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  • Yep, Apple Will Shut Down Beats Music App And Roll It Into iTunes

    Yep, Apple Will Shut Down Beats Music App And Roll It Into iTunes

    Last month I reported that Apple would shut down Beats Music and likely add streaming music to iTunes. Apple denied, specifically, that Beats Music would be shut down. Shortly thereafter, ‘unnamed sources familiar with the matter’ conveniently surfaced to engage in a battle of semantics about whether Apple might modify Beats Music over time, including its brand. As we noted at… Read More

  • Deezer Buys Stitcher, Adds 35K Talk Radio Shows And Podcasts To Its Music Platform

    Deezer Buys Stitcher, Adds 35K Talk Radio Shows And Podcasts To Its Music Platform

    Deezer, the Paris-based music streaming service that competes against the likes of Spotify and Rdio, is switching up its game in the battle for more differentiation, more users and a higher profile in the U.S. It has acquired Stitcher, the San Francisco-based aggregator of podcasts and talk radio programming. Stitcher has amassed a catalog of 35,000 radio shows and podcasts, including eight… Read More

  • Amazon Gets More Enterprise-Friendly With Launch Of AWS Directory Service

    Amazon Gets More Enterprise-Friendly With Launch Of AWS Directory Service

    Amazon has been moving into the enterprise world with the launch of corporate I.T.-friendly Fire HD and HDX tablets, its own secure storage service Zocalo, its virtual desktop computing platform WorkSpaces, and not to mention the cloud computing behemoth that is Amazon Web Services. Today, the company is making the combination of on-premise and cloud resources, easier to manage with the launch… Read More

  • Vine’s Stars Are The Best Part, And Now You Can Follow Whole Channels Of Them

    Vine’s Stars Are The Best Part, And Now You Can Follow Whole Channels Of Them

    Vine has just released a minor update to the app that not only beautifies the platform for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but adds some new functionality in terms of sharing videos and consuming them. The Twitter-owned video sharing app now takes advantage of the share extensions functionality in iOS 8, meaning that users can share directly to Vine from the video itself. Read More

  • Inside The Spotify – Echo Nest Skunkworks

    Inside The Spotify – Echo Nest Skunkworks

    Truffle Pig is just one of the new musical inventions dreamed up at the sonic skunkworks born from Spotify’s $100 million acquisition of The Echo Nest. Deep inside Spotify’s New York headquarters, the team gave me a peek how the combined company plans to nail recommendations, hook other apps up with legal music, and meld human DJs with algorithms to surface the best songs from… Read More

  • Twitter’s Music Strategy: No App, Just Better Listening

    Twitter’s Music Strategy: No App, Just Better Listening

    Music is a special kind of content, and people discover it on Twitter. That’s why building a music experience outside the main Twitter app was a boondoggle, and treating music like any other piece of media within Twitter sells it short. These insights have led Twitter to a better strategy since killing off the Twitter Music app, according to a source at the company: Just improve the… Read More

  • Vusay Keeps Eyeballs Glued By Adding SoundCloudy Timed Comments To Any Video

    Vusay Keeps Eyeballs Glued By Adding SoundCloudy Timed Comments To Any Video

    Sad fact: 20% of people click away from videos in the first 10 seconds. But Vusay hopes to hold our attention by augmenting any video player with comments anchored to specific points in the clip. It’s like SoundCloud’s timed commenting system but for video. News sites, digital media channels, and other online publishers can slap Vusay’s wrapper around their video for free… Read More

  • Phonio Lets Celebrities Call Their Fans On The Phone, Raw And Unfiltered

    Phonio Lets Celebrities Call Their Fans On The Phone, Raw And Unfiltered

    No one feels special for following their favorite musician on Facebook or Twitter. Social media has become impersonal mass media. But Phonio wants to make the celebrity-fan connection as intimate as a call with your best friend. Phonio launches today to let stars ring the cell phones of all their fans at once and talk to them, heart-to-hearts. Celebs offer up their Phonio phone numbers that… Read More

  • SoundCloud Posted A $29M Loss In 2013 On Revenues Of $14M

    SoundCloud Posted A $29M Loss In 2013 On Revenues Of $14M

    SoundCloud, the popular online music and audio sharing platform, is now exceeding 175 million listeners each month and is on track to reach 200 million. But its rapid growth has seen the company’s costs run away from its revenues. According to recent annual filings for 2013, Soundcloud posted turnover of €11.2 million ($14.1 million) in 2013, up 40% from 2012’s revenues… Read More

  • Doublie Spices Up Your Selfies With Homemade Stickers And Celebrities

    Doublie Spices Up Your Selfies With Homemade Stickers And Celebrities

    Your photos are boring. Doublie can fix that. The app lets you add any of 10,000 stickers and celebrity cut-outs to your pics so you can fake a selfie with Beyoncé, get a kiss from Obama, or have Miley twerking in the background. You can even make your own stickers of your face or anything else, paste them to a photo, and share them to SMS, Facebook, or anywhere. Doublie isn’t trying… Read More

