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Hit Songs On The Radio Are Getting Shorter and Shorter and Here Is Why

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The analysis on the rankings of the last few years suggests yes, and it has to do with - you guessed it - the music in streaming

Between 2013 and 2018 the average length of the songs in the Billboard Hot 100, the most cited for international pop music, has dropped from 3 minutes and 50 seconds to 3 minutes and 30 seconds. The calculations made them the American site  Quartz, which also analyzed the duration of a series of famous pop and hip hop records of the last few years to show that pop songs are getting shorter.

This is not really new: critics and music experts have long highlighted this phenomenon, attributing its main causes to the expansion of streaming music services. Last year, in fact, the streaming has exceeded the digital downloads and sales of physical copies of the albums regarding the total revenues of the world record industry. Services like Spotify and Apple Music have tens of millions of paying subscribers in the world (the most recent data date back to last summer, when the two services had 83 and 40 million subscriptions respectively).

The way in which the artists collect from the streams follows different logics than the traditional supports: it is estimated that their actual profit for each single reproduction is between 0.004 and $ 0.008. Streaming services consider a song "played back" when the listener exceeds a certain threshold of seconds, generally around 30. These are very low figures, and in fact the music industry market has been inexorably shrinking for years: but above all it is a type of reproduction that has changed the logic followed by the artists. To simplify a lot: for 15 minutes of reproduced music, an artist who has made five 3-minute songs will earn more than one who has made three 5-minute songs.

Of course there are many artists who prefer to continue to follow different logics, and decide the duration of their songs on more "artistic" bases. And there are artists who do both. Another thing to consider is that it is not news that the support given by listeners influences the average duration of the songs: up until the fifties the records could contain a maximum of three minutes of music on each side, and in fact the songs did not exceed them hardly ever. Things changed radically in the sixties with the spread of LP, which could hold a few tens of minutes per side, for the joy of progressive rock bands, which without that kind of support could not make their songs long. Cassettes and CDs further extended these possibilities,

One of the most critically acclaimed albums in 2018 was Whack World by American rapper Tierra Whack, made up of 15 one-minute songs each. It is a record all in all niche and sought after, so there are good reasons to believe that it was a predominantly artistic choice: but it is representative of a general trend. Last year ye came out  , the latest record by rapper Kanye West: it lasted less than 24 minutes, against 66, 40 and 68 of his three previous albums. Quartz has also analyzed the records of Kendrick Lamar, the most celebrated and successful rapper of recent years: in  Good Kid, MAAD City  of 2012 the fifth song came at minute 19. In  To Pimp a Butterflyin 2015 it was instead at minute 16, and in  Damn of 2017 already at minute 13.

Recently the former director of the music site  Pitchfork has endorsed the theory that the main responsibilities of this trend are due to the streaming, writing on Twitter that "there has never been this kind of economic incentive to make shorter songs". In the same discussion, the people responsible for the popular musical podcast  Switched On Pop said they were skeptical about the theories that see the causes of this phenomenon in the lower attention span of people today.

There is another point to consider. In the last two years there has been a new musical genre that has reversed the balance of mainstream music, in the United States as in Italy: trap music . The vast majority of the artists who do it are very young and have made themselves known on the internet, on YouTube or SoundCloud, and have always preferred short songs, often under three minutes. The fact that the trap is so popular means that there are more and more songs trap in the rankings of the most listened songs, further reducing the average duration.

Deezer Now Has Its Own Radio App but only in UK

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Deezer Now Has Its Own Radio App

While there are many music streaming services to choose from, there are those who want to have the opportunity to listen to the "old" radio stations. Deezer is one of those apps, but now it also wants to offer this option to its user base. The company announced the release of its app for Android called Radio by Deezer .

At the moment, the app is limited only to those in the United Kingdom. This new app is quite simple. Users will be able to access more than 30,000 popular radio stations from the app and will not even be required to register or log in to stream any station.

Radio by Deezer will be available for all countries

Obviously, if you want to take advantage of the other features, it would help if the user already had a Deezer account. For example, if you come across a song you like, you can save it in your favorite song library. And with your main Deezer app and account, you'll be able to listen to these tracks whenever you want. If you come across a song on the radio that you do not know, you will also be able to find out the name of the song directly from the radio app.

Radio by Deezer has three main tabs: " Explore ", " My Stations " and " My Music ". The first is, of course, the place where the user will be able to browse and search all the thousands of available radio stations. The second section is where all the stations most recently played are shown. And in "My music", you can find your favorite tracks.

In addition to music, users will be able to listen to talk about radio and sports. But for now, only those in the UK will be able to download and access the Radio via the Deezer app. If you live there, you can download it from the Google Play Store .

In Other Countries Like Italy, internet radio stations playing music without paying rights is a crime

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Web radio law does not violate copyright legislation, which transmits music by paying only partly the SIAE rights and not at all those to the phonographic consortium if the non-existence of the profit and the only insertions emerges advertising concerns non-profit organizations without giving an economic return. Also, the configurability of other criminal hypotheses should be excluded if the intentionality of the conduct is lacking.

This was clarified by the Court of Cassation , third penal section, in sentence no. 1652/2019 (hereinafter enclosed) rejecting the appeals of the civil party and the Public Prosecutor against the sentence that had acquitted the defendant, manager of a web radio, from the crime of reproduction and diffusion of works protected by copyright in the absence payment of the amount due to the SIAE and the SCF.

In particular, the referring court had found that the purpose of profit was absent in the disputed conduct , since the execution of advertising advertisements did not emerge, nor the achievement of other revenues from the activity of the web radio.

