Twitter #Music Is Great For Artists; Less So For Fans [Hands On Review]

first_img12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Twitter put months of speculation to rest this morning when it launched its own music-focused service for iOS and the Web. Twitter #Music is a standalone app for discovering, following and listening to artists that draws its intelligence from Twitter’s own user activity data. At first glance, it’s a win for artists, but the value it adds for fans remains to be seen. First and foremost, Twitter #Music is undoubtedly good for Twitter. The app takes something that is hugely popular among consumers — music — and intimately ties it to its own service. It also integrates with Spotify and Rdio so tracks can be streamed in their entirety from within Twitter #Music. That feature, the company is betting, will keep listeners glued to the app, where much of what they do is tied to Twitter’s core functionality: tweeting songs and following artists. Putting Artists Front and Center For artists, the potential advantages here are huge. At every turn, Twitter #Music encourages you to follow bands and musicians, which of course can lead to longterm engagement and even sales. Whether they’re already trending or Twitter thinks you might like them (based on your existing follows), this app puts artists and their Twitter handles front-and-center, never missing an opportunity to stick a “follow” button in front of the user. Twitter #Music also lets users buy tracks directly from iTunes, which is a major plus for artists who still aren’t making all that much money from those Spotify and Rdio streams. If widely adopted, Twitter #Music could become a potent source of exposure for up-and-coming musicians. And while there a million services that promise to enable music discovery, seldom do they directly make money for artists. We Are Hunted, R.I.P.Twitter #Music is built on top of the guts of We Are Hunted, a service that ranked the popularity of online music so effectively that some people wondered whether it could replace Billboard. Twitter gobbled it up to build this, and you can tell. Twitter #Music’s design is strongly reminiscent of We Are Hunted’s, even if Twitter appear to have gutted much of the service’s original functionality. We Are Hunted’s flagship feature was its Emerging Music chart, which analyzed a wide range of data signals to determine what music was most popular online. Twitter #Music appears to replace that more complex algorithm with something that more heavily favors Twitter’s own data. That’s not surprising, but it makes for a less thorough analysis and for music fans, a less useful experience. In the process of launching this new product, Twitter also appears to have gutted some of We Are Hunted’s core recommendation technology in favor of a more Twitter-centric approach. Whereas We Are Hunted used a complex array of data to associate artist to one another, Twitter #Music appears to be relying heavily (if not exclusively) on data about the relationship between artists on the service, such as who follows who.  When I look at The Flaming Lips on Twitter’s new service, it recommends Taylor Swift. Really? Do We Need This? With We Are Hunted effectively neutered and Twitter entering the digital music space with a big splash, the big question remains: How useful is this new app for users? It depends. Let’s consider Twitter #Music’s key selling points: You can discover music that’s popular on Twitter, get new music recommendations and listen to it all within the app. Those are all useful things, although to varying degrees. The music-listening part is only really worthwhile to those of us who pay for premium Spotify or Rdio accounts. Otherwise, we’re left with a mere iTunes snippet and the option to buy the whole track. And if you do have Rdio or Spotify, you’re going to continue to use those services’ apps for the majority of your listening. Listening to music isn’t the main draw of Twitter #Music, just a very nice touch. The most compelling aspect of the app is Twitter’s data about artists, songs and the social relationships between them. If you can get over the fact that We Are Hunted pulled in much more data and was thus much more interesting, this is useful, especially if you happen to be active on Twitter.Where Twitter-Based Music Discovery FailsBut just being a voracious tweeter isn’t enough. As many users have pointed out, the “Me” and “Suggested” tabs of the app are of limited value if you don’t follow a lot of musicians on Twitter. Indeed, using Twitter follows as a barometer for one’s music taste is a curious choice. Sometimes musicians have worthwhile Twitter accounts, sometimes not.Either way, most people probably don’t follow all the artists they like. Unlike the Facebook “like”, the Twitter “follow” is not an explicit statement saying “I enjoy listening to this band.” Instead, it’s saying, “I think this band, whose music I happen to enjoy, might have interesting things to say, so I’m listening.”Of course, if you’re not following a lot of artists, that’s something Twitter #Music is explicitly designed to change. But out of the box, this is a real handicap for some users.It’s also worth mentioning that at launch, Twitter #Music only appears to acknowledge verified artist accounts, at least as far as the “Me” tab is concerned. When I click on my own profile, it shows eight bands that I follow. There are certainly more artists that I follow, but they’re less well-known and thus have no official designation from Twitter. As a result, they are presumably not factored into my recommendations. Personally, I’m not all that interested in what music is generally popular on Twitter. You mean to tell me that lots of people are listening to Psy, P!nk and Maroon 5? No kidding! The “Emerging” tab is a bit more interesting, as this is where a hidden gem or two is bound to surface. The other tabs are more personalized, and thus likely to be more relevant to users. It’s not clear exactly what kind of data is fueling he “Suggested” tab, but it does a reasonably decent job of recommending artists. Many of its suggestions are spot-on. Some are questionable. It’s not terrible, but it could be better. I’ve tested a lot of services that utilize music recommendation engines.For my money, algorithms like the ones behind Pandora, Last.fm and the Echo Nest do a much better job of making music suggestions than this app does. Twitter #Music is also competing against beloved and impressive music recommendation apps like Shuffler.fm and Hype Machine. On the whole, Twitter #Music is a decent app. If you like music enough to subscribe to a streaming service and are interested in finding new music, this is a pretty good, social-fueled way to do it. If your tastes are more particular and nuanced, tools with more complex algorithms and granular data points are likely to be more useful to you. Either way, it’s worth taking it for a spin. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Tags:#music#Recommendation Engines#social music#streaming music#twitter Related Posts center_img john paul titlow 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Applast_img read more

