Rick Schwartz is a senior product manager and proud father of two. Six years before Apple sold their first song online, Rick played a major role in the creation of the world’s first online music distribution system, which Steve Jobs later tried to buy for $100 million dollars. Eight years before Apple added Genius playlists to iTunes, Rick helped to launch the audio fingerprinting technology that Apple and others use today.
In September of 2009, Rick was Product Manager of the first software that allowed consumers to beam media from any website to a connected TV or stereo. One year later Apple launched AirPlay, but it was initially limited only to audio. Rick received a patent for technology in the world’s first media manager, which let consumers play media by dragging and dropping it onto icons representing devices in their home. Rick has also helped launch several iOS and Android multimedia apps for smartphones and tablets.
Rick is a blogger who focuses on mobile technologies. His Mostly-tech blog receives over one million views a year. Rick’s first article on tablets appeared on GigaOM and was tweeted over 600 times. Rick has also written articles for the Huffington Post UK, Know Your Mobile, Recording Engineer/Producer Magazine, Mix Magazine, EQ magazine and other publications.
His last employer, was one of the first companies to put video on a cell phone back in 1998. Their technology shipped on over 300 million devices.
Earlier, Rick was the product manager for the first digital audio workstation with integrated digital video playback. Rick was also an audio engineer who’s done recordings for Grammy Award-winning artists including Ravi Shankar, George Harrison and Andy Summers. As a live sound mixer, Rick has worked with over fifty well-known artists including R.E.M, Sly & The Family Stone, Gladys Night & The Pips, Steppenwolf and New Edition. His film sound credits include Field of Dreams, Poltergeist II and Short Circuit. He’s also mixed several hundred TV commercials and radio spots for clients including AT&T, Apple Computer, Budweiser, Coca-Cola, Chevrolet, Fox, McDonalds, Nike, Reebok and Sony.
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