Furthermore, the defendant's good faith emerged as to the lawfulness of his conduct: before proceeding with the radio broadcasting of musical pieces, he had asked SIAE the necessary steps to proceed and had followed the instructions provided by that body, having, among other things, obtained the consent of numerous record companies (consortium members in the SCF) to the radio promotion of the pieces transmitted.

In the case in question, following the investigation carried out in the merits, it was found that the radio was made by the daughter of the accused and a group of his friends: the young people, having completed the university course in journalism, had achieved a on-line journal and, subsequently, an audio channel to spread the same news.

It was only later that music was also broadcast, for which the necessary authorizations were obtained and obtained from the SIAE the necessary authorizations, with the signing of a license that allowed the loading of the music files in the digital database of the radio.
Web radio, SIAE and SCF authorizations and absence of profit

The Supreme Court recalls the provisions of art. 171-ter of the law 22 April 1941, n. 633, on the protection of copyright and other rights related to its exercise, emphasizing that the purpose of profit is an essential feature of the criminal hypothesis referred to in the first paragraph, which therefore requires this element for its configurability.

It consists of an economically appreciable gain or a capital increase, since it is not sufficient, to consider it subsistent, any other advantage, not economically appreciable (see Cassation, No. 45567/2010).

Both the newspaper and the radio were supported by donations from a non-profit association , which, in turn, was powered almost entirely by donations from the defendant (or sometimes by some of the young people in the group). Therefore, the lack of a profit in the management of the radio by the defendant seemed obvious, that, indeed, he was the financier without drawing any profit from it .

In addition, there was no advertising link between the radio and the online newspaper: the advertisements on the web radio site concerned non-profit organizations and were not remunerated, and even the advertising banners in the newspaper, in favor of the radio, had only the purpose of f a greater diffusion of the latter in the network , so that the same had determined, in a year, revenue, not collected, for about 50 dollars (moreover in favor of the newspaper and not the radio).
Save the web radio that does not pay the rights to phonographs, but transmits non-profit

On the basis of these elements, the Court of Cassation believes that the non-existence of a profit-making role in the management of the web radio has been confirmed, since no usefulness has emerged that is likely to be appreciated as a result of the exercise, albeit stable and professional. (through the issue of the required administrative authorizations and the signing of license agreements with the SIAE), resulting from the exercise and management of this web radio by the accused

On the contrary, this management was characterized by amateur and popular aims, animated by a group of young students and, above all, not generating any economic utility that could be evaluated for the defendant, who funded the activity of the radio. The accused also had numerous interlocutions with various phonographic producers, who had given express consent to the radio promotion of the pieces.

Correctly, conclude the Ermellini, the configurability of other criminal hypotheses was also excluded , as a consequence of the diffusion of musical pieces in the absence of the payment of the due rights to the SCF, given the lack of the relative subjective element and the good faith of the defendant, who , lacking technical knowledge on the subject, before starting the dissemination of music through the radio, had asked SIAE what were the necessary requirements and had followed the instructions provided by this.

How Much Is The Nokia Pro Wireless Earphone and Nokia True Wireless Earbuds in the Philippines

Together with the Nokia 7.1 , yesterday HMD Global also presented two models of earphones, one of which is full wireless: they are called Nokia Pro Wireless Earphone and Nokia True Wireless Earbuds and at first glance they seem to promise well.

Let's start from the first model: the Pro Wireless Earphones are Bluetooth headsets to be placed on the shoulders, support Qualcomm aptX technology that should ensure good sound quality and minimum audio latency, resist splashes and sweat, and have a declared autonomy of 10 hours. But above all, stand out for some goodies that make them stand out compared to many other competitors' earphones: they have the cables covered with rope, vibrate to signal the call and are equipped with magnets, which automatically pause the music by joining the two earphones . The price for Europe should be 4,207.26 Philippine Piso, which could make them great rivals of the excellent (but unavailable) OnePlus Bullets Wireless .

As for the Nokia True Wireless Earbuds , stand out immediately for the particular shape of the houses: cylindrical and elongated, substantially different from the classic boxes that we are used to. Also in this case we find resistance to sketches and sweat (IPX4 certification), an enviable declared autonomy of 3 and a half hours with a single recharge (which comes to 14 hours with the extra battery provided by the case) and Bluetooth 5.0 . The recharge is via USB-C, each headset weighs only 5 grams and the price is competitive: 7,865.75 Philippine Piso.

Obviously we will have to try them with our hands before we can express ourselves better on this, but at first glance it seems that Nokia could have hit the mark with these two models of earphones.

According to reports, Nokia Pro Wireless Earphone and Nokia True Wireless Earbuds are expected to arrive in November in the UK and by the end of the year in the rest of Europe.

Review of the Xiaomi Sports Bluetooth Headphones (Youth Edition)

Xiaomi has announced the new Sports Bluetooth Headset Youth Edition earphones  , designed for athletes and offered at a very low price. Although they are cheap products, their data sheet is, however, very interesting. These earphones have removable plastic arches and are IPX4 certified to withstand splashes of water or sweat. On the wire of the earphones there is also a mini controller with microphone and three keys to control the various functions to which they can perform how to handle calls or start and stop music playback.

To enhance audio playback, these earphones come with a 10 mm driver and a diaphragm made of PET. In this way it is possible to optimize the low and medium frequencies that reduce the distortions. The Xiaomi Sports Bluetooth Headset Youth Edition headsets connect to smartphones through Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity . Thanks to the 120 mAh rechargeable battery, the earphones have a range of up to 6 hours of music playback. The autonomy can vary considerably depending on the volume level.

These earphones can be purchased for only 99 Yuan, that is, around 10-12 euros. This is a low price that would be destined to rise in the case Xiaomi decided to bring these earphones also outside the Chinese market.

For athletes, however, these are really interesting products if the goal is to listen to music during physical activity.

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