Spotify’s Untapped Data Goldmine

Deborah Sussman's vibrant career, outlaw Instagrammers, the truth about yawning and more in our look at the web this week

The London-based music streaming service Spotify is sitting on a wealth of user data, thanks to its 40 million active users. Financial reports indicate the need for such services to monetize beyond subscription fees and advertising, and designer Brett Goldstein has a few ideas for them. While internal strategies may be underway, these possible applications take advantage of classic early fan lament (“I knew them …

Listen to Kanye’s Audible Sampling History

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Love it or leave it, Kanye West’s music is undeniably captivating and influential. The artist’s talent for sampling obscure and well-known artists alike is something of a calling card for his production work. Now the expansive catalogue of his samples along with the resulting track are brought together in a listenable history of each of West’s solo albums. Sometimes pulling just a few notes and …

Brand Clues on Tumblr

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In a very clever sleuthing move, Tumblr has teamed up with Cambridge, Massachusetts-based firm Ditto Labs to investigate their users’ brand affiliations by trawling through the countless images on the platform for clues. Essentially they will be analyzing some of the 130 million photos posted daily on Tumblr for brand-related data. T.R. Newcomb (head of business development at Tumblr) says, “If Coke wants to understand …