Apple vs. Pandora: The Music-Streaming Duopoly
It became the fastest music video to reach 100 million views on VEVO. The wild child singer said she knows “things I’m doing that’s getting me into trouble and it’s just me doing what my heart and soul is telling me what to do.” Everything she’s done is “inspired by the music,” she said. Cyrus, who will release her new album “Bangerz” next month, also sang a cover of Melanie Safka’s “Look at What They’ve Done to My Song.” The guitar tune featured lyrics like “They think I’m half insane” and “I wish I could find a book to live in.” Cyrus has been added as one of the main performers for the second night at iHeartRadio’s festival at the MGM Grand Arena, joining a list that includes Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, Paul McCartney and Drake. Elton John, Katy Perry and Chris Brown performed Friday. Saturday’s day line-up also featured Jason Derulo, Avril Lavigne, The Wanted, The Band Perry and others. ___ Follow Mesfin Fekadu on Twitter: http://twitter.com/MusicMesfin Loading Slideshow Nicki Minaj The singer made these flower-shaped pasties a part of her 2012 tour. Do you think they add a nice touch to her already extravagant costumes? Pink The brazen singer decided to wear some duct tape pasties when in July 2012 when she decided to announce her new album. Nicki Minaj She wore prominent flower-shaped pasties with a lot of her costumes during tour. Hayden Panettiere Lady Gaga The singer is known for her love of pasties, pairing them with sheer outfits or wearing them by themselves for coverage on stage. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage) Lil’ Kim The most infamous pasty photo of all time… That is all.
09/22/13 01:11 AM ET EDT Subscribe Follow: AP Red Hot Chili Peppers performing live at Music Midtown. ATLANTA It was wet, muddy and slippery outdoors on the closing day of Atlanta’s third annual Music Midtown Festival, but the bands rocked on. Rainy weather didn’t dampen the mood of the crowd swarming into Piedmont Park in Atlanta’s downtown Saturday to catch 14 acts on three different stages. The festival was headlined by Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons and Red Hot Chili Peppers who closed out the festival with a two-hour set. Organizers said earlier that the festival had sold out Saturday, estimating more than 100,000 in attendance for the two-day weekend concert event. It rained much of Saturday, but conditions improved to simply overcast skies by the time Imagine Dragons’ performance began around 5:45 p.m. some five hours after the festival began. Acts from Capitol Cities, Weezer, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The Neighbourhood kept the crowd going despite afternoon rain. “I see the weather has cleared up,” said Dan Reynolds, the lead singer of Imagine Dragons. “I guess we came at a good time.” Reynolds also gave a shout out to the band’s drummer Daniel Platzman, who is from Atlanta. Reynolds also expressed his appreciation for being a part of the festival. “There are so many great bands at this festival,” he said. “I’m just glad to be on stage to perform for you all. Thank you for live music. We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the support of you” By nighttime, Red Hot Chili Peppers was the main attraction.
Investors cheered the news, sending shares of Pandora to its highest level in more than two years. But I wouldn’t get carried away just yet. Assuming the local U.S. advertising market is a $15 billion industry, this seems like a good strategy for Pandora. Unfortunately, management has not shown that it can effectively monetize the 7.5% market it already owns of the U.S. radio audience. Plus, without knowing how Apple, which also plans to attract advertisers with iTunes Radio, will attack this market, Pandora may end up just throwing good money after bad, and diluting its own stock by as much as 9%. I’m not saying Apple is just going to come in and kill off what Pandora has built. Worst case, I believe there’s room for both to strive. As I’ve said, Pandora’s death has been proclaimed by many companies and several music apps. It hasn’t happened yet. The problem, though, is that with iTunes Radio, which comes free on iOS 7, Apple has essentially launched a competing service that is targeted at more than 50% of Pandora’s listeners. Again, it’s too early to say with any degree of certainty how viable iTunes Radio will be. But how long did it take for Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser, which arrived free in every version of Windows, to kill off Netscape?
Google tests new music video search results
Google appears to be testing a new way to display the top search result for music videos. (Credit: Screenshot by YvoSchaap via Twitter) Music videos are no small potatoes for YouTube, and Google’s looking at making them bigger in Google Search results — literally. Related stories: Chrome for iOS learns pronouns As part of Google’s quest to more tightly integrate its different services, the company appears to be experimenting with how music videos appear in Google Search results, according to the blog Google Operating System . The top search result for a music video would be significantly larger preview of the video itself, in the style of a Google Now card, with additional information such as the artist name, song title, album name, and year released. It’s not clear if the preview will let you play the video directly from the search results list, or if you’ll have to click through to YouTube. It’s also unclear whether Google will be opening this test out to more people. A request for comment by Google and YouTube was not immediately returned. CNET will update the story when we hear back from them. Here’s how the search results look now for the same artist and song. (Credit: Screenshot by Google Operating System) Topics: