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September 20 2014


Echo Nest API Overview — The Echo Nest 4.2 documentation

  • The Echo Nest API supports multiple ID spaces. You can use an ID from a supported ID space in place of an Echo Nest ID in any call that takes an Echo Nest ID. For example, you can get news for Radiohead using a MusicBrainz ID like so:


Streaming | 7digital Developers

    • Locker streaming - allows users to stream previously purchased music directly from their cloud locker without the need to download the audio files first. Check out our walkthrough on accessing a 7digital locker for an example how to get started with the Locker API.

Media Delivery API | 7digital Developers

  • This endpoint will not throttle download speeds and should only be used when a given device is caching for offline track play (where it won't be connected to the Internet).



Social Music Startup Rdio Pushes Play Button For API, Affiliate Program | TechCrunch

  • Additionally, developers will be able to monetize their applications through a new affiliate program which will pay commissions for referring new subscribers and song downloads. Affiliates can earn two to three percent gross revenue per month for the lifetime of a new subscriber and seven percent gross revenue per song download referred.


September 19 2014


Popcorn Time 0.3.3 Released With Support For External Media Players And Chromecast, More ~ Web Upd8: Ubuntu / Linux blog

  • Install Popcorn Time in Ubuntu 14.04 or 14.10, Linux Mint 17 or Debian

    Important: before upgrading to Popcorn Time 0.3.3, remove your old Popcorn Time database or else the application won't work:
    rm -r ~/.config/Popcorn-Time

    To install Popcorn Time in Ubuntu / Linux Mint and derivatives, you can use the Popcorn Time WebUpd8 PPA. The PPA package automatically downloads Popcorn Time from its website and sets everything up for you.

    Add the PPA and install Popcorn Time in Ubuntu 14.04 or 14.10 (the latest version does not work with Ubuntu 12.04!) / Linux Mint 17 by using the following commands:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/popcorntime sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install popcorn-time

战争的眼神:一位华裔摄影师镜头中的加沙 - 纽约时报中文网

  • 陈琬说,“在和这家人的交谈中,我们发现,这栋房子当时被哈马斯征用,而这家人也因为不得不和哈马斯共享自己的家而成为了以军打击的目标。”

September 18 2014


Scrum (software development) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

  • Scrum is an iterative and incremental agile software development framework for managing product development. It defines "a flexible, holistic product development strategy where a development team works as a unit to reach a common goal", challenges assumptions of the "traditional, sequential approach" to product development, and enables teams to self-organize by encouraging physical co-location or close online collaboration of all team members, as well as daily face-to-face communication among all team members and disciplines in the project.



Seven Guidelines For Designing High-Performance Mobile User Experiences | Smashing Magazine

  • The core signature elements need to be the most responsive. They will be seen by users over and over and will be reused in different product features. By focusing the design and implementation on this set of elements, each optimization will pay off multiple times.



Hubble Helps Find Smallest Known Galaxy Containing a Supermassive Black Hole | NASA

  • The black hole is five times the mass of the one at the center of our Milky Way galaxy. It is inside one of the densest galaxies known to date -- the M60-UCD1 dwarf galaxy that crams 140 million stars within a diameter of about 300 light-years, which is only 1/500th of our galaxy’s diameter.


  • If you lived inside this dwarf galaxy, the night sky would dazzle with at least 1 million stars visible to the naked eye. Our nighttime sky as seen from Earth’s surface shows 4,000 stars.



Why are people still going crazy for music CDs in Japan? | The Verge


Potato salad Kickstarter closes with $55,000 in funds

  • The Kickstarter was created by Zack Brown with a simple goal: to make a potato salad. It started with a goal of $10, but morphed into a viral sensation attracting hundreds of backers.

September 17 2014


Class of 2014 - MacArthur Foundation

  • Profile portrait of Yitang Zhang 

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      tackling truly hard questions in number theory leading to the first finite bound on a gap between prime numbers and the best possible qualitative approximation of the twin prime conjecture.


