Physical copies of music such as CDs are outselling digital versions

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CDs and vinyls are outselling digital downloads for the first time since 2011 thanks to streaming services, industry figures reveal. Apps like Spotify and Apple Music have seen an astronomical rise in popularity in recent years and this has all but destroyed the digital download market. As more people choose to stream music rather than own it, sales of physical media are now falling at a slower rate than their digital counterparts. This has been driven, in part, by a resurgence in vinyl sales among audiophiles, who prize the format's unique sound. CD's and vinyl copies of music are outselling their digital counterparts for the first time since 2011.

Amper Music Raises $4M to Fuel Growth of Artificial Intelligence Music Composition Technology


Founded by Hollywood film composers Drew Silverstein, Sam Estes, and Michael Hobe, Amper Music is for anyone around the world who uses, consumes or creates music. Amper is especially appealing to content creators and developers. Using Amper, content creators can simplify their workflow and avoid the time, budgetary, and licensing frustrations of stock music. The music created with Amper receives a global, royalty-free, and perpetual license, eliminating the many legal and financial hurdles of traditional music licensing. Users can select a mood, genre and track duration, then customize the track with a multitude of easy-to-use editing functionality.

AI Meets Localization


Taryn Southern, a well-known YouTube star and musician, became interested in how AI could enhance her listeners' experience and personalize their music discoveries. Spotify for instance, uses collaborative filtering to collect as much data as they can regarding a listener's music preferences and then compares this data to data collected on other users. Pandora uses a combination of human expertise and algorithms – experts tag various songs with a multitude of tags, such as music genre, artist name, and language. Then, when a listener selects a particular song or artist, the algorithm then matches this selection to these characteristics and suggests "radio stations" that the listener will likely enjoy. Southern also loves how AI enhances her musical creative process and explains that part of the charm of using AI in her music development is the creative control she is afforded.

A New Kanye West Dating Service Promises Love Free From Taylor Swift Stans


The galaxy of extremely niche dating sites has gained a new star--one that promises to help you find someone who loves you like Kanye loves Kanye. That's right, lonely singles are no longer confined to finding each other based on interests like farming or the goth aesthetic. With the release of Yeezy Dating, fans of Kanye West are one step closer to finding someone to argue with about the proper breakdown of their Kanye madness bracket. Slated to launch sometime later this month, the Yeezy Dating website is pretty sparse at the moment, featuring a brief explainer noting that the site is "for fans of the genius Mr. Kanye West." However the site, created through a crowdfunding campaign launched by 21-year-old Yeezus stan Harry Dry, has a relatively active Instagram presence.

Global Bigdata Conference


Much is made of AI augmenting human intelligence with simple automation, but might higher order human creativity go the same way? Technology is an integral part of composer Kate Simko's work. As well as writing for film and television, she founded the London Electronic Orchestra, which combines classical instruments with electronic music. Although she may start composing with paper, pencil and piano, she switches to Avid's Sibelius notation software to write a full score: "From there, you're able to take the notation and export it as Midi data or the actual sheet music," she says, referring to the Musical Instrument Digital Interface (Midi) technical standard. Software also lets Simko listen to her compositions before rehearsals start.

Amazon Echo Dot - Alexa Voice Service -


Ther is as many frustrations with the whole "Alexa" product as their are benefits. Not specifically related to this echo dot version of it. The dot is the best way to open yourself to this world of IoT and voice enabled home, cheap and cheerful the tech is awesome, but it is let down by the company vying to gain market share along with its competitors. Remember when Silicon valley was run by dreamers and open source ideals like in the fist season of "Halt and catch fire!" if your a techie over it! The echo for example, wont play from your Apple Itunes library because of business rivalry.

Find True Love With This Kanye West Dating App


Kanye superfan Harry Dry, attempted to create a Kanye West-inspired dating app that allows users to connect via their shared love of the iconic rapper. Unfortunately, the funding goal for'Yeezy Dating' was not reached, leaving us all in a'Love Lockdown.'

Popular YouTube artist uses AI to record new album


Pop artist Taryn Southern, who appeared on American Idol in 2004, created the lyrics and melodies for "I AM AI" but left most of the other work to software programs. The album's first song "Break Free," which was released on Monday, was developed with the help of startup Amper Music. Amper is one of several AI music services Southern is working with on the album, which will debut later this year. Southern has only basic piano skills, so she turned to the program to deliver the instrumental part of the song. The AI developed the harmonies, chords and sequences.

This gadget will bring Amazon's Alexa into your car


Heads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. At home, you generally have your hands free. But while Alexa has clearly made your casa her casa (she's even laughing at you these days), she's nowhere to be found when you need her on the road. Muse is a crafty little gadget looking to change that -- and *gasp* it's not even made by Amazon.

Five ways voice assistants are going to change the office ZDNet


It's increasingly clear that voice is the next major interface in computing, in some cases replacing the touch-based platforms of the smartphone era. Amazon's Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple's Siri, and Samsung's Bixby are leading the voice charge by providing contextual data and performing tasks on behalf of users. As voice-based virtual assistants continue move into a broad swath of form factors -- including smartphones, smart speakers, and automobiles -- their impact on the general public will grow as well. As consumer use cases continue to accumulate, these assistants are also making their way further into the office, creating new opportunities for improving business productivity and efficiency. SEE: IT leader's guide to the future of artificial intelligence (Tech Pro Research) While voice assistants are known for their ability to start a music playlist, for example, they also have great potential in the workplace.