is the attitude you should use whilst your are making your music. Miles away from actually being a Galantis fan, I do feel as if this pick is an example of music doing what it should be doing, for me anyway. Fun music with no hidden messages, stuff that’ll make a party more silly, loosen you up and be ridiculous, pull no punches and and just make you move. My playlists are full of cringe worthy bubble-gum pop like this and I am not ashamed to admit it.

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Pnau – Changa

Just cause it’s well fun!

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Chinese Man – Shikantaza

This song reminds me of drinking gin in the sun, getting weird and trying to dance like the badger in the video.

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Honne – Me & You

#Summervibes #Swag

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Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Hunnybee

Recently discovered these guys but this song in particular is definitely gonna get lots of repeats this summer. Super chill, super vibey.

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George Fitzgerald – Burns 

I’ve always admired how Fitzgerald manages to develop such emotion and tension in his music, this track being a perfect example.

The world’s favourite smart speakers Sonos are going public

Sonos have set the standard in smart speakers for the past decade-and-a-half and now they are entering a new phase by filing their company for a public offering.

On Friday Sonos officially filed for a public offering, a big step in pushing the company towards profitability as their income leaps up each year. They will trade on the Nasdaq Global Select Market as ‘SONO’ and wish to use any funding towards marketing and development, though they haven’t said how much they hope to earn.

The company reported in their S-1 filing that, as of March 31st, they have sold 19 million products in around 6.9 million households around the world. It’s not just evidence of the company’s booming popularity but also shows that people love their products – based on the household to product sales numbers it looks like customers have roughly 3 speakers to a home. This shows people who buy Sonos love the product and come back for more – a very appealing prospective to potential investors.

Sonos’ S-1 filing read that:

We intend to use the net proceeds from this offering for working capital and other general corporate purposes, which may include sales and marketing activities, research, product development, general and administrative matters and capital expenditures. We may also use a portion of the net proceeds for the acquisition of, or investment in, complementary businesses, products, services, technologies or assets.

Speaking publicly, the company said: “Short-term fluctuations and uneven product cadences are built into our business model. This means we won’t be right for every investor. But if you share our desire to achieve long-term success, our commitment to being open, our dedication to doing the hard things and our excitement about the potential of the Sonic Internet, then we invite you to join us.”

Sonos saw $992.5 million of revenue income in 2017 which was a decent 10% increase on 2016 for the smart speaker makers. Despite their rising sales the company didn’t make a profit for the year and suffered a net loss of $14.2 million for the fiscal year.

Can you make a living off of Spotify? This independent artist does

This instrumental guitarist is one of many independent musicians who are now making a living entirely off of music streaming on Spotify.

The internet has opened up opportunities for people all around the world to get their work out there to millions of people. The autonomy of online services is even allowing independent musicians to live off of their work just from streams online, as is the case with Tennessee-based guitarist Lance Allen.

Spotify spoke to Lance about his success and being able to make a living off of his music without having to rely on anyone else. As a truly independent musician Lance doesn’t use a label, doesn’t have managers of agents, records and releases all of his own music, he doesn’t even tour his music. The music industry is changing, and the artists are taking back control.

Lance had been playing for years with no concern of making it his career as he looked after his family and taught guitar as a profession. He would play the odd wedding and release CDs at his small gigs to anyone who wanted them. In 2013 Lance’s track ‘Kansas Town’ was selected by Spotify to be included in the Acoustic Concentration playlist with over half a million subscribers.

Allen says: “I don’t know how it got on there; I had no experience with Spotify. One of my students came up to me one day and said, ‘Hey, you’re on a Spotify playlist!’ I didn’t think I’d get paid much, but that song started getting hundreds of thousands of streams, and a couple months later I got a  really nice payment from [my distributor].”

All those efforts eventually paid off in June 2017, when he was added to Peaceful Guitar. Allen has since become a recurring presence on Spotify’s official playlists, to the tune of some 20,000,000 streams. “If you’re putting out good content, often, the playlisters are going to see that,” Allen says. “But the first step is getting on a lot of individual playlists, so you that have a better chance of showing up in the Spotify curator’s list of possibilities.”

Spotify nab new CCO from Condé Nast for all of their partnerships

Spotify have announced their new Chief Content Officer who will now be heading all of their content partnerships in music, audio, and video.

Dawn Ostroff joins the Spotify team as their new Chief Content Officer to take charge of all of the music streaming service’s partnerships. Ostroff brings with her years of experience in television in film as Spotify and other music streamers start looking into video production and content.

Ostroff will join Spotify’s New York Office on the 1st August after co-founding Condé Nast in 2011 and serving as their President of Entertainment where she managed film, TV and digital products from the brand’s many renowned entertainment publications. Condé Nast CEO Bob Sauerberg praised Ostroff and her impact on their video content, saying: “I am extremely proud of what Dawn and the team at CNE have accomplished and we are in a great position to continue this growth trajectory long into the future.”

