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Make Data Work
31 May–1 June 2016: Training
1 June–3 June 2016: Conference
London, UK

What’s next for music services? The answer is in the data

Paul Shannon (7digital Group Plc), Alan Hannaway (7digital)
14:05–14:45 Thursday, 2/06/2016
Data-driven business
Location: Capital Suite 4
Tags: media

Can our real-time distributed data systems help predict whether high-resolution audio is the future of digital music? What about content curation?

Music listeners want a high-quality experience in terms of content presentation and the audio quality delivered, as well as search and discovery features that can quickly and effortlessly lead them to the right content. 7digital is a B2B digital music and radio services company. The core of its business is the provision of robust and scalable technical infrastructure and extensive global music rights used to create music streaming and radio services for a diverse range of customers, including consumer brands, mobile carriers, broadcasters, automotive systems, record labels, and retailers. Paul Shannon and Alan Hannaway explore the future of music services through data and explain why 7digital believes well-curated, high-resolution listening experiences are the future of digital music services. Paul and Alan show how 7digital’s data, systems, partners, customers, and listeners can help predict where this industry is heading.

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Paul Shannon

7digital Group Plc

Paul Shannon is VP of technology at 7digital, the power behind innovative digital listening experiences, where he has helped grow the team and scale the API platform to support the changing technology and music landscape. He’s been responsible for building a team of data specialists, ensuring the organization, its customers, and suppliers are able to gain insight into the world of music services. Paul joined 7digital as a developer on the API team. Previously, he worked in the legal and mobile industries and was a pivotal member of the team that adopted agile, lean, and XP practices at vehicle finance and tech company Codeweavers Ltd. Paul is a regular conference speaker and tackles topics around process improvement, data-driven decision making, testing, recruitment, and team dynamics at universities and conferences around the world.

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Alan Hannaway


Alan Hannaway is the product owner for data at 7digital, where he is responsible for ensuring the company is developing and extracting value from its line of data products. Prior to 7digital, Alan worked in a variety of roles, most recently providing data to the entertainment industry through his own startup. Alan started his career working as a researcher in computer science, focusing his interests on the application of technology to measure the scale and distribution of content consumption on large Internet networks.