Music

  • In Europe, Spotify Royalties Overtake iTunes Earnings By 13%

    In Europe, Spotify Royalties Overtake iTunes Earnings By 13%

    Spotify may be smarting from the removal of Taylor Swift’s music catalogue from its platform, and Taylor Swift may not care, since she is riding a sales blockbuster in the form of her new album 1989, but it turns out that in the bigger picture, Spotify’s streaming service continues to gain an edge over downloads, specifically via iTunes. Kobalt, a company that helps… Read More

  • SoundCloud Confirms Licensing Deal With Warner Music Group

    SoundCloud Confirms Licensing Deal With Warner Music Group

    SoundCloud, the user-created audio streaming platform currently used by 175 million unique listeners each month, confirmed today that it has inked its first licensing deal with one of the major record labels: the Warner Music Group — whose roster includes David Guetta, The Flaming Lips and Sheryl Crow — will partner with the streaming company around its ad-supported, creator… Read More

  • Ex-Beats Music CEO’s New App “Chosen” Is A Mobile-First American Idol

    Ex-Beats Music CEO’s New App “Chosen” Is A Mobile-First American Idol

    Sing, yodel, or shred guitar into your phone, and get famous. That’s the idea behind performance competition platform Chosen, founded by former Gracenote, MOG, and Beats Music CEO David Hyman. The startup’s been in stealth since its formation late last year, but Hyman agreed to give me the first details about what Chosen’s actually up to. First off, Chosen’s just raised… Read More

  • Trent Reznor’s Apple Special Project Is In “The World” Of Music Delivery

    Trent Reznor’s Apple Special Project Is In “The World” Of Music Delivery

    Musical magic man Trent Reznor is working with Apple on something or other, after the Beats Chief Creative Officer came on board following the acquisition. He says that Apple was interested in working with Reznor directly in “designing some products” following the deal in an interview with Billboard, and also say that the partnership would focus on the “world” of… 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

  • 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 Card Now Plays In Its Mobile Apps And Supports iTunes Previews

    Twitter’s Music Card Now Plays In Its Mobile Apps And Supports iTunes Previews

    Twitter hit a bum note with its Twitter Music service, but everyone’s favorite 140-character social network is keen as ever to light up users’ timelines with the sound of music after it launched a spiffy new update to its music card. The company already has a card that lets you play tracks in-tweet when you post a link to Soundcloud, but it now supports mobile play — via… 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

  • Childish Gambino Name-Drops A Bunch Of Techies In His New Mixtape

    Childish Gambino Name-Drops A Bunch Of Techies In His New Mixtape

    Rapper Childish Gambino (also known as Donald Glover, former cast member of cult sitcom “Community”) just dropped an 11-song mixtape, his first big release since last year’s hit album “Because The Internet.” That wouldn’t generally be something we write about, but at the end of tape Glover name-drops seven members of the tech community. Read More

  • Tango Music Pix Returns For Its Official Launch

    Tango Music Pix Returns For Its Official Launch

    Today, Tango has officially re-released Tango Music Pix, an app for making musical slideshows, which the messaging service is calling its first “sister application.” 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

  • 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

  • A Chat With Jack Conte, Musician And Entrepreneur

    A Chat With Jack Conte, Musician And Entrepreneur

    Jack Conte is a busy guy. He and his partner, Nataly Dawn, are on tour with Pomplamoose, a band that rivals only OK Go in their dedication to weird and wacky video production and Conte is also co-founder of Patreon, a way to pay artists for their work. This interview, part of our back to school series, is aimed at getting to the bottom of what it means to be a musician in the Internet age and… Read More

  • PonoMusic Raises More Than $6M In Equity Crowdfunding In One Week

    PonoMusic Raises More Than $6M In Equity Crowdfunding In One Week

    Neil Young’s startup PonoMusic became the fourth-most funded project on Kickstarter back in April, when it raised $6.2 million on a goal of $800,000. The project now has raked in an additional $6 million in equity funding from a Crowdfunder campaign. Read More

  • Spotify Pushes Popular Playlists With A New Tastemaker Tab

    Spotify Pushes Popular Playlists With A New Tastemaker Tab

    Spotify, now with 40 million users, looks like it’s adding another new feature that it hopes will help get the long tail of those registered music listeners more active on its platform. A tab has appeared called “Tastemakers” — a list of people whose names may not at all be familiar to you, but who have achieved some kind of popularity already on Spotify for… Read More

  • Make Your Own Lonely Electric Zoo Of One Using Wavepot

    Make Your Own Lonely Electric Zoo Of One Using Wavepot

    Knob-twiddlers take note: Wavepot is a cool new way to program some hot EDM beats in the privacy of your bedroom/techno cave. Designed to be a live, programmable digital audio workstation (at this point it’s more of a digital signal processor), the website lets you program music and sound the way you’d program a web page or simple app. You set up the parameters, add various… Read More

  • No More Words From TuneWiki As Vert Capital Pulls The Plug On Its Music Lyric App

    No More Words From TuneWiki As Vert Capital Pulls The Plug On Its Music Lyric App

    So much for being pulled out of the dead pool. TuneWiki, a popular social music app with millions of users that let people see the lyrics to songs they were streaming on Spotify and other platforms, may have finally sung its last song. After announcing in July 2013 that it would shut down, it then got acquired at the 11th hour, as it turned out by private equity firm Vert Capital… Read More

  • Google’s New Music Subscription Service, YouTube Music Key, Revealed

    Google’s New Music Subscription Service, YouTube Music Key, Revealed

    Google had previously confirmed its plans to launch a YouTube-powered music subscription service, but thanks to a series of leaked images via the blog Android Police, we now have the first taste as to what that service may look like, and what sort of features it will offer. According to the report, the service will be called YouTube Music Key, and Google will also be rebranding its Google Play… Read More

  • Spotify Teams Up With BandPage To Jump Deeper Into Artist Merchandising

    Spotify Teams Up With BandPage To Jump Deeper Into Artist Merchandising

    As Spotify reportedly inches closer to an IPO, the company continues to build out its presence as an e-commerce platform for artists to market themselves and generate revenue beyond basic music royalties. Today, it is turning on an integration and partnership with BandPage, a company that lets musicians create profiles for themselves and then sell merchandise, tickets to secret shows… Read More

  • YC-Backed TicketLabs Helps Small Music Venues Get More Fans Through The Door

    YC-Backed TicketLabs Helps Small Music Venues Get More Fans Through The Door

    Over the last few years, technology has steadily worked its way into the concert-going experience. Apps make the ticket purchasing experience a simple affair, while the endless flood of social data gives promoters and bands the ability to target their marketing efforts at those most likely to enjoy their particular style. Read More