Thanks to hipsters and pretty damn unfavourable royalties contracts, vinyl generated more income for British music acts than YouTube last year.Just consider that for a moment.Fresh figures from BPI show that vinyl sales in the UK -- over two million, the most since 1994 -- generated £25.1 million in record industry revenues in 2015.Though the popularity of music video streams skyrocketed by 88% to almost 27 billion over the same period, YouTube and similar ad-supported streaming platforms only brought in £24.4 million.Yet the fact that sales revenues dipped in a record year for British music shows clearly that something is fundamentally broken in the music market, so that artists and the labels that invest in them no longer benefit fairly from growing demand.Somewhere right now, the smug ghost of Prince is shrugging his shoulders and struggling not to say "I told you so."
Thanks to hipsters and pretty damn unfavourable royalties contracts, vinyl generated more income for British music acts than YouTube last year.Just consider that for a moment.Fresh figures from BPI show that vinyl sales in the UK -- over two million, the most since 1994 -- generated £25.1 million in record industry revenues in 2015.Though the popularity of music video streams skyrocketed by 88% to almost 27 billion over the same period, YouTube and similar ad-supported streaming platforms only brought in £24.4 million.Yet the fact that sales revenues dipped in a record year for British music shows clearly that something is fundamentally broken in the music market, so that artists and the labels that invest in them no longer benefit fairly from growing demand.Somewhere right now, the smug ghost of Prince is shrugging his shoulders and struggling not to say "I told you so."
In the end you might find you prefer using them to the more well-known alternatives.You will have to stump up some money for Poweramp but you can use the 15-day trial version to see if the app is really for you.$1.99, iOS JukeboxJukebox isn t a standalone music player in and of itself but it does turn Dropbox into one, slurping up all the tracks you ve stored in your cloud locker and letting you browse through them by artist, album and so on... just like any regular music player would.Obviously the appeal will be limited to those who ve got a ton of music stored in their Dropbox account, but Jukebox looks sleek and stylish, and new features are being added at an impressive rate.The entry fee is a little steep but it s worth it for the quality you get, both in terms of features and audio fidelity.$5.99, iOS DoubleTwistDoubleTwist has all kinds of strings to its bow, with support for music, video, podcasts, and online radio baked right into the app.
In the end you might find you prefer using them to the more well-known alternatives.You will have to stump up some money for Poweramp but you can use the 15-day trial version to see if the app is really for you.£1.49, iOS JukeboxJukebox isn t a standalone music player in and of itself but it does turn Dropbox into one, slurping up all the tracks you ve stored in your cloud locker and letting you browse through them by artist, album and so on, just like any regular music player would.Obviously the appeal will be limited to those who ve got a tonne of music stored in their Dropbox account, but Jukebox looks sleek and stylish, and new features are being added at an impressive rate.£4.49, iOS DoubleTwistDoubleTwist has all kinds of strings to its bow, with support for music, video, podcasts, and online radio baked right into the app.Having initially made its name in Europe it s now available in over 180 countries and has 40 million plus tracks in its catalogue.
In its present state, Google Magenta has about half a dozen researchers onboard, though others will be invited to help develop these so-called creative machines.In addition to potentially providing humanity with a new form of artwork to enjoy, this research project could help tackle another aspect of artificial intelligence that is lacking — creativity, or better stated, the ability for an AI to think creativity.In a statement on his Google Research page, Eck says:I m a research scientist working on the Magenta project, an effort to generate music, video, images and text using machine intelligence … The question Magenta asks is, Can machines make music and art?The goal if Magenta is to produce open-source tools and models that help creative people be even more creative.I m primarily looking at how to use so-called generative machine learning models to create engaging media.Additionally, I m working on how to bring other aspects of the creative process into play.
