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Pink Floyd on Spotify – the best of their singles, films and early stuff

By Stefano on June 18th, 2013

Pink_Floyd_Large_1233758930_crop_500x338Of course we all know that See Emily Play is one of the best singles of the 60s and that Dark Side Of The Moon still outsells just about everyone apart from One Direction. And also that Comfortably Numb and Wish You Were Here are rock classics of the highest order.

But now that the entire Pink Floyd catalogue has landed on Spotify here’s a few of their lesser known gems to get familiar with.

1 Candy And a A Currant Bun – The B side of the band’s first single, which was originally titled Let’s Roll Another One, was for years pretty tricky to track down unless you splurged out on the original vinyl. A massive influence on bands like Paperhead and The Sufis this is Syd Barret at his chirpiest and has an amazing Rick Wright keyboard solo.

2 Apples and Oranges - Pink Floyd’s third single, their first to miss the charts and their last with Syd at the helm.  Apples and Oranges is a flawed masterpiece and in many ways just as good as Arnold Layne and See Emily Play. The odd time changes and nursery rhyme chorus provide more than just a few clues that someone’s mind was starting to fall apart.

3 Let There Be More Light – Long before Can, Neu and their Kraut Rock Motorik beats the Floyd kicked space rock off with this stirring opener to their second ‘transitional’ album Saucerful of Secrets.

4 Cymbaline – One of two standouts from the soundtrack of the film More, this is a dreamy psychedelic ballad with a strong vocal and some stunning guitar courtesy of the new boy Dave Gilmour.

5 The Nile Song – Also from More, this is The Floyd pretending to be Black Sabbath. Better than it sounds.

6 Grantchester Meadows - Roger Waters’ acid folk ballad is one of the highlights of the studio side of Ummagumma. It is a paen to the gorgeous rolling water’s side fields to the east of Cambridge.

7 Summer ’68 – Much of Atom Heart Mother is borderline unlistenable prog rock noodling – IMO, but this psych-ish ballad is almost as good as the amazing psych era it celebrates.

8 Brain Damage – The killer track from Dark Side that often seems to get overlooked in favour of the more obvious stuff like Time and Us and Them. Again this sounds like it could have come from a few years earlier.

9 Hey You – If you are not sure about The Wall, this along with the obvious Comfortably Numb, is the place to start.

10 When The Tigers Broke Free - There is a small bit noisy coterie of fans who believe that The Final Cut is among the Floyd’s best albums. I am not one of them but this dramatic song is always worth a listen.



Gadgets, music

Pink Floyd finally lands on Spotify – Wish You Were Here first

By Stefano on June 14th, 2013

Pink_Floyd_Large_1233758930_crop_500x338There is a small but rather impressive list of bands who haven’t yet made their music available to streaming service Spotify. The Beatles top the list, alongside Led Zep and Oasis. but one band who up until now had resisted making their music available on the service have finally changed their mind.

In a short period of time (hopefully, more on that in moment) Pink Floyd’s entire back catalogue will be available to stream on Spotify. So listeners can revel in Syd Barret’s psychedelic ditties while switching all the lights off and sniffing josticks to Dark Side Of The Moon.

Back in May several Pink Floyd albums landed on the site but were withdrawn quickly. This time round the track Wish You Were here has been added to the service and this cryptic tweet has come from the band.

To unlock the catalogue Wish You Were Here has to be streamed one million times. So come on Spotify users get cracking. So come on Floyd fans hop to it.

Not everyone will be pleased though.



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Great Bobby Moore pics, a genius own goal, loads of cool new mobiles and more

By Stefano on February 27th, 2013

The weird case of the Tenby beach monster

Some glorious vintage shots of the late great Bobby Moore

The absolutely worst way to tackle a streaker – a male one at least

Who should take the credit for Gareth Bale? Harry? AVB? Martin Jol?

Painful – Gif of how Carles Puyol did himself a mischief

One of the best own goals you will ever see

25 footballers with really crap Wikipedia pics

How Arsene should spend £70 million – Falcao? Cavani? Bale?

The Premierships 15 biggest flops – Djemba Djemba, Veron, Bogarde and more

Spring is coming so you’ll be needing one of these Harrington Jackets

Wicked – the Baggy/Madchester revival is here and Jagwa Ma the band leading the charge

New phones from HTC, Nokia and more – and one that has a seven inch screen!

Now you can turn your Facebook news feed into a personalised daily TV show

Google to take on Spotify!



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Beatles, Led Zep, Pink Floyd. Ten Classic Albums on YouTube (and not Spotify) and how they got there

By Stefano on February 7th, 2013

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Over the past year or so there has been a significant trend of full albums showing up on YouTube. There is invariably no video content – just a still of the artist and the music.

