Just a few updates from the weekend...
Clearly, the DJs of KCRW are providing some fresh playlists that people appreciate. The station was one of the first to offer a music discovery app for Spotify in the US, and a year later, Music Mine remains top-ranked. Now, KCRW is expanding the app into Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK.
In other news, Sonos has announced the integration of the Amazon Cloud Player to its networked stereo systems. The home entertainment company has created a lot of value by establishing partnerships with music services such as Spotify, MOG, Songza, and others, and enabling direct system control from smartphones and tablets. It's all part of a mission to put 'all the music on Earth in every living room...'.
The Seattle Interactive Conference (or SIC, for short) is occurring October 29-30th. The two-day event looks at the latest trends in technology from online social media to journalism to gaming, and features a host professional keynote speakers from a wide variety of companies. Some of the guests who will be giving lectures this year include Jon Maple of Rhapsody, Greg Coomer of Valve, and Johanna Wright of Google, amongst many others. Check out SIC's website for more information.
Metropolitan Opera soprano and longtime Capitol Records staple Marguerite Piazza has now passed. She was 86; Piazza died in her home in Memphis.