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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

Andrea Leonelli, Jessie Scoullar, Syd Lawrence, Digital Music Trends

DMT 195: Beats & iTunes, Milk Premium, Shazam, Rhapsody, Swell & more…

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This week on Digital Music Trends it was a real pleasure to welcome direct-to-fan expert Jessie Scoullar (Wicksteedworks.com) and supreme tinkerer Syd Lawrence (Wemakeawesomesh.it) to the show.

We start by chatting about Beats, as the acquisition gets regulatory approval in Europe and Vivendi declares the sale of its 13% share in the company to Apple, Ian Rogers is reportedly going to head both Beats Music and iTunes Radio, what could that mean for the company?

We also chat about Samsung finally introducing a premium tier for Milk (with a twist), Shazam’s Mac app – creepy or cool? – and its new Resonate product, Rhapsody’s mini acquisition spree with Exfm and Soundtracking and what Apple’s acquisition of Swell could mean – do we need more integration between spoken word and music content?

On top of that my guests chat about their latest projects which are very very cool. Syd talks about Basement Jaxx’s Power To The People project that just launched today, allowing users to contribute to the track and remix the contributions that will go towards the release of a charity single – check it out on http://www.powertothepeople.fm.

Jessie chats about her “Which Platform?” report that compares the most prominent direct to fan platforms analysing pretty much every aspect of what they offer so you can make an informed decision. Check out http://www.wicksteedworks.com/report/ for more info and to get a free sample.

And that’s all for this week. I really hope you’ll enjoy the show, have a fantastic week and ’till next time!

Andrea Leonelli