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Spotify has been my favorite app for a while now, but I've always wondered just how much an artist makes per song streamed to me, or anyone else using the streaming, subscription-based music system. The system is called 'stream rental', and Josh Davison of Centro shared some numbers regarding streaming revenue earned from his baned Parks and Gardens, on both Spotify, and iTunes Match.
Apple's iTunes Match pays one-third of a cent, and Spotify is significantly more sitting at just under one cent per streamed track. But, having the song on iTunes Match means that the customer has already acquired the track somehow, be it legally, or pirated and then synced to iTunes Match. Spotify seems like the go, here.
Now we have some numbers thanks to web developer Scott Buscemi, showing popular services such as Spotify, Spotify Free, iTunes Match and Rhapsody from his client, HoneyBoy Dupree:
Nearly 15,000 plays are required for an artist to roughly break even on distributing the track itself. These numbers should improve over time, as more people listen to tracks through music streaming services. Unless there's millions of playbacks, most artists are making only a few dollars here and there.
Android search app Google Now has some new abilities thanks to its update on Wednesday. Google Now's latest version adds support for movie theaters, public alerts, enhanced sports information and now includes Korean support.
Google Now can show movie showtimes based on how a user runs a search, or if the GPS in your phone detects a cinema close by. Public alerts can be displayed during emergencies, and will display information and warnings about storms, earthquakes and other emergency situations.
Sports information lets users manually input their favorite teams, after which they'll receive scores and updates on their team. The latest version of Google Now is available in the Google Search app, which is available for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean users through Google's Play Store.
Flipboard is an incredible app, I have it installed on my iPad, and my Android phone, and use it daily. Once I'm done with my day job, and TweakTown work, and I've spent my time my wife and my beautiful daughter, I relax on the lounge and open up the Flipboard app.
It's just so easy, and this ease of use has allowed it to expand its userbase in the last eight months, very, very rapidly. Last December saw the newsreading app reach 5 million users, but in those eight months, they've seen an explosion of 15 million more users, now sitting pretty at a total of 20 million users, and counting.
Flipboard started off as an iPad-exclusive, where it enjoyed eighteen months on iOS. It launched on the iPhone on December where it grew by one million users in just a week. In late-June, we saw the arrival of an Android-based version of Flipboard, as well as international editions with region-specific content landing in China, France, Germany, Italy, Korea, the Netherlands, and Spain. Flipboard have also not stopped adding features into the app, including audio, Google+ and content from The New York Times.
Facebook Camera just received a small update, and is now available on Apple's iTunes App Store. The new version now includes the ability to choose which folder your freshly-taken snaps go into, which is a small, but needed addition.
Also included are notifications, which keep you up-to-date on the going-ons of your photos, notifying you when someone comments, tags, or likes one of your photos. The update is small, but we know just how big Facebook is, so we have to report on it.
The update is only live for the iOS version of the app, so now Android loving here. You can grab the updated Facebook Camera for iOS app here.
Microsoft had announced their plans to release an official SkyDrive app for Android a few weeks ago, and they have kept their word and released an app today so that users can have access to their files across all of the various devices you may own and use. The app is designed for Android 4.0, but only requires Android 2.3 or higher.
The main features of the new app:
- Access your SkyDrive-documents, photos, and other files, plus the files other people have shared with you.
- View recently used documents.
- Choose multiple photos or videos to upload from your phone.
- Share your files and photos-send a link in email or in another app.
- Open your SkyDrive files from other Android apps.
- Easily manage your files-delete or create new folders.
In other words, it does basically everything you would expect the app to do; it allows file uploads and downloads and the ability to manage those files, go figure. Microsoft did their best to keep "the same intuitive design of all SkyDrive experiences" while integrating some of the conventional Android interactions.
Mike Torres, Group Program Manager of SkyDrive Apps, asks that you give the app a run and that the team can't wait to hear what you have to think. The app is available in the Google Play store.
Samsung have just unveiled the Drive Link app for their devices, with the premise behind the app that it is to provide a safe user interface and portal to the commonly used applications on your phone, whilst driving. Drive Link will make navigation, hands-free calling and music playback easier than ever.
Drive Link's navigation feature will make use of your phone's GPS and mapping features, where you'll be able to speak destinations into the app, or drag them out of messages. Hands-free calling and text-to-speech message reading are available in more than one language, too. If music is what you're interested in, the Music portal gives you access to all of the media that is stored on your smartphone.
Samsung also notes that a Drive Link-powered device can provide services directly, even featuring the ability to connect to your car's current infotainment system with the MirrorLink protocol. Drive Link debuts on the international version of Samsung's Galaxy S III, and will arrive on other Android 4.0-powered devices in the near future.
I'm a big fan of Google's two-step verification process, and it seems that cloud-based storage giant, Dropbox, have followed through with some added security of your precious data by enabling two-step verification.
In order to turn on the feature, you'll require the most up-to-date beta desktop version of Dropbox's client. Once you've acquired that, you can jump over to the Dropbox website, and enter the beta, where you can turn on the two-step verification.
It works pretty much identical to Google's two-step verification, where you'll be prompted to enter a limited-time, one-use password that you can receive by text, or an app similar to Google Authenticator. If you were to lose your phone, you would get a one-time use backup code, but there's only one, so you'd have to be very careful where you put it.
Social networking site, Facebook, updated their iOS app just yesterday and now they've begun rolling out the latest version of their Messenger app.
Facebook Messenger has reached version 1.9, and includes some UI changes, as well as some new features. Version 1.9 also brings the app into direct integration with the main Facebook app, for the first time.
The new version of Messenger sports full emoji support, one-click access to friends' Facebook Timelines, as well as indications marking whether or not a friend is 'active'. Version 1.9 also includes a "last active" indicator, telling you when the last time your friend was online. You can grab the iOS version from the App Store, and the Android version from the Play Store.
Facebook for the iPhone received its much needed update a few hours ago, and it looks like photo sharing service, Flickr, have updated their Android application. Flickr for Android hasn't been updated for close to twelve months now, and it has needed an update to catch up to its iOS counterpart.
Flickr for Android now sports a new UI which features a navigation menu, and the Explore menu now sorts photos out much better, where it sorts them according to location and level of interest. Within the photo library search, the menu also sports notifications, profile, camera and upload options.
A pull-down refresh function keeps it feeling fresh like most other socially-orientated apps, and when the camera tab is tapped, you'll be prompted to either choose your camera, or your personal camera app of choice to take that photo. The ability to edit details/metadata on pictures and HTML content in comments and descriptions.
Usually it doesn't pay to be an early adopter of technology, but in the case of Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1, it does. The company have teamed up with a bunch of high-profile developers, where they've provided some free apps to the Note 10.1 tablet.
I thought there'd only be two or three, but there's actually quite a good list. Samsung have also said that all of the free apps on offer have been optimized for use with the Note 10.1's Wacom-based S Pen.