Real talk: ‘humans versus algorithms’ is a music-recommendations debate that’s been stretching our patience for well over a decade now.
The latest band testing the virtual-reality waters is The National, with a VR documentary filmed and distributed by the New York Times.
’The National: Something Out of Nothing’ was released on Friday to tie in with the band’s latest album ‘Sleep Well Beast’, with the film focusing on The National at work in their Hudson Valley studio, as well as a live concert in Copenhagen.
It can be watched online via the New York Times website, or within its NYT VR app for iOS, Android and Gear VR. The app has so far been downloaded more than 1.2m times since its debut in November 2015, although there are no stats for active users to gauge the likely audience for The National’s film.
Earlier this summer, the New York Times’ exposé of working practices at Amazon – this time its office staff rather than its warehouse employees – was widely shared.
Claims of immense pressure being put on staff provoked horror – and a fair bit of defensiveness within the tech industry – but yesterday Amazon issued a striking takedown of the article.
Beats 1’s “flagship” DJ Zane Lowe has confirmed that his first interview on his new show on 30th June will be Eminem. He’s posted photos so we can presume it’s […]
With songwriter royalties such a talking point at the Grammys, what better time for a high-profile court battle over Pandora’s payments to licensing agency BMI? Pandora might not agree, of […]
Okay, that headline is hardly a shock: famous manager wants more dosh for their clients. But apparently Irving Azoff’s Global Music Rights venture is promising artists it will “wring royalties […]
There’s a fascinating piece in the New York Times this week about Facebook’s possible plans to host stories for news publishers and split the ad revenues with them, based on […]
The New York Times has an interesting feature today on the Japanese music market, exploring why CDs still account for 85% of sales in the country, and questioning whether that […]
Nothing to do with music here, but a leaked internal report by the New York Times is a stark guide to some of the struggles happening in other media industries […]
Get set for 60 days of intense and angry lobbying in the US over personal radio royalties, after the Justice Department announced plans to review the licensing system for ASCAP […]
‘Is Twitter a Media or Technology Company?’ wonders the New York Times on its Bits blog. The answer, of course, is a bit of both. “I think of the company as a technology company that is in the media business,” says CEO Dick Costolo. “Our business is an advertising business, we don’t sell technology… I don’t need to be or want to be in the content business.”
The New York Times’ headline ‘Google Said to be Planning an MP3 Store’ raised our eyebrows, given that Google itself did the saying at its I/O conference back in 2010, and even showed a demonstration. However, the point of the article is to suggest that the store may be finally launching in the coming weeks, although that depends on the perennial “negotiations with the major record labels”.