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Hey Shiri, Play me a Hebrew Song


Hey Shiri, Play me a Hebrew Song

Israeli singer-songwriter Ariel Horowitz spoke Monday at Calcalist’s conference on music and technology in Tel Aviv

Hagar Ravet and Adi Pick  | 10:41  15.05.2019
Radio stations are not the best way to maintain the Israeli public’s interest in Hebrew-language music, Israeli singer-songwriter Ariel Horowitz said Monday at Calcalist’s conference on music and technology, which was held in Tel Aviv. Rather, the more efficient way to keep the population listening to local songs, is by creating a streaming service solely for this purpose, he explained.

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Horowitz’s app Shiri, launched in February in collaboration with the National Library of Israel and the country’s Culture and Sport Ministry does just that. The app is free to use, and streams Hebrew music from classics to modern-day artists. Based on the user’s choice of three favorite artists, the app chooses similar songs to play randomly.
Ariel Horowitz at Calcalist Ariel Horowitz at Calcalist's music and technology conference. Photo: Orel Cohen Ariel Horowitz at Calcalist
Radio stations only maintain a database made up of about 5,000 songs, Horowitz said. Shiri, on the other hand, has approximately 40,000 songs.

On Shiri, 42% of what people want to listen to are songs by older artists or from previous decades, Horowitz said.

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In order to better compensate artists, the app divides the royalties equally between the artists and the record companies, Horowitz said.

Shiri is a popular Hebrew name for girls which literally translates to “my song.”, The app currently stands at more than 100,000 downloads.
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