The interesting part is that there are now many classic albums on YouTube a good chunk of which aren’t available on Spotify or other streaming services. So for example if you fancy a bit of Pink Floyd you can hear Dark Side Of The Moon on YouTube from one of many different sources. You won’t find it on Spotify though.

Uploading someone else’s music to YouTube is of course totally illegal (as it is with music videos). However it seems that under YouTube regulations the emphasis is on the copyright holder to take action to pull the music down. And it seems that some record labels (coughs, EMI) are turning a bit of a blind eye.

They may even be on some occasions using YouTube’s ContentID system and its revenue opportunities to enable them to collect a little cash from the adverts that precede the music.

Some companies are playing even stranger games. You can for example listen to Oasis’s The Masterplan on YouTube on your laptop, but it won’t play back on your mobile or iPad.

So why do record companies do this? Maybe they figure that if you are listening to an album on YouTube you may at some point think I’ll go and buy it.

As for newer artists, well YouTube is a huge community and it can help to break an artist. There is a bit of analogy with radio here. Record labels are very keen to get their band’s singles on say BBC 6 Music, but there is a way bigger audience on YouTube.

With Spotify subscribers can take music offline and listen to it on their smartphones etc with YouTube if you want the music to travel with you then you run the risk of running up huge data costs. So you might as well go and buy it.

Some companies are more aggressive than others at taking content down. I was delighted to see The Velvet Underground’s controversial final album Squeeze on YouTube as it is not available digitally anywhere and the record itself is hard to find. However it got taken down after a while. I guess because the only people who might have bought that album would have been trawling used record stores for it and the record company wouldn’t make any money from it.

Anyhow here are ten classic albums that are all available on YouTube, and the last time I looked were not on Spotify. Happy listening. I wonder if they will all be still up in three months time?

Finally one quick footnote. I listened to John Lennon’s Imagine album on YouTube and 1, It really is a great album, much better than I remember it. 2, It is like listening to a vinyl record. There’s no easy fast forwarding or skipping tracks and you know what, I kind of like it.

1 Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of the Moon

2 The Beatles – Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band

3 Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti

4 AC/DC Highway to Hell

5 Peter Gabriel 3

6 Oasis – The Masterplan

7 Eagles – Best of

8 Wings – Back To the Egg

9 John Lennon, Plastic Ono Band

10 The Zombies – Odyssey and Oracle



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Got a new iPad/Nexus 7/Kindle Fire HD? Here are the 30 apps to download first!

By Stefano on January 2nd, 2013

Words With Friends (iPad/Android) £1.99

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This is a hugely popular word game that is, well, not unlike, Scr**ble. It is available on both Android (Nexus and Kindle) and iPad formats and am told, is completely addictive.

Got yourself a new tablet this Christmas. Chances are that you, or some in your home has taken delivery of a new iPad, iPad mini, Galaxy Tab, Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HD or one of those cheapo models that we like so much.

The big question is then what apps should you download first? We have put together a list of 30s apps that we think are absolutely essential. Some are games, some books, some enable you to watch TV, all are very useful and entertaining.

The app falls into several categories. There are genuine tablet apps- eg those created especially for say the iPad. Then there are those which are made for smartphones which will work on tablets in a slightly different way.

The only problem with the Android tablets is that not every app works on every tablet, so for example while Sky Go happily plays with the Google Nexus 7 it won’t work on the Amazon Kindle Fire.

Anyhow most of these apps will work on most of the tablets. And a good percentage are free too – so what are you waiting for?



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Apple’s new version of iTunes lands today – but are you still using it?

By Stefano on November 29th, 2012

Well of course die hard Mac heads are still on board and there are obviously still millions of people across the globe who use it as their main source of music, but two things are crystal clear. Firstly that at the moment iTunes is a bit of a mess that’s slow to load and not easy to operate. Secondly that even a lot of Mac users have migrated to Spotify and other music playing options.

Anyhow Apple’s next-generation iTunes application is set to land today, following a month’s worth of delays that saw the media library tool slip from its original October launch date.

Obviously if you own an Apple device like an iPad or an iPhone then you do need to use, which means it is essential that Apple gets the next incarnation right.

Anyhow what do you think? Tell us in the poll and the comments.

Btw Here are a few suggestions from two years ago!



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Gotye dominates Spotify’s most-played streaming lists for 2012

By Gerald Lynch on November 29th, 2012

Gotye3.jpgSpotify have revealed the artists making waves through their music streaming service in 2012, publishing the lists of most streamed albums, tracks, and artists, both globally and in the UK, as well as the most used apps in the desktop Spotify application.

