On-demand streaming was up 42% over the first half of 2013, racking up 70 billion play in the first half of 2014. Meanwhile, digital track sales fell 13% to 593.6 million and album sales fell 11.6% to 53.8 million … As a whole, dismal digital and physical sales dragged total music sales plus streaming industry down 3.3%. Back in the analog world, hipsters are making a serious impact as vinyl sales rose 40% over 2013 to 4 million in the first half of this year. That’s the only medium where sales grew.
— Music Streaming Eats Downloads With On-Demand Up 42% Over 2013, Digital Sales Down 12% | TechCrunch
Snapchat now has surprise situational filters, like this “Manhattan” tag. I’ve also seen “Brooklyn” show up.
I have three modes for listening to music and a primary services for each. Passive – Songza, Intent Based – Rdio, Discovery/Social – SoundCloud. I use Songza the way most people use Pandora.
Right now mine are “Passive — iTunes Music”, “Intent Based — Spotify”, and “Discovery/Social — Spotify / Tumblr / SoundCloud / Shazam”. But that third category for me is weak, I do a little bit of discovering across a ton of apps, and am not immersed in any of them like I used to be with Hype Machine.
[Quote from fred-wilson]
Allowing your users to be unwitting test subjects of emotional manipulation is beyond creepy. It’s a damn disrespectful and dangerous choice.
— Facebook and the ethics of user manipulation http://techcrunch.com/2014/06/29/facebook-and-the-ethics-of-user-manipulation/
Lusting over the Withings Activate, a fitness tracker hidden in a beautiful elegant watch.
I wish all of these fitness apps could share with each other, so you don’t have to commit to one platform. Maybe iOS8, with Apple Healthkit, will fix that.
There is drop off when applications only provide Facebook log-in, because users either don’t trust the app won’t spam their Facebook account, or Facebook will give up too much of their private data, or both.
— Benedict Evans talking about the opportunity Apple has to supplant Facebook as the preferred method of account creation in iOS apps
June 21, 2014 at 8:02am
Much loved, but little used, social network Path just launched a messaging app [of course, who hasn’t]. It’s attractive, as always, and has fun clever new features like “ambient status” that give your friends background info on you like what song you’re listening to, whether you’re working out, or even if your phone might die, right from your buddy list. But as much as I want Path to succeed, things that feel iterative will never break through.
Pings would be perfect for situations when texting or a phone call is too time consuming, distracting, or takes you out of the flow of your present experience. If you call your husband on the way home from work every night and say the same thing each time, perhaps a ping would be better…you wouldn’t have to call and your husband wouldn’t have to stop what he was doing to answer the phone. You could even call it the “sweetheart ping” or “sweethearting”… in the absence of a prearraged “ping me when you’re leaving”, you could ping someone to let them know you’re thinking about them.
— An Idea Jason Kottke proposed in 2005, which John Gruber points out “sounds a lot like Yo, except somehow Kottke’s idea seems nifty and Yo sounds douchey.”