Danielle Bassett — MacArthur Foundation

  • Danielle Bassett is a physicist using tools from network science and complex systems theory to enhance our understanding of connectivity and organizational principles in the human brain. Combining a strong background in physics with training and collaborations in neuroscience, Bassett adapts mathematical approaches associated with the study of complex networks (such as computer or social networks) to analyze interactions among neurons in different regions of the brain while a person does certain activities (e.g., learn something new or try to remember a face), thereby unraveling how these connections give rise to the functions or jobs the brain performs.



Beyond the Play button

  • Next, we explore a future where music listening is no longer a passive experience. Instead of just  pressing the play button and passively listening you will be able to jump in and interact with the  music. Make your favorite song last forever, add your favorite drummer to that Adele track or unleash your inner Skrillex and take total control of your favorite track. 


Tags: Music

September 16 2014


Hitlantis Rethinks Music Discovery With 'Sea of Bubbles' | WIRED

  • The catch for listeners is that you won’t find the Foo Fighters, Lady Gaga or The Beatles in the Hitlantis catalog — right now it’s solely for unsigned bands, who have to upload the content themselves and don’t get paid for streams. Instead, bands are given the opportunity to pay 5 euros ($6.66) per month for a premium account, which allows them to sell recordings and keep an impressive 90 percent of the profits. Poijärvi says that around 7 percent of the bands on the service have signed up for the premium offering.



  • “There’s lots of places to upload music and get listened to, but they’re all the same,” said Poijärvi. “It’s so difficult to be found from that digital swamp.”



Every Noise at Once

  • This is an ongoing attempt at an algorithmically-generated, readability-adjusted scatter-plot of the musical genre-space, based on data tracked and analyzed for 1265 genres by The Echo Nest. The calibration is fuzzy, but in general down is more organic, up is more mechanical and electric; left is denser and more atmospheric, right is spikier and bouncier.

September 15 2014


Streaming music to exceed $3bn this year | Advanced Television

  • “Global consumer spend on streaming services in the US and Western Europe – excluding personalised radio services – reached almost $1.9 billion in 2013, with 59 per cent growth expected this year to reach an estimated $3 billion, with most users using service provider apps on smartphones or tablets to access and play out music,” says David Sidebottom, Senior Market Analyst at Futuresource Consulting.


  • “Packaged music declines have eased in some countries, but continue to show signs of weakness,” says Sidebottom. “Japan and Germany continue to have a strong affiliation to packaged media compared to other countries, combined they accounting for over 50 per cent of total global spend on packaged music.”

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Tags: Music


Last Chart! - See the Music

    • This site is dedicated to music and visualization and as such it allows you to do the following:

      • Explore top artists of Last.fm users in a visual manner.
      • Share you charts.
      • Learn about artists.
      • Offline browsing – once loaded, the artist’s info is stored in the browser cache which can be explored via Artists & People Cache page. All you need is to point your browser to www.lastchart.com – it doesn’t matter if you are online or offline.

Tags: Music visualization


如何为阿里巴巴估值? - 头版 - FT中文网

  • 该公司IPO(预计于月底前完成)设定的初始价格区间居然如此之低,自然令人大跌眼镜。按照每股60美元到66美元的定价区间,阿里巴巴的市值将介于1480亿美元到1630亿美元之间。一些分析师坚信该公司的价值大大超过2000亿美元。这一价格区间意味着阿里巴巴的市值是过去12个月净利润的30至33倍。以绝对值来看或许不低。然而与阿里巴巴疯狂的增长相比,其IPO定价之低,令它成为全球最便宜的超高市值股票之一。如果阿里巴巴2015财年(截至2015年3月)盈利增长能达到50%(为前一财年的一半),则预期市盈率将为24倍——一个颇为诱人的数字。

September 14 2014


On Death and iPods: A Requiem | WIRED

  • “You can fit your whole music library in your pocket. Never before possible.” Holy. Shit.

  • Looking at someone’s iPod was like looking into their soul.

  • The iPhone is about as subversive as a bag of potato chips, and music doesn’t define anyone anymore.

Tags: Music Mp3

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