Spotify acquires MightyTV to expand personalisation and recommendations

This morning Spotify announced that they had bought content recommendation company MightyTV, bringing in it’s founder and CEO Brian Adams as vice president of technology. Brian Adams and MightyTV will join Spotify after their purchase…

Arturia Beatstep Pro: step sequencer / controller review and hands-on performance

Arturia have been making some really interesting gear in the past few years, from analogue synths and drum machines such as the Mini/Micro & DrumBrute, to very impressive modular systems like the Matrixbrute. Wherever Arturia…

Nielsen have fully acquired Gracenote

Analytics company Nielsen revealed this week that they had completed their acquisition of metadata service Gracenote. Nielsen have confirmed that they have completed Gracenote acquisition giving them access to the entertainment metadata provider’s data and…

The evolving digital Sensus Smart Guitar just received $220k in funding

Sensus Smart Guitar is a mindblowing blend of the instrument we know and love and incredible new sounds and capabilities using digital effects. From the genius minds at Swedish music tech developers at Mind Music…

Nielsen are looking to buy Gracenote for $450-500 million

Nielsen, one of the world’s biggest user insight companies, are in talks to purchase Gracenote for their technology, in particular their advanced content recognition software. Nielsen, one of the world’s leading analytics companies for user…

How do you advance machine learning? Teach them Beethoven and Bach

MusicNet is a new dataset of classical music that aims to teach compositions to machines to advance machine’s learning, understanding and compositional capabilities. MusicNet is a large dataset created by University of Washington (UW) researchers…

Apple buy assets and employees from Cloud music provider Omnifone

Apple were rumoured to be buying Omnifone back in July and although they may not have bought the platform they’ve taken some of their tech and talent. Omnifone have provided backend management for major music…

Alibaba consolidates it’s entertainment offerings with $1.5 billion to spend

Chinese tech company Alibaba are looking to bring all of it’s entertainment together into one place with a massive amount of funding to push new projects. Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. have revealed their new push in…

5 Best Android Music Maker Apps

1. Audio Evolution Mobile Studio Audio Evolution Mobile Studio is not often discussed but it is so powerful, it can bring you the long awaited full-fledged DAW experience. It does not lack anything you would…

The 6 most influential Drum Machines ever made

Drum machines have had a massive influence in contemporary music with drum synthesis appearing on more tracks than you’d ever realise. With it’s prevalence today, I want to take you back to the classics that made…