Written on Jul, 01, 2015 by in | Leave a comment

To be honest, I think Spotify was one of the best things that happened to the world. Once, it was a selected-country only service. Now, it’s operating on a global scale. The exact reason Spotify exists is because of the artists that still earn and believe in its goal. So, why did Apple have to do this? Or even launch it today?

I don’t think this is the official logo yet…


So, what’s with Apple Music?

DJs on the Internet radio station is one thing Spotify doesn’t have. But everything else is something you’ve seen before.

To say honestly, Taylor Swift’s “1989” can be found in their playlists. This is right after Taylor yanked it out of Spotify because “it didn’t compensate artists so well.”

Well, her standpoint. But to say honestly, music has become so fragmented in today’s world because there is no such thing as broadcast media anymore. If you like listening to Razzle EDM or Sci-Fi Grunge, you could probably find an artists who does that. Like Internet marketing, the niche has grown and has blown out of proportion.

Which is why Spotify is one of the best things even for individuals who want to make their music paid today and free in the future. For just a few you have access to the playlists of the world (except for Taylor Swift) and play the artist you want. Apple Music simply doesn’t offer anything new.

Apple Is Not Innovating Anymore


Probably how the Apple Executive Meeting went...

Probably how the Apple Executive Meeting went…

Apple, well-known for revolutionising music too with its iTunes back in the day and iPods used by almost every yuppie (before they were called hipsters), is probably running out of innovation. You see the usual Music app. Every section of the app’s pages look the same.

“For you” is similar to Spotify’s “Discover”. “New” is similar to a playlist in Spotify during Tuesday, “New Music Tuesday”. “Connect” is probably Spotify’s “Activities” section and My Music is well, pretty self-explanatory.

For the first three months, Apple Music’s services would be free including the music library and the radio station. No on-demand access to music yet however. For that, you’ll have to pay £6.39 per month. A hefty sum, compared to Spotify’s measly £1.2 per month.

I don’t really think Apple Music is cut out for the world yet. Apple needs to improve. Every innovation for the app is just like plastic wrapping on an already-designed idea that’s not stale yet due to the airtight packaging.

If you’re a fan of Taylor Swift, then this is for you. If not, well, good luck with that. And I believe that you’re the latter.

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Written on Apr, 01, 2015 by in | Leave a comment

While it’s not mentioned here, an elderly friend of mine once said that Jazz became the rock of the 1930s to 40s. Post-WWII, people wanted something different because Jazz music reminded them of war being it as their entertainment during their times of struggle. So, we could say that rock n’ roll, the Elvis genre that was innovative and new, came about post war.

In short, during the 1950s, people wanted to dance. While they incorporated Jazz, people wanted to concentrate on the menial things that matter in life: love, relationships and everything else in between. This gave rise to a superior race of dance music.

Then come the 1970s where glam rock and rock ballads became the norm. It was pure fun too! I wish I was born in that era where people became politically active again. But alas. I was born in the 1980s where rock ballads have become today’s EDM. Suffice it is to say, from the 1980s, people came back for more dance music today.

It’s interesting to see the timeline of music the world now has. Click on the infographic to see how well or bad we did with music!

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Written on Mar, 01, 2015 by in | Leave a comment

No siding with YouTube or Google with this one. But I’ll have to say, it’s the only true music video channel in the world along with other video streaming websites.

Measly Television. I think that’s what it stands for now.


This is to throw my anger at MTV. Sure, everyone hated MTV in the 80s because it took the fun out of music by changing the focus from the music (FM stations) to the image of the makers of music (Television). They should change their name, Music Television doesn’t suit them anymore.

But then again, you could tell me that I’m just like one of those bloody primordial imps who said MTV sucked. Sure, but I grew up listening to music from the television. It was at least, during that point, full of music videos and shows were all about the playlists of videos of artists. It even had its own rock and metal specials during the end of the month.

Nowadays, you just see more people, more artists, more faces, more booty and less music. Bloody hell. If you’ve got more than 50 series showing in your channel and they’re not music related, then why call it Music Television?

I Get It, The Need To Adapt

Yes, you could tell me “but Jay, with the broadcast media completely fragmented, MTV needs to adapt.” Yes, I know all of that. But what I don’t like about it is that MTV decided to keep the brand.

If you want to be MTV, you’ll have to ride the waves of showing more than 70% music videos rather than shows that could pass for shallow young-adult fiction or semi-smut (Jersey Shore, right?). It’s all about the money for them now and it’s not right to call something MTV as Music Television. If you know a bit about Internet marketing, then Google should penalise these bastards.

It’s just me, yes. But then again, it’s unfair and unjustified to say that this channel is the Music Television. It’s just a money-grubbing channel that’s not even dedicated to artists who could have showcased their talents to a very big stage.

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Written on Mar, 01, 2015 by in | Leave a comment

Hey there, I’m Jay Smith. If you’ve read the sidebar, I’m the owner of The Standard Music Venue in London.

I’m proud of that little dump. Built it with my bare hands in the snowy season of 1994.

And with that, I just told you how old I am. I won’t specify it though. You do the math.

On a serious note, as the owner of The Standard, I’ve been playing music that is royalty-free. This means I don’t have to pay any legal entity or group just for playing an artist’s song.

No, it’s not that I disrespect musicians. It’s just like I’m in favour of musicians who give their music for free. Or rather, believe that music should be free.

In this blog, I’ll share my ideas and perspectives about music. I’ll also be writing about music trends and music technology and everything else music.

Hopefully you have fun in here!

Also, come join me at The Standard soon!

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