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Music Business Seminar – Pablo Langa, Technology in the Music Industry

Wesley A’Harrah and Martin Erler, students of the global entertainment and music business master’s program, reflect upon the first of the weekly ‘Music Business Seminars’ where they had the chance to listen to Pablo Langa, Business Director for Blackboard International, talk about his presentation “Does your next million dollar business idea need a mobile app?”.Nomophobia-Berklee-blog

Are you one of the many individuals who suffer from nomophobia? In their 2012 study, a technology company called SecureEnvoy found that roughly 67% of their research population believed they had this strangely named condition. So what is nomophobia, exactly? Macmillan dictionary states nomophobia is “the fear of not having or not being able to use a cellphone.”

Pablo Langa – a specialist in global mobile-app development and strategic technological marketing – provided our music business Master’s class with some insights on drivers of powerful, innovative technological advances in today’s web-based environment. His presentation “Does your next million-dollar business idea need a mobile app” introduced us to six critical factors in creating a successful mobile application to meet the needs of today’s challenges. These six factors are the following: scope, pricing, knowing your audience, creating a platforming roadmap, promotion and the decision to build or buy your app.

When you think of versatile tools, a Swiss-army knife is likely among the first few things that come to mind. In the case mobile-apps, versatility often presents itself in a different form. Apps that claim to offer numerous functions are often less effective than competing apps with specialized functions. Simplicity is key: less is more, and more is less. Make sure your app is fast and performs well, and you’ll be much better off than having a slow app that can do many things.

When it comes to pricing a mobile app, it is crucial to understand the devices from which your target audience will utilize your app. Take into account the following average amount users will spend for an app on the following devices:

Android phone – $0.06
iPhone – $0.19
iPad – $0.50.

If fail to build your business model according to your audience, you can easily find yourself falling behind projected profit margins.

One of the more difficult aspects of app development is accounting for interfacing needs of your audience. An app needs to account for culture, language, location and Internet accessibility. For instance, some languages require text to read from right-to-left. Naturally, this can heavily influence the visual layout of your app.Pablo Langa Music Business Seminar

The average platform operating system (e.g. IOS 8, Android 4) will go through 25 updates each year. To remain relevant and functioning properly within a specified platform, it is mandatory to stay on top of these changes. There’s no easier way to convince users to delete your app than letting your app become incompatible with their operating system.

Remember Flappy Bird? This app was a pioneer in effectively accruing large numbers of ratings in short time-spans. A recent article from Business Insider revealed a major aspect of Flappy Bird’s path to success. Because of Flappy Bird’s app design, almost every user would quite quickly click on the “rate this app” button, effectively promoting the app within the app store. This is one of many possible methods of promoting an application.

If you’re absolutely set on having a top-ten app on the Apple app store, take a look at the following formula and see how you can break it:

App Store Ranking = (# of installs weighted for the past few hours) + (# of installs weighted for the past few days) + REVIEWS (star rating + number of reviews) + Engagement (# of times app opened etc.) + Sales ($)

While there is no definitive answer to whether you should build or pay someone for your app, there are some things to consider when faced with this question. If you want to have total control of your app then it is almost necessary you develop your own app. It’s relatively easy to create a clean, effective app through the use of app-creation websites (Appmachine, Phonegap, Xamarin or Goodbarber) and it is becoming more and more frequent for people and companies alike to manage the creation of their apps. If you’re terrible with technology, though, outsourcing your app creation is always a viable option. Keep focused on what you and your team are good at, and supplement these skills however you need.

Remember: if you want to reach as many people as possible, your app must be able to connect across various platforms, devices and audience demographics.

Want to learn one last thing? You know how your phone’s camera still makes that old-time camera sound? That sound is an example of something called a skeuomorph. Go Google it!

 

Hallo aus Berlin!

13473322795_2358efe49b_mBerklee Blogs checks in with Kate Fogler, an 8th semester Music Business/Management major interning at  live-music event discovery startup, frestyl. In today’s blog, Kate tells us about some of the responsibilities that come along with working in a music technology startup. 

Hallo aus Berlin, Deutschland!  Hello from Berlin, Germany!

I am interning at an all-women, live music event discovery startup working to connect live music event organizers directly with fans.  As a fan, I can log into frestyl on my iPhone using Facebook or my personal email account to check out shows in Berlin and get ticket, drink, or merchandise specials exclusively for frestyl users.  Continue reading

Honored to perform at the Latin Grammy’s with Alejandro Sanz / Tuve el honor de actuar con Alejandro Sanz en los Latin Grammy’s)

Berklee students sound off on their recent trip to the Latin Grammys in Las Vegas, where they had the opportunity perform alongside Alejandro Sanz. (Estudiantes de Berklee hablan de su reciente viaje a los Latin Grammy’s en las Vegas, donde tuvieron la oportunidad de actuar con Alejandro Sanz). Read the full story on Berklee.edu

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Alejandro Sanz and 30 Berklee students at the Latin Grammys.

JUAN ANTONIO GARCIA ILLANAS, tenor saxophone (Coca-Segovia,Spain)

Juan & Alejandro Sanz1Honestly, I couldn’t  believe when I first saw the e-mail from Javier Limón inviting me to go to Las Vegas to play with Alejandro Sanz in the 14th Latin Grammy Awards. But the funny thing is that now that we already did it, I still can’t believe seeing myself playing in the stage, with all these great musicians and with Alejandro leading the band. I’ve seen the video like twenty times already but it is still a dream for me. Continue reading

Adriel Tjokrosaputro: Corporate Culture and Co-Workers

Adriel Tjokrosaputro, a fifth semester Music Business student interning with Warner Music in Indonesia, shares his thoughts about the importance of corporate culture when considering an internship.

“You three! Go to the pantry right now!” My supervisor shouted at me and the other two interns military-style. Yet, we silently ran and smiled. Three minutes later, we walked out carefully. My fellow intern, Aji, had a fancy chocolate cake on his hand with 20 lighted rainbow candles. Ten steps later, Warner Music Indonesia exploded into the song “Happy Birthday Dear Anggi.” Following Indonesian tradition, the birthday girl was given the opportunity to give the first piece to her most beloved co-worker.Turned out the person was my supervisor, Ms. Linda. She laughed and cried.

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Adriel Tjokrosaputro: Make Them Glad They Hired You

Adriel Tjokrosaputro, a fifth semester Music Business student interning with Warner Music in Indonesia, shares his thoughts on taking charge of the internship search process and how he secured an overseas internship

In the first week, I assisted mainly the Marketing Department with administrative tasks, including re-organizing and cataloging tracks and artworks for 11 local artists held under WMI. Even with 45 hours of internship/week, I was not able to finish the work until the very last hour on Friday. Since Wednesday, I had decided to work on the project at home as well, approximately 2 hours/night. On Friday, I submitted everything for review to my supervisor and she was really pleased. “Wah! Cepet banget!” she said, which means, “Wow! That’s quick!” in Indonesian.

As a minor project, my supervisor also asked me to make promotional materials for a new music video of a new single by a local band. For this particular project, I worked with the other 3 interns that are currently interning at the company. It is very nice that my supervisor gave me a group project, as this is a great opportunity to mingle with the other interns.

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