Ooh, that's a good track. But is it going to make your baby any smarter? Hemera/Thinkstock In 1998, Georgia Governor Zell Miller asked his legislators to pony up enough money to give a CD of classical music to every parent of a newborn across the state. Eventually, a company that produced classical music CDs specifically for infants offered up free CDs for the ambitious new parents. The governor assured the state that listening to classical music while still in the crib would improve skills needed for math, engineering, "and even chess" [source: Issues2000]. To help make his pitch, Gov. Miller played Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" for the assembled lawmakers, though it's uncertain whether doing so improved the intelligence of any who were present that day. But what it did do was give more publicity to the so-called Mozart Effect. This term was thrust into the spotlight following a study that seemed to show improvement among college students who had listened to classical music … [Read more...] about Can music make my baby smarter?
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Spotify is unofficially all grown up. But it still has a long way to go before it comes into its own. On Tuesday, Spotify became a publicly traded company, every tech startup's milestone of adulthood. A little before noon ET, the music streaming service began trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol SPOT. The shares opened at $165.90 each, well above a "reference price" of $132 the NYSE set Monday night. Although shares slid throughout the day to eventually close at $149.01, the debut values Spotify at $26.5 billion. The Swedish company has taken an unusual tack in going public. Unlike with most multibillion-dollar IPOs, the founder didn't ring the opening bell. That's because Spotify, which charges $10 a month for commercial-free music, isn't selling a heap of new shares to rake in money. Instead, its shares will simply trade for whatever the investors think they're worth. "Spotify has never been a normal kind of company," Daniel Ek, the company's … [Read more...] about Spotify IPO shows how its streaming losses saved the music world
A lifelong violinist, Albert Einstein is shown in one of his rare public appearances as a musician, playing a 1941 benefit in Princeton, N.J. for the American Friends Service Committee to help refugee children in England. The composer's marches have the strong rhythm and catchy melodies that can appeal to the youngest of listeners. Sound The gallery will resume inseconds The Naxos music label produces a series of CDs featuring well-known classical music pieces for young listeners. Despite the Baby Mozart DVDs and the claims of "the Mozart Effect," much of the composer's music tends not to go over well with children. The Baby Mozart series won't have your child solving quadratic equations at age 3, but they are a perfectly fine way to introduce him or her to well-known classical music. Albert Einstein is shown playing the violin in his study in 1944. Show Caption of Expand By Timothy Mangan | Orange County Register January 2, 2009 at 3:00 am It … [Read more...] about Will classical music make your kid smarter?
Thanks to streaming, the global music industry is thriving. Revenues grew 8.1 percent last year to $17.3 billion, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, or IFPI, said Tuesday. It was the third consecutive year of growth following 15 years of decline and was driven by a 41.1 percent leap in revenue from streaming, according to the recording industry's worldwide trade group. It was also the highest rate of growth since 1919, almost a century ago when popular movies were still silent. For the first time, streaming was the single largest revenue source for music globally, at a 38 percent share. Paid subscriptions -- the source of most of the revenue growth -- jumped by 64 million new members, hitting 176 million total at the end of 2017, an increase of more than half. Meanwhile, digital downloads, typified by Apple's iTunes store, dropped 20.5 percent. Now Playing: Watch this: Spotify saved the music biz, but can Spotify save itself?... … [Read more...] about Global music sales jumped 8 percent because of all the streaming you did
When Google finally launches its rumored YouTube Remix platform this year, one of its other services will be put to rest. According to a reliable source, Google Play Music will be replaced as Google’s go-to music service with YouTube Remix. Not only that, but users will be forced off of Play Music by the end of 2018 and onto Remix. If you haven’t been following this story, looking back to December 2017 is the place to start. An initial report stated that Google had plans to create a Spotify-like music experience with a product called YouTube Remix that would offer better recommendations and the ability to play clips alongside music. A follow-up report surfaced weeks later suggesting that Google, YouTube, and major music industry labels had come to an agreement on terms that would allow YouTube to launch this new music subscription service. The agreement satisfied complaints that music industry folks had over copyright issues stemming from YouTube. Fast forward to … [Read more...] about Source: YouTube Remix Will Bring the End of Google Play Music
YouTube is remixing its subscription services, relaunching its Spotify-like YouTube Music as a $10-a-month membership mostly devoid of video and recasting YouTube Red's ad-free, paywalled video tier as YouTube Premium -- with a $2 price bump. In addition, Google Play Music, the other subscription streaming music service from the same parent company as YouTube, will be going away eventually. In a briefing this week, the company promised it will be closing gaps between the two services over the next month, so Google Play Music members don't lose the features they've grown accustomed to, including a cloud-based MP3 storage locker. Now Playing: Watch this: Google replaces YouTube Red with YouTube Premium 1:55 The new YouTube Music will continue to cost $10 a month, the standard price for a subscription streaming service. The new YouTube Premium, which bundles Music with the original shows and ad-free viewing of the current YouTube Red, will cost $12 a … [Read more...] about Here’s how YouTube Music is reinventing itself