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For $99, Prime members get a streaming video service, e-book lending library, free two-day shipping—and starting today, a music service.
Amazon is rounding out its Prime membership with the addition of a streaming music service. On Thursday the e-commerce giant launched Prime Music with more than 1 million tracks that members can listen to for no additional cost. The service will be available on iOS, Android, Macs, Windows computers, and Kindle tablets.
"Prime offers the best of Amazon,” vice president of digital music Steve Boom told Fast Company (fastcompany). “We think it’s a great addition to the lineup because now Prime is a pretty comprehensive digital music and digital entertainment experience.”
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For $99, Prime members get a streaming video service, e-book lending library, free two-day shipping—and starting today, a music service.

Amazon is rounding out its Prime membership with the addition of a streaming music service. On Thursday the e-commerce giant launched Prime Music with more than 1 million tracks that members can listen to for no additional cost. The service will be available on iOS, Android, Macs, Windows computers, and Kindle tablets.

"Prime offers the best of Amazon,” vice president of digital music Steve Boom told Fast Company (fastcompany). “We think it’s a great addition to the lineup because now Prime is a pretty comprehensive digital music and digital entertainment experience.”

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Dormant for years, the world’s greatest salsa label is back and celebrating its 50th anniversary. How a new digital strategy and smart branding have revitalized—and returned to profitability—this major cultural institution.
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Dormant for years, the world’s greatest salsa label is back and celebrating its 50th anniversary. How a new digital strategy and smart branding have revitalized—and returned to profitability—this major cultural institution.

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Launched by a pair of neighborhood mavericks in 2003, EVR attracted some 1 million listeners to its Internet and app service over a raucous, rocking decade. That was a big problem.
If you build it, then attract enough users, the money will come.
That’s more or less the premise of scores of startups in the digital age—from Facebook to Twitter, Instagram to Snapchat.
But what if that’s not always the case? What if monetizing or attracting a buyer—to say nothing of mere survival—is more complicated than that? In late May the online radio station East Village Radio shut down—taking its famous glass-walled street-level studio with it. The station, its renegade founders say, had gotten too popular to survive.
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Launched by a pair of neighborhood mavericks in 2003, EVR attracted some 1 million listeners to its Internet and app service over a raucous, rocking decade. That was a big problem.

If you build it, then attract enough users, the money will come.

That’s more or less the premise of scores of startups in the digital age—from Facebook to TwitterInstagram to Snapchat.

But what if that’s not always the case? What if monetizing or attracting a buyer—to say nothing of mere survival—is more complicated than that? In late May the online radio station East Village Radio shut down—taking its famous glass-walled street-level studio with it. The station, its renegade founders say, had gotten too popular to survive.

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Tunepics features a number of details intended to heighten the emotional experience of the app’s users, including an iTunes integration and a color-coded “emotion wheel.”

"It’s not just an app, it’s a way of thinking we’d like to ingrain in people," CEO Justin Cooke says. "The more digital we become, the more important it is to sit beside someone and tell them how you feel, and I think maybe what we’ve done is put some of those simple human interactions into a digital environment, and that’s a bridging of that gap, if nothing more."

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Tunepics features a number of details intended to heighten the emotional experience of the app’s users, including an iTunes integration and a color-coded “emotion wheel.”

"It’s not just an app, it’s a way of thinking we’d like to ingrain in people," CEO Justin Cooke says. "The more digital we become, the more important it is to sit beside someone and tell them how you feel, and I think maybe what we’ve done is put some of those simple human interactions into a digital environment, and that’s a bridging of that gap, if nothing more."

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Keeping up with the endless spawning of new sub-and sub-sub-genres of music can be hard. Just when you catch up with seapunk and witch house, they’re not cool anymore. Everyone’s already moved on to Nintendocore.
To help you brush up on how rock music evolved into the many-tentacled beast that it is today, designer Brittany Klontz created an interactive infographic for ConcertHotels.com that maps 100 years of genres in less than a minute. It not only provides the names and birth dates of each style, but also offers sample songs allowing you to finally know what skiffle sounds like.
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Keeping up with the endless spawning of new sub-and sub-sub-genres of music can be hard. Just when you catch up with seapunk and witch house, they’re not cool anymore. Everyone’s already moved on to Nintendocore.

To help you brush up on how rock music evolved into the many-tentacled beast that it is today, designer Brittany Klontz created an interactive infographic for ConcertHotels.com that maps 100 years of genres in less than a minute. It not only provides the names and birth dates of each style, but also offers sample songs allowing you to finally know what skiffle sounds like.

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Finally, Hold Music That Doesn’t Suck

"Well, I’ve been sitting here all day, I’ve been sitting in this waiting room," croons UberConference’s creative director and cofounder, Alex Cornell. And just like that, one more of life’s little irritants is plucked away. 

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A spate of music videos appropriating various cultures are added to an ongoing conversation on where lines are drawn on what is considered racist.
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A spate of music videos appropriating various cultures are added to an ongoing conversation on where lines are drawn on what is considered racist.

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