As long as i can remember, when music went digital, so did the piracy. Digital music pirating got its first big start with Napster, and this was almost purely because the music industry just couldn’t keep up with the changes, and were stuck in the past specifically with regards to distributing the music.
However, in 2015 we have the option of cheap alternatives to illegal download services… and for the first time in the history f the music industry online music streaming has actually become a viable option! In all honesty, the way streaming works these days it’s actually so much easier to just stream rather than try and find a reliable torrent (and run the risk of being caught).
The only streaming service that has taken an active interest in the South African market is: Deezer. They have acknowledged (along with the help of Vodacom) that we have different needs down here Deezer worldwide has 16 million monthly active users! Deezer also has a whopping 35 million tracks in its library which are available in more than 182 countries. Those are some seriously impressive numbers.
Even if you’re still a little unsure of the app, just download it and give it a try, you have nothing to lose… and about 35million songs to gain!
I recently got together with a few other music-crazy people to try and come up with some “ultimate” playlists. So if you’re looking for some playlists to get you going, this is a good place to start! Check the sneak peaks of the playlists below, click on the title and it’ll open the full playlist in a new tab for you.
ONE HIT WONDERS:
ULTIMATE HIP HOP:
SA ARTISTS TO WATCH:
Meet Mook, he has had his luscious beard for over 14 years – his kids have never seen him without one, and neither has his wife! In this video he surprises his family and friends one by one, and their reactions are adorable. The best is when his dad doesn’t even recognize him, and his daughter says “you look like a different daddy,” SO CUTE!! As a girl i will never truly understand how beards “work” and what that facial hair represents to some men… either way, it makes for a sweet video.
Uber launched an amazing campaign yesterday where they pay tribute to some of their partner drivers, who they believe are everyday heroes. As someone who uses Uber weekly, it’s great to be able to take a look into the lives of some of the amazing people i drive with.
In Cape Town you will hear from Ralph Mandawale, who is now able to support and pay for his father’s cancer treatment and Freddy Ntiranyibagira who had his prayer answered and now appreciates his life. Alain Kabura, also from Cape Town, who started as a security guard and is now sustaining five families through the five drivers he employs.
In Durban, Lucky Mato Khumalo, who since partnering with Uber can now afford to send his young son to school and provide for his family, as does Kumarn Kenny who was retrenched from his job and was given the opportunity to become a partner driver and be his own boss.
Our partners in Johannesburg are no different, each one of them are dedicated and have colourful stories to tell.
For Simanga Sibanda his life as an Uber partner driver changed when he was able to save the life of a little girl, by getting her and her mother to hospital in the nick of time. As a female driver, the lovely Cindy Mashao feels safe to drive on the Uber platform and even made in into the pages of Forbes Women Africa.
Some seriously amazing stories here!
Warner Bros have changed their minds, and decided to release a high quality version of the trailer/sizzle reel for Suicide Squad. The reel was originally shown during their “Hall H” presentation at Comic Con this past Saturday, but someone in the crowd recorded footage that was supposed to be solely for the people at the presentation, and then posted that crappy-quality version online.
Sue Kroll, the studio’s President of Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution said: “Warner Bros. Pictures and our anti-piracy team have worked tirelessly over the last 48 hours to contain the Suicide Squad footage that was pirated from Hall H on Saturday. We have been unable to achieve that goal. Today we will release the same footage that has been illegally circulating on the web, in the form it was created and high quality with which it was intended to be enjoyed. We regret this decision as it was our intention to keep the footage as a unique experience for the Comic Con crowd, but we cannot continue to allow the film to be represented by the poor quality of the pirated footage stolen from our presentation.”
Korn have done the impossible – taken a sort of mid-tempo R&B tune into a heavy-metal thrasher! The band shared this version with the world via their YouTube channel this past Friday… and bizarrely, it works. Listen below, and decode for yourself: Rihanna – BBHMM (Korn Remix)
If your life is anything like mine, it seldom involves finding yourself in the middle of an active shootout. With every bullet shot, I would imagine the amount of panic and mayhem increases and it seems like there is nothing you can possibly do. There isn’t much you could do, not unless you called on South Africa’s world-renowned emergency and rescue services.
Michael Callow – Bulletproof
Verified Tinder Profiles – YAY! Another way to get ignored and rejected by celebrities! Sounds great.
The dating app, Tinder, has started doling out verified profiles, which means now you’ll know if “celebrity” profiles on the app are legit or not. Tinder announced the move on their blog: “Now when notable public figures, celebrities and athletes appear in your recommendations, you’ll know it’s for real.”
I’m not sure if this is a PR move to try and boost downloads of the app, because no doubt some poor soul out there probably believes that they have a shot with Katy Perry or Hilary Duff (who both have Tinder profiles, and use them). I would go as far as to say that Tinder might even be paying real life celebrities and athletes to create profiles and just be “seen” on the app. I’m sure they’ll start verifying lesser “celebs” on the app as well, and it’s only a matter of time that the tiny blue tick will result in some serious pulling power for whoever has one.
According to Tinder though, the verification isn’t just to clamp down on fake profiles of celebs, it’s also so that proper famous people can interact with each other without having to wade through all of the non-verified peasants. So, in other words, for them to basically only interact with one another like they do in real life anyway.
This honestly just feels like another way a celeb can ignore your existence, except it’s way worse because if you swipe “yes” on their pic, and you never get a match with them… well then, they basically don’t like your face. I’d rather not even get involved, thanks.
If Tinder is your thing, celebrities and all, then you might be happy to know that they’ve introduced Instagram support, as well as an expanded interests section – just in case you need to let your potential matches know about your love of travel, music festivals, and banting.
By now you should know that Deezer is pretty much killing it in terms of music streaming around the world at the moment – especially down here in South Africa where they’ve taken a special interest in us.
I recently got together with a few other music-crazy people to try and come up with some “ultimate” playlists. This week, it’s all about Hip Hop! It’s obviously super difficult to pick only 10 songs to define an entire genre… but we tried anyway.
So here it is, Deezer Amp Podcast: Ultimate Hip Hop Playlist ft Rob Forbes, Urban Enzo, DJ Kenzhero, Texx (onfire), and a few others. Click here to open: podcast & playlist.
Here’s a sneak peak:
A while ago, Steph and I met a couple of young South African dudes that had basically created their version of a super-portable video camera. They showed us how it worked, gave us one to mess around with for a bit, and you know what? It’s really very cool.
So basically the Geco cam is the world’s first action camera that you can mount onto a pair of glasses. Basically, what that means is that it’s 100% handsfree, and is directly in line with your eyes, meaning that it sees exactly what you see.
Also, and another plus to the device, is that it weighs next to nothing (20 grams to be exact), so you can take it anywhere with you and adapt it to pretty much every situation.