Google celebrates DJing in new doodle

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DJ culture has a rich and full history, sprawling across genres and around the world. However, if one event is heralded as the keynote of turntablism, it is Kool Herc’s party on Sedgwick Ave in the Bronx, held on August 11, 1973.

To celebrate the 44th anniversary of this cultural shift, Google has turned their homepage doodle into an interactive turntable feature. Prefaced with a history of the event, Google offers a tutorial of basic turntable tips and goes on to provide a crate of records full of classic hip hop, funk, and soul tracks. Gain achievements for scratching and other mixing techniques while jamming to George Clinton, Prince Paul, Grandmaster Flash, and more. Although DJing has come a long way from the underground parties in the Bronx, the end goal of soundtracking a night and getting people to dance has held constant over the years and is still thriving.

H/T: FACT

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LCD Soundsystem preview the launch of their new VR experience, ‘Dance Tonite’ [Watch]

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LCD Soundsystem‘s forthcoming comeback album is proving to be one of the most hotly-anticipated electronic outputs of the year. Following a Columbia Records co-sign last year, the band has returned with top-notch live performances, and now fans are eagerly awaiting the group’s inbound studio record, which according to James Murphy, is currently being pressed to wax as of this writing. Congruent with the album’s summer rollout, Murphy and company are planning the wide scale launch of their new virtual reality experience, due sometime this summer.

The new VR experience was recently debuted at Google’s three-day I/O developer’s conference along with a live streamed performance from LCD at the event as well. Immersive individual dance parties were soundtracked by a new tune from the group’s upcoming album called, “Tonite.” The new track and accompanying music video are due later this summer as well, presumably ahead of the album’s full release.

A visit to tonight.dance confirms the new VR experience launch. LCD Soundsystem’s follow up to This Is Happening could land as soon as mid-July, though fans may be lucky enough to digitally dance themselves clean before the album officially hits shelves. Preview clips of the new VR experience below:

H/T: FACT

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Google Is Finally Redesigning Their Ugly Emojis For Android

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Are the ugly emoji’s one of the few things holding you back from turning to Android? Whether you hate them or love them, Google is finally ditching the ugly blob emoji and redesigning them for the release of Android O. Google will be following the footsteps of Apple in terms of their more circular emoji

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Google Maps Now Predicts Parking Availability

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When you Google search a business, say a hoity-toity café, oftentimes a nifty little graphic will pop up telling you when the establishment is at its busiest, AKA when finding a seat is next to impossible. Now, Google is offering a similar feature for parking availability on Google Maps.

Using historical data to plot out busy times and calculate a parking rating of Easy, Medium, or the “park 4 blocks away and then some” Limited rating. This new offering isn’t going to make finding that elusive parking spot any easier to find, but at least you’ll know what you’re getting into beforehand, and have the option to plan ahead.

This will be exceptionally useful in traffic impacted cities like Los Angeles, Seattle, New York, San Francisco, Austin, Miami and others who regularly experience a lack of good parking choices for nights out on the town – and the last ting you want is to miss your favorite opener at a show because you couldn’t find a parking space.

Right now, the parking availability calculation is only based on historic data, but its only a matter of time before they take advantage of anonymous location services to plot out availability in real time.

 

Source: TechCrunch

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Google is soooo buying SoundCloud (maybe)

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I think I already know the answer, but I’m going to pose the question anyway for rhetorical purposes: remember late last year when Spotify was reportedly in serious talks to purchase SoundCloud? Spotify backed out of that theoretical deal even later last year according to TechCrunch, and the unofficial reason had to do with the Stockholm- and London-based streaming service preparing to go public in 2017. An acquisition as large as SoundCloud would’ve complicated that process according to my non-expert brain, and a couple of months ago, when the deal imploded, a Spotify source told TechCrunch that it didn’t need “an additional licensing headache in a potential IPO year.” Oh, what could’ve been and what ultimately wasn’t due to legitimate, albeit suited concerns.

What’s the oft-repeated consequence of “snoozing”? With Spotify now temporarily out of the picture, Music Business Worldwide is now reporting “high-level rumors” that the omnipresent Google is now the top contender to purchase SoundCloud. The rumored price of $500M is a notable slice from the $1B that SoundCloud was allegedly seeking from Spotify, so apparently this is a transaction for which SoundCloud execs seem to be semi-desperately itching, especially given their reported losses. It’s actually kind of exciting to think about what Google could do with SoundCloud, given their tentacles and Android development in particular.

I guess, stay tuned?

Soundcloud’s 2015 Numbers Are In, Shows Net Loss Over $50 Million

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As 2017 begins, we’re just beginning to learn of Soundcloud’s 2015 year and the growth of the company. At first glance, one might call it a success. Charting a 21.6% growth in revenue, the company was able to stave off its demise for another year in order to strike major deals with the major music labels in 2016, as well as launch its premium subscription service.

However, the company still suffered a net loss of 30.9% to the tune of a staggering $54.22 million in 2015, according to Companies House. Soundcloud has not had a profitable year in at least three years, losing $15 million in 2013 and a staggering $60 million in 2014.

In October 2016, SoundCloud’s financial auditor KPMG issued this statement regarding the company’s future:

“The directors have concluded that the combination of the circumstances… represents a material uncertainty which may cast significant doubt upon the Company’s and Group’s ability to continue as a going concern… Therefore the Company and Group may be unable to realize its assets and discharge its liabilities in the normal course of business.”