  • Apple Plans To Shut Down Beats Music

    Apple Plans To Shut Down Beats Music

    Apple will discontinue the streaming music service Beats Music it acquired in May, according to five sources, including several prominent employees at Apple and Beats. Many engineers from Beats Music have already been moved off the product and onto other projects at Apple, including iTunes. It’s not clear when exactly Jimmy Iovine and Dr Dre’s music service will be shut down or… Read More

  • Oculus Reveals Its New “Crescent Bay” Prototype With 360-Degree Head Tracking And Headphones

    Oculus Reveals Its New “Crescent Bay” Prototype With 360-Degree Head Tracking And Headphones

    Oculus gave the world the first look at its new prototype Crescent Bay today at the Oculus’ Connect conference (livestream), and I got the very first hands-on demo. Crescent Bay has a faster frame rate, 360-degree head tracking, and integrated headphones, plus it’s lighter. Oculus also announced the new Oculus Platform coming to the Samsung VR, which brings VR to a large… Read More

  • Amazon Attempts To Upend The Television Ratings System – No, Really

    Amazon Attempts To Upend The Television Ratings System – No, Really

    On January 26, 1979, “The Dukes of Hazzard” television show premiered on CBS on the East Coast. The show was poorly reviewed and, worse still, the TV ratings were just okay. As the legend goes, the president of CBS, who was in New York that night, saw the show for the first time and was appalled by its lack of quality. He immediately called his executives in Los Angeles, telling… Read More

  • Dice Wants To Be The First Gig Ticketing Giant That Music Fans Adore

    Dice Wants To Be The First Gig Ticketing Giant That Music Fans Adore

    UK music ticketing startup Dice, launching today in London on iOS and Android, is looking to tear up the traditional ticket buying process by ripping out booking fees and sending the middleman up in virtual smoke. The KLF would surely be proud. Read More

  • Music Collaboration Suite Splice Raises $4.5M From True And DJs, Launches Public Beta

    Music Collaboration Suite Splice Raises $4.5M From True And DJs, Launches Public Beta

    GroupMe co-founder Steve Martocci has found some powerful allies for his music production storage and collaboration startup Splice, which launches its public beta and remixable music player today. Superstar DJs Tiësto and Steve Angello of Swedish House Mafia, manager Scooter Braun, and agencies WME and AM Only have invested in Splice’s new $4.5 million Series A led by True Ventures… Read More

  • Tune In Tonight To TechCrunch Radio On Sirius XM 102 Indie

    Tune In Tonight To TechCrunch Radio On Sirius XM 102 Indie

    TechCrunch Radio is coming at you again today, this time with a brand new set of pitch-off companies and an interview with Disrupt Battlefield winner, Alfred Club. If you haven’t heard already, the folks over at Sirius XM are collaborating with us to air a TechCrunch Radio show. In each hour-long episode, John Biggs and I discuss the latest news and chat with folks in the tech industry. Read More

  • You Can Now Text Groot

    You Can Now Text Groot

    Groot seems like he’d be a pretty good friend to have. He’ll always have your back in a fight, he can inexplicably summon fireflies out of thin air when your movie needs more 3D effects, and he’s one helluva dancer to boot. He’s also a pretty good texter, it turns out. At the very least, he’s consistent. Want to see for yourself? Here’s Groot’s… Read More

  • Flickr Announces “20 Under 20″ Collection Of Young Photographers

    Flickr Announces “20 Under 20″ Collection Of Young Photographers

    In an effort to promote young artists using its service, Flickr has put together a collection of 20 artists under the age of 20 who have shown exceptional talent in their early work. Users can choose their favorite photographers from the group and nominate their work in three different categories: creativity, technical skills, and strength of overall portfolio. Read More

  • Hey Microsoft, Acquiring A Hit Game Is Stupid

    Hey Microsoft, Acquiring A Hit Game Is Stupid

    Buying a game company is like buying an aging baseball player. You’ll need a miracle to get another hit. And while they might have plenty of fans, they probably aren’t making a lot of new ones. Mojang hit a grand slam home run with Minecraft, but that doesn’t mean Microsoft should pay $2.5 billion for it, as it’s reportedly going to announce this week. There’s… Read More

  • Come To The TechCrunch Virtual Reality Meetup In LA On Sept 18th

    Come To The TechCrunch Virtual Reality Meetup In LA On Sept 18th

    The night before the Oculus Connect conference, TechCrunch is bringing together the virtual reality community for an evening of cool demos, free drinks, and a chance to meet TechCrunch’s writers and VR startups in the space. Register here for the TechCrunch Virtual Reality Meetup. From 6:30pm to 9:30pm at the The Mondrian Hotel’s beautiful Skybar in West Hollywood, come mingle… Read More

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