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Movie Review: Avengers: Age of Ultron -- The End Is Nigh

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.01.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

These feel like cinematic end times -- not in terms of Hollywood movies (that horse is already out of the barn), but in the pack-mentality, "hey, it's good enough" approach of critics to the colossus that bestrides summer movies, otherwise known as the Marvel Universe.

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: (Not So) Gently Down the Stream

Shelly Peiken | Posted 04.30.2015 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

If you've been in the songwriting business for more that a few years, you've undoubtedly seen your royalty statements fizzle so I'm sure this statement will make you crazy: Spotify is worth more than the entire U.S. music industry.

Heartwarming Ad Goes Out To All The Moms Who Ever Doubted Themselves

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 04.17.2015 | Parents

A new ad from Pandora Jewelry celebrates the powerful bond between moms and their children. Titled "The Unique Connection," the ad shows an experi...

How to Access Blocked Content Without Breaking the Law

Jeb Harrison | Posted 04.06.2015 | Technology
Jeb Harrison

In short, Internet services that originate in another country may not be available in the U.S. right away because it takes time for these business deals to get hammered out. But that doesn't mean you can't get the content you want right now.

The TIDAL Wave That Wouldn't Turn

Markus Giesler | Posted 03.31.2015 | Business
Markus Giesler

The Tidal story plays up an age-old lamento. Yet, real market opportunity comes from deficits in existing music market structure that are experientially real to music consumers, not just elite artists. Rhetoric alone doesn't make a powerful contender.

Women in Business: Sara Clemens, Chief Strategy Officer, Pandora

Laura Dunn | Posted 03.31.2015 | Business
Laura Dunn

"I think it is critical to focus on something you have genuine passion around. It will be difficult to address the inevitable challenges if you don't love what you do."

Wisdom and Mindfulness

Manijeh Motaghy | Posted 03.24.2015 | Business
Manijeh Motaghy

2500 participants attended the grand Wisdom 2.0 Conference in San Francisco last weekend. It was invigorating. Attendees came from all over the world and all over the US, curious to find out what was new in the world of Mindfulness and wisdom.

Streaming Music: The Good, the Bad, and the Truthful

Reed Alexander | Posted 04.20.2015 | Entertainment
Reed Alexander

Streaming is going to transform the music industry by fundamentally altering the very model of how artists monetize themselves and reinvest into their brands. And, it's bound to change how representatives do their jobs too.

Radio Saved My Life

Holly Robinson | Posted 04.19.2015 | Technology
Holly Robinson

Whether we want news or music, we can program our smart devices to deliver exactly what we want, when we want to hear it. Yet, somehow the allure of the portable transistor radio endures for me, perhaps because it's one of the few things in my life that is still simple.

Let the Music Play... Err, Stream

David Sable | Posted 02.14.2015 | Business
David Sable

Look, I don't mean to give you a history lesson or bore you with my routine. My point is simple: The debates around format or how people listen are foolish and wasted. Follow the music.

A Bachelor's Life for Me

John K. Herr | Posted 01.30.2015 | Comedy
John K. Herr

Got a great place but with no one to share; Two beds and two baths but no one is there; What's in my fridge? Iced tea and cold air; A bachelor's life for me.

POLL: Which Would You Rather Leave Home Without --Your Smartphone Or Your Wallet?

Jordan Jayson | Posted 12.14.2014 | Technology
Jordan Jayson

A couple of weeks ago, I had a pretty severe bout of forgetfulness when, on a Monday, I left my phone at home. Then, that Tuesday, I forgot to bring m...

What Digital Marketing Tool to Use and When

Sajeel Qureshi | Posted 08.26.2014 | Small Business
Sajeel Qureshi

You don't unscrew a nail with a chainsaw (at least when you're sober). Below is what small businesses must understand about the key digital tools available.

Too Big to Eat

James Moore | Posted 08.19.2014 | Technology
James Moore

As the Internet of Things expands and more physical objects are connected to the web, there will also be an even greater demand for manufacturing of those products, and a need to make people more efficient in their creation.

The Invisible Cloud

Phil Simon | Posted 08.12.2014 | Business
Phil Simon

There's no one right way to launch products and services today, a point that I make in The Age of the Platform. Consider the two vastly different app...

Fracking, Rat-packing & Heart-attacking: Opening Pandora's Box of Ads

Kevin Walsh | Posted 06.10.2014 | Media
Kevin Walsh

The following was originally posted in Kevin's blog, MyMediaDiary.com. It is better to give than receive -- particularly homework. But for one weeke...

Music Legends Ask Congress For A Little 'Respect'

The Huffington Post | Ibrahim Balkhy & Christine Conetta | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The sounds of Motown legend Martha Reeves singing, "Everybody, pass this bill," could be heard Thursday echoing through the halls of the...

Spotify Hits 10 Million Paying Customers: Streaming Rules

Shelly Palmer | Posted 07.27.2014 | Technology
Shelly Palmer

Spotify recently announced a major milestone: the music streaming service hit 10 million paying subscribers and now has more than 40 million active users across 56 markets worldwide.

Spotify's Most Popular Song Is Also The Most Terrible Song

The Huffington Post | Drew Guarini | Posted 05.21.2014 | Technology

In a feat best described as sad but predictable, the most streamed song in Spotify's history is a hybrid of the questionably popular genres of electro...

Beats Could Fill Some Gaps for Apple

Michael R. Levin | Posted 07.13.2014 | Technology
Michael R. Levin

Helps With Audio Accessories and Streaming Music Rumors arose last week of Apple spending $3.2 billion to acquire high-end headphone maker Beats. Bea...

Indie Band Exploits Spotify's Payment System With Completely Silent Album

The Huffington Post | Drew Guarini | Posted 05.08.2014 | Technology

Sometimes, silence really is golden. At least that was the case for the Ann Arbor, Michigan-based indie funk band Vulfpeck, which used a 10-song al...

Digital Hollywood: Mobile Makes the World Go Round

Julie Spira | Posted 07.06.2014 | Entertainment
Julie Spira

Digital Hollywood is in full swing at the Ritz Carlton in Marina del Rey, CA, kicking off the week with the Variety Entertainment & Technology Summit....

A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas

Phil Simon | Posted 05.23.2014 | Books
Phil Simon

I fancy myself of fan of challenging things. I like 20 minute songs from bands like Marillion and Rush. I enjoy movies that hurt my brain and have to ...

Pandora's Raising Its Prices

Reuters | Posted 05.19.2014 | Technology

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Pandora Media Inc will increase fees for its ad-free service by $1 a month to almost $5 a month in May, a move to cover the ...

Samsung Debuted A Radio Service It Says Is Better Than Pandora And Spotify

AP | By BREE FOWLER | Posted 05.07.2014 | Technology

NEW YORK (AP) — Samsung on Friday unveiled a new free music service for its phones that it touts as a significant improvement from the apps already ...