Shakeup in the world of Radio in Italia

Monday 2 September is the date of the departure of several new national and local radio programming schedules.

Radio 24 made its debut in the morning with the changes already widely announced, the container of Fernando Proce got underway on R101, while RTL 102.5 returned to propose the complete version of “The family down north”, after the summer cut from Villasimius .

On Radio Deejay, Fabio Volo and the Linus-Savino couple are back on the air, while Radio 105 starts again in the morning with “Tutto esaurito” and “105 Friends”.

Gradually all the other radios are also returning to “normality”, after the August programming which – as every year – turned out to be “distorted” and adapted to the holiday period.

With the resumption of the “traditional” program schedules , starting from Tuesday 3rd September the RadioTER listening surveys will start again, still relating to the third quarter of 2019 and including the “double period” 11 / 06-29 / 07 and 03 / 09-30 / 09. In turn, the results of the third quarter added to those of the fourth will lead to the formulation of data for the second half of 2019, which will be published by the Editori Radio Radio at the beginning of 2020.

Meanwhile, there is much anticipation for the date of Thursday 5 September, when RadioTER will release the volumes for the first half of 2019 , with the possibility of knowing further details of the data disclosed at the end of July (from the listening devices, to the results of the broadcasters) local province by province, individual quarters of an hour and more).

Overall, therefore, a hot week for radio broadcasting, which is once again a great protagonist with new programming and new data.

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Apple Music Has Revealed A New Feature in 2019

Apple Music today announced a new initiative called “Digital Masters”, which aims to combine all its songs “Mastered for iTunes” into a single streaming catalog.

Apple has been slowly introducing Mastered songs for iTunes in Apple Music for some time. The company said that 75 percent of the 100 best songs in the United States are Apple Digital Masters and that 71 percent of the 100 best global songs are already part of the new program.

Apple started the Mastered program for iTunes in 2012, allowing engineers to optimize the music for the digital download format by encoding them at high resolution. This placed the iTunes songs as close as possible to the original recordings, and was specially designed as ” Burned to iTunes “.

In Apple Music, Apple does not show whether a song is in its Digital Masters program or not. However, for people who care about audio quality, it is a good sign that the company has formally recognized a plan for adding more high quality audio tracks to Apple Music.

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The battle between the two giants for the domain of music streaming will end before European antitrust. The Swedish company decided to move the clash from the market to the courts

The battle between Spotify and Apple for the domain of music streaming will end before European antitrust . The Swedish company decided to move the clash from the market to the courts. Reason? The 30% commission that Cupertino applies for transactions made on the Apple Store. Transactions including the upgrade to the Spotify Premium service. That is the subscription that allows you to eliminate advertising during the streaming.

The founder of Spotify Daniel Ek explained the reasons for this decision on the company’s blog . “Apple”, it reads, “is both the owner of iOS and the App Store and one of our competitors. In theory, that’s fine. But in the case of Apple, they continue to take unfair advantage ».
One of these “unfair advantage”, as Ek defines them, would be the fact that Cupertino requires “a 30% tax on purchases made through their payment system”. Sum that, argues the Spotify CEO , “artificially increases the price of our services far above that of Apple Music”, the music streaming service of the company led by Tim Cook. “To keep our prices competitive is something we cannot accept.”

Now, it is obviously more than legitimate that Apple asks a commission to companies that rely on its payment platform. The point, insists Ek, is the punitive mechanism that Cupertino would trigger for those who choose other ways of collecting. Apple, the number one Spotify insists, «limits our communication with customers. In some cases we are not even allowed to send emails to our customers using Apple. ” Also accused of “regularly blocking our updates”. And to have on more than one occasion “excluding Spotify and their other competitors outside services like Siri, HomePod and AppleWatch”.

Three, therefore, the requests, summarized also on the Timetoplayfair.com portal . First , apps “should be able to compete on merit and not based on who owns the store”. Second , “consumers should be able to choose which payment system to use”. Third, “stores should not control communications between apps and users”.

