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DMT 203: Music Product Design Special

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This week on Digital Music Trends a special pre-recorded show on music product design featuring Hannah Donovan, co-founder and design director of This Is My Jam and Rob Hampson, digital designer at We Make Awesome Shit.

Through the course of the show we talk about what drew them to designing for music products, some of the key challenges of the field, we discuss the advent of iOS7 and how that influenced the evolution of design for mobile.

We also look at some of the guest’s most recent projects, Hannah talks us through the latest iterations of This Is My Jam and Rob talks us through the design of projects like the Jaguar Skills game, the NOW Music iOS app and the Tinie Tempah app.

All-in-all an unmissable episode if you’re a fan of design or if you – like me – know very little about it!


The next Digital Music Trends show will be on the 16th of October – I’m taking a week’s break – but hopefully there is enough back catalogue on the site to keep you going until then!

I really hope you enjoy the show, have a fantastic week and ’till next time.
Andrea Leonelli
www.digitalmusictrends.com
www.twitter.com/digimusictrends

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DMT 202: Beats Music’s future, Phan v Ultra, Pre-1972, Ticketmaster, Splice & more

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This week on Digital Music Trends I’m joined by Jim Carroll (Irish Times) and Chandler Coyle (MusicGeekServices, Berklee Online).

On the show we chat about the rumors around how Apple will be re-inventing Beats Music over the next few months but we also tackle Michelle Phan countersuing Ultra Records, the first decision in the Pre-1972 master recordings war, Ticketmaster acquiring Ticketjoy and Sherpa.be, Splice opening up its beta and raising $4.5m, bands & brands and much, much more.


Next week there will be a pre-recorded episode of Digital Music Trends focused on music product design, it’s a good one so make sure you check it out, this is going to be available on October the 2nd.

I really hope you enjoy the show, have a fantastic week and ’till next time!

Andrea Leonelli
http://www.digtialmusictrends.com
http://www.twitter.com/digimusictrends

kristelia garcia, darren hemmings, andrea leonelli, deezer

DMT 201: iHeartMedia, U2 snowballs, Samples & Copyright, Deezer Elite, Alt-J, Facebook & Videos

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This week on Digital Music Trends it was a pleasure to have Kristelia Garcia (University of Colorado Law) and Darren Hemmings (Motive Unknown) on the show, I also chat with Beth Murphy, CMO of Deezer North America about Deezer Elite.

On the show we cover Clear Channel’s rebranding into iHeartMedia, the U2 album situation one week later, Jay Z speaking out on samples and copyright, Alt-J’s album app, Facebook & Videos, Pandora’s evolving attitude towards artists and much more.


I really hope you enjoy the show, have a fantastic week and ’till next time!

Andrea Leonelli
www.digitalmusictrends.com
www.twitter.com/digimusictrends

brian zisk, kevin breuner, andrea leonelli, mike mccready, peter tondstad, olivier de simone

DMT 200: Apple & U2, TIDAL, Deezer, Rdio, Spotify Video Ads, Twitter

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A special show today as DMT reaches its 200th Episode, and I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than spending an hour chatting with Olivier de Simone (Urturn), Brian Zisk (Sf Music Tech Summit) and Kevin Breuner (CD Baby). This week’s week show also contains appearances from Peter Tondstad, Chief Commercial Officer at WiMP, and Mike McCready, CEO at Musicxray.

We kick off by chatting about Apple distributing U2′s new album ‘Songs of Innocence’ for free to anyone with an iTunes account at the end of the company’s keynote announcing the new iPhones and the Apple Watch. Does this contribute to the perception of music being free? Was it “creepy” to see an album appear in your library without requesting it? We discuss this and much more, including whether the Apple Watch will end up on our wrists…

This show is not an Apple fest though as we had a tonne of news from other services including the announcement of a new high-quality audio service called TIDAL (developed by WiMP) debuting in the US and UK later this fall. Deezer also announced its own high-quality Deezer Elite service that will launch internationally on Sonos devices and will also be available in the US.

We cover Rdio’s redesign and its conversion to freemium, Spotify’s introduction of video adverts and ‘sponsored’ listening and finally Twitter testing a BUY button. A game changer or something people don’t really want?

Mike McCready from Musicxray jumps on for a few minutes as well to talk about the latest at the Future Music Forum event which is happening next week in Barcelona (futuremusicforum.com).


As you can see, a packed show so I really hope you enjoy it,
Have a fantastic week and ’till next time!

Andrea Leonelli
http://www.digitalmusictrends.com
http://www.twitter.com/digimusictrends

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DMT 199: Live at Berlin Music Week – Revenues, Discoverability, Distribution, Transparency

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This week I recorded Digital Music Trends live at Berlin Music Week 2014 and it was a pleasure to be joined by Michael Krause, Managing Director GSA (Germany Switzerland Austria) at Deezer, Janine Wuelker, Strategic Marketing and Digital Media Services at Finetunes , Phiona Okumu, founder of Afripop and Benjamin Lebrave, founder of Akwaaba Music.

This show combines a few news items with a look at some of the most interesting topics being addressed at the Berlin Music Week Conference.

We chat about the decline in album sales in the US, the situation in Germany, the issue of discoverability on digital services from an artist’s perspective, startup hubs in Germany and in Africa, This Is My Jam’s new Song Graph, the issues of transparency and fairness in digital music today, CD Baby’s Free service, YouTube’s new donation button and more.

Hosting this episode in front of a live audience was a great experience and I’d like to thank the organizers of the Berlin Music Week Conference for making it happen.


I really hope you enjoy the show and ’till next time.

Andrea Leonelli
http://www.digitalmusictrends.com
http://www.twitter.com/digimusictrends

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