The Echo Nest

  1. Spotify, MTV Partner on Playlists, Editorial

    July 22, 2014 12:05 PM EDT "Spotify and Viacom have announced an editorial partnership that will bring MTV, VH1 and CMT's apps and curatorial voice to the Spotify platform in the U.S. The partnership will be U.S.-focused at the outset, with it likely to expand to ...

  2. Microsoft Opens Xbox Music to App Makers

    July 07, 2014 4:01 PM EDT Xbox Music has become the latest music streaming services platform to open up its API to third-party app developers , according to a post on Microsoft's MSDN blog  detailing API features like access to and management of metadata, affiliation ...

  3. Rdio Acquires Recommendation Company TastemakerX

    June 30, 2014 6:07 PM EDT Rdio, after announcing that it would "transition away" from the newly (at the time) Spotify-owned Echo Nest for its algorithmic recommendations, has announced its acquisition of the consumer-facing TastemakerX, a recommendation platform ...

  4. Spotify Said to Be Training for Its IPO, Practicing Earnings Calls (Report)

    June 23, 2014 10:20 AM EDT Since early this year, Spotify has been dropping hints that it may go public in the near future -- namely, obtaining a $200 million credit line ,  posting a job listing for an "External Reporting Specialist,"  and acquiring music intelli ...

  5. The Echo Nest's Paul Lamere on the Dangers and Solutions to Streaming Discovery (Q&A)

    May 08, 2014 2:21 PM EDT It's become fairly obvious to anyone paying half-attention that music streaming services are the future of consumption for the average listener, offering fans tens of millions of songs practically wherever they go. Because of the number of pe ...

  6. The Echo Nest CTO Brian Whitman on Spotify Deal, Man Vs. Machine, Why Pandora 'Freaks' Him Out (Q&A)

    March 26, 2014 3:02 PM EDT "We hate this stupid man versus machine dichotomy." As conversations about machine learning occurred on the main stage at Gigaom's Structure Data conference in New York, Brian Whitman spoke in a side suite of the Chelsea Piers eve ...

  7. Predicting What You Want To Hear: Music And Data Get It On

    March 25, 2014 7:30 PM EDT When I log on to Spotify, it recommends I listen to T. Rex because I listened to Marc Bolan. Bolan is the frontman of T. Rex. I roll my eyes and click away. “On the record, I’m going to get rid of that one.” That’s Brian Whitman, co-founder and c ...

  8. Morning Fix: Christian Rap Goes Mainstream; Big Machine Relaunches Dot Records; Meet Us, Vine's First Major-Label Story

    March 25, 2014 8:45 AM EDT Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE AGAINST THE TIDE, CHRISTIAN RAP GROWS AND GOES MAINSTREAM "We live under the banner of Romans 1:16, which says: 'For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvatio ...

  9. Rhapsody Dropping The Echo Nest

    March 24, 2014 11:41 AM EDT Unsurprisingly, Rhapsody has announced that it is ending its partnership with The Echo Nest, the Cambridge-based data think-tank acquired by Spotify earlier this month. It's the second Echo Nest partner, after Rdio a couple weeks ago , to end ...

  10. Rdio 'Transitioning Away' from Spotify-Owned Echo Nest (Source)

    March 12, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Rdio will likely not renew its business ties with The Echo Nest following Spotify's announcement  last week of its plans to acquire the music intelligence platform.  Speaking with CNBC  at SXSW, Rdio's Chief Executive Anthony Bay said, & ...

  11. Echo Nest Scientist Paul Lamere Explains the Future of Pressing 'Play'

    March 12, 2014 3:56 AM EDT While hordes of musicians were landing or sorting out their hotels on the first day of the SXSW Music, Paul Lamere gave a presentation to a small room in downtown's convention center centered on his experiments with music and data and the ba ...

  12. Beats Music Raises $60 Million in Funding

    March 11, 2014 2:51 PM EDT Beats Music has raised a second round of funding of aproximately $60 million, according to a source familiar with the deal. The money comes largely from current investors, including Jimmy Iovine, Dr. Dre and Access Industries with the cash bein ...

