Author: Ainhoa Marzol

SoundMachine’s Business Premium Powered by Napster Is Here

SoundMachine is excited to announce that our new service, Business Premium powered by Napster, is now available across all participating platforms. The new tier is the ultimate music subscription for businesses, blending SoundMachine’s robust scheduling and management features with Napster’s powerful music programming technology and catalog. Business Premium subscribers will be able to access over 200 of Napster’s stations and create custom stations starting from an artist or song. Of course, you’ll still get all the benefits of our Business tier, including full licensing for Public Performance in the U.S. via ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC and Canada via SOCAN and RE:SOUND. Business Premium is available on the SoundMachine web player and iOS App, as well as third-party devices like SONOS and the dedicated SoundMachine player hardware so that owners of shops, restaurants, cafés, hotels, spas, or any other kind of business can enjoy the best music at minimum investment. The two types of subscription services for business are as follows: Business Plan — $26.95 per month per location (billed annually). Includes over 60 stations with …

Live Shows on Fashion Week F/W 2018

Last month was the Fall/Winter Fashion Week season and we saw images of the runway in newspapers and magazines worldwide. Maybe it was not as well covered as the Olympic games, but for those who follow the world of fashion closely, it was impossible not to cross paths with the severed heads of Gucci. Since the media presence these days depends more on internet platforms like Instagram and less on the traditional newspapers, the Fashion Weeks have increasingly adapted to this subtle cry for attention to grab the interest of people watching. This is most prevalent in the United States at New York Fashion Week where, every year, thousands of industry influencers meet up to see what’s going on in the fashion world. Live music shows are the worst kept secret to draw attention to the events. However, this year the presence of live shows has been reduced, most likely because there have been other issues, such as the #MeToo movement, which the designers don’t want to take out of the spotlight. There have though …

Coffee Connection and Music

Coffee Connection is a nonprofit community focused on well-being that specializes in ecological and organic coffee. They opened their doors in the year 2000, and since then they have become a key meeting spot in Westside, Los Angeles. Inspired by the 14th-century Mediterranean and Western European coffee shops that were traditionally a meeting place for artistic and intellectual people, Coffee Connection provides a space for socialization and study. As a nonprofit organization, Coffee Connection is actively involved in the well-being of their community. They are focused on serving quality coffee at an affordable price, keeping in touch with other local businesses, and creating an environment that helps gather neighboring families together with events like the Westside Kids summer movie series. The right music helps them create an environment that melds with the community and is enhanced by the special aura that comes from the Westside Vineyard Church right next door. That perfect coffee time playlist Like many other SoundMachine users, their first contact with us was after having a sound system upgrade to SONOS that …

ISE 2018 – Amsterdam, Netherlands

This year, more than 80,000 visitors showed up to say “hi” at Integrated Systems Europe’s (ISE) 15th edition, celebrated in Amsterdam. Although it’s one of the rainiest cities in Europe, the weather remained sunny for this huge gathering of tech-based professionals. ISE is usually a quite Eurocentric event: many American integrators don’t attend this event because others like CES or CEDIA are closer, so they can’t justify the travel costs. A Commercial Integrator magazine survey revealed that 79% of interviewed Americans were not attending this year, reinforcing the idea that this is an event more oriented to the European market, with mainly international players (or those open to the European market) attending. Having one of its two main offices in Barcelona, SOUNDMACHINE attended the event in an attempt to expand its frontiers in the European market. It’s usually a good time to reinforce ideas on what’s important for the industry, instead of making a lot of advances with new releases. In fact, we haven’t seen any significant or groundbreaking announcement at this ISE, but it …

SoundMachine & Fusion Research Announce Partnership

Los Angeles, CA  1/24/18 –  SoundMachine announced today that its streaming music service has been added to Fusion Research’s line of music servers. This service will show up as an automatic update on any Summit-based Fusion music server’s configuration utility. SoundMachine is a top-notch music service that provides a highly-specialized and fully-licensed music platform for business, offering both set stations and custom playlists for companies that require a higher degree of personalization with their music content. They rely heavily on custom installers to promote the service, to whom they offer a Partner Program with a very attractive recurring revenue incentive. “The custom integration market is an extremely important growth channel for us”, said Matteo Luppi CEO of SoundMachine, “Fusion was the perfect partner to help us in this key market.  By having our service included in Fusion’s music servers, we are immediately available to be used in most of the leading automation systems.” This service will be available through Fusion’s partner control companies including Crestron, Control4, RTI, Elan, URC, Niles, Speakercraft, Compass Controls and some …

CES 2018 – Las Vegas, NV

CES 2018, the Las Vegas consumer electronics fair held on January 9th-12th, has bid farewell to its more than 160,000 attendees. Despite a blackout that shook the fair on the second day (which the most prepared used as an opportunity to show off in the dark), the event was a success. Little data has been given regarding launch dates, but each company had an opportunity to display what they have to offer. Representatives from the SoundMachine team were in Las Vegas to observe the event. Among the featured products were a variety of massive screens, impressive sound systems, and aerial taxis that will take over city transportation in no time. Both well-established companies and up-and-coming startups demonstrated not only their current offerings, but what the future of the industry holds. Google and Amazon’s Constant Battle This year, Google and Amazon are still competing to gain the largest possible market share (taking into account that Siri has long been lagging in popularity). And if in 2017 the unanimous winner was Alexa, this year Google and its …

Loewe’s Chance Encounters III

Since Jonathan Anderson took the helm of the Spanish company LOEWE, there has been a conscious effort not only to shift the type of clothing that the brand evokes, but also to create a comprehensive artistic universe that people associate it with. With their artisanal roots as the main pillars of the brand, they have been translating tradition into a modern context. There have been quite a few changes: LOEWE begun by reinventing their logo with more uniform lines and changing their typography. This was followed by numerous initiatives to create a bond between fashion and art in its most traditional form. At SoundMachine, we’ve helped create an environment in the Loewe establishments that provides space for these initiatives to breathe and show off vividly. The Chance Encounters Series One of the movements to gain the most media presence in the media was in 2015, when Anderson had a granary from the 18th century transported from Spain, piece by piece, and then reconstructed in Miami. The majestic 36-foot long object was displayed as a central …