Ostroff’s experience and impact in video content is likely a big factor in her appeal to Spotify as they look towards the future of their service. Spotify have had a patchy history with videos, releasing an entire video section for their service in 2016 that offered short cartoons, news clips and various other programming.

They have also explored original programming but didn’t get very far. A recent foray into video saw Spotify try exclusive video artwork for certain releases, though this seems to be in testing only for the moment. Recently they launched The Game Plan, a video series which shows artists how to get the most out of being on Spotify.

Condé Nast CEO, Bob Sauerberg said in his full statement:

“It is with mixed emotions I share the news that Dawn Ostroff, President of CNE, will be leaving at the end of July to take on a new role as global chief content officer for Spotify.

I first talked to Dawn back in 2011 about joining Condé Nast to establish our video business when it was no more than an idea we sketched on my white board. In short order, she built Condé Nast Entertainment, a thriving digital and social video business that reaches an average of 50 million unique viewers, generating more than 1.1 billion views per month, and a burgeoning TV and film studio.

Simply put, our video business is one of the most important assets to our company’s future, recognized by our audiences and advertising partners alike. It is the fastest growing revenue stream here at Condé Nast and we are committed to tripling it in the next few years. I am extremely proud of what Dawn and the team at CNE have accomplished and we are in a great position to continue this growth trajectory long into the future.

Sahar Elhabashi, the chief operating officer, will serve as interim head of CNE and lead our video strategy until we name Dawn’s replacement.

Please join me in both congratulating Dawn on her new global role at Spotify and thanking her for the innumerable contributions she made to Condé Nast. You can read more about Dawn’s new role here.

Bob

Taylor are redefining acoustic guitars with a brand new design

Taylor have been a leading brand in guitars for years now. Their new design for acoustic guitars brings new life to the ageless instrument.

This year, Taylor shook up the acoustic world with the introduction of a new internal-bracing system for its pricier acoustics. Called “V-Class” bracing, it was devised by Andy Powers, a master guitar maker who joined Taylor in 2011 and has been talked about as an heir to Bob Taylor’s leadership.

In his hand’s on review with the new design for Business Insider UK, Matthew DeBord says:

There’s a reason why musicians who play in churches and a lot of electric-centric folks adore Taylors: the amplified characteristics are stunning, replicating the natural sound of an acoustic even at higher volumes.

At this level, acoustics don’t have flaws — they simply have varying degrees of magnificent virtues. But the V-Class bracing lives up to its billing and then some. By nature of their legacy design, acoustic guitars are never really perfect, and almost everybody fights a bit to achieve what they want, no matter how skilled they are.

My time with the 914ce reminded me that if you’re a casual guitarist and deeply amateur musician, you can certainly enjoy a fine instrument. But it also highlighted how much a good guitar can help a great player better express him or herself. In my experience, even some famous guitars, such as the Gibson J-45, don’t much like to be played all over the neck.

Not so with the new Taylors — where the V-Class bracing, combined with the company’s neck-to-body joining for which its already renowned, means that you can hit every single available note and savor the sustain and volume that Powers focused on while remaining deliciously in tune. And even if you don’t like single-note playing and prefer strumming chords, the difference between a three- and four-finger G chord on the 914ce is a revelation.

Read the full review to find out just how Taylor’s new innovations work and exactly how much of an impact they have on your sound.

WhoSampled now listens to your music to give you it’s ‘DNA’

Music lovers know the joy of finding out crazy facts about your fave tracks or the inspirations that allowed them to happen – WhoSampled’s app takes you deeper than ever with new features.

WhoSampled have prided themselves on being the number one place to find – you guessed it – who sampled a track or which samples are in a track. With the boom of hip-hop more and more people are coming to find the beats that made their favourite tunes sound so dope.

WhoSampled have an app that takes their fascinating database mobile and offers a bunch of extra cool goodies. The app now comes with a subscription option which gives you Shazam style song identification so you can quickly scan whatever you’re listening to and take a deep dive into it’s roots – samples, covers, and remixes.

The new subscription costs just $9.99 for a whole year of song-recognition and all the fascinating knowledge that comes with it. The award-winning app also lets you scan your own libraries in Apple Music, Spotify, and iTunes for samples, covers, and remixes for each song.

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The whole app is full of wicked features:

  • Go on a journey of musical discovery built around your own music collection. Scan your Apple Music, Spotify or iTunes music library and discover amazing connections for the songs in it
  • Identify the music that is playing around you and immediately see its samples, covers and remixes. Available as an in-app subscription for just $9.99 per year (or your currency equivalent)
  • Easy access to the world’s largest and richest database of music DNA, with over 500,000 tracks, 200,000 artists and continuous daily additions. Search for any artist or track even if it is not in your music library
  • Beautiful, ad-free, clean interface. Simple and intuitive navigation makes music exploration easy
  • Compare tracks side-by-side and listen to full‐length tracks, streamed through YouTube (where available), Apple Music (if you are a subscriber) or Spotify (Spotify Premium accounts only). Please note that your iPhone must not be on silent/vibrate mode in order for audio to play
  • “Now Playing” feature – switch from your music player to WhoSampled to discover all the musical connections for the song you’re listening to right now (Apple Music and iTunes only)
  • Highly detailed information on any sample (sample timing, sample type, part sampled) lets you pinpoint where the sample was used and compare it with the original
  • Share your amazing finds with your Facebook friends and Twitter followers
  • Deep and unique music charts that show you trending and top rated content as well as the all-time most influential artists and tracks
  • Engage with the WhoSampled community from within the app; comment on and rate any entry in the WhoSampled database
  • A host of other features and functionality including links to buy tracks from iTunes, personal favorites list plus contextual recommendations from every sample, cover and remix

The WhoSampled app is available on the Apple App Store now for $3.99.