  13. Spotify's Ken Parks on an IPO, the Echo Nest Purchase (Q&A)

    March 11, 2014 4:59 AM EDT The past couple of weeks have brought a flurry of headlines about Spotify, beginning last week when it announced its acquisition of the Echo Nest for a reported $100 million and continuing with news this week of a $200 million credit line , leadi ...

  14. Spotify Obtains $200 Million Credit Line In Advance of Possible IPO (Report)

    March 10, 2014 12:46 AM EDT Spotify, one of the world's largest music music subscription services, has obtained a $200 million credit facility from lenders which may indicate an initial public stock offering is in the works, according to a report in the Financial Time ...

  15. Google's Eric Schmidt on Privacy, Power, Tech at SXSWi: 'We Were Attacked by the Chinese in 2010 and the NSA in 2013'

    March 07, 2014 9:27 PM EST The convention center's principal ball room, relatively quiet for the mass of people in town to attend, was all but filled with a half hour to go before the discussion began. It was an appropriate beginning, and introduction, to SXSWi; a talk ...

  16. Spotify's Daniel Ek, Echo Nest's Jim Lucchese Explain What The Big Data Deal Is (Q&A)

    March 07, 2014 2:30 PM EST Spotify, which appears to be putting the pieces in place for a possible initial public offering of its stock, on Thursday added a key component to its company by acquiring The Echo Nest, a data company and recommendation engine used by several of ...

  17. Morning Fix: Why Spotify Bought the Echo Nest; Tom Windish's Exec. SXSW Strategy; Is Gaga's Tour a Flop?; Lady Antebellum, Nancy Pelosi To Be Honored at Grammys on the Hill

    March 07, 2014 8:45 AM EST Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE BUSINESS MATTERS: WHY SPOTIFY BOUGHT THE ECHO NEST Spotify's acquisition of the Echo Nest signals the growing importance of data in the music business as context becomes king in a world of virt ...

  18. Business Matters: Why Spotify Bought The Echo Nest

    March 06, 2014 5:15 PM EST Spotify's acquisition of the Echo Nest signals the growing importance of data in the music business as context becomes king in a world of virtually unlimited content. The Swedish on-demand music streaming service has plenty of content, abou ...

  19. Spotify Acquires the Echo Nest

    March 06, 2014 10:19 AM EST Spotify announced today that it has acquired the Echo Nest. The deal will allow the streaming platform to utilize the music intelligence platform's widely-used algorithms to enhance user experience and music discovery for Spotify's mil ...

  20. Business Matters: Lyor Cohen's Midem Sound and Fury

    February 11, 2014 4:00 PM EST Lyor Cohen, who built a 32-year music career on pulling rabbits out of a hat, tried to do so again last week at Midem, one of the industry’s key conferences. In a keynote talk at the Cannes event, Cohen casually mentioned a deal he had signed the ...

  21. The Zero Button Music Player (Guest Post)

    January 15, 2014 5:21 PM EST Paul Lamere is director of developer Platform for music intelligence company The Echo Nest , and authors the popular blog, Music Machinery . The following Guest Post was reposted from Music Machinery .   Ever since the release of the Sony Walkman ...

  22. Midem Announces Finalists for Annual Midemlab Competition

    January 02, 2014 11:33 AM EST Midemlab, the think-tank competition of startup ideas in the digital music space, which takes place as part of the annual Midem music business conference in Cannes, France, has announced its list of finalists, thirty in all, across three categorie ...

  23. The Echo Nest Integrates Getty Images (Exclusive)

    October 29, 2013 11:00 AM EDT What do images have to do with sound? A lot, it seems. The Echo Nest, a music technology company based in Somerville, Mass., will be integrating more than 27,000 photos from Getty Images into its database of artist information. Subscribers of Ec ...

  24. Business Matters: Free Music Marches Onward

    October 03, 2013 5:24 PM EDT Rdio’s announcement Thursday that its app users can enjoy free radio shows free music is an powerful force. From YouTube, the world’s biggest jukebox, to freemium subscription services and Apple’s free-of-charge iTunes Radio, digital music servi ...

  25. The Echo Nest's Three Steps for Targeting Music Services' Most Valuable Users (From This Week's Issue)

    August 12, 2013 11:43 AM EDT Taste profiles, most often used to serve up recommendations and connect listeners to other users with like-minded tastes, has the potential to serve another purpose -- predicting which new customers will become high-value ones. According to a r ...

