Spotify and Apple Music are in a serious battle for music streaming supremacy. Recently, Spotify added new privileges specifically for Samsung users, in an attempt to come out ahead. But they still lag behind in the iPhone market. One reason for that is due to the Apple App store.
According to Spotify’s founder, Daniel Ek, the Apple App Store requires Spotify and other digital services to pay 30 percent tax on items that are purchased through Apple’s payment system. This includes upgrading to Spotify Premium. “If we pay this tax,” Ek said, “it would force us to artificially inflate the price of our premium membership well above the price of Apple Music. And to keep our price competitive for our customers, that isn’t something we can do.”
There also seems to be a bit of a double standard. Apps such as Uber are not affected by this tax. This makes it seem like Apple is picking and choosing who they want to charge. Spotify has filed an official claim with the European Commission to fight this tax.
Ek did stress that this isn’t a “Spotify-versus-Apple issue” but rather a “Competition on the merits” but…let’s be honest here, it also is very much a Spotify-versus-Apple issue.
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By Real EDM — 11 months ago
Hard Day of the Dead is making its triumphant return to Los Angeles, CA.
It’s official. Our favorite Halloween festival is returning this fall better than ever! For 10 years, HARD Events has graced us with countless music events, evolving and improving throughout its existence. Founder Gary Richards birthed Hard Summer, Holy Ship, and the legendary Day of the Dead. The festival debuted in 2012 and quickly became LA’s Halloween utopia. In 2014, the festival sadly experienced 2 deaths from the weekend, leading them to make the 2015 event for only 21 and over attendees.
Since then, we haven’t gotten another DOTD festival… until now! Insomniac has taken ownership of HARD events and has announced they will be reviving the festival! Yesterday, they posted cryptic pictures on social media, combining DOTD pictures with lettering that read “DIA DE LOS MUERTOS”. We are internally screaming.
Today, they confirmed with a new post that Day of the Dead will be back November 3rd in a new venue, the LA State Historic Park. The festival has previously been hosted at the Pomona Speedway but is making a major upgrade at this new location. The Historic Park has hosted legends Swedish House Mafia, Zedd and many others in the grassy haven.
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By Real EDM — 12 months ago
Follow us to one of Europe’s biggest festivals. This year’s destination: Great Britain!
Not all festivals like to completely redesign themselves every year; Airbeat One exists to do exactly the opposite. Held over 4 days in North Germany’s Neustadt-Glewe, the festival has its own camping, and marked its 17th year in 2018; providing a spectacular experience that gathered around 55.000 attendees per day, a striking ten thousand in growth since last year’s edition. The most important thing that makes Airbeat One special are its travel themes, allowing festival-goers to experience a whole different part of the world each year.
Headlined by some of the biggest names in dance music, among them Marshmello, DJ Snake, Hardwell and Steve Aoki, as well as legends such as Tiesto, Armin Van Buuren, Above & Beyond and Kaskade, this year’s destination was Great Britain.
Now, before I move to the individual stage designs and my experience, let me say that the festival layout and overall organization are top-notch. Everywhere around the site, staff and security are there to assist and the separate entrances and exits for VIP ticket-holders aren’t close to each other, something that really helped at times when a lot of people were going from the festival site to the camping area and vice-versa. The VIP camping area definitely made getting a VIP ticket worth; a great place to hang out with a pool, chill-out area and two separate small stages that were blasting tunes the entire day.View the 3 images of this gallery on the original article
The main site was super easy to navigate, and there were no issues with over-crowded spaces; something that was also really important when it came to the stages, as exits and bars were always easily accessible. When you were not enjoying the music at the stages, it felt like there was always something new to see, as merchandise shops, a tattoo booth, and plenty of activities and games were waiting for you to explore them.
The thing however that made it all much safer and fun – and this one is really important – is the cashless payment system that was introduced this year for the first time at Airbeat One. You could charge your bracelet using cash or a credit card at stations around the festival, and paying for a drink food or merch was as easy as just having it scanned by the staff. Every time you bought something, you could see how much cash you had left, and after the festival, you could log in from home, look at all your purchases, print receipts and transfer back the money you didn’t spend. This new policy made the experience so much more careless; you didn’t have to worry about how much cash you’ll carry on you, it being stolen, or anything of the sorts. Good job on this one Airbeat.
Let’s get to the most important thing, the stages! It was my first time at Airbeat One, but judging from videos of pictures from 2017, I noticed that the stages were massively upgraded in terms of production and size, with the addition of a fifth stage, the Arena.
