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Podcasts, streaming music enabled in 2016 auto dashboards

Podcasts and streaming audio gain prominence on in-dash displays of connected cars from GM, Ford, Chrysler, Audi and Toyota “while AM/FM may be 3 or 4 clicks away,” notes Steven Goldstein in a blog post from CES. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and custom systems from auto-makers are all battling for the connected driver who likely brings his/her own entertainment to the car via smartphone.

Pop songs trend sadder since the Sixties

data visualization mood of pop music
Detail of graph showing results of study on the changing mood of pop music (WNYC)

The mood of Top 40 pop songs has turned sadder over the past 5 decades, according to a study of tempos and major/minor keys by Glenn Schellenberg, professor of psychology and music at the University of Toronto. His results are charted below by John Keefe of WNYC in New York. Blue indicates songs in minor keys; the left axis marks tempo in beats per minute. [via Studio360]