Spotify's got a huge catalog of music and 10 million subscribers. But what happens when the elite critics it's co-opting for its newest feature recommend Led Zeppelin, Adele, Arcade Fire, Coldplay, or other key artists whose albums are conspicuously absent from Spotify?
A provocative new sculpture has opened at the U.S.-Canada border crossing near Vancouver, BC. It’s a billboard advertising...well, nothing.
So instead of your usual glimpse of cheeseburgers and red-faced car salesmen, you’ve got a snarl of stainless steel rods vaguely reminiscent of TV static, but surrounding only the clean air of Blaine, Washington.
Clearly it’s some kind of pinko Canadian stunt, right?
Music, music app, tomato, tomahto? Seems so, lately. Artists from
Metallica to Mariah Carey have created apps, offering insider
information or employing voice-recognition software to rate users'
singing ability (Mariah Carey-oke, anyone?). I Am T-Pain, a top-selling
$2.99 download that allows users to mimic the singer's voice through
Auto-Tune, has been purchased 1.8 million times by fans and nonfans
alike, something that will have this San Francisco conference buzzing.
"That's the value of this platform," says Antony Bruno, Billboard's
executive director of digital content.
Weird patent file #48295: RIM (makers of BlackBerry) has a plan for a billboard that changes the ad's length depending on speed. The slower you drive, the more time you have to read (and crash!), so the longer the ad will be.