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Radio Is Made for Smart Working

The new radio is that of ‘non-music’: between white noise, asrm and ‘sonorous paintings’, it is tailor-made for smartworking
Radio, as we know, is the most courted and penetrating media, with a share of daily contacts higher than those of television and the internet. Queen of the cockpits and homes – 50% of the listeners come from car radios, while the other two main devices are the actual receiver (23%) and the television set (7%) – the radio not only wins, but changes skin on the web, even if cell phones and the PC / tablet, from where you can browse the ocean of podcasts and streams or listen directly to FM, make up just 6% together.

While forecasts are more than optimistic on the market of smart speakers, devices to which you can ask to find a recipe while listening to something nice and about the possibilities of 5G, the latest generation digital band, in the report Technology, Media and Telecommunications Predictions 2019 Deloitte also gives a flattering chapter to the good old radio. Deloitte considers AM / FM broadcast in ether, both analog and digital, to be “radio”; the satellite radio (don’t worry, it’s the one that goes through the TV tuner) and the internet transmission of the AM / FM stations.

But is the radio really only the one that comes through a “station”, with a definite schedule? If we look at the offer available on the web, it really seems not. The net is full of everything, where often a too rigid idea of ​​something immediately tends to blend into something else. This is the case of the “channels” where more or less everything is transmitted, with reduced or absent possibility to intervene on the contents, just like tuning in to a normal radio station. They know how to stay in the background for those who can listen to work, but they can also form a uniform sound environment, without the need to pay rigorous attention, for those who instead need to stay focused.

Work that goes by you

Perfect to be listened to while doing something else on the computer, maybe stuck in the grid of a spreadsheet or setting up a presentation, these “radios” are candidates to become the background of life not only of smart workers, but also of young people increasingly distant from television, given the 50% drop in attendance in front of the “small screen” detected in the youngest band for six years now in different countries. In the USA, according to the Deloitte report, among those who listen to the radio working it is indeed the youngest age group (18-24) to weigh more, with a dry 30%, and half of all Americans including between the ages of 25 and 75, however, he mainly listens to it at home.

Even if the targetability of the radio user is still tied to the basic demographic categories, it can therefore be imagined that many of the so-called agile workers – who most of the time work from home or in any case not in the company – listen to a lot of radio.

The number of those in Italy who want and can make their daily life flexible varies between 250,000 and 480,000 people. The still unstable figure simply says that the survey tools chase the news, but all are meanwhile agreed that this is the future of employment, if it is true that by 2022 65% of the European workforce will end up being composed of agile workers.

Why listen to something while working? According to a study published in the Journal of Consumer Research in the field of business administration, ambient noise behaves like a poison: taken in large doses it “kills”, while at doses so to speak homeopathic positively influences creativity. In a nutshell, a background of moderate volume audio content can make the workflow intermittent – the same thing happens maybe even in the office, where there is no music or other – but it significantly improves creative processes.

Whether or not you are agile workers, let’s try then to fly over the most interesting and extravagant web sources of audio content, radio or not, of this noisy planet.


noise White noise is a particular type of noise characterized by the absence of periodicity over time and by a constant amplitude. Chosen by the famous American writer Don DeLillo as the title of one of his best novels, for the “panasonic score” with which the media drown us every day, it means something compact and extended, like a rug.

On Noisli you can for example activate – even overlapping the different levels – an entire library of white noise, from the most obtuse audio rustles to the noise of water (in different varieties), as well as a forest environment, the fire, night noises, trains in the distance and much more. “It is the best accompaniment to productivity throughout the day,” reads the web page. “It helps you to concentrate while you work, to relieve anxiety or simply relax while reading or before going to bed.” Noisli even has a writing environment for those who work, an activation and deactivation timer, and of course , a platform to share your settings with colleagues and friends.

Those who want something less structured can use Rainy Cafe (only rain and bar environment, also overlapping here), or even Rainy Mood, who trusts only in rain but gives access to a dedicated app. myNoise (background noises and interactive soundscapes), on the other hand, is a dizzying anthology of every type of sound, also intended to “obscure the noises you don’t want to hear: talkative colleagues, your tinnitus, or even your inner voice when not you can shut her up! ”reads the homepage. In essence, the noises generated by these web pages are also an alternative to the widespread noise canceling headphones.

Of the different types of ambient noises are also obviously filled Spotify and YouTube playlists, but online players have better interactivity.


A particular niche of “noise” is that of the ASRM, Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, which can be translated with an autonomous sensory meridian response, where the meridian in question is not the geographical one, but the path of vital energy in our body, according to oriental medicine .

ASRM content is everywhere, for example on YouTube – try to believe. They are entire audiovisual libraries, where in the absence of speech the listener is subjected to every kind of sound stimulus that can activate pleasant sensations, such as the sound of a caress on the skin, the noise of the brush in a woman’s hair, sighs, contact with surfaces of all kinds, the preparation and even chewing of foods.

