Samsung’s Milk Music has been downloaded 380,000 times despite only being available for select Samsung handsets. Samsung now plans to launch a premium version of the service. Read more »
Joss Whedon has taken inspiration from comic books and Shakespeare — his latest muse? Beyonce. The fanboy god surprised his fans tonight by releasing the newest film from his production company, exclusively on Vimeo On Demand. Read more »
Thievery Corporation is a Washington DC-based duo that defined and popularized a genre of music loosely called globetronica. They just released their latest album, Saudade. I caught up with Rob Garza (one half of the group) to talk about Internet, creativity, streaming, Pandora and Spotify. Read more »
Some consumers want better-sounding audio recordings, and some companies are ready to sell them snake oil, believes Meyer Sound founder John Meyer. Read more »
LG likes Chromecast’s way of casting media to the TV. So instead of copying it for webOS, the company decided to integrate casting into an open SDK capable of playing nice with multiple devices. Read more »
Music subscription service Spotify is getting ready to switch its data delivery technology from P2P to a server-client model, according to a TorrentFreak report. Spotify has long been using P2P for its desktop client, but not for mobile and web listening, and it makes sense that the company is looking to streamline its data delivery as mobile usage grows and bandwidth prices continue to decline. With the shift, Spotify is also closing the book on a little-known part of its past: uTorrent creator Ludvig Strigeus started working for Spotify after he sold his company to BitTorrent Inc. That sale was facilitated by none other than Spotify CEO Daniel Ek, who briefly served as uTorrent’s CEO.
The future of the media business continues to be an important and oftentimes confusing discussion. Here are a few thoughts. Read more »
Netflix is getting ready to launch in Germany in September, according to a local media report, and preparing an advertising campaign for multiple German cities. Read more »
Tubi TV is launching with 3,000 movies and TV show episodes on Amazons Fire TV as well as Roku’s set-top box and Microsoft’s Xbox 360. Read more »
iPhone media sharing app DabKick wants to make it easier for you to meet new people, so it introduced a room feature that lets you chat away while watching TV together. Read more »
Goodreads users can now automatically import the print and ebooks they’ve purchased on Amazon into their Goodreads accounts. Read more »
The makers of Big Buck Bunny and Sintel are raising money for a new animated feature film — but the campaign is still far from being completely funded. Read more »
After seven years of producing premium quality content, My Damn Channel is expanding its focus to talent management — and taking on a new name to do so. Read more »
Gramofon wants to connect your home stereo system to Spotify, much like many other connected speaker and home audio players. The unique twist? It will also offer shared Wi-fi. Read more »
Netflix may have only signed the peering agreement with Comcast because it had to, but the results clearly show a better performance for Comcast subscribers. Read more »
The Guardian has been experimenting with limited-edition printed newspapers that are produced by algorithms, based on the sharing habits of readers, and is rolling out a new version in the U.S. soon. But is that really what we want from our newspapers? Read more »
Mohu’s Channels is gaining basic time-shifting functionality as well as local file playback, thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign. Read more »
Social TV app Zeebox is now called Beamly, and wants to focus more on what happens after a show ends, rather than bug you with trivia during a show. Read more »
Aereo has plans to expand to 50 cities within the next 18 months if it wins its Supreme Court case, reports the Houston Chronicle, which recently got a tour of the Aereo facility there. The company is still keeping mum on current subscriber numbers, but CEO Chet Kanojia told the Chronicle that it’s already profitable in Houston, where it has hardware to serve up to 40,000 subscribers. Aereo has to defend itself in front of the Supreme Court in two weeks.
Chromecast owners just got a few more ways to beam audio to the big screen: Player FM, a podcast app and cloud service that we previously covered on Gigaom, added Chromecast support to its Android app Friday. Also now Chromecast-capable is Rocket Music, an Android music player that includes features like an equalizer and lyrics viewing. Don’t want to listen to your podcasts or music on your TV? Then you can always turn Chromecast into a networked audio player.
Amazons Fire TV impresses with speed and great gaming — but some other important features are still amiss. Read more »
Amazon is acquiring comiXology, the digital comics platform that happened to be the top-grossing non-game iPad app in 2012 and 2013. Read more »
Europeans who buy a new Samsung Galaxy S5 phone will get 6 months of free music with it, courtesy of Deezer. Its just the latest move to give premium music services away. Read more »
The value that social-media tools like Twitter bring to journalism becomes even more obvious when they are used in countries where the traditional media is failing to do its job, and Turkey’s @140journos group is a fascinating example of that at work Read more »
Third-party app support is coming to Sonos with the launch of Google Play Music: Users of Google’s music service can now cast directly to Sonos speakers. Read more »
This is pretty cool: Some developers from the Telefonica-owned European mobile carrier O2 have been toying with the idea to use an Android smart watches as a Chromecast remote. The O2 Lab team first used Google’s newly-released Android Wear SDK to build a basic remote control app, and then ported the same app to Sony’s Android-powered smart watch – presumably because they wanted to run it on an actual device as well. Check out the video below:
Washington Post editor-in-chief Marty Baron defended his decision not to finance Ezra Klein’s vision for a news Wikipedia, saying it didn’t make financial sense. He was probably right — but the Post should have done it anyway Read more »
Chromecast’s home screen has been a never-ending slideshow of pretty pictures ever since the device launched last summer. Soon, Google may add weather forecasts. Read more »
Lyve Minds, the personal media startup founded by former Apple exec Tim Bucher, is opening up pre-orders for its Lyve Home device on April 22nd, according to a newsletter sent out to subscribers Tuesday. Lyve Home, which helps to back up photos and synchronize them across your devices, will sell for $300, and the company just previewed some of its functionality in a stylish new YouTube video. Lyve Minds was previously known as Black Pearl Systems, and Bucher told me all about his plans at CES.
Clips featuring Elmo, Abby and Grover are available on plenty of sites online, but Sesame Go does offer paying users access to a few exclusives. Read more »
The owner of notorious file-locker site Megaupload is fight an extradition battle with the U.S. Now, Hollywood studios are piling on. Read more »
Google hasn’t given up on bringing Android to the living room, and it has been working on a very different way to develop and publish apps on TVs. Read more »
Accurately predicting where entertainment’s heading might be impossible, but trends and patterns are definitely emerging. The biggest one to arise: The power of fandom in driving the popularity of content. Read more »
Google is reportedly preparing for the launch of a new set-top box dubbed Android TV. Efforts to establish Android in the living room have been a long time coming. Read more »
Amazon is working on a Spotify-like music subscription service, which could launch as early as next month. Read more »
YouTube has delayed the launch of its music service even further. Part of the issue seems to be which videos to show while people play individual songs. Read more »
And the Chromecast apps keeping coming: Music subscription service Rhapsody added Chromecast support to its Android app this week, making it possible for users to cast any of its 32+ million songs to the TV. Chromecast support also popped up in Rhapsody’s Napster app, which is available in a number of European countries. Rhapsody’s embrace of Chromecast comes just days after Rdio rolled out its support for Google’s streaming stick. Competitor Beats Music has said that it wants to support Chromecast in the future as well, but Spotify is still non-committal.
The little icon that lets you cast videos to the TV screen could soon pop up on many more websites: JW Player is adding Chromecast support to its video player. Read more »
Amazon’s first set-top box does a few things differently that competitors like Roku and Apple TV. Check out our video walk-through to get a closer look at the product. Read more »
Broadband is the great enabler, the catalyst for some of the most exciting and innovative work being done in the digital media ecosystem. It’s also at the core of the Cable Show 2014, happening April 29-May 1, 2014, in Los Angeles. Find out more. Read more »