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Apple's HomePod now lets Siri handle Deezer music requests

Engadget

HomePod owners have had the ability to use third-party music services for several months now, but thus far only Pandora directly works with Apple's smart speakers. However, that's changing today with the introduction of Deezer integration for the original (and since discontinued) HomePod and its replacement, the cheaper HomePod Mini. By launching and connecting the music streaming app with an Apple speaker, paying subscribers can tell Siri to play specific tracks, artists, albums, favorites or playlists. To keep things succinct, you can set Deezer as your default music service in iOS. That way you don't have to ask Siri to play a song or artist "on Deezer" at the end of every command.


Musicians ask Spotify to publicly abandon controversial speech recognition patent

Engadget

At the start of the year, Spotify secured a patent for a voice recognition system that could detect the "emotional state," age and gender of a person and use that information to make personalized listening recommendations. As you might imagine, the possibility that the company was working on a technology like that made a lot of people uncomfortable, including digital rights non-profit Access Now. At the start of April, the organization sent Spotify a letter calling on it to abandon the tech. After Spotify privately responded to those concerns, Access Now, along with several other groups and a collection of more than 180 musicians, are asking the company to publicly commit to never using, licensing, selling or monetizing the system it patented. Some of the individuals and bands to sign the letter include Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, rapper Talib Kweli and indie group DIIV.


AIhub monthly digest: April 2020 – ethics, music, education and Westworld

AIHub

Welcome to our April 2021 monthly digest where you can catch up with any AIhub stories you may have missed, get the low-down on recent conferences and events, and much more. In this edition we cover a diverse range of topics including AI ethics, education, music, GPT-Neo, and Westworld. Marija Slavkovik wrote this very interesting retrospective on the AAAI symposium on implementing AI ethics. The aim of the symposium was to "facilitate a deeper discussion on how intelligence, agency, and ethics may intermingle in organizations and in software implementations." Another ethics conference on the horizon is the AAAI/ACM conference on artificial intelligence, ethics, and society, scheduled for 19-21 May.


Senior Data Engineer - Personalization (Remote Eligible - Americas)

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The Personalization team makes deciding what to play next easier and more enjoyable for every listener. We built them by understanding the world of music and podcasts better than anyone else. Join us and you'll keep millions of users listening by making great recommendations to each and every one of them. Spotify is looking for a Senior Data Engineer to join the team! You will build data driven solutions to bring music and digital media experiences to hundreds of millions of active users and millions of creators by matching fans with creators in a personal and relevant way.


Generate immersive visuals for your music with SYQEL's AI-powered software

Engadget

Whether you're at a music festival, nightclub or even an orchestra, properly executed visuals should be a mainstay in any listening experience. That's because well timed and thematically appropriate graphics don't distract from the music itself -- they enhance it. If you're looking to add that extra bit of theatrical flare to your own audio experience, SYQEL is an AI-powered software that can enhance your music during playback by providing responsive and enticing visuals, and lifetime Lite Plans are on sale now for $50, or 66 percent off. SYQEL is an advanced music visualizer that is responsive and extremely easy to use. After a two-minute setup, you will be able to generate hypnotic illustrations to accompany your audio.


Artificial Intelligence is on the Verge of Wearing the Hat of a Composer

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Artificial intelligence has successfully made its way in every industry including music. But it hits quiet strange to some as to how AI can be used in composing an art piece which requires acute human creativity. But they say, "Whatever you dream of is real." And this article is an exploration on that. Apart from the fact that music serves as great source of entertainment, it also serves to quell several other disorders and issues of human mind, collectively termed as mental illness.


What Makes Music Universal - Issue 99: Universality

Nautilus

My friend Robert Burton, a neurologist and author, wanted to share a song with me last year, and sent me a link to an NPR Tiny Desk Concert. "It's wonderful to see truly new and inspiring music," he wrote. I clicked open the link to a band who appeared to have journeyed from their mountain village in Russia to busk for tourists in the city square. Three women wore long white wedding dresses, thick strands of bead necklaces, and Cossack hats that towered from their heads like minarets of black wool. They played, respectively, a cello, djembe drum, and floor tom drum. They were joined by an accordion player who could pass for a bearded hipster from Brooklyn. The accordionist was the first to sing. A bray of syllables erupted from him like an exorcism. A steady drumbeat followed and then the women commanded the singing. Their vocals ranged from yodels to yips, whoops to whispers. At first turbulence reigned, as if the women were singing different songs at each other. But soon their voices blended into a melody that curled like a river.


Smells like team spirit: Getting 'art' out of artificial intelligence

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Well, now we do not have to only imagine it. A project called Lost Tapes of the 27 Club, focused on mental health in the music industry, recently released a song called Drowned in the Sun. It was touted as a never-heard-before Nirvana song. Except that this song was never written by Kurt Cobain or Nirvana and discovered from some old musty attic years later; it was written by an artificial intelligence (AI) engine. To be more precise, it was written by a neural network trained on the entire body of Nirvana's work.


'Hey Spotify, play Up First:' Two weeks with Car Thing

Engadget

After years of rumors, confirmation and vague descriptions, Spotify has finally made its first piece of hardware available to select users. Even though the company revealed the full details on Car Thing earlier this month, it's only a "limited release" right now. I've spent two weeks with Car Thing in my car (obviously), and can tell you one thing -- this dedicated Spotify player is really more of a controller for the app on your phone. Spotify first tipped its hand on an in-car music player in 2018. It offered a few Reddit users the opportunity to try a compact device that reportedly featured voice control and 4G connectivity.


Get fun visuals to accompany your music with this AI-powered tool

Mashable

TL;DR: Create music visuals in minutes with the SYQEL AI-Powered Music Visualize, on sale for 66% off. As of April 26, get a Lifetime Subscription of the Lite Plan for only $49.99. Between TikTok videos and Instagram Reels, the world has become an even more visual place. If you're an artist, you need something truly eye-catching to help you stand out. For a seamless way to make this happen, snag a subscription to the SYQEL AI-Powered Music Visualizer.