Music On The Web: Google, Facebook And Apple Set To Battle For Your Ears

Biggest-ever classical music festival in Romania

Google Play Music has been around in some form since November 2011, when it was essentially launched as Google’s answer to iTunes – with the additional ability to upload 20,000 of your own songs to the cloud for free. Perhaps fittingly, only Android owners received a native app at the time. Now, according to Engadget’ s sources, a Google Play Music app could finally be on its way to iOS. The search giant is apparently testing the application internally (there are still a few bugs), and will launch it to the public by the end of October. That will still have been two years on from the launch of the Google Play Music service, of course, during which time iPhone and iPad owners have only been able to access the service through a web app. There have been a couple of mitigating factors. For one thing, Flash was listed as a necessary DRM measure when Google Play Music All Access was launched back in May. Apple’s iOS devices, of course, don’t do Flash, so Google has had to find a work-around. Then there’s that Google Play Music All Access element itself. Put simply, Google Play Music has only really existed as a finished, complete app for a relatively short time with the addition of the aforementioned feature. Google Play Music All Access adds a Spotify-like music subscription service that enables unlimited music streaming for 9.99 per month. iOS owners may be late to the Google Play Music party, but at least they’re arriving when it’s in full swing. Of course, with iTunes Radio now available through iOS 7 , there’s another party to choose from. And this one’s free to get into.

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Photo: Vadim Ghirda This Sept. 24, 2013 photo shows Russian-born violinist Maxim… This Sept. 24, 2013 photo shows the main concert hall at the Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest, Romania, before a concert of the George Enescu classical music festival. The festival which began in 1958 is named after Romanian composer, violinist and conductor George Enescu, who lived in Romania and moved to Paris when the communists came to power. Photo: Vadim Ghirda This Sept. 24, 2013 photo shows the main concert hall at the… This Sept. 24, 2013 photo shows a recently unveiled statue of Romanian composer, violinist and conductor George Enescu, who lived in Romania, moving to Paris when the communists came to power, in Bucharest, Romania, during the classical music festival named after him. The 2013 edition of the classical music George Enescu International Festival took place in the Romanian capital between Sept. 1 and Sept 28. Photo: Vadim Ghirda This Sept.

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The digital store is still lucrative, owning 63 percent of the digital music market, but it is up against a new crop of music services that don’t require a credit card. The reluctance of consumers to pay 99 cents to download a music file could threaten iTunes’ dominance. Apple could be close to striking a deal with major music labels to create “iRadio,” a streaming music service that Apple followers speculate will be similar to Pandora but with a larger selection and more on-demand features, such as the option to download songs as they play and unlimited song skipping. Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr declined to comment on “rumor and speculation.” The company filed for a streaming music patent last year. Google is also said to be working on a music-streaming service that would work on YouTube and could launch in the summer. Media reports say its plans include a free version with ads and an optional subscription fee for additional features. Twitter has already entered the fray, releasing a music discovery and sharing service in April to its 500 million users. Another Silicon Valley heavyweight may be next: “Facebook, we all know they’re next. Twitter just beat them to it,” said John Wright, founder of Speakerfy, an app that lets users synchronize music playing on multiple laptops or iPads. As one Pandora representative put it, “everyone’s competing for ears and their time spent listening.” The shift to free and unlimited streaming is also transforming the way consumers think about music. “Music, just like the Internet, will be broadly available for everyone,” said Tommy Darker, a musician and marketing professional who has written about technology’s impact on music. As free access to music grows, the desire to own it fades, he said. Already, he said, “the majority have stopped buying.” According to the NPD Group, just slightly more than one-third of consumers think it’s important to own music.

3, 2013 11:06 PM | People attend the official opening of the Music City Center convention center in May 2013. / John Partipilo / File / The Tennessean Written by A media tour of the newly constructed Music City Center was held May 15, 2013. / Dipti Vaidya / File / The Tennessean More Music City Center coverage ADVERTISEMENT The new downtown convention center has generated 18,751 hotel room nights and a $26 million economic impact, according to numbers released Thursday by the Convention Center Authority. Those numbers put the new center well below the original 2010 projections by HVS, the citys consultant, which said at the time that Music City Center would generate 49 conventions and trade shows for 332,333 room nights in 2013. The study, however, predicted the center and its headquarters hotel would be open earlier in the year than what ended up happening, so the projections dont align perfectly. The Omni Hotel had its grand opening on Monday and Music City Center opened in May. Music City Center has hosted 100 events with 62,125 attendees during the first quarter of this fiscal year, the Convention Center Authority said. Weve been very fortunate to have the opportunity to host events for numerous groups in the community, most recently the NAACPs 40th annual Freedom Fund Gala and the Nashville Downtown Partnerships annual meeting and awards luncheon, said Charles Starks, President/CEO of the Music City Center. We have been very busy, but our team has done a great job adjusting to the high demand that this building has created, and things are running very smoothly. Collections for the tourism-related taxes and fees that pay back the debt used to finance the center are up 12.7 percent year over year for July 2013. However, those tourism tax collections had been on the upswing before the convention center opened, and the city uses taxes generated by all tourists, not just business tourists. Contact Nate Rau at 615-259-8094 or nrau@tennessean.com . Follow him on Twitter @tnnaterau.