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PSL says Soltones fine sticks; PVL calls decision ‘absurd’

first_imgView comments Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Nguyen ready for jeers as he fights hometown hero Folayangcenter_img CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ “I don’t see anything wrong with what Gretchel did. In fact she should be commended for helping in this fund-raising event by her participation,” said Ricky Palou, president of Sports Vision, which organizes the PVL.“The suspension and hefty fine on Soltones by the PSL officials is absurd and totally uncalled for,” Palou said in a statement. “In the first place, Soltones has no contract with the PSL. She is only on loan to the team of Iriga as her mother league is the PVL.”Palou added that the PVL All Star was scheduled at the start of the 2017 season, before Soltones agreed to play on loan for Team Iriga.Team Iriga could not vote during the deliberation.ADVERTISEMENT PSL representatives voted 7-0, upholding the league’s decision to ban and fine Soltones.Team Iriga, however, does not have a contract yet with Soltones, to the dismay of league officials who have imposed a rule on all teams to sign their players to a minimum of one year with a one-league rider in the contract, meaning players are not allowed to play outside of the PSL while they are under contract with their respective teams.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMinus the contract, it isn’t clear if Soltones herself would pay the fine or how the PSL plans to extract the sanction from the San Sebastian star.Soltones saw action in a one-game affair dubbed the PVL All-Star Game. The charity match was held to raise funds for the benefit of HERO Foundation. Philippine Superliga team owners unanimously voted to deny the appeal by Team Iriga to reconsider Grethcel Soltones’ one-year ban and P50,000 fine as penalties for playing in an unsanctioned match outside of the league.The decision was branded “absurd” by the Premier Volleyball League, where Soltones plays, saying the power-hitting star merely did her part to raise funds for a foundation established to raise scholarship funds for children of soldiers who gave up their lives in the line of duty.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Go easy, Tiger, Day urges ahead of comeback

