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The 5 Best Snapchat Updates To Use

The Snapchat 2.0 update is live and direct! Although there are constant Snapchat updates (more specifically with their lenses), Snapchat 2.0 has added many features to help broaden the dynamics of the app itself. We at CoPromote have made a list below of our five favorite updates!

1) Lenses: Old and New

The first step to these lenses, is knowing how to access them.

  1. Place the camera on selfie-mode.
  2. Tap on your face and hold until a white outline of your face appears, then release.
  3. At the bottom of the screen, a list of lenses will appear and as you scroll left at the bottom more lenses should appear.
  4. Once you press on one…magic happens.

The same Snapchat lenses used to be available on a day-to-day basis. Then Snapchat introduced the idea of selling the lenses to users. NOW, we get a new lens every day! Don’t worry, if you bought a lens it will always be available to you.

2) Video & Audio Notes

Video notes now let you record 10 seconds of video that loop when your friend watches your message!

Audio notes let you record audio to respond to Snapchatters when you don’t necessarily feel like typing or sending video notes. As a bonus, there are also 100 reaction stickers unique to Snapchat!

3) Video Chats/Voice calls

Watch out WhatsApp! Snapchat has arrived. You are now able to make a phone call (voice call) or video call (video chat) to people within your Snapchat network. If a friend video calls you, you have the option to either watch or join. While watching the other person, they cannot see or hear you but you can send them text responses.

The same applies to voice calls. You have the option to either listen to or join in on the conversation, while always having text responses available to you.

Jorge Snap 2

Open a conversation with a friend on Snapchat (or begin one), and once you tap on the message box you will see five icons appear. The second icon is the “Voice Call” button, and the fourth icon is the “Video Chat” button. Try it out and see how it works for you!

4) Sending multiple photos in Chat 2.0 at once

There is no longer a single photo limit to the amount of pictures you can send! When sending a snap, click on the photo icon on the far left. You may select up to 10 photos to send. There’s no limit to a snap.

Jorge Snap

5) Sending photos during video and audio calls

We had to test this option out as soon as we read about it because, for some reason, we didn’t believe it. Lo and behold, it worked! If you are connected to a WiFi network and you’re on a phone call, you can go straight to your Snapchat and snap away. You won’t even have to put your friend on hold while you snap.

There you have it. CoPromote’s five favorite Snapchat updates. Follow us on Snapchat for our latest snaps and stories!

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Technology: It Really Hasn’t Changed Our Taste In Music…

The past decade has witnessed the most insane upheavals in music technology. Everything changed, but how much has musical taste itself changed during that period? According to data we’ve looked at, the answer is not that much, even though the ways we access, discover, and share our music have been completely revolutionized.

Of course, some things have changed taste-wise. Over the past few years, electronic music has found its way into the mainstream, being infused in pop music of all kinds. And the festival experience is changing the way fans interact with bands and live music. People have gained unprecedented access to tools of creation, yet research finds that pop music has become more uniform and formulaic.

But these are shifts here and there, not fundamental changes. And after breaking down the sales figures of various genres tracked by Nielsen Soundscan, the result seems to be that the types of music we love has been pretty steady.

Below is a graph of each genre’s share of the total album sales for that year. A few notes: oftentimes, an album gets categorized under multiple genres. Electronic was introduced as a genre in 2010, and has been growing steadily since. And for whatever reason, Nielsen suddenly reintroduced Rock as a category in 2006 (we’re hoping on a response for why).

Digital Music News Genre Shifts

There are a number of possible reasons for this consistency. This could indicate a widespread stagnation in musical taste, or it could simply mean that the same types of listeners are paying for music today as ten years ago, thus hiding trends that aren’t reflected in the data. Another takeaway is that technological and musical upheavals are largely separate animals. Things like rock n’ roll, Nirvana, and rap do happen, but on their own cultural clocks.

Niko Malek.

Source: Digital Music News

Billboard Magazine’s 10 Top Music Start Ups, 2011– #4: Headliner.fm

The cover story for this week’s Billboard Magazine is The 10 Top Music Startups of 2011, and Headliner.fm is very happy to be ranked #4 on the list by the industry bible’s editors.

In the write up, Anthony Bruno and Glenn Peoples cite how Headliner.fm was able to identify and solve a challenge facing many independent musicians: marketing. Speaking with Mike More, they highlight Headliner’s ability to apply the new social web to the old opening act model using its unique recommendation platform. It also points to Headliner’s member base tripling in growth as proof of how Headliner successfully uses the social web’s open graph to help artists of all kinds reach new audiences with targeted, organic messages.

But, don’t take it from us. Click the article to enlarge it and read for yourself. There are a lot of exciting developments in the works at Headliner. Although we came in at #4 this time, you better believe we’ve got our eyes on the #1 spot. Thanks again to every Headliner.fm member and all the connected fans that have supported the product and make our collective success possible.