• Utilizing Blockchain Technology to Improve Music Copyright Management

    24 April 2017
    By Sergey Bludov, SVP Media & Entertainment

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    As the music industry adopts new technological solutions, the tracking and distribution of song usage continue to pose significant challenges, with a lack of transparency and accuracy that can result in copyright owners missing out on royalty payments from various mediums.

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  • A Peek Into Music Industry “Windowing”

    19 April 2017
    By Sergey Bludov, SVP Media & Entertainment

    A Peek Into Music Industry Windowing

    Last week the news broke that Spotify had entered into a multi-year global license agreement with Universal Music Group (UMG) to provide the record label’s artists with access to a “flexible release policy” for their albums. This sure generated a lot of chatter in the music community.

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  • This project aims to provide the ability to bring Alexa to any Linux device including embedded systems like Raspberry Pi boards. The binary release is packed into a snap package, which is a perfect way to deliver this project.

    Short instructions to run it with snap.

  • Music Discovery and the Magic of Sync Placements

    29 March 2017
    By Sergey Bludov, SVP Media & Entertainment

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    You might be surprised to learn that the mood setting songs and background music featured on your favorite TV shows, movies, commercials, sports and video games are highly sought after paid placements for artists to gain exposure and generate income. No longer considered ‘selling out’, it seems that placements (or sync) are becoming a prominent discovery, marketing and monetization tool for musicians. One of the most notable synchronization collaborations was with Moby’s 1999 album Play, which was the first ever to have all of its tracks linked to a synchronization license.

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    • Security, ease of use, speed and data are driving technology spending in travel and hospitality.
    • Providing the same, great experience on all devices core for development in 2017.
    • Blockchain’s potential is clear – but whether it can work for the travel industry is still in question.

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  • SXSW: When All Roads Lead to Austin

    23 March 2017
    By Elena Seregina, Marketing Manager

    Last week, the DataArt Media & Entertainment team flew to Austin, TX, to take part in what is undoubtedly the biggest event the industry has to offer – South by Southwest (SXSW) – where both newcomers and leaders of the industry engage in conference sessions, a trade show, a start-up incubator, and of course, professional networking.

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  • Albums, Singles or Playlists? How Consumption Patterns are Changing

    17 March 2017
    By Sergey Bludov, SVP Media & Entertainment

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    We are in an age where music consumption patterns are changing. Just as any other aspect of the music business, they follow the evolution of the industry based on the consumer behavior. Singles once were the driving force behind record sales, until cassettes and later CDs gave the pedestal to Albums. The digital revolution brought yet another change not just to how music is created and distributed but to how it is consumed. And the current patterns are not as clear cut as their predecessors.

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  • Will AI Take Over Musicians Jobs?

    13 March 2017
    By Sergey Bludov, SVP Media & Entertainment

    Is the future destined to be a vast wasteland of musicians cast aside with artificial intelligence (AI) and bots taking over control of the artistry of composing music?

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  • Have the Tables Turned? The Rise of Vinyl or Fall of the Downloads?

    06 March 2017
    By Sergey Bludov, SVP Media & Entertainment

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    The tables have turned with a revival of interest in vinyl records following a decade of digital music dominance. Whether through efforts made by musical purists, trendsetting nostalgic hipsters or initiatives such as Record Store Day, the LP resurgence appears to be a big hit as sales of LPs, also called vinyl and records, continued an 11-year upward trend, reaching sales of 13 million in 2016 – the largest number since 1991.  Some of this recent growth has been attributed to the deaths of legendary music luminaries, with fans looking to buy their music in its original format to recreate what it would have been like when these albums were first released. However, today’s biggest artists are embracing vinyl as well. Taylor Swift put out an LP version of her hit “1989” and Justin Bieber released a 12-inch picture record for his single “Purpose”.

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  • Bots and the Music Industry – A Vision of the Future

    27 February 2017
    By Sergey Bludov, SVP Media & Entertainment

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    We are hearing a great deal about bots in the media these days. If you had not heard of bots before, you likely learned about them thanks to Microsoft’s Tay scandal when Twitter users exploited its new artificial intelligence chat bot, teaching it offensive remarks. With the advent of mobile and messaging apps, we have seen a rapid increase in bot-hype over the last several years. The term bot is coined from robots and applies to chatbots, chatterbots, spambots, and Botnets. They were originally designed to perform automated tasks, however, bots are becoming more and more intuitive based on the integration with (artificial intelligence) AI. As these bots become smarter and smarter, they can be used in many ways to accomplish activities that are normally relegated to a person or through personal search via engines, and so on. Instead of having to rummage through the web to look for something you want or download an app, you can simply chat about it to a human-like bot to make the experience less of a hassle.

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