  26. Outside Lands: Live Music Meets Live Hacks

    August 10, 2013 9:00 AM EDT Music hack-a-thons, a fairly common occurrence thanks to a proliferation of application programming interfaces, is taking on a twist this week at the Outside Lands music festival in San Francisco -- allowing the hackers to sound out their digit ...

  27. Panelists Dive Into Album Credit Ecosystem at NARM's Music Biz 2013

    May 07, 2013 9:47 PM EDT Panel: The Album Credit Ecosystem Moderator: Maureen Droney, The Recording Academy Panelists: Alison Booth, Sony Nashville Jon Maples, Rhapsody International Ivy Skoff, Recording and Soundtrack Music Production Coordinator Shane Tobin, The Echo ...

  28. SiriusXM Launches MySXM Interactive Internet Radio Feature

    April 15, 2013 1:49 PM EDT SiriusXM Satellite Radio launched its answer to Pandora on Monday. Called MySXM, the feature creates an interactive Internet radio service by allowing users to personalize existing SiriusXM stations. The feature is available to all subscribers ...

  29. Can APIs Solve Music’s 'Crisis of Innovation'?

    March 14, 2013 4:39 PM EDT There’s an old saw among established technology companies that says innovation happens elsewhere, that big ideas can come from small, unexpected places. The best way to tap into that potential, according to this view, is to throw open the gates ...

  30. 13 Points to Watch at MIDEM 2013

    January 24, 2013 5:47 PM EST As the world's largest trade fair for the music industry, MIDEM can be daunting to navigate. Last year's gathering drew more than 6,850 attendees from 77 countries, representing 3,120 companies, including 155 startups. This year's ...

  31. Business Matters: What Mattered -- and Didn't -- in Digital Music Startup Funding in 2012

    December 26, 2012 4:52 PM EST Was 2012 a good year for music startup fundraising? It probably depends on your definition of a music startup and how many companies you'd like to raise the millions of dollars required to operate a licensed, on-demand music service. But make ...

  32. Five Digital Startups to Watch in 2013

    December 14, 2012 7:05 AM EST has been a banner year for digital innovation in music, from Kickstarter's increasing visibility in the mainstream to Spotify's steadily growing influence over how its users consume music. But there are plenty of companies worth wat ...

  33. Rhapsody Adopts Music App Strategy, Partners With Echo Nest

    November 15, 2012 12:41 PM EST The Echo Nest today announced on its blog a partnership with Rhapsody in which the two companies will create APIs to make it easier than ever for developers to build music apps. The news follows a story (below) published in this week's Billbo ...

  34. Blue Note Records App for iPad Breaks New Ground With OpenEMI Initiative

    October 04, 2012 2:09 PM EDT The iPad app released by Blue Note Records on Thursday appears to offer a wonderful experience through the legendary jazz label's storied history. But the real kicker here is how the app was made. The Blue Note app is the first commercially r ...

  35. From This Week's Billboard: EMI Opens Up The Vault

    September 21, 2012 2:04 PM EDT Below is an excerpt from the feature story "EMI Opens Up The Vault" -- a look at EMI's attempts to create an API to encourage app development -- from this week's edition of Billboard Magazine, which also features our cover stor ...

  36. Business Matters: Topspin Media the Latest to Embrace APIs

    September 18, 2012 7:40 PM EDT Topspin Media has launched a product called ArtistLink that allows developers to tap into the metadata of Topspin GoDirect artists. GoDirect is TopSpin's direct-to-fan platform that's free for users of Artist.MTV or $9.99 for artists who ...

  37. Billboard's 2012 40 Under 40: Power Players On The Rise

    August 06, 2012 9:30 AM EDT For the first time in the eight-year history of the Billboard Power Players series, we present 40 Under 40, an elite list of the young executives who are propelling our industry with their artistic and business vision. continues below Lee Anders ...

  38. 40 Under 40: Jim Lucchese

    August 02, 2012 2:50 PM EDT Jim Lucchese CEO, The Echo Nest Website: The.Echonest.com Twitter: @echonest Central Intelligence Jim Lucchese, 39, is leading the growth of "big data" in the music business. But the CEO of the Echo Nest, a music intelligence company bas ...