But I think we can all celebrate being near the end of the worst day of the week with a little slice of complete insanity, can t we?Kendra Wilkinson—who I m told is perhaps best known for being the former girlfriend of Playboy magnate Hugh Hefner before spinning that fame off into both reality television and now apparently a singing career—spends much of the video transposed into several scenes from the classic scifi show, half-heartedly belting out her first single, Lost in Space.I m not entirely sure why the song is called Lost in Space, but at least it gave us this ridiculous music video, where Wilkinson has inserted herself into Lost in Space, seemingly solely to torment Dr. Smith.Honestly, it s mainly worth watching for the brief moment of Doctor Smith saying What is this, some sort of dance movement!?as Kendra and some silhouetted dancers bop about on a monitor screen.What is this madness indeed... Uproxx
Last year, the company s DeepDream program created remarkable art by attempting to detect faces and other patterns in images.Inspired by the competitive success of AlphaGo and the cultural appeal of DeepDream, Google plans to expand its AI further into the humanities with the creation of the Magenta project, reports Popular Science.Set to launch June 1, the Magenta project is an effort to generate music, video, images and text using machine intelligence, writes researcher Douglas Eck on Google s website.Along with its open-sourced AI engine, TensorFlow, the Magenta project will produce open-source tools and models that help creative people be even more creative, Eck writes.And when independent developers use a particular open-source engine, that engine has a better chance of becoming an industry standard.At the Moogfest music and technology festival, Eck shared an idea about an app that would feature the art developed by the Magenta project users, reports Popular Science.
In the end you might find you prefer using them to the more well-known alternatives.You will have to stump up some money for Poweramp but you can use the 15-day trial version to see if the app is really for you.£1.49, iOS JukeboxJukebox isn t a standalone music player in and of itself but it does turn Dropbox into one, slurping up all the tracks you ve stored in your cloud locker and letting you browse through them by artist, album and so on, just like any regular music player would.Obviously the appeal will be limited to those who ve got a tonne of music stored in their Dropbox account, but Jukebox looks sleek and stylish, and new features are being added at an impressive rate.£4.49, iOS DoubleTwistDoubleTwist has all kinds of strings to its bow, with support for music, video, podcasts, and online radio baked right into the app.Having initially made its name in Europe it s now available in over 180 countries and has 40 million plus tracks in its catalogue.
Queen lead guitarist, astrophysicist and lifelong stereoscopics obsessive Brian May has released his own virtual reality device – a handheld, smartphone-based VR headset called the Owl VR.May is the founder of the London Stereoscopic Company, a business venture selling modernised Victorian-era stereoscopes and viewing cards.There's a certain quirk factor about the Owl beyond its inventor, though.It doesn't surround the eyes, meaning that while ambient light can spoil the view the lights were turned off during the demonstration to optimise the experience – a 3D, cartoon music video of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody , viewers can still access their phones controls without fiddling around with openings and flaps.What looks like a large fridge magnet holds the phone in place but this simple solution has a long-term drawback – the adhesive will wear out easily if transferred between phones.The Owl will cost £25 when it launches next month, although compared to the £15 Cardboard, it's pretty flamboyant.
Last time we watched a spectacular zero-gravity video, we were enjoying a new OK Go out-of-the-box music video.DON T MISS: The iPhone 7 might actually be in troubleTony Hawk and Aaron Jaws Homoki are the stars of the following video, as they both try to perform a variety of tricks in different types of gravity.They give Mars gravity and Moon gravity a try before moving to what seems to be the best trick of all: skateboarding without weighing anything.But the two famed skateboarders seem to be having fun even when there s not enough gravity to help them pull off some of their best moves.In fact, you may very well say that the absence of gravity seems to motivate them to come up with ways to still entertain fans.The entire thing is a promo for Sony s 4K cameras, but that doesn t make it any less watchable – check out the full video below.
The crazy, 80s style martial art film that saw a Miami Police Detective go back in time to defeat Hitler?If not, stop whatever you're doing right now and spend the next 30 minutes watching the full thing here:Now get excited: As it appears that Kung Fury II is happening, following a tweet showing the script from producer Dave Osry.It'll be interesting to see what direction the creators take with the sequel.At the end, Kung Fury spots a swastika on an arcade machine robot back in 1985, revealing that Hitler is somehow still alive.The final shot of the film is Hitler flying off screen on a mechanical bird.Sadly there are no other details yet, such as whether it will be produced traditionally or whether the creators will once again turn to Kickstarter.
