Spotify Unveils App Integration at First US Press Event
Spotify held its first-ever US press conference in New York City Wednesday morning and announced that it is rolling out a brand-new version of its platform and integrating a variety of free apps.
The Stockholm-based company has taken the music sector of the web by storm since it launched in the US in July 2011 by giving music fans access to over 15 million songs from independent and major record labels. Now it is hoping to make its mark even more prominent by opening up its app platform to developers and improving its functionality.
“The web, for us, was silent before this,” said Spotify CEO Daniel Ek during the press event. “We’re doing this because we believe we have a ton of users who want to find more information around music.”
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Users yearning for an enhanced musical experience will love Spotify’s Rolling Stone app, which gives access to the publication’s content and reviews as soon as it’s published online.
“The Rolling Stone app brings an editorial voice to Spotify, which is something our users have always asked us for,” Ek said.
Other apps highlighted include:
- Songkick: lets users find out what’s going on in their town by suggesting upcoming concerts based on artists added to playlists. Songkick also provides access to setlists from prior concerts.
- Last.fm: a musical community that enables users to discover new music by viewing what others are playing.
- TuneWiki: The Tunewiki app for Spotify will let users legally view synchronized lyrics as music streams.
In addition to the inclusion of apps and an app finder, the new version of Spotify has a live feed function that lets users see what friends are doing on the service, including when they add tracks to playlists or begin playing a new song.
Ek acknowledged that Spotify is still in the early phases of innovation but said that more changes, including the integration of mobile technology, could be on the horizon if the current changes prove successful.
“We look forward to being surprised by our developers,” Ek said. “We believe they will bring amazing new apps to the Spotify platform; the possibilities are truly endless.”
Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking
“We’ve been engaged with the APTIM team since early 2019 providing SiteSense, our mobile construction SaaS solution, for their maintenance and construction projects, allowing them to track materials and equipment, and manage inventory.
We have been working with the APTIM team to standardize material tracking processes and procedures, ultimately with the goal of reducing the amount of time spent looking for materials. Industry studies show that better management of materials can lead to a 16% increase in craft labour productivity.
Everyone knows construction is one of the oldest industries but it’s one of the least tech driven comparatively. About 95% of Engineering and Construction data captured goes unused, 13% of working hours are spent looking for data and around 30% of companies have applications that don’t integrate.
With APTIM, we’re looking at early risk detection, through predictive analysis and forecasting of material constraints, integrating with the ecosystem of software platforms and reporting on real-time data with a ‘field-first’ focus – through initiatives like the Digital Foreman. The APTIM team has seen great wins in the field, utilising bar-code technology, to check in thousands of material items quickly compared to manual methods.
There are three key areas when it comes to successful Materials Management in the software sector – culture, technology, and vendor engagement.
Given the state of world affairs, access to data needs to be off site via the cloud to support remote working conditions, providing a ‘single source of truth’ accessed by many parties; the tech sector is always growing, so companies need faster and more reliable access to this cloud data; digital supply chain initiatives engage vendors a lot earlier in the process to drive collaboration and to engage with their clients, which gives more assurance as there is more emphasis on automating data capture.
It’s been a challenging period with the pandemic, particularly for the supply chain. Look what happened in the Suez Canal – things can suddenly impact material costs and availability, and you really have to be more efficient to survive and succeed. Virtual system access can solve some issues and you need to look at data access in a wider net.
Solving problems comes down to better visibility, and proactively solving issues with vendors and enabling construction teams to execute their work. The biggest cause of delays is not being able to provide teams with what they need.
On average 2% of materials are lost or re-ordered, which only factors in the material cost, what is not captured is the duplicated effort of procurement, vendor and shipping costs, all of which have an environmental impact.
As things start to stabilise, APTIM continues to utilize SiteSense to boost efficiencies and solve productivity issues proactively. Integrating with 3D/4D modelling is just the precipice of what we can do. Access to data can help you firm up bids to win work, to make better cost estimates, and AI and ML are the next phase, providing an eco-system of tools.
A key focus for Intelliwave and APTIM is to increase the availability of data, whether it’s creating a data warehouse for visualisations or increasing integrations to provide additional value. We want to move to a more of an enterprise usage phase – up to now it’s been project based – so more people can access data in real time.