News from the SF MusicTech Summit

The annual music technology conference is on in SF this week as companies, coders, programmers, geeks and musicians converge to figure out what’s next for music. 

Dominating the discussions are music apps that use social media, file-sharing, music licensing, streaming services and other digital technology.  The way things are going, the nexus of the music industry just might move from places like Los Angeles to San Francisco.  After all, that’s where all the coders are.

Just look at the sponsor list:  Google, YouTube, BitTorrent, Soundcloud, Pandora, Sonos, TuneUp, SoundHound and dozens more along with some venture capital firms and angel investors.

And record labels? Er, just one:  EMI.

One area that has attracted some attention is the future of the live concert.  What will it look like in ten years?  Will the gig even remotely resemble what we have today?  Opinions range from the optimistic to the wildly dystopian.  Read up on that here.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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