The Mainstage was where the majority of attendees spent their time, and for a good reason. Big names like Neelix, Kungs, Lost Frequencies and Alan Walker filled some of the early slots, while headliners like Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Armin Van Buuren, Hardwell, Tiesto, Steve Angelo and more gave amazing performances. A good thing is that the Mainstage crowd never stayed the same; it was always recycling itself with people coming and going with every set, a thing that shows expert organization of time slots on all stages by the festival managers.
As with every year, the design of the Mainstage was brand new and wasn’t revealed until doors opened. Perfectly showcasing the Great Britain theme, it was equipped (as almost all stages) with everything from pyro, to lasers, to fireworks, making up for a breathtaking result, especially at nighttime.View the 4 images of this gallery on the original article
The Second Stage, home to the fans of Goa, Progressive and Psychedelic Trance, was in my opinion, the most carefully crafted and detailed stage of the festival. A huge grid of tents held by colorful columns was covering the entire space, while the stage looked close to a church and was sporting the most beautiful 3D Projection Mapping I’ve ever seen. In addition to the surround sound the stage had, blacklights were surrounding it, making the entire scenery glow in so many trippy and beautiful ways. Fabio & Moon, Klopfgeister, audiomatic, Schrittmacher, Perfect Stranger and many more threw down on the Second Stage until the early morning.
Right next to the second stage you can find the chill-out zone, a place where you can take some much-needed rest from all the dancing, and on the other side you’ll see The Arena; a large stage that was debuted this year at Airbeat One. Taken over by Boombox! on the first of the three main festival days, acts like Jauz, Carnage, Borgore and Cesqeaux destroyed the crowd. The Arena became home to the Transmission over the next two days, an event series that had its first and super impressive festival debut with melodic and progressive Trance sounds, having Above & Beyond, Markus Schulz, Ferry Corsten with his side project Gouryella and more perform at the stage.
Moving away towards the other side of the festival site, the Terminal and Q-Dance stages could be found. The Terminal was created to mimic an underground London club, foggy and mysterious, and was home to the more eclectic and melodic side of house, with acts like EDX, Bakermat, Nora En Pure, and Chocolate Puma perform, until “More @ Terminal” started; 2:00 to 8:00, some of the biggest Tech House, House and Techno DJs took over for amazing afterparty vibes. Black Coffee followed by Claptone threw down some House magic on Thursday, while Richie Hawtin, Adam Beyer, Marek Hemman and DJ Hell traveled the crowd through the sounds of Techno in the coming days.
Lastly, the Q-Dance stage – that gets completely redesigned into a different animal every year – turned into a chicken, fully equipped with pyro, lasers, and lights from top to bottom, providing an amazing visual experience that suited the Hardstyle that was played by Angerfist, Da Tweekaz, Headhunterz and many more.View the 4 images of this gallery on the original article
And that’s it for the stages and my time at Airbeat One 2018! The experience as a whole was top-notch; the organization was flawless, the production was next level and there was always something new to explore. Definitely check it out if you haven’t gotten the chance to attend yet, and for those who were there in 2018: see you next year!
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By Real EDM — 6 months ago
Festivalgoers at the iconic CTM Festival in Berlin, Germany, have been rather vocal in regard to an ice rink at the venue. At first, the ice rink was offered to attendees as a chance to “practice your ice dancing skills to eclectic and free-roaming DJ sets”. Skatebård, DJ Occult and Rabih Beaini are among the artists scheduled to play at the festival over the coming days. Unfortunately, the concept isn’t living up to its hype – mostly due to its design.
To many people’s disappointment, the ice rink was underwhelming and thought of as a cruel joke until they were reassured tat this was the only ice rink. Instead of a large, spacious rink, ticket holders described the rink as too small and cramped. Additionally, it was reported that the festival was running out of skates to rent. To make matters even worse, the “ice rink” was not even made out of real ice!
Yes, you read that correctly. The so-called “ice rink” is actually made from synthetic ice. If you’ve ever been on synthetic ice, you may consider defending those that are frustrated because it’s far from the real deal. CTM Festival confirmed on Facebook that the ice rink was, in fact, synthetic ice – but they did explain that they’ve alerted the supplier that “it does not work as it was advertised to us”.
While replacing the rink is out of the picture for this year, promoters have purchased more skates for people to use. We’re sure a little synthetic ice will not ruin the CTM Festival’s 20th anniversary but will act as a running joke in the future. CTM Festival runs through Sunday, February 3rd: Check out their official page for more info here.
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