  39. Business Matters: Vevo Says UK Departures Will Not Impact US Operations

    July 17, 2012 5:51 PM EDT VEVO's Upside of UK Management Changes -- The recent departures of two top executives at Vevo U.K. will not impact U.S. operations, a company spokesperson tells Billboard.biz. A press release issued by Vevo last Friday announced that Nic Jone ...

  40. The Echo Nest Raises $17 Million, Plans to Branch Out From Music Discovery

    July 12, 2012 11:59 AM EDT The Echo Nest unveiled today that they have received $17.3 million in additional funding, with plans to branch out from the music data services that they currently fuel and into social discovery and other areas. The funding was led by Norwest Vent ...

  41. Business Matters: Kickstarter Funding Many Small Music Projects, But That Will Change

    June 22, 2012 5:47 PM EDT Kickstarter Funding Many Small Music Projects, But That Will Change -- More than half of all music projects -- 54.2%, to be exact -- on Kickstarter successfully meet their funding goal. This and other statistics are available on Kickstarter's ...

  42. App Wrap: Spotimy, Gumroad, Pinzee More

    May 31, 2012 6:00 PM EDT It's a good sign that so many people email Evolver.fm with music apps news. We're not too surprised, given that we're attracting a growing audience not only here, but on other publications where our articles appear: Wired.com, Gizmo ...

  43. Rethink Music Hackathon Winners: Having 'The Talk,' Dancing to Make Music, Concert Playlists

    April 25, 2012 8:56 AM EDT This week's Rethink Music conference kicked off with a weekend Hackathon, where participants built and presented 25 music "hacks," or hastily-created apps, at Microsoft's New England Research and Development Center (a.k.a. N.E. ...

  44. Business Matters: Why Concert Listing Sites Like Songkick, Bandsintown Matter in Today's Increasingly Fragmented Market

    April 24, 2012 4:26 PM EDT Why Concert Listing Sites Matter In Today and Tomorrow's Market -- There are far more ways to discover concerts than existed just a few years ago. But are more concert tickets being purchased? Probably not. But that doesn't mean the indu ...

  45. Business Matters: Is Music Still Core to Sony Corp's Mission?

    April 12, 2012 5:25 PM EDT Music May Be Losing Significance to Sony Sony Corp. wants to revitalize its electronics business, but how will it use music to get there? The company announced a transformation plan Thursday that includes shedding 10,000 jobs , or 6% of its global ...

  46. Business Matters: Internet Radio Services Need To Separate Themselves from the Crowd

    April 05, 2012 8:19 PM EDT Internet Radio Services Need To Separate Themselves from the Crowd -- Upstart Internet radio service Raditaz believes Pandora's problem is "repetition and a lack of diversity," the company says at an Echo Next blog post. So it' ...

  47. Spotify Integrates With The Echo Nest's API To Improve App Platform

    March 29, 2012 10:30 AM EDT The Echo Nest today announced that it will be integrating its API with Spotify, effectively allowing app developers to use the Echo Nest's vastly influential music intelligence algorithms in order to create apps within the Spotify model. All ...

  48. Topspin's New Partnership With MTV's Artists.MTV Music Hub Will Expand Company's Footprint

    March 15, 2012 6:31 PM EDT A company built in the 00's to help artists sell and market direct to their fans stands to get a big boost from a 30-plus-year-old company looking to bring artists and fans together: New artists pages to launch at MTV.com will feature direct- ...

  49. Backbeat: Heartless Bastards Rock RootMusic's Music Tech Mashup at @SXSWi

    March 14, 2012 9:40 AM EDT Music tech gatherings abounded in Austin Tuesday evening as SXSW's interactive conference ended, and the music attendees arrived in greater numbers. Billboard.biz missed the SXSW Music Tech Meet-Up at the Belmont (sponsored by Songkick, MXP4, ...

  50. Music Apps Gone Wild: The Moderator's Notes

    March 12, 2012 5:40 PM EDT After my panel at SXSW today, several people asked for copies of my presentation about the wildest, wackiest music apps we've seen over the past year. The presentation went well, and I even got some laughs and applause, which is always sort o ...

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