New plugin changing the sound of World Cup Football

A new plugin from Zynaptiq that can eradicate the sound of World Cup horns on TV Broadcasts changes the sound of football for thousands.

After complaints coming in from many football fans that the sound of loud horns at matches is too noisy, the tech company Zynaptiq have come to the rescue. They have created a new plugin that can be used across any broadcasting networks allowing them to cancel out the sound of the horns.

The 2018 World Cup has so far been a joyous celebration of the sport and all that it involves. However the sound of horns being blasted by fans is one of the few annoyances of the sport and so with this new plugin fans are able to watch the games with peace of mind, and ears.

The Zynaptiq plugin is already in action on Denmark’s TV2 with much success. Jens Lyd, Sound Engineer at TV2 said “We were getting complaints about the compressor horns being too dominant in the audio of our FIFA World Cup transmissions, and there really wasn’t a lot that could be done about that with traditional tools. So we contacted Zynaptiq – and within days, they provided an easy-to-use solution that quite simply completely fixed the issue for us.” 

Zynaptiq GmbH are an audio software company based in Hanover, Germany and are well known for their UNVEIL de-reverberator which allows users to de-mix tracks, change the reverb on mixed tracks and boost sound quality of live music performances. Zynaptiq also have a host of other plugins designed to increase the audio quality of live and mixed performances.

Any broadcaster can get their hands on this horn suppressing software by heading to the Zynaptiq website and applying for a FREE 3-month World Cup Horn Suppressor License. This software is easy to use and FREE, why wouldn’t you want to get your hands on it?!

Roll out the red carpet and launch videos in style with new YouTube Premieres

There’s nothing like the excitement at the premiere launch of a new film or art piece – now creators on YouTube can join their fans all around the world for a grand video release.

At last week’s VidCon YouTube unveiled a bunch of new features that will create an enhanced experience for fans and creators on YouTube alike. Bringing the Hollywood experience to creators and viewers, YouTube have revealed their new YouTube Premieres which will give video launches the excitement and build-up they deserve with a community of people coming together to watch a new video from the channels they love.

At VidCon YouTube introduced a new way for creators to upload content to YouTube called Premieres. With Premieres, creators will be able to debut pre-recorded videos as a live moment. When creators choose to release a Premiere, YouTube will automatically create a public landing page to build anticipation and hype up new content.

When all fans show up to watch the premiere, they’ll be able to chat with each other (and with the creator!) in real time via live chat. It’s as if a creator’s entire community is in one theater together watching their latest upload. Premieres also unlocks new revenue streams. For the first time, creators can use Super Chat on traditional YouTube uploads and take advantage of Channel Memberships perks that were previously only available on Live videos.

Premieres are starting to roll out to creators today and will be available broadly soon. If you want to experience one for yourself, check out some upcoming premieres from creators such as Leroy SanchezJacksFilmsJackson Bird, and Ari Fitz, with more Premieres coming from  Corridor Digital and Inanna Sarkis soon.

YouTube creators are the heartbeat of the giant video platform. That’s why they’re committed to building products that empower and support the creator community. YouTube hope that these tools help creators build a stronger community and earn more money while doing it, because when they succeed, the entire YouTube community thrives.

Sell your merch straight from your YouTube Channel with new in-built store

It’s been a long time coming but finally you will be able to sell your merchandise directly to viewers from your YouTube channel.

At last week’s VidCon YouTube unveiled a bunch of new features that will create an enhanced experience for fans and creators on YouTube alike. One of the most exciting additions for many creators is a new shelf where they will be able to sell their merchandise rather than re-directing fans to an external site to nab a branded hat or wicked tote bag.

Merchandise has been a part of many creators’ businesses for a long time. YouTube want to make it easier for more creators to sell merch directly from their channel. So they have built a product that allows them to do just that. From shirts with a logo to phone cases with a creator’s face, YouTube have joined forces with Teespring so creators can choose from over 20 merchandise items to customise and sell via a shelf on their channel.

This will be available to all eligible U.S.-based channels with over 10,000 subscribers starting today, and they plan to bring even more merchandising partners and creators in soon.

Just take a look at Joshua Slice’s merch shelf. The creator of Lucas the Spider recently turned his hero character into a plushie selling over 60,000 furry friends and generating over $1 million in profit in just 18 days, according to Teespring.