Here's the perfect last-minute Christmas gift for the musician in your life: a t-shirt with a built-in drum machine. Whether they're a busker in need of a backing track, or an annoying nephew who's keen to lay down some hip-hop beats, this shirt's what you need to get them.
If there's one thing Spotify could be characterised as weak for, it's music discovery. It's not awful, but compared to the likes of Last.fm and the myriad of other streaming radio-type services, it's just not as good. Spotify's hoping to solve that with an overhauled Radio -- bigger, smarter and free-to-all.
And who says classical music is irrelevant in this day and age (besides me)? As a warm up to their choral season, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra requested its listeners tweet their advice for staying toasty during the winter months. It then assembled the best tweets and set them to O Fortuna. This is actually pretty awesome. [Geekosystem]
Napster, the MP3 sharing service that started it all, officially died when it was bought by the US music streaming service Rhapsody from doomed-in-the-UK Best Buy. The thing is, Rhapsody is a no-name entity in the UK, so the company is giving Napster a reprieve.
Pretty much all smartphones are awesome. Regardless of the platform, they do things that would have seemed magical only 10 years ago. But smartphones do have their limitations. Like typing and navigating file structures. AirDroid lets you explore your device and send text messages from your computer.
In an interview with Giz UK today, Spotify's UK Managing Director, Chris Maples, told us that their recently-launched app platform is "coming to as many platforms as it possibly can" -- including the mobile space -- and is part of its core business going forward. Spotify's definitely app-happy.
You can tell Spotify's getting serious. At their first-ever press conference today, Daniel Ek, Spotify's founder, announced what we've come to expect over the last few days: an app store. The apps will let the 10m global Spotify users add context to their music-listening, by finding out about gigs, and actually helping learn the lyrics to those damn tongue-twisters.
Listening to new music on the iPhone with nice headphones is a wonderfully personal experience. Listening to new music on the iPhone with your friends through the tiny speakers sucks. And the last thing you want is to share your earbuds. That's just gross. The Sprd the Note app will keep your ears disease-free by sharing any DRM-free iTunes-synced tracks between iPhones.
Spotify will be holding a press conference tomorrow to announce some special goodness. But what? Some arespeculating that Spotify plans to make its huge music library available to you via apps other than its own. And Spotify everywhere sure sounds nice.
In a rather unexpected about-face, Rolling Stone's parent company, Wenner Media, has announced that the iconic music magazine will soon be available on the iPad. But first, it's porting The Beatles: The Ultimate Album-by-Album Guide to Apple's tablet — like this week.
After Spotify's first series of free London gigs kicked off the other week with two musicians no-one had ever heard of before, they've pulled off more of a coup by signing up Gruff Rhys (that's not the Welsh comedian, it's the Super Furry Animals singer) and Josh T Pearson. Well, I've heard of both of them -- have you?