Music

Pandora made $80M in U.S. app store revenue in Q3, booting Netflix from the top grossing spot

In the face of fierce competition from Spotify and Apple Music, Pandora has been growing its in-app subscription revenues, according to new data from Sensor Tower. The streaming music service earned t

The Loog Pro allows children to shred their faces off and/or shout the devil

Children who are about to rock, we salute you. The Loog Pro is a guitar made just for kids and features three strings that can be tuned in various open tunings for easy playing. The original Loog guit

Crunch Report | Hey Dillon Francis, iPhone X Is Now Available For Pre-Order

Today we're hanging out with EDM artist Dillon Francis, Apple opens for iPhone X pre-orders and releases a sleeve for MacBooks, Walmart starts using robots in stores and Russia condemns Twitter for ba

SoundShare’s new app lets you create playlists with friends, stream them to Apple TV

SoundShare, an app that lets you text your friends entire songs, was already one of the more clever iOS applications available. Recently, the app rolled out an update that introduces a redesign and wh

Music startup Roli adds Pharrell Williams as new investor and chief creative officer

When it comes to music and technology, the bulk of attention has been focused on companies building digitised services to help deliver music to the masses, such as Spotify and Soundcloud. But an equal

Parrot releases drones for firefighters and farmers

Parrot is continuing its push into the commercial drone space with two new drones. The Bebop-Pro Thermo and Bluegrass are aimed at specific targets namely firefighters and farmers. Both join Parrot&#8

Spotify launches RISE, a new emerging artist program

Spotify already has a reputation of being a hitmaker for new artists and other up-and-comers, but now the company is turning its prowess into a product. Today, Spotify announced the launch of RISE, a

The Populele makes it fun/easy to learn the “devil’s guitar”

As a staunch believer in non-existent superstitions I feel that the ukulele is a very dangerous, sensual instrument that could lead to the ruination of our young people and rend the very fabric of soc

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

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&

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 ab

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 M

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

Music and Muzak

We are facing a firehose. Data spews at us from all angles, inundating us with ideas, culture, and creativity. We produce terabytes of information a year, changing the world as we know it. We are the

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

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 th

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’

You can now play your music across multiple Echo devices

Amazon this morning announced a new feature for its Echo devices called “multi-room music,” which allows owners with more than one Echo to control where their music is played, or even sync

New drone perches on walls like a robotic bird

The Multimodal Autonomous Drone (S-MAD) is a fixed-wing drone that has a few bird-like tricks up its sleeve. You can, for example, fly it like a glider through a room or open space, but when it approa

Younger consumers use two or more apps for streaming music, mobile messaging, says Nielsen

Millennials' reputation for a lack of brand loyalty extends to digital services, according to a new report out from Nielsen this morning. The measurement firm's latest study looks into how the generat
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