The crazy, 80s style martial art film that saw a Miami Police Detective go back in time to defeat Hitler?If not, stop whatever you're doing right now and spend the next 30 minutes watching the full thing here:Now get excited: As it appears that Kung Fury II is happening, following a tweet showing the script from producer Dave Osry.It'll be interesting to see what direction the creators take with the sequel.At the end, Kung Fury spots a swastika on an arcade machine robot back in 1985, revealing that Hitler is somehow still alive.The final shot of the film is Hitler flying off screen on a mechanical bird.Sadly there are no other details yet, such as whether it will be produced traditionally or whether the creators will once again turn to Kickstarter.
The tech giant originally announced Magenta last month, stating that that the initiative would focus on training AI to create its own music, video, and art.Basically, if Magenta's AI succeeds at becoming more creative, it could help improve the language capabilities of Google's AI.So far, machine-generated music works well in small chunks, but can't form any long narrative chunk, Douglas Eck, the research scientist leading Magenta, wrote in the blog post."The design of models that learn to construct long narrative arcs is important not only for music and art generation, but also areas like language modeling, where it remains a challenge to carry meaning even across a long paragraph, much less whole stories," Eck wrote.Building AI that can create music also has more specific use cases.When Google announced Magenta last month, Eck said  that it could create music to counteract stress.You may have unknowingly interacted with TensorFlow, which uses a process known as deep learning to complete tasks all on its own, when using the search function in Google Photos.TensorFlow's sophisticated image recognition is why you can search for a landmark in Google Photos and expect it to bring up appropriate photos of that search.Magenta has also added its software to its GitHub page that outside researchers and coders can use.More from Tech Insider:Nintendo's worst console might be the best one to buy right nowYou can buy a replica Darth Vader helmet from Star Wars: The Force Awakens for $3,5009 incredible features in Solarin, a military-grade Android phone that costs $17,000Here's what we know about Magenta — Google's new division working to make AI creativeThe billionaire founders of Airbnb just pledged to give away the majority of their wealthNOW WATCH: Chrome has a ton of hidden features — here s how to find and enable themLoading video...
Android MicroSD Card ReaderExpandable storage is one of the many great things about Android smartphones as compared to the iPhone, but some models don t include this key feature.In fact, there are even some wildly popular Android phones that don t ship with microSD card support, like the Samsung Galaxy S6.Check out the UNITEK Multi-in-1 Micro SD Card Reader Adapter, which is now just $8 shipped on Amazon.Ideal solution for Android smartphones or tablets with OTG function but without an SD memory card slot,Compatible with PC or Mac computers and any PCs with USB A port; Supports data transfer rate up to 480 MbpsInnovative card reader with OTG function facilitates to transfer data for tablets and mobile phonesMulti-in-1 Micro SD Card Reader lets you easily transfer music, video, pictures and documents to your devices that supports On-The-Go Technology.Enter code 8WA2OISK at checkoutThis device has a 4-star rating with from 300 customer reviews, and it supports newer microSD cards up to 64GB.UNITEK Multi-in-1 Micro SD Card Reader Adapter: $7.99 with free Prime shippingFollow @BGRDeals on Twitter to keep up with the latest and greatest deals we find around the web
The app will combine videos of models with exclusive music performances, aiming to highlight Playboy s stylish, sexy, and seductive attitude, according to a press release.The new service will cost just 99 cents per month, and will be shareable among friends.In addition to music, subscribers will also get exclusive access to model galleries featuring portraits from the music videos the company plans to release monthly with new music.Playboy has long had a love affair with music, with music criticism and sponsored live shows like the Playboy Jazz Festival dating back to the magazine s inception in 1953.As the company looks to expand its reach into the digital realm, it makes sense that it would embrace some sort of music platform.At such a low price point, it s hard to imagine the service will have a tough time getting at least a moderate number of subscribers for the Playboy Music app, especially given the added bonus of some attractive people to look at.