So far the words of Ek. Accusations of which, Apple has responded by stating that “after using the App Store for years to grow their business, now Spotify wants to continue to ensure the benefits of a presence in our store without offering any contribution this platform ».

It’s not all. Cupertino responds blow for blow to the accusations started by Sweden . Compared to that of having blocked updates, «we have approved and distributed almost 200, for a total of over 300 million downloads of their app. The only time we asked for changes was when Spotify tried to circumvent the rules followed by all other applications “.

In terms of integrations with other services, “we contacted them several times compared to Siri and AirPlay 2, offering our support”. Not to mention that “Spotify is integrated into CarPlay”. Rather, “their words surprised us about Apple Watch. When they sent us their application in September 2018, we approved it with the same procedure and speed reserved for every other application. Indeed Spotify is currently the number 1 app in the Watch Music category ».

Furthermore, compared to the 30% commission , «Spotify forgets to mention that it is only valid for the first year. And it drops to 15% in the following ones ». Just as it omits to say that “a significant part of their customers is such thanks to their partnership with telephone companies. And this does not generate any commission on the App Store, but requires Spotify to pay a commission to these realities “.

Apple insists that “Spotify would not be what it is without the App Store ecosystem. Now, after having climbed the market, they don’t want to contribute to maintaining this ecosystem for the next generation of developers “. But it’s not just «the App Store what they are trying to squeeze. The same applies to the artists ».

The reference to the fact that «just this week, the Swedish company has sued some artists after the US Copyright Royalty Board has imposed an increase in an increase in the royalties that Spotify has to pay them». Which, Cupertino concludes, “is not only wrong, but represents a real step backwards for the music industry”. On the contrary, “our approach has always been to make the cake grow”. It is up to the European antitrust authority to decide to whom and in what quantities they should eat it.

The Latest on YouTube Music App, Widget and Google Play Store Access

YouTube Music, widget and integration with Waze in development on Android

Having recently improved the transition from a music video to the audio version only , YouTube Music is preparing to receive new and interesting features, as revealed by the decompilation of the latest version 3.27, already available on Play Store.

To analyze the version were as always the boys of APK Insight , the goal and look for lines of code not yet active, which describe features still in development and that could arrive in future versions. Youtube Music 3.27 highlights two possible novelties, the first refers to the integration with Waze , the GPS navigation application that already operates in a very similar way when used with Spotify. The strighe describes a “Waze-nav-bar” able to provide basic directions about routes while listening to audio content. There are also several icons related to navigation and the user interface, which we offer in the image below.

The second new arrival could be a widget for the home screen of Android phones , a new “app_widget_info.xml” resource describes a rather standard set of controls. The description defines the presence of the cover on the left side, flanked by the title of the song and the name of the artist, while below are the control buttons. The layout looks very similar to that of the Play Music widget, of course it is not yet active and it is not possible to describe it in great detail.

These possible novelties emerged from the decompilation of version 3.27, of course these functions are currently not available and it is not possible to define a possible date of arrival.

Here is how to know what voice recordings Amazon gets from your Alexa device

Don’t you want Amazon to listen to recordings collected by Alexa? You can revoke the permission with a click.

News of Google and Apple’s turnaround on listening to voice messages collected by Assistant and Siri during interactions with users, after the controversy on the matter was taking effect. Since even Amazon was no stranger to the controversial practice, he decided to run for cover by clarifying more explicitly – in the section of his website dedicated to privacy – the way in which he treats the data collected by Alexa, leaving the user the right to grant or not allowed .

In particular, as reported by Bloomberg , Amazon has now included a postscript explaining the possibility that the recordings are  “manually reviewed” , in order to contribute over time to improving the service offered by Alexa, clarifying immediately after that “only one extremely small fraction of vocal recordings is manually reviewed ».

As mentioned, on the same page (which you find at this link ) users can revoke the permission to manually listen to their recordings. In other words, Alexa will continue to save voice recordings from various daily interactions, but will no longer use them that way. However, it should be remembered that Amazon expects users to be able to delete recordings stored on its servers, so if you want to be sure that there is no trace of what you say, you will have to delete them periodically on your behalf.

