Music

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Sizzle vs. science
Is Bose up to a challenge from Apple?
Bose and Beats headphones on the shelves of the Apple Store on Boylston Street in Boston.

When Apple announces it is entering your business, it’s a bad day for any executive.

For Bob Maresca, president of Bose Corp., the largest consumer electronics company in Massachusetts, that day came on May 28. Apple said it would pay $3 billion to acquire Beats Electronics, a maker of headphones, speakers, and a music streaming service headquartered near Los Angeles.

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Music to your tongue
In a bid for more emotional snacking, Frito-Lay patents culinary theme songs
Innovation can be a matter of joining together things that the patent office — and maybe customers — will approve of. Corn chips, song, and the Internet are obvious influences on US patent 7942311, "Method for sequencing flavors with an auditory phrase," granted May 17, 2011 to George Eapen of Frisco, Texas. Eapen assigned rights to Frito-Lay, the corn chip behemoth. Read More
The smooth sounds of chocolate?
Music Tech Fest makes U.S. debut in Cambridge
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In the spacious 11th floor of the Microsoft NERD Center, LJ Rich sat at a keyboard before a roomful of onlookers, all poised and waiting, with fragments of chocolate donuts in our hands. On Rich’s cue, we popped the small confections in our mouths. As we chewed, Rich, who has “taste-chord” synesthesia, played arpeggios on the keyboard approximating what the taste of a chocolate donut sounds like to her: A pleasant major chord at first, moving into dissonance after a few seconds, before falling into the lower register and fading away. Read More
Battle of the brands
Pandora should be afraid: Spotify has big plans for The Echo Nest
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I’m a big fan of Spotify as a way to listen to songs I already know about. But the service’s radio station option — which automatically picks songs for you based on your first song choice, a la Pandora — hasn’t impressed me. In my opinion, Pandora remains the superior product for personalized Internet radio. That could change with Spotify’s acquisition of The Echo Nest of Somerville. Read More
Sweet sounds for Boston
Boston a music tech hub with Spotify acquisition of The Echo Nest
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Popular online music service Spotify will have its largest U.S. engineering outpost in Somerville with the planned acquisition of The Echo Nest. That’s the word from Antonio Rodriguez, general partner at Matrix Partners and board member at The Echo Nest.  “We are going to have the largest U.S.-based Spotify engineering group here — not the Valley, but here,” Rodriguez said in an email. Read More