Apple Bows Apple Music For Artists to Provide Acts With Deep Analytics Dive

Today Apple launches Apple Music for Artists, a dashboard designed to provide acts with hundreds of data points giving deep analytical insight into their fans’ listening and buying habits.

The initial beta rollout involves a few thousand artists who will test the product and see what adjustments and expansions, if any, should be made before Apple Music for Artists opens in the Spring to the several million artists with content on the iTunes and Apple Music platforms. Later plans call for a mobile app.

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Music in VR needs its iTunes moment… and this could be it

Anthony Matchett wants to create the iTunes for virtual reality music. The 29-year-old’s London-based startup, MelodyVR, was formed in 2015 and now, with the music industry on its side, it’s getting ready to launch. “We’re not going to say we want to be the killer app for VR because we’re not that arrogant,” Matchett, a former audio engineer, says. “But we want to be in the top five to ten apps for VR”.

For the last two years, MelodyVR has been recording gigs, festivals and concerts in 360-degree video. The team has built its own VR cameras, which it takes to events and records multiple angles, from next to the lead singer to behind the drummer and out in the crowd. Slip on a VR headset and you can switch between viewpoints at as you please. Concerts include gigs at the Camden Roundhouse and Download Festival.

The firm has recorded 5,000 hours of music and lets people watch single songs or entire 90-minute concerts. To do this it has worked with more than 535 artists – from Fatboy Slim to the London Symphony Orchestra – and signed contracts with major record labels and VR manufacturers. Warner Music Group, Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment have all partnered with MelodyVR since December 2016 and have agreements to produce VR videos. The firm has more than 35 people working for it in London, Hastings and Los Angeles.

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Spotify Introduces iMessage App With Search Function for Sharing Music With Friends – Mac Rumors

Spotify has introduced an iMessage application in its latest update this week. As spotted by iGeneration, Spotify in Apple’s Messages app allows you to search the entire music streaming service for a specific song and send it to a friend. When they receive it, they’ll be able to listen to a 30-second clip, and then tap a button to jump into Spotify to check out the whole track.

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MoviePass app lets subscribers go to the movies once a day for $10 a month | WPXI

Wow – if this catches on, it could really be a game changer!  I might actually start going to the cinema again!

Remember the days when going to the movies cost less than $10? Maybe you remember when it was less than $5.

These days, a trip to the theater can cost a pretty penny. While the national average is $8.65, in many cities, like Los Angeles and New York, a ticket can cost up to or more than $15.But thanks to one app, $10 can now go a lot further at the cinema.

MoviePass, run by Netflix co-founder Mitch Lowe, is offering subscribers a deal in which they can see one movie per day for $9.95 per month.

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Lonely Planet’s Trips app is Instagram for travel junkies

If you’ve ever planned a vacation abroad, you’ve probably spent some time with Lonely Planet. The company is the largest travel book publisher in the world and offers plenty of free resources on its website and in the Lonely Planet Guides app. The latter provided the inspiration for the latest Lonely Planet project, a new iPhone app called Trips (also coming to Android this fall). At its core, it’s a crowdsourced version of the Guides app. But instead of featuring contributions from Lonely Planet experts an

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‘Take On Me’ app turns your home into an ’80s music video

It’s a shame this isn’t publicly available – I know lots of 80s MTV fans that would get a kick out of this!

A-ha’s classic video for “Take On Me” was the result of painstaking effort — it took 16 weeks to rotoscope the frames, creating that signature blend between the real and hand-drawn worlds. Now, however, you only need an iPhone to recreate the look yourself. Trixi Studios has shown off an augmented reality iOS app that produces the “Take On Me” look in your own home. The proof-of-concept software makes do with virtual versions of A-ha’s Morten Harket and the pipe-wielding thugs, but its effect is more convincing than you might think.

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