Read also: Sounds and videos to relax or fall asleep make millions of clicks. What is the Asmr, ‘the cerebral orgasm’

The sensations aroused by the ASRM sounds are carefully produced by equipment that reproduce aural listening, arousing pleasant emotional sensations, physical or both.

The radio on the web

The apps (also from desktop) for streaming listening of radio stations are very widespread, such as TuneIn, an endless list of stations and podcast sources – the downloadable download files – divided by location and topic .

There are also sites like (a bit like saying: you are listening …) where radio content is found, but not broadcast, such as the live broadcast of police police from all over the United States and links to live coverage from other agencies – there is also the embedded YouTube file with an hour and a half of the noise of the Star Trek SS Enterprise’s engine, you were trekkies.

But there are apps – and / or related websites – that offer a different experience than simply choosing a schedule from a list. This is the case of Radio Garden (the radio garden), which shows the three-dimensional image of our planet in an interactive mode, where each station is represented on the surface – composed of satellite photos – with a green dot. The Earth can be rotated and zoomed; by collimating the viewfinder with the points, the listening is activated. Unlike the other apps, Radio Garden allows you to view the frequency and location of the broadcasters directly on the globe, giving the possibility to connect to websites for further information.

“From the beginning, radio signals have crossed borders. Listeners and broadcasters have imagined both connecting with the most distant cultures and reconnecting to people thousands of miles away from home, “reads the website of Radio Garden. Commissioned in 2016 by the Dutch Institute of Sound and Vision during an edition of Transnational Radio Encounters, with 52 million web views and over a million downloads of the app, Radio Garden has been transformed into a company of one of the founders, with new product features, but retaining the same simplicity that has always distinguished it.

The radio from the web

The apps that offer streaming radio stations are very popular; less well known, however, are web pages that offer a real radio experience. The most interesting is WebSDR, managed by the amateur radio club of the University of Twente in the Netherlands. In practice, whoever connects – even many users at the same time, thanks to the particular software – can remotely pilot a real self-built receiver at the Dutch university’s faculty of electronic and computer engineering and explore shortwave as a “normal” radio .

Until the eighties, DXing (“surfing” on intercontinental radio frequencies, shortwaves) was a widespread hobby, as were multi-band devices in homes, which are less frequent today but are highly sought after by collectors. Television before, the internet then, have almost extinguished that sophisticated pleasure of searching in the ether for thousands of miles away, but the radio has taken revenge on both. With web-controlled radio receivers like the Dutch WebSDR, anyone can have access to otherwise expensive and unapproachable technology.

Shirley & Spinoza

We have seen how the internet gives access to the entire universe of radios: but is there a “universal” radio, which somehow contains them all, at least metaphorically? Can radio be an art form? In these terms, it is difficult for this to succeed in the ether: too much bureaucracy, laws, costs. Better on the web, where (almost) everything can be done at home. Beloved by more and more web explorers and creatives of all kinds, Shirley & Spinoza Radio is a candidate to be the most venerated, exclusive and elusive broadcaster of all time.

It exists only on the web, and “transmits” from Dali, a remote location in Chinese Yunnan, although The Guardian claimed to be in the tormented and equally remote Xinjiang, the scene of Uyghur persecutions, precisely in Urümqi. The name itself is an intellectual citation, combining that of the most famous child actress of all time, Shirley Temple, with the severe seventeenth-century philosopher Baruch Spinoza.

Similar to the famous Blob by Rai3 in terms of editing, but without drawing on the schedules of others, Shirley & Spinoza essentially transmits music (of all genres and origins, with an inclination to refinement rather than to the mainstream) interspersed with sounds more diverse, repertoire material and sound extracts from sources of all kinds. The result is always pleasant, and lends itself to being the background or to be the protagonist of a more active listening. It is a kind of museum made up of sound pictures, where one can ideally pause from time to time on some piece or switch indifferently from one room to another.

The feeling is that it is the work of a single independent artist, whose identity is actually known, Fausto Caceres, who seems to have started his radio activity on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley, at the end of the nineties. The speaker – remote operator, as he claims to call himself – speaks English with an American accent, and intervenes from time to time to break the flow with a few sentences addressed to listeners.

The playlist is always present on the site, it is possible to leave comments and messages, which can also be found from time to time replies aggregated by Caceres. Those of the listeners are often Dadaist messages such as programming, thanks for having been the background to intense periods of work or simple “thanks for existing”. Shirley & Spinoza has not even a very small audience – the words “A whopping million folks listening right now. Hooray! ”, And the social networks and the network reveal it.

In short, whether or not you have the possibility of activating a sound environment as you please, with the ease and difficulty of agile or leisure work, both at home and in mobile mode, the new forms of radio and sound content are worthy of to be known, and lived.

