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Posted on05 July 2015 11:20 PM GMT

Apple Music - The Verdict

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Apple Music - The Verdict

I will preface this article by saying that I am a long term music fanatic - having amassed some circa 10,000 12" records over the years, as well as a considerable volume of CDs - music is a constant in my every waking moment. Over the past 10 years I have gradually and almost fully transitioned to digital. I’ve been using iTunes since 2010, and am an early adopter of Spotify. I buy between 2 and 10 albums worth of music on roughly a weekly basis - this comes from a variety of sources -

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Posted on31 December 2014 12:29 AM GMT

Sound of 2015 - Key New Artists championed by BBC, MTV, iTunes, Spotify et al

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Sound of 2015 - Key New Artists championed by BBC, MTV, iTunes, Spotify et al

Time has come around again to scope out new directions and find some new blood which may just strike it big in the forthcoming 12 months or so. I’ve already discarded some nominations as they featured heavily last year, or have already released a commercial album (you can unleash infinity mix-tapes and still feature!). Anyway, should be something for everyone here from this list of 88 contenders. James Bay seems to be favourite already, and has already picked up the BRIT Critic’s

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Posted on30 June 2014 1:12 PM GMT

BBC Glastonbury 2014 online coverage is rich in detail but somewhat labyrinthine

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BBC Glastonbury 2014 online coverage is rich in detail but somewhat labyrinthine

From previous blog posts you will know that I’m a huge music fan and sometime armchair festival attendee. The two big annual music festivals are of course Coachella (covered by YouTube) and Glastonbury (covered by BBC). These are very different events in many ways and Glastonbury has far more scale and complexity than Coachella. That said, this year’s Coachella coverage by YouTube was a high water mark as you can read in my [previous post].

 

I love the way that YouTube had

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Posted on02 January 2014 5:03 PM GMT

Sound of and New Artists for 2014 - BBC, MTV, iTunes, Spotify et al

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Sound of and New Artists for 2014 - BBC, MTV, iTunes, Spotify et al

It’s that time again when musos try to predict the breaktrough acts of 2014. In the past I’ve always led on ’BBC’s Sound of ...’, but this year I have decided to do an aggregate listing of everyone recommended by BBC, GlobalGrind, iTunes, MTV, Spotify and others. The first is the entire long-list, followed by ’Most Hyped’ (most mentions) and finally my 5 top picks - should be something for everyone here!:

 

Alphabetical:

  • Banks - Fusing dark R&
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Posted on28 May 2013 10:14 PM GMT

BBC Big Weekend coverage not quite keeping pace with what's possible

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BBC Big Weekend coverage not quite keeping pace with what's possible

Following YouTube’s best ever streaming coverage of Coachella, it would have been nice to see the BBC match its ambition. Of course in some areas the BBC coverage was infinitely superior, but the Beeb is still not really getting into social media, and the usually brilliant inclusions of setlists were glaringly absent this year.

 

I also felt that YouTube’s streaming / interface was smoother and smarter. When viewing the BBC feed it dropped out a few times and needed a browser

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Posted on02 November 2012 4:23 PM GMT

Affino 7 Key Inspirations

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Affino 7 Key Inspirations

An enormous amount of input goes into every major Affino version release, and Affino 7 is no exception. Front and centre to all our considerations are our customers’ ongoing requirements and feature requests - Affino almost wholly evolves along collaborative lines between the Comrz Team and every single one of Affino’s users.

 

It’s frequently a tough job consolidating all the different diverse requirements into a single streamlined system, but this is what we do every

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Posted on03 August 2012 9:16 AM GMT

Sharp typography and smart colour combinations give the 2012 London Olympics a superb modern look

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Gymnastics Venue - North Greenwich Arena (The O2) (adapted by Populous)

 

Much has been written about the exterior design of the new London 2012 Olympic Venues, Stadium and Olympic Park. There has been far less coverage of the actual interior designs of the various venues - the playing surfaces, perimeter wraps, boundary decorations and signage.

 

I’m fortunate to live right next door to one of the minor outdoor venues - Hyde Park, home to the Triathlon and 10K

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Posted on25 June 2012 11:52 PM GMT

BBC's Hackney Weekend Coverage is Peerless, could do a lot more with Social Media though

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BBC's Hackney Weekend Coverage is Peerless, could do a lot more with Social Media though

I’m an avid follower of the world’s leading music festivals - specifically how they are broadcast and ’packaged’ for the digital audience. I’ve kept tabs on the BBC’s and YouTube’s coverage of music festivals over the last few years, and reported back on how each has evolved their offering - benchmark events have been Glastonbury in the UK and Coachella in the US. In this Olympic year, there is no Glastonbury, so we will use BBC 1’s Big Weekend

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Posted on18 April 2012 10:36 PM GMT

YouTube's Coachella Live is even better second time around

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YouTube's Coachella Live is even better second time around

Last year I blogged about catching the year’s first big music festival courtesy of YouTube - who broadcast live form the 5 stages over the 3 days. I raved about the really clever interface - how they included hashtags into their live updates - and how slickly the whole thing worked, including the uninterrupted streaming broadcast itself.

 

This year the layout of the interface was even better - with the current and upcoming bands listed in the centre, and the updates off to the

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Posted on10 January 2012 11:30 AM GMT

Netflix launched in UK with 30 day free trial

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Netflix launched in UK with 30 day free trial

I’ve been waiting a while now for the arrival of Netflix on these shores, so was it worth the wait?

When I received the initial email invitation, it’s poor quality made me unsure as to whether this was some sort of phishing effort. This was not helped by the very basic Netflix holding page presented to UK users.

In any case, I had been waiting a while for this so I dipped my toes into the 30 day free trial. You have to enter you credit card details during registration, which will

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