Music

  • Amazon Launching Streaming Music Service As Soon As This Week, Says NYT

    Amazon Launching Streaming Music Service As Soon As This Week, Says NYT

    Ecommerce giant Amazon is planning a streaming music service of its own, in order to join the ranks of virtually every other tech company in existence, according to the New York Times. The streaming feature would give Amazon Prime subscribers free access to a library of thousands of songs, sans any advertising. It won’t include new releases, however, and Universal Music Group artists will… Read More

  • Audibly Turns Multiple iOS Devices Into A Wireless Surround-Sound System

    Audibly Turns Multiple iOS Devices Into A Wireless Surround-Sound System

    A team of three young coders has come up with a way to turn your iPhone’s speakers into a wireless surround-sound system, thanks to a mobile app called Audibly. The app, which is perfect for parties or for blasting music when decent speakers aren’t readily available, uses technology found on newer devices (running iOS 7 or higher) in order to sync songs to multiple… Read More

  • Seatwave Buys Timbre To Expand Into Live Music Discovery, Primary Ticket Sales

    Seatwave Buys Timbre To Expand Into Live Music Discovery, Primary Ticket Sales

    The UK’s Seatwave, a platform for secondary ticket purchases — where people or venues can post live event tickets for resale — is today announcing an acquisition that will take the company further into the primary ticket market and music discovery and the U.S. market: it’s buying Timbre, a Boston-based startup and mobile app of the same name that lets users search… Read More

  • Kobalt Raises $140M To Scale Up Its Digital Royalty Collection Business

    Kobalt Raises $140M To Scale Up Its Digital Royalty Collection Business

    Apple’s $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics, a possible IPO from Spotify and a review of music licensing rules by the Justice Department are some of the big developments that have put the streaming music industry into the spotlight of late, but also highlighted some of the complexities of it. Now, a company that has developed a platform to help artists and songwriters… Read More

  • As The Public Markets Beckon, Streaming Startup Spotify Reveals 40M Users, 10M Paid Users

    As The Public Markets Beckon, Streaming Startup Spotify Reveals 40M Users, 10M Paid Users

    As the music streaming market continues to heat up, Spotify has released new user numbers today that solidify its position at the front of the pack: it has now passed 40 million active users, with 10 million of them paying subscribers across the 56 markets where it now offers music services. As a point of comparison, just over a year ago, on March 12, Spotify said it had 6 million paying… Read More

  • Qleek Brings Your Music Back In To The Physical Realm

    Qleek Brings Your Music Back In To The Physical Realm

    When I first heard about Qleek I was a little skeptical. You see, it’s a music player that uses physical, wooden blocks called Tapps to activate digital playback. You want to listen to some Jazz? Find the Coltrane block and stick it into the player. Want to listen to OK Computer? Dig out the block and slot it to make yourself a little fitter and happier. It’s like the old days… Read More

  • 8tracks Launches New iPhone App To Take On Pandora

    8tracks Launches New iPhone App To Take On Pandora

    Music startup 8tracks just released a major new version of its iPhone app. The 3.0 version comes with a completely redesigned interface, a simpler user experience and a new advertising strategy. At its core, it remains a laid-back radio service like Pandora or Songza, but with human-generated playlists. After launching the app, the music experience is slightly different. You are presented with… Read More

  • Spotify’s Big Redesign Rolls Out To Android Today

    Spotify’s Big Redesign Rolls Out To Android Today

    Following a major makeover from earlier this month, which introduced a new, simpler and darker theme to the streaming music platform Spotify, Android users are now also getting a refreshed app starting today. Like their web, desktop and iOS counterparts, Android users will also now see the darker theme, refreshed typography and rounded iconography that was announced earlier, as well as… Read More

  • Created With Imogen Heap, Mi.Mu Turns Hand Gestures Into Music

    Created With Imogen Heap, Mi.Mu Turns Hand Gestures Into Music

    Created in collaboration with British singer-songwriter Imogen Heap, the Mi.Mu glove turns the arms and hands of performers into musical instruments. Eventually, Heap and Mi.Mu’s developers hope the glove and it software, which will be made open source, will reach a wide range of users. Read More

  • Spotify Poaches Googler Alexander Kubaneishvili To Head Russia, Q3 Launch Planned

    Spotify Poaches Googler Alexander Kubaneishvili To Head Russia, Q3 Launch Planned

    As Spotify creeps towards a reported IPO later this year, it is also carefully continuing to build out its international footprint, specifically targeting fast-growing, emerging markets. On that front, the music streaming giant has hired Alexander Kubaneishvili away from Google to run operations in Russia. Read More