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  • SoundCloud Gets A Major Makeover, But Only Private Beta Users Can See It (For Now)

    SoundCloud Gets A Major Makeover, But Only Private Beta Users Can See It (For Now)

    Most people probably don’t stick around social music service SoundCloud’s site to ogle its design, but apparently the team felt there was plenty of room for improvement. To that end SoundCloud, who not long ago raised a $50 million funding round led by Kleiner Perkins, officially pulled back the curtains on their handsome new interface in San Francisco earlier today. Read More

  • Official.fm Launches Its New Music Promotion Platform

    Official.fm Launches Its New Music Promotion Platform

    These days, it seems SoundCloud is the player to beat in the music platform space. It’s been called (among other things) the “Flickr for audio” or the “YouTube for audio.” Evidence of this lies in the fact that the company raised $50 million in January at a $200 million pre-money valuation — they must be doing something right. Instead of competing with… Read More

  • Announcing The 2011 Crunchies Finalists And Tickets On Sale Now

    Announcing The 2011 Crunchies Finalists And Tickets On Sale Now

    The nominations have been tabulated and the votes are in. Over 300,000 nominations were calculated across 20 categories. Along with our partners GigaOm and VentureBeat, we are very proud to announce the finalists for 2011’s best in technology. Voting begins now. For 2011, we’ve added some new categories. Best Location App, Best Cloud Services and Biggest Social Impact join the… Read More

  • SoundCloud Raises $50 Million Round Led By Kleiner Perkins

    SoundCloud Raises $50 Million Round Led By Kleiner Perkins

    SoundCloud has raised a new fundraising round led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. The amount was not released but TechCrunch understands it to be $50 million. This would give the company a $200 million pre-money valuation. GGV Capital also participated in this round. The social sound platform which has seen high growth in the past year will use the funding to expand more rapidly… Read More

  • Five European Startups To Watch

    Five European Startups To Watch

    Silicon Valley is famously, and rightly, proud of its place as the spiritual home for startups. And it has an inspiring and awesome track record that’s tough to beat. However, as the recent Le Web conference proved, European tech hubs like London, Berlin and more recently Paris, can now also lay claim to breeding world-class entrepreneurs. There’s a sense that Europe is finally… Read More

  • Saul Klein on Europe's Billion-Dollar Startups

    Saul Klein’s List Of Europe’s Next Billion-Dollar Tech Companies

    Where will the next billion-dollar startups come from? The tech world and most VCs tend to be parochial, looking at Silicon Valley, maybe New York, and a few other hot markets like China and Brazil. But what about the Old Country? Yesterday, I was having coffee with Saul Klein, a partner at Index Ventures and co-founder of Seedcamp. He believes that in every major city across Europe… Read More

  • SoundCloud, Deezer And Rhapsody Revealed As Facebook Music Launch Partners?

    SoundCloud, Deezer And Rhapsody Revealed As Facebook Music Launch Partners?

    I love Yvo Schaap, even though I’ve never met him in person. Wanna know why? Because the man keeps on digging up interesting stuff by simply perusing code, and then alerting us. Schaap found the embeddable +1 button and a a link to the Google Games logo before either of them was publicly released, and now he may have identified several companies that will be partnering with Facebook for… Read More

  • VibeDeck Adds A Free eCommerce Layer To SoundCloud

    VibeDeck Adds A Free eCommerce Layer To SoundCloud

    Last month, we wrote about Vibedeck, which had just raised $2 million in funding for its eCommerce platform for musicians. As we wrote then, though VibeDeck is still in early development (having launched in beta 2 months ago), it’s value proposition is that it’s slick and easy to use. And the startup’s goal is simple, too: To be a low-cost eCommerce resource for small to… Read More

  • Flattery alone will only get you so far – SoundCloud users can now get paid via Flattr

    Flattr, the social micropayment startup founded by ex-Pirate Bay associates, has added Soundcloud integration to make it easy to add the Flattr button (and start receiving payments) to any SoundCloud player, including those embedded anywhere across the web. Interestingly, SoundCloud already has an existing arrangement with Flattr competitor BuySimple. Flattr’s support for SoundCloud… Read More

