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      Spotify to lay off 17% of workforce

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Monday, 4 December, 2023 - 14:27

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    Spotify will axe almost a fifth of its workforce after warning that economic growth had slowed dramatically and it needed to cut costs as the music streaming giant seeks to turn subscriber growth into consistent profitability.

    In a memo to staff on Monday, chief executive Daniel Ek said Spotify would cut about 17 percent of its global workforce, about 1,500 people. Spotify employs more than 9,000 people worldwide.

    “I recognize this will impact a number of individuals who have made valuable contributions,” Ek said. “To be blunt, many smart, talented, and hard-working people will be departing us.”

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      Internet Archive’s legal woes mount as record labels sue for $400M

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Tuesday, 15 August, 2023 - 18:21

    Internet Archive’s legal woes mount as record labels sue for $400M

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    Major record labels are suing the Internet Archive, accusing the nonprofit of "massive" and "blatant" copyright infringement "of works by some of the greatest artists of the Twentieth Century."

    The lawsuit was filed Friday in a US district court in New York by UMG Recordings, Capitol Records, Concord Bicycle Assets, CMGI, Sony Music Entertainment, and Arista Music. It targets the Internet Archive's "Great 78 Project," which was launched in 2006.

    For the Great 78 Project, the Internet Archive partners with recording engineer George Blood— who is also a defendant in the lawsuit—to digitize sound recordings on 78 revolutions-per-minute (RPM) records. These early sound recordings are typically of poor quality and were made between 1898 and the late 1950s by using very brittle materials. The goal of the Great 78 Project was to preserve these early recordings so they would not be lost as records break and could continue to be studied as originally recorded.

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      Spotify ejects thousands of AI-made songs in purge of fake streams

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Tuesday, 9 May, 2023 - 13:20

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    Spotify has removed tens of thousands of songs from artificial intelligence music start-up Boomy, ramping up policing of its platform amid complaints of fraud and clutter across streaming services.

    In recent months the music industry has been confronting the rise of AI-generated songs and, more broadly, the growing number of tracks inundating streaming platforms daily.

    Spotify, the largest audio streaming business, recently took down about 7 percent of the tracks that had been uploaded by Boomy, the equivalent of “tens of thousands” of songs, according to a person familiar with the matter.

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      Cette IA snob analyse votre Spotify pour critiquer vos mauvais goûts musicaux

      François Manens · news.movim.eu / Numerama · Wednesday, 23 December, 2020 - 14:31

    Le média The Pudding a créé un outil très drôle pour juger vos tendances sur Spotify. Au cas où les remarques acerbes de votre ami trop « underground » pour aimer la musique « mainstream » vous aurez manquées. [Lire la suite]

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      Spotify et Epic s’insurgent contre la baisse de la taxe Apple sur l’App Store

      Julien Lausson · news.movim.eu / Numerama · Wednesday, 18 November, 2020 - 17:47

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    Ni Spotify ni Epic n'approuvent la baisse annoncée par Apple sur l'App Store pour les développeurs de petite et moyenne envergure. Et les deux entreprises le font savoir. [Lire la suite]

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      uTorrent Inventor Wins Prestigious Technology Innovation Award

      Ernesto Van der Sar · news.movim.eu / TorrentFreak · Saturday, 14 November, 2020 - 10:54 · 2 minutes

    spotify-utorrent Most developers can only dream of creating software that’s used by hundreds of millions of people across the globe.

    Swedish programmer Ludvig Strigeus is one of the lucky few to have reached this milestone. Not once, but twice.

    File-sharing veterans will remember Strigeus, who’s known online by his nickname Ludde, as the creator of uTorrent. However, he also singlehandedly laid the groundwork for the backend and frontend of Spotify, where he still works today.

    Both applications reached an audience of hundreds of millions of users, albeit with different reputations in the music industry. The torrent client, while perfectly legal, is often associated with piracy, while Spotify now generates billions of dollars in revenue for music companies.

    That said, the history of both pieces of software are intertwined. Both were originally coded by Strigeus and Spotify even owned the uTorrent client briefly, before it was sold to BitTorrent Inc. Spotify didn’t acquire uTorrent because of the technology, they wanted its developer .

    This was the right move, as history has shown. Also for Strigeus, who is now worth hundreds of millions because of his stake in Spotify. And the developer’s achievements haven’t gone unnoticed among his peers either.