first_imgView comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The 14-time major champion has not played since February after undergoing surgery following a recurrence of back problems which forced him to miss the 2015-2016 season.“There’s no pressure. I think it’s a 17- or 18-man field, there’s no cut, he’s playing at a tournament where last year I think he had the most birdies at,” Day said at the Australian Open in Sydney.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“From what I see on Instagram and what he’s been telling me, he says he’s ready and I’m hoping that he is, because from what I hear, he’s hitting it very long.“And if he’s hitting it long and straight, then that’s going to be tough for us because it is Tiger Woods. He’s always been a clutch putter and in amongst the best and it will be interesting to see.” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Woods is included in an 18-man field which features many of world golf’s elite, including world number one Dustin Johnson and world number two Jordan Spieth.“I have no idea where his game’s at because the last time I spent time with him he wasn’t even hitting full swings yet,” Spieth said in Sydney.“But he was confident coming off of this last surgery to get back into it and to be able to have the time necessary and strength to practise as much injury free as possible.”‘Best he’s felt in years’Woods has not played competitively since February, when he withdrew from the Dubai Desert Classic.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC He underwent surgery in April, his fourth operation on his troublesome back, and has been posting videos of himself in practice.He announced he would be making his comeback at the Hero World Challenge, an invitational event to benefit his charity foundation.“I did talk to him and he did say it’s the best he’s ever felt in three years,” said Day, a friend and confidant of Woods.“He doesn’t wake up with pain anymore, which is great. I said to him, ‘Look, it’s great to be one of the best players ever to live, but health is one thing that we all take for granted and if you can’t live a happy, healthy life, then that’s difficult’.“I totally understand where he’s coming from, because sometimes I wake up in the morning and it takes me 10 minutes to get out of bed, and for him to be in pain for three years is very frustrating.”Woods, who last won a major in 2008, has also battled personal demons. In May, he was arrested for driving under the influence after being found asleep in his Mercedes-Benz by a roadside.Woods, who was found to have five drugs including the powerful opioid hydrocodone in his system, later revealed he underwent professional treatment to help him manage his medications.Under a plea agreement reached in Palm Beach County, north of Miami, Woods will avoid jail time unless he commits major violations of his probation. Read Next Late rally pushes Lakers past Bulls Jason Day of Australia reacts to his tee shot during the second round of the WGC-HSBC Champions at the Sheshan International golf club in Shanghai on October 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / GOH CHAI HINJason Day assured Tiger Woods on Wednesday that he’s under “no pressure” ahead of his long-awaited comeback at an exclusive invitational tournament next week.Day, a former world number one, said Woods had told him he feels ready for his return at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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a month agoEverton boss Marco Silva annoyed after Bournemouth loss

first_imgEverton boss Marco Silva annoyed after Bournemouth lossby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva was annoyed with his defence in Sunday’s 3-1 loss to Bournemouth.Callum Wilson stole the show with a barnstorming double at Vitality Stadium, which was sandwiched in between goals from Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Ryan Fraser.”It’s a disappointing result, of course. We didn’t deserve more after the mistakes,” admitted Silva. “We conceded the three goals so easy. I don’t want to take away the credit from Bournemouth but it was our fault. We had good offensive moments in the game but the way we conceded the goals made a big impact.”We reacted well to their first goal. We started the second half doing what we planned, creating dangerous chances around their box but then they scored from one mistake from a set piece and were clinical.”We have to become again that solid team that we were towards the end of last season and at the start of the season when we had 10 clean sheets in 13 games. We created chances and should have scored more but when you defend like that you are not going to win the game.”It was a lack of focus. We addressed these type of moments last season. We were solid at the start of this season and we need to be more solid again. It’s something we must address as fast as we can. We’ve been a solid team before and I don’t see any reasons why we can’t be again.”Last season we improved our away form from the season before but we want to do better than that. We created problems for them, created spaces but conceding goals like that makes you lose confidence.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Womens soccer set to take on Morehead State and Eastern Michigan