  • The Music Runs Through Our Veins

    Many years ago, as an avid Knight Rider fan, I would use a handheld cassette recorder to record the audio portion of the show so I could hear it on road trips. Pretty bizarre, yes, but we didn’t have a VCR. I’d do the same when a popular new song came on the radio, waiting patiently to hit “record” and write the music to cassette tape. Over time, this turned into… Read More

  • Steve Jang and Alexander Ljung on Social Music

    Disrupt Backstage Pass: So What, Exactly, Is Social Music? (TCTV)

    One of the most interesting panels at last week’s Disrupt featured a discussion about social music between Steve Jang the co-founder and CEO of Schematic Labs and Alexander Ljung the founder and CEO of SoundCloud. Jang and Ljung are both developing apps and services that enable us to share music, sounds and our musical taste. Jang’s product is Soundtracking, an iPhone app that… Read More

  • Minno Rebrands As BuySimple, Partners With SoundCloud, Raises $700K For Micropayments

    Online payment methods are old and in the way. Sure, whether or not the world will have a generally-agreed-upon payment system is up for debate, but it seems that a new era of micropayments is here — hopefully to stay. With the political and regulatory inertia around bank and credit card-related payment tools, there is room for a third party without these hangups to bring a new… Read More

  • SoundCloud does a Google and launches SoundCloud Labs

    SoundCloud, the audio platform, has unveiled SoundCloud Labs, a new site to house experimental projects and features developed in-house, including via its open API. The idea of creating a separate space for cutting-edge development branded as Labs isn’t a new one, of course, mostly notably employed by Google. But in SoundCloud’s case it perhaps makes even greater sense since… Read More

  • SoundCloud Does A Google, Launches SoundCloud Labs

    SoundCloud, the audio platform, has unveiled SoundCloud Labs, a new site to house experimental projects and features developed in-house, including via its open API. The idea of creating a separate space for cutting-edge development branded as Labs isn’t a new one, of course, mostly notably employed by Google. But in SoundCloud’s case it perhaps makes even greater sense since… Read More

  • SoundCloud Passes 4 Million Users, Partners With Headliner.fm To Give Bands A Killer Promotional Tool

    By now, you may have run across a SoundCloud audio track somewhere out there in the wild, wooly Interwebs — perhaps during one of your mad, late-night music searches. In which case, you’re familiar with the tell-tale signs: The scrolling orange cursor, the messages tagged mid-song, and that distinctive social waveform layout. For those who have no idea what I’m talking… Read More

  • tunesBag raises €250k, hooks up with Dropbox for music streaming

    tunesBag, an Austrian music sharing startup that has been around for quite some time, has just raised €250,000 through a government fund and an undisclosed investor. The platform itself is, like many others, a cloud-based iTunes where you can sync your local music library via the cloud to a variety of devices. But the startup has recently added a nifty feature that lets users connect… Read More

  • ThingLink joins forces with SoundCloud to let users add sounds to images

    ThingLink, which provides tools to let users embed links into images, has partnered with SoundCloud to add audio as an option. The idea is that those who work primarily in audio – musicians, bands, sound designers etc. – can now include images in their work, perhaps as part of a promotional campaign, flyer or as album art work. But also, given SoundCloud’s recent pivot to… Read More

  • Post-pivot, SoundCloud reaches three million registered users

    SoundCloud, the audio platform originally targeted at music makers but now a wider consumer play, has announced that it’s reached three million registered users. And considering that the Berlin-based startup was at a million users as recently as last May – pre-pivot, if you will – the change of direction would appear to be paying off or at least hasn’t affected the… Read More

  • Post-Pivot, SoundCloud Reaches Three Million Users

    SoundCloud, the audio platform originally targeted at music makers but now a wider consumer play, has announced that it’s reached three million registered users. And considering that the Berlin-based startup was at a million users as recently as last May – pre-pivot, if you will – the change of direction would appear to be paying off or at least hasn’t affected the… Read More

  • R.E.M. Stands For R.E.M.I.X. (The SoundCloud Singles)

    R.E.M.’s upcoming album Collapse Into Now is coming in March, but the band is already getting the buzz going with a little crowdsourcing experiment. A couple days ago, the album’s producer released some tracks from the song “It Happened Today” in files that can easily be imported into Garageband, the music mixing software that comes on new Macs. Fans are invited to… Read More