The Origin of Slipknot Finally Revealed

The Slipknot are considered among the best heavy metal band in terms of live performances and more. With their extravagant and disturbing masks , often inspired by the great horror classics, they have become an icon of the genre. The group was formed in 1995 in Iowa , the US federal state, and is still active with the release of their album We Are Not Your Kind . But why are Slipknot called that ? What is the path that led them to have this name? Let’s find out together in this article.

Why are Slipknot called that? All band names

As often happens in the world of music, as to delineate the personality of a group, the name of the band changes over time, until it reaches a definitive one. It must be remembered that Slipknot members like Shawn Crahan ,  Joey Jordison  and  Paul Gray (who died in May 2010) had already formed a prototype of what would later become the group. They also managed to publish several demos that aroused interest on one side and the other confusion for their lyrics.

In this first period, which goes from 1993 to 1995 – the year in which the band was officially formed – there was no real identifying name for these guys from Des Moines , in fact there were several. These include Ones , Pyg System , Meld and only at the end Slipknot.

The meaning of the name

The term Slipknot  can be translated as ” slipknot “, these are characterized by being very robust in response to the tension of the string. Although they are often called knots “of the hanged man”, since they were used in cases of suicide or in executions that included hanging, the choice of the name could be attributed precisely to their great sturdiness . The band has always stood out for its aggressiveness and power , finding in their name ‘Slipknot’ their identity that made them famous until today.

1 in every 4 people are listening to podcasts in Germany

According to the BITKOM study, a quarter already hear podcasts – shorter posts are the most popular

Podcasts are still on the rise: One in four Germans (26 percent) say they hear such digital radio shows – in the previous year it was 22 percent. This is the result of a representative survey of more than 1,000 people, ages 16+, on behalf of the digital association Bitkom. So, every eleventh (9 percent) hears podcasts at least weekly, another 9 percent at least once a month. Especially young people like to access podcasts. More than one in three people between the ages of 16 and 29 (35 percent) indicates this. “Whether news, thrillers or relationship talks – the podcast offer is as big as ever and is constantly growing,” says Bitkom expert Dr. Sebastian Klöß, The vast majority of Germans, on the other hand, have not gotten the taste: 70 percent of respondents said they never hear podcasts.

Popular topics: news, film, television, sports, comedy

Particularly popular among podcast listeners are the news and politics (45 percent) and film and television (41 percent). Similarly many are interested in sports and leisure as well as comedy (each 38 percent). One in three (33 percent) likes listening to music podcasts, closely followed by the topics of science (29 percent) and education (28 percent).

For the duration of a podcast, the majority of listeners prefer short shows. Half (49 percent) say a podcast should ideally be between 5 and 10 minutes, and 5 percent like even shorter podcasts. A quarter (24 percent) likes programs with a length of between 10 and 15 minutes. For only 7 percent, the preferred duration is over 60 minutes. The average value is 13 minutes. “With the smartphone, podcasts can be heard very well on the way – for example, on the way to work. But podcasts are also popular in household chores or as a companion in sports, “says Klöß. But not all listeners endure until the end of the episode. Only two out of five (38 percent) say: I usually listen to podcasts completely.

Bitkom’s tech podcast is called “Ctrl-Alt-Del.” The interviews, talks and keynote speeches are about trends around the digitization of the economy and society. The podcast is available on Spotify, iTunes, Soundcloud, on all major podcast apps, and on the website www.bitkom.org/podcast .

Methodological note: The basis for the information provided is a representative survey conducted by Bitkom Research on behalf of Digitalverband Bitkom. 1,003 persons in Germany aged 16 and over were contacted by telephone. The questions were: “How often do you listen to podcasts?”, “What topics do you listen to podcasts?”, “How long is a podcast ideally so that you like to hear it?”, “Listen to podcasts usually completely or only partially ? “

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