Napster – P2P’s Sacrificial Lamb

Napster was a pioneer in peer-to-peer file sharing services. The service specialized in sharing audio files, especially music files encoded in the still-popular MP3 format.   The service allowed its users to easily exchange songs through a decentralized file sharing system - the first of its kind, really - which changed the way everyone got their…

Gracenote – Providing Entertainment Metadata

Gracenote is a company that provides music, video, and sports metadata, as well as automatic content recognition technology (ACR) to entertainment companies and developers of consumer electronics across the globe. In total, Gracenote operates five businesses. These are music, video, sports, automotive, and video personalization. History of Gracenote Gracenote was originally started by Ti Kan…

What Is Bespoke Music? – Interview with The Merry Jaynz’ Songsmith Tom Smith

  YC:  Today I'm speaking with Tom Smith about bespoke music and songs.  Hi Tom, how ya doing?   TS:  Great! Always love an opportunity to hear myself speak! hahaha... [caption id="attachment_8556" align="aligncenter" width="382"] Tom Smith - bespoke musician and member of the Merry Jaynz swamp rock band[/caption] YC:  Excellent, that's good.  So you're involved with this…