Maine Mendoza Recording Album to Break Records

It is expected that Maine’s upcoming solo and debut album will be a massive hit and will break records. Already fans waiting for a presave link from Spotify and Apple Music.

The presave feature which is different in other apps is the ability to store and save a link to the album even the material is not yet fully released. 

Insiders have also suggested that the recording company should strike deal with TikTok also collaborated with Maine Mendoza. TikTok has millions of users and when Maine’s album is released it will surely be a big smasher in the said video app.

TikTok is undoubtedly the app of the moment: that’s what it is, how it works and what you find yourself. In practice, all you need to know about the new Musically

A new App is preparing to conquer your smartphones.

And if you are thinking “How is it possible, I had just learned to use this other one just unloaded and now I have to start over?”, The answer is yes

The good news is that it is very simple and highly addictive.

TikTok is the new social network that has taken absolute or internet control. 

To say it is the numbers: the app, available in 34 languages, has 150 million active users every day (500 million active monthly users), and was the most downloaded app in the world in the first quarter of 2018, with about 45.8 million downloads.

TikTok works on both Android and iOS smartphones, while, at the moment, no working alternative is available on PC.

Here’s what TikTok is and how it works. 

What is TikTok?

TikTok is also known by the Chinese name Douyin, and is an app coming from China and created Zhang Yiming in September 2016. 

It is basically an amateur music video platform.

The app allows users to watch music clips, create short clips of up to 60 seconds, and even edit and add special effects as desired.

To make the concept in simpler words, we can say that TikTok is a kind of visual karaoke

Their slogan is “Make Every Second Count” (which means every second), which makes sense since the videos only last a few seconds,

what’s on TikTok?

The success of the video platform Chineseis also due to the incorporation that TikTok has made of; do you remember? 


Alex Zhu, co-founder of and now senior vice president of TikTok, said of being excited about joining this new project with the Chinese company, 

Alex Zhu said: “We want to capture the creativity and knowledge of the world under this new name and remind everyone to treasure every precious moment in life. Combine musicals.” ly and TikTok is a natural choice given the shared mission of both experiences: we want to give life to a community where everyone can be creators. ” 

The music that TikTok has on the application is very wide with a wide variety of styles, including which the most popular hip-hop and electronic music.

How does it work?

First you need to download the application on your device and sign up with your phone number or email. 

Once the app is installed we will find ourselves in front of an interface similar to Instagram and Facebook: from the main page we will be able to access the contents uploaded by other users, those followed and even those suggested for you directly by the system.

While watching a video, on the right we will find the small photo of the profile of the user who uploaded it: pressing on the photo we will enter its profile, while clicking on “+” we will begin to follow the user. 

Finally, how do you create a video with TikTok? 

Very simple: just press the “+” icon in the center and follow the guided procedure (rather simple) proposed by the app.


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.

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 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.

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 .

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 ? “

The Secret of Freddie Mercury and Queen Revealed in 2019


The famous collaboration between Queen and David Bowie that led to the birth of Under Pressure, the masterpiece published in Hot Space , has been the subject of so much speculation over the years. Indeed, successive declarations to that partnership itself have not been lacking, which has led to so much enviable musically, but also to clashes that – although part of the nature of a recording studio – hardly seemed to be suitable for the level of collaboration between Queen and David Bowie . Now, even more, we know more: there are songs made by the two parties but never published.

The clashes between Freddie Mercury and David Bowie during the registration

Despite the temperament and character of Freddie Mercury and David Bowie , to which was added the common goal of making songs that could remain in history, the climate within the recording studios was not always quiet.

Imagining a quarrel between two greats like Freddie Mercury and David Bowie would seem difficult , yet, it is enough to mention Brian May to understand that this happened: “Freddie and David challenged each other and clashed. But these are things that happen in a studio: sparks flew to get a result like that. They challenged each other in indirect ways, like those who arrived last in the studio. It was beautiful and terrible, but I only remember the wonderful part. And of those sessions a lot of material never came to light: we’re thinking about it “ . The guitarist not only declared disagreements between the two, but also the presence of new material that the band could give birth to.

The songs of Queen and David Bowie that have never been published

To confirm the theory of Brian May also Peter Hince, band’s roadie , decided to confirm the version according to which some songs – made between Queen and David Bowie – would never have been realized.

Thus stated Hince: “There is stuff with Freddie and David singing together – whole pieces of rock’n’roll, raw but complete. They started singing covers and pieces of their own, to come back the next day and record what would become “Under Pressure”. But tracks were recorded in that period, which were never finished or mixed. David recorded voices on some tracks that were not used. So there is an archive somewhere. “ In short, the songs exist and have never been lost … would you like to hear completely new songs years after the death of Freddie Mercury?