digital music

SoundCloud, the ‘YouTube for audio’, cuts 173 jobs, closes San Francisco, London offices

Some rough news today for SoundCloud, the audio streaming site whose content is largely based around uploads from its 175 million users in 190 countries. The company has announced that it is laying of

Music royalty collector Kobalt nabs $75M led by Hearst Entertainment at $775M valuation

As music streaming continues to grow in ubiquity, a company that’s built a platform to collect royalties on music played across billions of streams is cashing in on the opportunity. Kobalt, the

Report: Free trials push Apple Music ahead of Pandora and Spotify on mobile usage

Spotify may be the reigning leader when it comes to the largest number of paid subscribers for a streaming music service, but it’s Apple that comes out on top when their respective audiences tr

Music Download Site eMusic Gets Acquired Again, This Time By Israeli Media Startup TriPlay

Yet more consolidation afoot in the world of digital music, and a new chapter for eMusic, one of the very first sites that let you download music in the form of MP3 files. The company has been acqui

Sony’s New ‘Album Of The Day’ App Offers Deep Discounts To Fight The Shift To Streaming

Sony has a new app out today in the U.S. that offers up a deep discount on one album from the artists on its record label over the course of a 24 hour period, with a new one arriving each day. The dis

U.S. Music Sales Down As Streaming Up 24% To 51B Tracks In 6 Months; Harlem Shake Bumps Its Way To The Top

As questions continue to swirl around just how well <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2013/07/15/spotify-defends-against-new-music-backlash-says-it-will-pay-out-1b-to-artists-in-2013/">artists get

Rumblefish, Soundtrack Licensing Partner To YouTube And Others, Buys Catalogik To Improve Music Search

A note of consolidation in the world of digital music: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.rumblefish.com">Rumblefish</a>, a company that works with the likes of YouTube, Amazon, Vimeo, Facebook and S

Semetric Scores $4.7M To Turn Up The Volume On Musicmetric, Its Big Data Analytics Service

More money for big data analytics -- and a sign that, as the space matures, we will see more segmentation of what kinds of big data is getting analysed. <a target="_blank" href="http://www.semetric.co

Download Me Maybe: U.S. Music Market Up By 3.1%, Fuelled By 1.3B Digital Track Sales In 2012, Says Nielsen

Today news broke that <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2013/01/04/down-and-out-spotify-stops-its-music-download-service-in-europe-but-how-many-were-using-it-anyway/">Spotify was halting its music

Backed By $2 Million In Funding From Learn Capital, Kapor, 500 Startups, Bruno Mars & Others, Chromatik’s Digital Music Platform Goes Live

Digital music platform <a target="_blank" href="http://chromatik.com/">Chromatik</a> is today launching its web and iPad applications for learning, practicing, recording and collaborating on music w

reKiosk Digitally Recreates The Independent Bookstore and Record Store Experience

While ebooks and digital music are becoming the dominant way of consuming books and songs, only a few digital retailers have become important players in this space. <a target="_blank" href="https://ww

You can't buy Japanese music on iTunes you say?

For anyone who listens to Keith Urban’s advice and actually buys music, you might have already noticed that most Japanese artists aren’t on iTunes. The reasons why are boring and complicat

Opinion: The SanDisk SlotMusic player is a good idea

My good friend Peter Ha isn’t sold on the Sandisk SlotMusic hoopla (see his post here). I think it’ll work, though. You have to approach it from the mindset of the casual consumer for it to make s

Dell developing another line of MP3 players?

I still have my 20GB Dell DJ (the one on the left up there). It’s been sitting in a box marked “To Sell on eBay” for, oh, at least three years along with my Nokia 770 Internet Tablet, my first-g

This Just In: iTunes is a popular music store

Apple has now sold over five billion songs from its iTunes music store. The program has been around since early 2001. Earlier this year, iTunes surpassed Wal-Mart as the most popular place to buy musi

Geeks.com selling $70 iPod Touch knockoff

I just received an e-mail from Geeks.com inviting me to “Touch the Future of Portable Entertainment” with this $70 device that looks an awful lot like my much more expensive iPod Touch, wh

Bluetooth MP3 watch for when you just can't stand to not have something that plays music strapped to you

Ah, the return of the MP3-playing watch. This time, without the ridiculous headphone cord running up your arm. The GoldLantern Bluex Bluetooth MP3 Watch comes with 1GB of storage and a pair of Bluetoo

CrunchDeals: 2GB Toshiba Gigabeat for $60, shipped

Office Depot has the 2GB Toshiba Gigabeat MEU202 with 1.1-inch OLED display and FM tuner for $59.99 with free shipping. Battery life lasts up to 20 hours and can be charged via mini USB cable. The dev

Music industry finds new trophy wife in Amazon.com

The music industry looks to be shifting its eggs, many or all, into the Amazon.com/Justin Timberlake basket. During the Super Bowl four years ago, Pepsi and iTunes teamed up to give away 100 million s

New Zune firmware scrolls more than twice as fast

It’s all here; Chariots of Fire and cheering baby Zunes. What more could you ask for? Not to spoil the suspense for you but the Zune 2.2 firmware annihilates version 1.4, scrolling through 2,700
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