Image Source: Matt and KimAfter an excruciatingly long winter, you re probably still trying to figure out how to deal with the sudden onslaught of summer.It s hard to suddenly adjust to the sun and get back in the spirit after huddling in your home for so long, but thankfully, indie rock duo Matt and Kim are here to help with their latest music video.SEE ALSO: Batman v Superman unleashes Ultimate Edition trailer with unseen footageYou might remember Matt and Kim from that one episode of Community, or perhaps from a previous music video in which both Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino took off all of their clothes as they walked through Times Square.The music video for Let s Run Away a song off the duo s new EP, We Were the Weirdos , was also filmed in New York, but features significantly less nudity.Rather, Matt and Kim explain that this video was inspired by Nicolas Vuignier, who created a GoPro filming technique called centriphone while skiing.Here s what happened when the band implemented the technique: We d be spinning this coat hanger contraption as fast as we could.
I remember the days of coming home from school and tuning into MTV's "TRL," a program that counted down the top music videos in front of screaming mobs of adolescent girls.Today, teens are finding the same guilty pleasure in an app.Musical.ly is a DIY music-video making app, where users or "musers," as they're called create 15-second videos of themselves lip-syncing and dancing along to popular music.You can "heart" videos and create digital duets with your "BFFs," or people you follow and who follow you back.More than 70 million people have registered, mostly teens.If the target demographic isn't abundantly clear from scrolling through the featured videos, the app also reminds you during sign-up, when it enters 2000 as the default birth year.I talked with a handful of middle schoolers for Musical.ly tips, and entered the mysterious world of teen-tech to see what the buzz is all about.Here are the basics.View As: One PageSlides
I remember the days of coming home from school and tuning into MTV's "TRL," a program that counted down the top music videos in front of screaming mobs of adolescent girls.You can "heart" videos and create digital duets with your "BFFs," or people you follow and who follow you back.The Featured feed is also a good place to find inspiration.Users, or "musers," include the hashtag featureme in their posts in order to be discovered by the app's curators.Being 10 years older than most musers, I don't have many friends on the app, so I mostly follow mainstream celebrities like Selena Gomez, Jason Derulo, and Ariana Grande.Though a majority of videos feature lip-syncing, you're really only limited by your imagination.
View photosMoreHttps%3a%2f%2fblueprint-api-production.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fcard%2fimage%2f108443%2fcdf763126c764f9f955ecf6f6ae92324As a DJ, Björk is a stunning virtual reality experience.The iconic producer of lush music and complex visual worlds premiered her new virtual reality exhibition, Björk Digital,at Carriage Works in Sydney, Australia on Friday and Saturday with a DJ set of more than five hours.Tucked into the corner of a carnivorous hall Saturday night rather than on a stage, the singer was surrounded by plants and barely visible, except to those who managed to elbow their way to the front.That's likely what most of the audience paid more than A$100 to experience — not a confusing DJ set in an anonymous dance hall, but a chance to commune with an artist whose creative output through music, fine arts and technology has been so rich.Visitors can also see Björk's dramatic "Black Lake" music video made by Andrew Thomas Huang for the Museum of Modern Art, as well as use the virtual reality headsets to enter two previously released virtual reality experiences, "Stonemilker VR" and "Mouthmantra VR."Another two rooms allow visitors to play with apps and musical instruments from Björk's Biophilia science education project, as well as watch a reel of some of her most groundbreaking music videos.
Apple reviews every app that hits the store for all four of its platforms iOS, OS X, watchOS and tvOS to make sure they follow Apple s guidelines for content, functionality, privacy guidelines and more.This can often be exacerbated when developers want to update existing apps.Apple allows developers to sell subscriptions in the App Store, but until now those subscriptions have been limited to music, video, services and news apps.They will be the first listing in search results and will be clearly marked as ads.Ad relevance will be prioritized over ad spend, which means developers can t simply buy more ads to get a better search ad ranking.Of all the new announcements, Search Ads seem to be the feature that will be the most controversial, but with the most potential to impact downloads and sales.
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