With the news of 2015’s losses in plain view, SoundCloud founder and CEO Alexander Ljung said:

“The assumption of a successful launch of the new subscription service is the key element of [our] financial projections for the next three years,” Ljung began. “Whilst the directors believe that the Group will have sufficient funds to continue to meet its liabilities through 31 December 2017, the risks and uncertainties may cause the company to run out of cash earlier than that date, and would require the Group to raise additional funds which are not currently planned. These matters give rise to a material uncertainty about the Group’s ability to continue as a going concern.”

It was rumored late last year that Spotify might purchase Soundcloud for a whopping $1 billion, however that plan eventually fell through. Days ago, rumors began swirling that Google is now looking at an acquisition of the company, which would bolster its already vast music library in Google Play, for a more meager $500 million.

 

H/T MixMag

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Source: Soundcloud’s 2015 Numbers Are In, Shows Net Loss Over $50 Million

Google allegedly may acquire SoundCloud

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In December of 2016, Spotify decided not to purchase SoundCloud, following months of widely-publicized talks between the two streaming companies. At the time, TechCrunch reported that Spotify “ultimately walked away because it feared that an acquisition could negatively impact its IPO preparation.” The price tag which SoundCloud placed on the buyout was $1 billion – the same value which reportedly dissuaded Twitter from buying the German company in 2014.

Now, Music Business Worldwide reports that a bigger fish is rumored to be considering acquiring SoundCloud: Google. MBW notes a potential correlation between the rumored acquisition and SoundCloud’s 2016 hire of CFO Holly Lim as a measure to “maintain SoundCloud’s financial health and capitalise [sic] on new opportunities for growth.” Lim herself was previously employed as a Business Operations executive at Google.

MBW reports that the price which Google is allegedly considering buying SoundCloud for sits at around $500 million – cutting the streaming company’s previous valuation in half. The outlet goes on to address the impact that Google’s buyout would have on the major labels which have a stake in SoundCloud; Universal, Sony, and Warner Music Group hold roughly 4%, 3%, and 1-2% in the company, respectively. According to MBW, “If SoundCloud was sold for $500m, the majors would therefore get a cut of around $45m between them.”

Via: Music Business Worldwide, Resident Advisor

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Google Reportedly Considering Purchasing Soundcloud

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Though rumors of a Spotify buyout were recently squashed, it seems that tech giant Google is the latest to look into buying Soundcloud. According to Music Business Worldwide, Google is reportedly considering purchasing the streaming platform for half of its $1 billion asking price.

Last year, Soundcloud made major inroads with the major music labels, developing agreements between them to allow the platform to continue hosting their tracks. The labels were also found to have ownership stakes in Soundcloud, with Universal acquiring a 4% holding in the company, with Sony on 3% and Warner on somewhere between 1% and 2%.

Stay tuned for more on this as news becomes available.

 

H/T Resident Advisor

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Source: Google Reportedly Considering Purchasing Soundcloud

Forget Spotify, Here Are 5 Of The Best Music Apps For The New Year

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The holidays call for loved ones, merriment, and of course, music. To reign in the new year, you’re going to want some proper tunes to lay the foundation for a celebration to remember, and we’ve assembled some of the best apps to do just that.

You already know about Pandora, Spotify, and SoundCloud, but there are loads of other services worth checking out if you’re dedicated to music and haven’t gone all in on an app yet.

Musi

This has to be my favorite app find of the year. Musi allows users to add YouTube videos and SoundCloud tracks to their account to create a unified playlist of your favorite jams. It’s currently available for iOS and Android via the Google Play store.

TuneIn Radio

If you love listening to the radio when you drive, and wish you could listen to it outside of your car, look no further. TuneIn Radio can remotely tune into any station, so you’ll never miss your favorite show or have to leave your old stations behind during a move across the country. Available on pretty much all devices.

iHeartRadio

This one is akin to an amped up Pandora, with the bonus of podcasts, local radio stations, and zero ads. Available on whatever device you find yourself using this holiday season.

YouTube Red

YouTube is an incredible resource for music, especially one-off recordings that you can’t really get anywhere else. YouTube Red takes this a step further, offering ad-free videos, offline playability, and listening to music outside of the app with the screen off, which combine for one seriously powerful application. For $9.99 per month, it’s a contender with Spotify, so it’s up to you whether the addition of video content is more valuable to you than just music. Available on whatever device you already own.

Google Play Music

The logical upgrade if you want YouTube Red with just a little more focus on music. There’s a free version to try, but the real meat and potatoes is in the Unlimited service. Not only does Google Play Music include a YouTube Red subscription, but you’ll get access to over 35 million songs on-demand, ad-free radio, and a world of podcasts. You can also download up to 50,000 songs for your own offline collection. The service starts at $9.99 for a single account, and a family account costs $14.99 with up to six members. For the holiday season, Google is even giving away four months of Google Play Music for free, available on all your favorite devices.

 

H/T: The Balance | Photo: Rukes

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Source: Forget Spotify, Here Are 5 Of The Best Music Apps For The New Year

Google Flights Just Made Festivals WAY More Affordable

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Tuesday, Wednesday, maybe you wear you undies backwards on Friday and cross your fingers; there are countless theories on how to get the best airline rates, and all of them leave your fare to chance. But Google Flights wants to change that.

Google is far and away humanity’s most fearsome data aggregator, analyzer, and workhorse, so it makes total sense that their software would be the most accurate at guaranteeing you’ll get the most affordable booking possible.

Sure, Kayak and Skyscanner are both similar services that allow users to track fares, but they don’t come close to Google’s predictive analysis. Additionally, Google Flights will provide users with a time window if its algorithms judge that to be your lowest rate, so now your dreams of affordable pilgrimmage to Tomorrowland can finally become a reality. Check out the image below which predicts a price increase down to the hour.

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Source: Vocativ

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Source: Google Flights Just Made Festivals WAY More Affordable