Daniel Chi / For The LanternThen-senior Tiffany Cameron surveys the field during a game at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.The No. 23 Ohio State women’s soccer team will open its regular season this weekend with two matches, one against Morehead State and the other against Eastern Michigan.OSU is hoping to repeat their success from last season, going 16-4-2, winning the Big Ten Tournament and making its fourth-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament. It was the third Big Ten championship since coach Lori Walker took over the program.The Buckeyes fell in the 1st round of the NCAA tournament at home against Oakland 3-1 on penalty kicks.Senior defender Megan Fuller, who finished third on the squad with six assists, will return to help anchor a defense that only allowed 14 goals in 22 matches last season. Fuller is one of seven starters returning from last season’s team.The Buckeyes’ biggest hole to fill this year is on offense, after the graduation of star forward Tiffany Cameron.Cameron, a two-time first team All-Big Ten choice and a 2012 second team All-American, scored 21 goals in her senior season and added five assists to put her at the top of the OSU record books with 47 points on the season.Morehead State struggled during 2012, managing only 2 wins, but look to improve this year with nine starters returning to the team. The Eagles are 0-1 all-time against OSU, losing 5-0 in 2005.Eastern Michigan, who is returning 10 starters from last season’s 11-6-2 team, will play their first ever game against the Buckeyes.The Buckeyes won their only preseason match, beating Miami (Fla.) 1-0 behind a 14th minute goal from freshman forward Nichelle Prince.OSU will take on Morehead State on Friday at 7 p.m. and Eastern Michigan on Sunday at 6 p.m. Both games will be played at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

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Spain vs Argentina Messi out injured

first_imgArgentina have announced that Lionel Messi will not be participating in their upcoming international friendly against Spain after suffering another injury setback, according to 101GreatGoalsThe Argentina captain was notably absent from the side in their 2-0 over Italy at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium on Friday night with an adductor problem.Messi had resumed training with the rest of the national side at Real Madrid’s training ground, at the beginning of this week, for Argentina friendly against Spain at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.However, the 30 year-old has now suffered a further setback and Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli has decided that it is not worth risking his captain in a friendly and has withdrawn Messi from the final squad.Other notable absentees for Argentina are Angel Di Maria, who is injured himself, and Serie A duo Paulo Dybala and Mauro Icardi, who were not called up by Sampaoli for the national side.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.Manchester City’s David Silva will be absent for Spain due to personal reasons, while Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso is expected to make his international debut for Spain.last_img read more

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Frank Lampard discusses Premier League interest in Bogle

first_imgDerby County manager Frank Lampard insists the club have received no offer from Burnley or any other Premier League club for Jayden Bogle.The 18-year-old has been drawing attention from a host of top-flight teams and Lampard says he’s not surprised.Burnley have been one of the teams linked with a move for the young right-back who has broken into the Derby first team this season, under the tutelage of Lampard.But the former Chelsea midfielder, whose side visit the St. Mary’s to take Southampton in a FA Cup replay on Wednesday night, said Derby have had no contact.Frank Lampard, Chelsea, Premier LeagueFrank Lampard admits Chelsea may struggle for top-six spot Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Chelsea manager Frank Lampard couldn’t offer any guarantees on a top-six finish this season due to the strong competition.Asked if he was aware of any interest in Bogle, Lampard said, according to Lancashire Telegraph: “No, I am not but I wouldn’t be surprised because from the minute I have been here Jayden Bogle has been fantastic.”“I heard he was a talent, and he has shown that he can perform at a top level in the Championship and in our Carabao Cup run at Manchester United and at Chelsea.”“So, of course, people will look at players who are performing that well.”last_img read more

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Masked man robs Hillcrest bank at gunpoint uses Big Gulp to collect

first_imgMasked man robs Hillcrest bank at gunpoint, uses Big Gulp to collect stolen cash Updated: 3:12 PM Categories: Local San Diego News SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A masked gunman held up a credit union in Hillcrest Thursday morning, stashing the stolen cash in a convenience store cup before fleeing on foot, police said.It happened around 9:30 a.m. at the Mission Federal Credit Union branch at 269 West Washington Street, San Diego police public-affairs Officer Billy Hernandez said. Officers were searching for the suspect on the ground and from a police helicopter, and robbery detectives were responding to the credit union to investigate.According to dispatchers who were directing the search, the suspect was armed with a silver handgun and wearing some sort of face mask and sunglasses.Witnesses said he wore a gray hoodie, black gloves, white shoes and a San Diego State University-branded beanie.The FBI official press release reads:On 06/14/2018, a bank robbery occurred at the Mission Federal Credit Union, located at 269 West Washington Street, San Diego, California, 92103.  At approximately 9:30 a.m., the robber entered the bank and approached a teller while holding a large plastic “Big Gulp” cup in his left hand.  While at the teller station, the robber removed a handgun from his pocket with his right hand, pointed the handgun at the teller, and made a verbal demand for money.  The teller provided money to the robber by placing cash from his drawer into the large cup. The robber proceeded to a second teller and made a second verbal demand for money while continuing to brandish his weapon. The second teller also placed a sum of money inside the plastic cup. Thereafter, the robber fled the bank on foot.The robber took significant efforts to disguise his appearance.  For example, the robber wore a rubber mask covering his face and a large grey hooded sweatshirt with the hood worn over a dark grey beanie hat covering his head.   The robber also wore dark colored sunglasses and gloves to cover his eyes and hands. Long dark pants and white running shoes with black soles covered the remainder of his body.  The robber was described as standing approximately 6’0” tall and weighing approximately 200 lbs.If you have information regarding this robber, please contact the San Diego FBI at 858-320-1800 or San Diego Crime Stoppers at  (888) 580-8477;  www.sdcrimestoppers.org. Posted: June 14, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, June 14, 2018 KUSI Newsroom FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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No 8 Louisville Sweeps Doubleheader Against Brown

