What Does Norway Know About Online Music That We Don’t?

Those crafty Scandinavians and their finely crafted pine furniture, North Sea oil and blonde hair. Turns out they have the edge on most of the world when it comes to online music, too–Norway, especially.  From The Next Web:

If Capsule.fm has its way, Siri and Samantha will be replaced by Miranda.The first two AI assistants are ubiquitous to Apple users and audiences of the film “Her.” But Capsule.fm co-founder Danielle Reid hopes that Miranda and her co-star, Carl, will pivot the streaming music space.

Earlier this year, the German startup launched its new iOS app, The Early Edition (an Android app is in the works). The Early Edition offers more than music suggestions: it creates unique audio narratives from users’ online content. These users listen to headlines from their favorite news sources, their latest email messages, trending topics on Facebook and Twitter and local weather updates – all in between curated music.

Miranda and Carl act as the app’s “hosts” to transition users from news updates to curated songs from several of their libraries.

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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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