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Music Technology MeetUp – The Business of Podcasting

My next Music tech Event will be held at the beautiful Sandbox at Ryerson University on July 26. I hope you’ll join me and other Music Technology enthusiasts and experts. This time, I’ll be moderating a panel on “The Business of Podcasting.” As usual, attending the event is free. And even though we’re a total non-profit [&hellip.. more

YouTube vs. Spotify: The Battle for Gen Z

Beyond the demo known as Millennials is Gen Z, which is actually a larger cohort. Much larger. They’ve never known a world without the always-on Internet–and they’ve always been able to get whatever music they want for free. Because of their habits, expectation and sheer numbers, they’re going to shape the future of the music [&hellip.. more

Do You Use the 8Tracks to Stream Music? The Service Has Been Hacked.

If it’s not WannaCry, then it’s Petya. And if it’s not that, then maybe it’s Not Petya. Russians, North Koreans and all kinds of non-state actors seem intent on hacking our systems. Users of 8Tracks, the Internet radio/streaming service/social network woke up to the news that the company’s database has been breached. From Motherboard: Motherboard [&hellip.. more

Iron Maiden is Getting Their Own Comic Book

There have been many Iron Maiden-branded products, from beer to soccer balls to cuff links to 747-400s. Strangely, though, there’s never been an Iron Maiden comic book–until now. Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast will appear as part of the Heavy Metal sci-fi comic series. It follows Eddie through a series of worlds and dimensions all [&hellip.. more

Celebrating Canada 150 with a Song About Our Better Beer

We Canadians like to lord certain things over our American neighbours. Healthcare. Peaceful cities (at least relative to America). And beer that is stronger than the horse piss they drink down there. Country star Tim Hicks has written an ode to our beer. I thought you might appreciate it.. more

Random Music New for Thursday, June 29, 2017

Off to Ottawa for a big Governor General’s gala tonight. I might get a chance to meet Michael J. Fox tonight. I’ll report back. And now, the music news for June 29. It had to happen: Donald Trump in the Hall of Presidents at Disney World. Here’s a fun music video by Australia’s The Creases. [&hellip.. more

Chris Cornell’s Widow: “Chris Didn’t Want to Die”

The death of Chris Cornell still stings, especially with all the unanswered questions. Why did he suddenly and impulsively decide to take his own life? It just doesn’t make sense. As tough as it is for fans to come to terms with everything, imagine being his wife. Vicky Cornell granted an interview to People magazine [&hellip.. more

Facebook Passes 2 Billion Monthly Users. Is It Now Too Big?

This week marked another milestone for Facebook as it registered its two billionth monthly user. Techcrunch provides this comparative chart. And considering that Facebook also owns Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp, you have one company dominating a huge part of the Internet. When does something like this become too big? More at Techcrunch.. more

Missed That Music Festival? This Tool Will Help You Catch Up

Ever wonder what songs The Who played at Woodstock in ’69? Wouldn’t it be cool to relive the legendary main stage lineup of Lollapalooza ’92? Want Radiohead’s Glastonbury setlist from ’97? A new tool called Festival Playlister allows anyone to search through the setlist databases of any music festival in the world and create a Spotify [&hellip.. more

Life After Terrestrial Radio: Time for a Reinvention

The last few years have been tough for veteran radio people. Like many industries, radio has periods of expansion and contraction and lately, the Internet and changing customer listening/spending patterns have made life difficult for an industry that’s been around for more than a hundred years. It happens to all of us in the business [&hellip.. more

Let’s Talk About the Future of Listening to Music in Cars

If you’re in the market for a new car, I’m pretty sure that you want all kinds of techno-goodies when it comes to the dashboard. Increasingly features like CarPlay or Android Auto are make-or-break decisions when it comes to purchasing a specific vehicle. Can you stream? Is the car a rolling WiFi hotspot? What’s the [&hellip.. more

Teaching U2: Inside a College Course on the Band

David Whitt teaches at Nebraska Wesleyan University where he’s in charge of a required course for all first-year students. I’ll let him describe it. While the topic of each [Archway Seminar] is different, each course includes some requisite speaking and writing assignments, which made developing the course syllabus a little easier. The capstone project is a [&hellip.. more

Watch Nine Inch Nails’ Cameo Appearance on Twin Peaks

If you’ve been watching the rebooted Twin Peaks, you’ll know that a number of cool/odd bands have shown up to perform at The Roadhouse. Were this bar a real place, whoever is booking talent would be considered a genius. Trent Reznor and David Lynch are longtime bros, so it’s not surprising that Nine Inch Nails [&hellip.. more

More Music From The Inbox 28 Jun 2017 Kitsuko, Deaf Havana, Ride and More!

Artist: Kitsuko, “The City Eats Its Young” Album: N/A Amazing song celebrating Youth Day in South Africa Sounds like:  The hard edges of life Link/Listen/Watch: Artist: Deaf Havana, “Happiness” Album: All These Countless Nights Great UK band I’ve been following for a long while Sounds like:  the spirit of the soul Link/Listen/Watch: Artist: Ride, “Lannoy [&hellip.. more

Random Music News for Wednesday, June 28, 2017

On this day in 1975, Steve Wozniak tested the first prototype of the first Apple computer. And now in music news for June 28… Are we at the end of album exclusives on streaming services? I hope so. Miley Cyrus knows she’s weird. Here’s how she explains it. US podcast revenue is going to double [&hellip.. more

Flying Through Toronto’s Pearson Airport Soon? Prepare for Some Live Music

In another Canada 150 move, Toronto’s Pearson International Airport has launched a new music showcase called YYZ Live. Between today (June 26) and September 15, the airport will feature 150 live performances from some of the city’s best emerging artists from across many different genres and cultures. I love the idea. As someone who spends [&hellip.. more

Smart Speakers: The Future of Audio?

Google Home finally comes to Canada this week (Best Buy and other retailers have ’em for sale for less than $200) and unless I’ve missed something, this is the first chance Canadians have to experiment with smart speakers. Meanwhile, the US and Britain have been using Google Home and Amazon’s Echo for some time now [&hellip.. more

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