first_img Game One Highlights Preview LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A Justin Lavey walk-off single capped a successful night at the ballpark for the eighth-ranked Louisville baseball team, as the Cardinals took a pair of games from Brown on Friday at Jim Patterson Stadium. Photo Gallery Game Two Highlights Listen Live Watch Live Full Schedule Roster Poland earned his first collegiate victory in the nightcap, while Logan Wyatt led the offense with a 2-for-4 night at the plate. Print Friendly Version Next Game: Brown 2/23/2019 | 1:45 PM Detmers (1-0) struck out two more after the walk to finish the sixth, and set down the side in order in the seventh to mark the end of his day. Detmers finished the day with seven hitless innings and a career-high 11 strikeouts. ACC Network Extra Louisville chipped away at the lead with Snider driving in one in the bottom half of the fifth and Alex Binelas tying the game in the sixth on a sacrifice fly. The top of the lineup carried the load offensively for the Cardinals in game one, with Lucas Dunn, Jake Snider and Tyler Fitzgerald combining to go 8-for-10 at the plate with five runs and five RBIs. All three set career-highs in the win as Snider was a perfect 4-for-4 in the game, while Dunn scored four times and Fitzgerald drove in four. Friday’s nightcap was filled with drama as well, with the Cardinals falling behind 4-2 after Brown (0-2) plated three runs in the top of the fifth inning. Louisville (4-2) came within an out of a no-hitter in a 7-0 victory to start the day and closed it out with a 5-4 win in extra innings. The Cardinals will try to complete the series sweep on Saturday at 2:00 p.m., ET. PDF Box Score (Game One) Friday’s doubleheader started with dominant pitching, as Reid Detmers was nearly perfect in his second start of the season. The sophomore mowed down the first 16 batters he faced before issuing a one-out walk in the sixth inning. The southpaw struck out the side in the second and fourth innings during a stretch of eight strikeouts in nine hitters. Reid Detmers Postgame Bobby Miller took care of business on the mound for the Cardinals in relief of Nick Bennett, who allowed four runs, three earned, in his five innings of work. Miller punched out a career-best eight batters over four innings to keep the game tied and send it into extra innings. Dan McDonnell Postgame Freshman Jack Perkins took over on the mound in the eighth, working around a two-out free pass in a scoreless eighth and retiring the first two batters in the ninth. One out away from history, a looping fly ball deflected off the glove of a sliding Zach Britton in right field for the first and only hit of the game for the Bears. Story Links In the bottom half, Danny Oriente drew a four-pitch walk to lead off the inning and Trey Leonard came off the bench to steal second. After a strikeout, Drew Campbell beat out a soft groundball to first, moving the winning run 90 feet closer. A fly to left wasn’t deep enough to bring Leonard home from third, but Lavey delivered the two-out winner with a clean single to right to close out the doubleheader sweep. Brown threatened in its half of the 10th, drawing a leadoff walk and bunting the runner into scoring position. A two-out walk put two on, but Jared Poland extinguished the fire inducing a flyout to right to end the inning. Live Stats PDF Box Score (Game Two) last_img read more

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