Note: a hat tip to a Villanova student for sending me the information that led to this blog post... A recent study looked at the average happiness of the songs played over a week in a country and compared it with what happened in the country’s stock markets that week. They found that more-positive listening … Continue reading Music Monday: Please Listen To Happy Music – I’ll Be Able to Retire Sooner
Music Monday: Spotify Reveals My Failure to Evolve
Spotify recently released a top 100 playlist for each user, showing what songs that person listened to the most during the past year. Here is a screenshot of the top 10 songs on my list. (Note - it is just a screenshot, you cannot click on any of the songs.) With the exception of a … Continue reading Music Monday: Spotify Reveals My Failure to Evolve
Music Monday: Bias Against Female Artists on Online Musical Platforms
A study performed by researchers in Europe found that a widely used music recommendation algorithm is more likely to choose music by male artists to the detriment of female artists. Study authors tested a popular music recommendation algorithm across two song datasets. That process revealed that in both instances the algorithm ended up “reproducing” existing biases in … Continue reading Music Monday: Bias Against Female Artists on Online Musical Platforms
Music Monday: It’s Not Really Music, But It Was Music to My Ears
I received the following email today: "Bruce Springsteen joins President Barack Obama for a new original podcast Renegades: Born In The USA, available now on Spotify. Renegades is an eight-episode podcast featuring a deep and revealing conversation between the two friends, exploring a wide array of topics including race, fatherhood, marriage, and the state of … Continue reading Music Monday: It’s Not Really Music, But It Was Music to My Ears
Music Monday: Vinyl, Cassette, CD, MP3, or Streaming – What Format Offers the Best Sound Quality?
Some of you may already know the answer to this question, but I did not. But I started thinking about it after I got my new headphones, which made listening to music much more enjoyable than hearing it come out of my laptop speakers. So I started searching the web, and the consensus was pretty … Continue reading Music Monday: Vinyl, Cassette, CD, MP3, or Streaming – What Format Offers the Best Sound Quality?
Music Monday: John Denver – Prolific, Poetic, and Poignant
I never fully realized how many great songs John Denver produced over his lifetime until I played him on Spotify during our recent road trip to Cleveland. I think it kept us entertained for close to 90 minutes, and it seemed as if I knew most of the words to most of the songs. Hit … Continue reading Music Monday: John Denver – Prolific, Poetic, and Poignant
Is Your Streaming Music Playlist Guilty of Recency Bias?
It's Advertising Week in New York City (hopefully you were aware of that, otherwise you'd have to wonder about the advertising capability of the people running the conference.) Anyway, one of the panel sessions was "Driving the Future of Voice Activation" and one of the panel members, Barrak Moffitt, executive VP of content strategies and partnerships … Continue reading Is Your Streaming Music Playlist Guilty of Recency Bias?