Gotye’s ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ is by far this year’s most popular song on Spotify, topping the global and UK streaming lists, as well as being the most shared song on Spotify. Gotye himself also places 5th on the ‘Most-streamed male artists’ list on Spotify too

Moving onto albums and David Guetta’s ‘Nothing But The Beat’ takes the top spot, followed again by Gotye with ‘Making Mirrors’.

Rihanna bags the most-streamed female artist award, while Guetta claims the same title for blokes, with Coldplay topping the list of most streamed bands.

When it comes to applications within Spotify, TuneWiki, the sing-along karaoke app with (sometimes dodgy) crowd-sourced lyrics tops the charts.

Check out the full breakdown of artists and albums topping the Spotify streaming charts during 2012 below.

Most-streamed tracks of 2012 (global)

1. Gotye featuring Kimbra – ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’

2. Carly Rae Jepsen – ‘Call Me Maybe’

3. Fun. featuring Janelle Monáe – ‘We Are Young’

4. Flo Rida – ‘Whistle’

5. Flo Rida featuring Sia – ‘Wild Ones’

6. Train – ‘Drive By’

7. Nicki Minaj – ‘Starships’

8. Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa – ‘Payphone’

9. David Guetta featuring Sia – ‘Titanium’

10. Loreen – ‘Euphoria’

See the full list of the Top 100 most popular tracks of 2012.

Most-streamed tracks of 2012 in the UK

1. Gotye featuring Kimbra – ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’

2. Carly Rae Jepsen – ‘Call Me Maybe’

3. David Guetta featuring Sia – ‘Titanium’

4. Fun featuring Janelle Monae – We Are Young

5. Nicki Minaj – ‘Starships’

6. Flo Rida featuring Sia – ‘Wild Ones’

7. Rihanna – ‘We Found Love’

8. Alex Clare – ‘Too Close’

9. Train – ‘Drive By’

10. Jessie J – ‘Domino’

See the full list of the Top 100 most popular tracks in the UK of 2012.

Most-streamed albums of 2012

1. David Guetta – ‘Nothing But The Beat’

2. Gotye – ‘Making Mirrors’

3. Drake – ‘Take Care’

4. Lana Del Ray – ‘Born To Die’

5. One Direction – ‘Up All Night’

6. Fun. – ‘Some Nights’

7. Rihanna – ‘Talk That Talk’

8. Coldplay – ‘Mylo Xyloto’

9. Carly Rae Jepsen – ‘Call Me Maybe’

10. Flo Rida – ‘Wild Ones’

See the full list of the Top 20 Most Streamed Albums of 2012.

Most-shared tracks by Spotify users (the most-shared tracks to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Spotify user’s Inboxes)

1. Gotye ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’

2. Carly Rae Jepsen ‘Call Me Maybe’

3. Fun. ‘We Are Young – feat. Janelle Monáe’

4. Flo Rida featuring Sia ‘Wild Ones’

5. David Guetta ‘Titanium – feat. Sia’

6. Flo Rida featuring Sia – ‘Whistle’

7. Train – ‘Drive By’

8. Maroon 5 – ‘Payphone’

9. Rihanna – ‘We Found Love’

10. Michel Teló – ‘Ai Se Eu Te Pego – Live’

See the full list of the Top 20 Most-shared Tracks of 2012.

Most-streamed female artists

1. Rihanna

2. Nicki Minaj

3. Adele

4. Lana Del Ray

5. Katy Perry

6. Carly Rae Jepsen

7. Beyonce

8. Taylor Swift

9. Loreen

10. Kelly Clarkson

Click here for the playlist featuring the Top 20 Most- Streamed Female Artists of 2012.

Most-streamed male artists

1. David Guetta

2. Flo Rida

3. Eminem

4. Skrillex

5. Gotye

6. Drake

7. Pitbull

8. Jay-Z and Kanye West

9. Chris Brown

10. Avicii

Click here for the playlist featuring the Top 20 Most-Streamed Male Artists of 2012.

Most-streamed bands

1. Coldplay

2. Maroon 5

3. Fun.

4. Mumford and Sons

5. Florence and the Machine

6. Linkin Park

7. LMFAO

8. One Direction

9. Train

10. Glee Cast

Click here for the playlist featuring the Top 20 Most Streamed Bands of 2012.

Most popular apps by usage

1. TuneWiki

2. Soundrop

3. We Are Hunted

4. Last.fm

5. Pitchfork

6. Digstr

7. musiXmatch

8. Billboard

9. Filtr

10. Moodagent

Via: Tech Digest




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