• iLike Also Had Offers From Facebook and Amazon

    There’s lots of speculation out there on the yet-to-be-closed MySpace acquisition of iLike that we first reported on Monday. Much of that speculation is factually incorrect, we’ve confirmed from a source close the the deal. iLike, which has been profitable for over a year, had multiple offers to be acquired. Our source says that, in addition to MySpace’s offer, both Facebook… Read More

  • iLike Deal Puts Facebook In Lose/Lose Situation

    As more details emerge about the MySpace-iLike acquisition, all sorts of interesting observations and questions pop up. A few thoughts: The Facebook Angle This is by far the most interesting angle to the deal. iLike is the most popular music application on Facebook, and is the de facto Facebook Music app. That company will shortly be owned by MySpace, Facebook’s primary competitor. That… Read More

  • Breaking: MySpace Close To Acquiring iLike For $20 Million

    MySpace is close to acquiring popular social music service iLike, we’ve confirmed with multiple sources. The deal, which should close this week, will be MySpace’s first acquisition since new CEO Owen Van Natta took control of the company in April 2009. The price is “around $20 million.” iLike, which launched in late 2006, is a social music recommendation service that… Read More

  • iLike Just Launched Its Own Music Download Store

    Popular music recommendation service iLike launched a music download service this afternoon, offering users MP3 downloads for $0.89 to $1.29 per song. Previously the service only offered users the ability to sample 30 second clips of songs, or restricted full streaming via a partnership with Rhapsody (now phased out). iLike says the first song purchased today was Get Away, Jordan by Ernie… Read More

  • iLike's Pushtastic iPhone App Lets You Know When Your Favorite Bands Are Coming To Town

    iLike is launching a new iPhone application today that takes advantage of the iPhone 3.0 update’s new features in some of the best ways that we’ve seen yet. Dubbed “Local Concerts”, the application lets you follow any artist you’d like and receive alerts whenever they announce that they’re coming to a local venue. For anyone who has ever tried to keep tabs… Read More

  • iLike Negotiating A Reorganization; TicketMaster May Be Flushed Out

    We’ve confirmed from multiple sources that San Francisco/Seattle based music service iLike, which has been profitable since 2008, is raising new capital in an unusual transaction designed to push out Ticketmaster, an investor since 2006. The company has raised a total of $16.5 million from the founders, Scott Banister, Bob Pittman, Vinod Khosla and Ticketmaster to date. But their last… Read More

  • iLike Launches Custom iPhone Apps, Syndication Platform To Help Artists Connect With Fans

    iLike, the popular music discovery site with a huge presence on social networks, is launching a set of new syndication services for musicians. Beginning tonight, iLike now offers extensive integration with Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, and YouTube, allowing artists to distribute content to each of their online presences from a single control panel. In addition to these, the company is also… Read More

  • Help Me Build A TechCrunch House Party Playlist With iLike And Google Friend Connect

    Today, iLike released a social playlist app that lets you create a music playlsit and embed it on any Website. Then through Friend Connect, anyone can sign in and change or add to the playlist. I’ve embedded one below seeded with five songs that I’ve called TechCrunch House Party. Go ahead and add to it, but only good songs, please. Or create your own. Read More

  • How Warner Music Killed Facebook Music

    Facebook’s ongoing effort to launch a free streaming music service is stalled, according to multiple sources familiar with the situation. The company was close to a deal that would bring free streaming music from three of the four big labels (Universal, Sony, EMI) through the Total Music joint venture. But the deal stalled when the lone holdout, Warner Music, refused to… Read More

  • MOG Has Created The Ultimate Streaming Music App; Too Bad It May Never Launch

    MOG demo’d the next version of their popular music service to me today, and I was impressed. It combines a best of breed interface with free on demand streaming and a Pandora-like music recommendation engine. The trouble is, it may never launch because only two of the four major music labels are supporting it so far. MOG has a history of doing cool new things around music. The service… Read More

  • eMusic Tries Out A New Recommendation Engine; Redesigns Homepage

    Indie music download subscription service eMusic is getting an overhaul. Individual artist an dalbum pages already have more of an AJaxy feel and incorporate YouTube videos and Flickr photos. On Friday, its homepage switched over to a new design centered around a new recommendation engine powered by MediaUnbound. Now, when you sign in as a member, you are presented with a grid of… Read More

  • TuneCore Takes $7 Million To Help Artists With Digital Sales

    Despite our bumpy history with TuneCore, we’re big fans of their business model: they help artists get digital distribution of their music on iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, napster, eMusic and other online music sites without the trouble of going through a distributor. A recent deal with iLike expands their footprint further. Basically, TuneCore is the place to go if you are unsigned but… Read More

  • iLike Teams With TuneCore To Help Artists Sell Their Music

    Popular music service iLike has teamed with TuneCore, a music distribution platform, to help artists promote and sell their music as easily as possible. TuneCore (whose CEO thankfully seems to have stopped handling the site’s PR) actually has an intriguing business model. For a flat fee, TuneCore will help artists distribute their digital music to a collection of music stores that… Read More

  • iLike Music Platform Launches: Music Streaming Anywhere

    Seattle based iLike just expanded their recent streaming music deal with Rhapsody to allow any website or web application to add streaming music to their sites. Integration is dead simple (I’ve done it below). A long list of partners launches with them, including Google, Evite, TypePad, SGN, Flixster, Watercooler, Connected Weddings, Slide and Mesmo TV. The big hook here is that… Read More

  • Facebook v. MySpace In The U.S. Market: The Music Factor

    Facebook is now the largest social network in the world. But they continue to trail MySpace by a massive 36 million users in the U.S., and at current growth rates it will take them 18 years to overtake them. Most of Facebook’s growth is international, where they’ve executed on a brilliant strategy for quickly rolling out localized versions of sites by getting their users to do… Read More

  • Liveblogging the Facebook Developer Conference

    The TechCrunch team is on site at the Facebook Developer conference, and we’ll be live blogging the news. Mark Zuckerberg’s Keynote starts at 1:30 pm PST. Facebook’s press release is here. Live Coverage In a press briefing after the keynote, Zuckerberg stated “I wish I knew” when asked when the anticipated payments system would launch. He also hinted that Facebook… Read More

  • It's Facebook Day! Say Hello To The Three Tier App System

    Update: Our live notes from Mark Zuckerberg’s Keynote are here. Today is definitely Facebook day as they hold their second annual F8 developers conference in San Francisco. Last year they released their developer platform, which led competitors to hurriedly release their own competing offerings. What’s in store for tomorrow? We’ve made our predictions, and CEO Mark… Read More

  • iLike Launches Full Song Playback and Ad Platform

    iLike, the music service with a massive following on Facebook and increasing popularity elsewhere, has introduced full-song playback on its flagship site, Through its partnership with music subscription service Rhapsody, the site will be offering over 5 million songs from all of the major labels and a variety of indie artists, too. In conjunction with the launch of full song… Read More

  • Record Labels Strategically Invest $2.8M in MOG

    MOG has announced that it received a $2.8M strategic investment from Universal Music Group and The Angels’ Forum. We’ve also heard that Sony BMG was also part of the round, which means two major record labels have come together to invest in the same online music venture. Music afficianados can use MOG to blog about their favorite artists and tracks. It also provides software… Read More

  • Forget the Movie, Go To A Concert

    As music CD sales plummet and the long term price of recorded music trends towards free, live music will evolve from being a way to market new album releases to quite possibly the primary income stream for most artists – even the big ones. That’s why services like iLike, which determine your favorite music based on your iTunes listening habits and then tell you about upcoming… Read More