Web Watch : Apps, Spotify, Apple Pay, Google Inbox, John Coltrane

Web Watch is a collection of articles from around the web that in one way or another have relevance to musicians.  

From trends on social media to technology, marketing and PR.  

From music streaming to Apps to iPhones and beyond.

We filter out what is important and present it as part of this series of posts.

Click on the heading to read the full text.

U2: ‘It’s the job of art to be divisive’

Thirty years after becoming the biggest band in the world, Bono and co still polarise opinion. Here, taking a break in the Côte d’Azur, they discuss the Ireland of their youth, their Apple album giveaway – and why Bono works with people he would have once loathed.


The End Of Apps As We Know Them

The experience of our primary mobile screen being a bank of app icons that lead to independent destinations is dying. And that changes what we need to design and build.

How we experience content via connected devices – laptops, phones, tablets, wearables – is undergoing a dramatic change. The idea of an app as an independent destination is becoming less important, and the idea of an app as a publishing tool, with related notifications that contain content and actions, is becoming more important. This will change what we design, and change our product strategy.


Re/code’s Excellent Google Inbox Adventure

Earlier today Google announced a new app for email, one that is meant to be an alternative to the existing Gmail app. We at Re/code have just gotten access to the new app, called simply “Inbox,” and as is often the case with our review process, we started chatting about our first impressions.

So, rather than go through a laundry list of features that many of you can’t even access yet, we thought we’d share our dialogue with you.

What John Coltrane on the Billboard Charts Tells Us About Music Sal...

For all of you who didn’t know, the legendary John Coltrane has a new album out, released forty seven years after his death. Offering: Live AtTemple University showcases Coltrane in his ultimate, brilliant, and arguably, most alienating epoch: jettisoning the earthly tethers of his classic quartet, and yearning for the galaxies of Interstellar Space.

The concert was recorded just seven months prior to Coltrane’s death, and it provides fresh glimpses into a sound which consumed him in his final months—or at least, so I’ve been told.

The future fracturing of the internet: How access will define the w...

The future of the web is a system that is completely different depending on the method of access, to the point where many will think of it as several completely different things, thanks to the future evolution of technologies such as virtual reality.

When the World Wide Web launched a quarter of a century ago, it was accessed on hulking desktop computers in university labs and the homes of the wealthy but nerdy.


How Google’s Latest “Panda” Algorithm Should Change Your Content St...

Panda “4.1″ – another iteration of Google’s algorithm aimed at low-quality web content — hit on September 25, and some brands saw upward of a 90 percent loss in their organic search footprint, according to initial research conducted at BrightEdge.

In this post, we’ll go over the latest Panda iteration, and what it could mean for your website’s content strategy based on findings on which sites were impacted positively and negatively.


Spotify’s Secret Weapon

Spotify announced in March the acquisition of The Echo Nest, the industry’s leading music intelligence company. The deal signals the rising importance of big data in the music industry. Founded by MIT Media Lab doctoral students Tristan Jehan and Brian Whitman, The Echo Nest provided intelligence to some of the world’s leading music services including Clear Channel’s iHeart radio, Rdio, SiriusXM, and social media networks such as Foursquare, MTV, Twitter, and Yahoo.  This might change as the company moves away from being an open source platform, useful to outside developers as well, and services Spotify exclusively. Spotify, whose market cap is estimated at around $5billion, acquired the music discovery company for reportedly $100M, with 90% paid up in equity.


The complete guide to Apple Pay – Quartz

Miniature Tim Cook not included.(Reuters/Stephen Lam).  Apple launched its mobile payments service, Apple Pay, today in the US. It has the chance—if successful—to become the first mainstream mobile payments service in many markets. We’ve assembled what we think will be common questions (with answers) about Apple Pay—and its potential implications for Apple, its users, and the world of payments.


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