    This week Strigeus was awarded the prestigious Polhem Prize by the Swedish Association of Graduate Engineers . The prize is awarded for high-level technological innovations.

    The association mentions both Spotify and uTorrent and praises Ludde’s exemplary coding skills and excellence.

    “With effective program code, Ludvig Strigeus has pushed the boundaries of what we expect from software in general. His ability to develop advanced applications with surprisingly little computing power is enormously impressive,” says Ulrika Lindstrand, President of the Swedish Engineers union.


    This is a remarkable achievement by the 39-year-old developer, who is pleased with the recognition and the award.

    “It is a fantastic honor for me to receive the Polhem Prize. I have always been driven to delve into technical details, learn new things and find smart solutions to difficult problems, rather than building something primarily to get many users,” Strigeus says.

    “It feels really good that the programs I developed have spread enormously all over the world.”

    The Polhem Prize is one of the oldest technology awards and was first issued in 1878 . Previous winners include Baltzar von Platen and Carl Munthers for their refrigerator invention (1925) and Håkan Lans who invented the GPS-based STDMA tracking system (1995).

    In addition to the prestige, Strigeus also wins a golden Polhem medal and roughly $25,000. We doubt, however, that money is a major issue for the developer. Ludde is still very much preoccupied with coding and also did well in the brutal but prestigious Flareon challenge earlier this year.

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      The iPhone and iPad Spotify app now includes home screen widgets

      Samuel Axon · news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Wednesday, 14 October, 2020 - 19:40

    Spotify—one of Apple's main rivals in both the latter's services strategy and in antitrust investigations —has released a new version of its iPhone app that supports home screen widgets, one of the flagship features of iOS 14.

    Last month's release of iOS 14 brought home screen widgets—previously only the domain of iPads and Android phones—to iPhones. As we noted in our iOS 14 review , the value of the feature depends entirely on strong adoption and clever uses by third-party app developers.

    Releases of widget-supporting apps from developers have been slow. Part of that was because Apple launched iOS 14 with less notice to developers than usual, meaning many were racing to play catch-up. But even now, a month later, the roster of widget-supporting apps has only grown a little bit.

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      Spotify : une nouvelle option pour trouver facilement le nom d’une chanson

      Victor Keller · news.movim.eu / JournalDuGeek · Tuesday, 6 October, 2020 - 13:10 · 1 minute

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    Avoir les paroles d’une chanson qui tournent en boucle dans le cerveau sans connaître le titre ou l’artiste de ladite chanson peut être une situation pour le moins désagréable. Spotify a donc décidé de remédier au problème avec une fonction qui permet de trouver un titre en entrant les paroles que vous avez éventuellement retenues. Disponible sur les systèmes iOS et Android, cette recherche est en fait assez simple. Il suffit de taper les paroles dans la barre de recherche pour consulter la base de données de Spotify et voir toutes les chansons qui contiennent ces mots.

    Il est effet souvent plus facile de retenir un refrain que le titre d’une chanson. Il faudra toutefois être familier avec l’anglais et avoir une bonne mémoire. Cette recherche sera évidemment inutile pour les musiques dénuées de paroles. À noter que Spotify est en retard par rapport à Apple Music, qui propose cette fonctionnalité depuis 2018. Fort d’un catalogue de plus de 60 millions de titres, le service suédois de streaming musical a bénéficié d’une autre mise à jour importante récemment. En effet, Spotify a introduit des paroles en temps réel sur 26 marchés en juin, en s’appuyant sur la plateforme de partage de paroles Musixmatch. Là encore, il avait couru derrière Apple Music qui proposait cette fonction avant lui. Bref, Spotify a tout intérêt à proposer un maximum de fonctionnalités s’il veut rester leader et ne pas se faire avaler par la concurrence.

    Pour connaître les points forts des différents services, vous pouvez consulter notre comparatif des services de streaming audio

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      Spotify se remet en colère contre Apple après son keynote

      Julien Lausson · news.movim.eu / Numerama · Wednesday, 16 September, 2020 - 10:20

    Les annonces faites par Apple lors de sa conférence du 15 septembre ont fait réagir Spotify, qui estime que l'entreprise américaine profite de sa position dominante pour favoriser encore Apple Music. [Lire la suite]

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