YouTube Music Could Replace Google Play as the Default Music Player on Android Devices

The app version number 2.65 was quickly torn apart by tech enthusiast blogs, with changes under the hood analyzed.

One possibility discovered is that Google may be prepping to make YouTube Music a default app for Android devices. As part of the agreement to distribute Android devices, manufacturers agree to include default apps on their devices. Right now, the default music app is Play Music.

– Digital Music News

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What the Fyre debacle says about the state of the modern music festival

For years now, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival — the desert blowout that takes place every April on the manicured grounds of Indio’s Empire Polo Club — has been selling many of its passes before its lineup is announced.

But if that success indicates the event’s importance as what might be referred to as a lifestyle experience, Coachella has nothing on the Fyre Festival, which in 2017 sold out before its lineup was even booked.

– Los Angeles Times

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Toto’s “Africa” to Play “For All Eternity” in African Desert Art Installation

The Namib is a desert in southern Africa, and thanks to a new sound installation, it will be the home to a new art installation that aims to play Toto’s “Africa” on eternal repeat, NPR reports. Namibian-German artist Max Siedentopf’s installation is appropriately titled “Toto Forever.” It utilizes six speakers, an MP3 player featuring literally just that one song, and solar energy in an effort to play the song “for all eternity,” according to the artist. See what it looks like below.

– Pitchfork

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Independent Music Publicists Grapple With a Shrinking Media Landscape

Much has been written about the struggles of music journalists in an ever-shrinking media landscape. A recent Longreads article called “Where Have All the Music Magazines Gone?” offered a typically grim roll call of publications that have either discontinued their print edition or shuttered entirely: Blender, Harp, Spin, URB, Paste, to name a few. At the local level, the outlook is even bleaker, with major alt-weeklies closing up shop and others gutting their staffs, budgets and page counts. And the ranks of music blogs, once major voices in new music coverage, have thinned since their mid-2000s peak.

– Billboard

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Most Exciting Music Tech From CES 2019

Music has been center stage this week at CES 2019, the latest edition of Las Vegas’s international annual consumer electronics bacchanal. As smart speakers and smart home devices become ubiquitous in households around the world, audio-tech companies new and old are now fighting to show off fresh-off-the-line premium technology at the show, an event that usually serves as a good indicator of trends — or at least fads — to come in the year ahead. Here are a few of the innovations in music that caught our eye this time around.

– Rolling Stone

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