In his new position based in New York, Boutros will lead ASCAP’s technology strategy, working with the Digital Product, Data Strategy and Operations teams on global IT systems and infrastructure to support the organization’s cloud strategy. He’ll report to executive vice president and COO Brian Roberts.
OPUS is introducing blockchain based music streaming. Their system creates a global ledger with all the music that has ever been uploaded. This layer of music is accessible anytime, anywhere, and songs that have been purchased are always available for listening or downloading.
Three years ago the company hacked together a “quite rudimentary” version of its software to prove the concept, and has been refining it ever since while building its team and, in March 2017, raising $4m of funding.
“It is a well-known fact that Glenn Gould embraced technology and would have loved the direct-to-listener experience that is embraced by Primary Wave,” said Stephen Posen, sole executor of the Glenn Gould Estate, in a statement.
The Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) and digital textbook provider Kortext have bought a reading lists management system, rebus:list, from library management supplier PTFS Europe. The rebus:list system is designed to manage all kinds of reading lists, including university course reading for academic libraries and bestseller lists for public libraries.
Academics now regularly tap into the reservoir of digitized material that Google helped create, using it as a dataset they can query, even if they can’t consume full texts. It’s a pillar of the humanities’ growing engagement with Big Data.
Blockchains are not autonomous god computers that just do your bidding. They require service providers to make things happen (core programmers, hosted nodes, miners, wallets, etc). You can’t just eliminate companies that provide services and expect there to be some universal user interface that will handle all of your needs.
The struggling digital music service today secured a fresh round of funding that assures SoundCloud will remain independent, even as a new executive team takes over to steer the service into the future.
British AI-music startup Jukedeck has been on the music industry’s radar for three years now, since TechCrunch’s August 2014 report on its “responsive music software” that could write music like a human would, for royalty-free use in online videos.