Music

  • Spotify launches an app for artists with real-time streaming data, audience demographics

    Spotify launches an app for artists with real-time streaming data, audience demographics

    In the music streaming era, artists want to know how their music is being discovered, who’s listening, where, how many have streamed their release and what else their fans are into, among other things. Today, Spotify is releasing an app for artists that aims to answer these questions, while also giving artists a way to update their profile and connect with listeners while on the go. Read More

  • Music rights collection startup Kobalt adds another $14M at $789M valuation, Bill Maris joins board

    Music rights collection startup Kobalt adds another $14M at $789M valuation, Bill Maris joins board

    When he was still at Google Ventures, Bill Maris led a round of funding into music royalty collecting startup Kobalt, to make one of the VC arms bigger bets in the world of digital music. Now that he’s moved on to start another firm, he’s taking a step to re-up his interests in the company. Today, Kobalt announced that Maris’ Section 32 has invested $14 million into Kobalt… Read More

  • Germans are doing deep scans of ancient instruments to uncover their secrets

    Germans are doing deep scans of ancient instruments to uncover their secrets

    I don’t know if you’re into baroque music, but I can tell you that Germans sure are. So it’s no surprise that German R&D outfit Fraunhofer has turned its considerable resources towards learning about and conserving every little detail of the instruments for which the likes of Bach and Handel composed their music. Specifically, they’re putting them into an enormous… Read More

  • Microsoft will soon shutter its music store and streaming service, move users to Spotify

    Microsoft will soon shutter its music store and streaming service, move users to Spotify

    You can’t fault Microsoft for trying, but Groove Music, its Spotify competitor, never took off. Today, the company is admitting defeat. Microsoft today announced it will soon shutter both its Groove Music Pass streaming service and the ability to purchase songs and albums in the Windows Store. Read More

  • Spotify’s newest personalized playlist, Your Time Capsule, is a blast from your past

    Spotify’s newest personalized playlist, Your Time Capsule, is a blast from your past

    One of Spotify’s better features – and a competitive advantage for its app in the streaming music market – are its personalized playlists. These compilations have long since expanded beyond Spotify’s Discover Weekly to include other selections, like Release Radar, your bottomless Daily Mix playlists, or the recently added Summer Rewind. Today, Spotify is adding yet… Read More

  • Waze and Spotify integration arrives on iOS

    Waze and Spotify integration arrives on iOS

    Google-owned navigation app Waze announced a partnership earlier this year with music streaming service Spotify to put Spotify playlists right within the Waze app, and now the team-up is extending to iOS. The new integration is rolling out today, and adds a number of direct Spotify features within Waze and vice versa. This allows Waze users to begin navigating to their destination right inside… Read More

  • The Jammy is a steel string guitar that fits in a pocket

    The Jammy is a steel string guitar that fits in a pocket

    As a fan of electronic guitars — as opposed to plain-old electrics — the Jammy seems like a very interesting piece of kit. Designed to be played like a regular guitar, you fret on the top part of the neck and strum the strings on the bottom half. Because it has only five frets you change the octave by pulling the neck out from 0 to the full length of 12 inches. Read More

  • The Lily drone is kind of back

    The Lily drone is kind of back

    Remember the Lily drone? It was the drone a person could launch by throwing it in the air and then it would follow the user gallivanting around Dolores Park. It was also the company that couldn’t live up to its crowdfunding campaign and ultimately shut down last January. It’s now available. Sort of. It’s called the Lily Next-Gen and looks much like the original with a blue… Read More