Archive for category: music

Rdio Purchases Music Discovery Start-up TastemakerX
/ July 1, 2014 5:01 pm
Rdio Purchases Music Discovery Start-up TastemakerX

VentureBeat reports that Rdio has acquired music discovery service TastemakerX. The start-up TastemakerX debuted as a streaming music service that sought to appeal to the inner music enthusiast within us by getting people to share new music with friends through a gamification model. It later shifted its focus on what individuals were sharing through all music services, including Pandora, Spotify, Rdio, and YouTube. . Read More

Smule’s New Smuush Converts Vine Clips into Crowdsourced Music Videos
/ July 1, 2014 5:01 pm
Smule’s New Smuush Converts Vine Clips into Crowdsourced Music Videos

Hypebot reports that Smule has focused on applications that naturally let everybody participate in making music. With the introduction of Smuush, they are now testing with technology that turns community participation into music videos. Smuush collects Vine videos with the same music-related hashtag, identifies the ones that are made while playing the actual song and then stitches some of those together into a complete music video. . Read More

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Google Acquires Songza
/ July 1, 2014 5:01 pm
Google Acquires Songza

Mashable reports that "Google announced Tuesday that it is acquiring the much-loved music service Songza in a bid to ramp up its Play Music offering. In the coming months, Google will 'explore ways to bring what you love about Songza to Google Play Music.' The search giant also says it will also look at ways to bring Songza's features into YouTube and other Google products. ". Read More

SoundCloud Is Working on a Way to Pay Users
/ June 27, 2014 6:09 pm
SoundCloud Is Working on a Way to Pay Users

DigitalMusicNews reports that SoundCloud has experienced a lot of new changes. Now, SoundCloud has released a new version of their iPhone application that focuses on the user listening experience. This latest update completely removes the ability to upload and record through the application. If you want to upload to SoundCloud on the go, some third party applications still provide the feature. . Read More

Italian Crowdfunding Platform Musicraiser Raises $477,000
/ June 26, 2014 4:29 pm
Italian Crowdfunding Platform Musicraiser Raises $477,000

DigitalMusicNews reports that Musicraiser has raised $477,000 in its recent round of funding from B-Ventures and Key Capital. Musicraiser is an Italian crowdfunding platform for the music industry. It was established 18 months ago. The company has the same features as every other crowdfunding platform, but only music-related projects are acccepted. . Read More

SoundExchange President and CEO Michael Huppe Tells Congress: Fair Pay for All Music Creators, Across All Platforms
/ June 26, 2014 4:29 pm
SoundExchange President and CEO Michael Huppe Tells Congress: Fair Pay for All Music Creators, Across All Platforms

SoundExchange President and CEO Michael Huppe testified today at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill to discuss the current state of U.S. music licensing. Huppe was joined by representatives of A2IM, RIAA, SiriusXM, Pandora, ASCAP, and the National Association of Broadcasters, along with GRAMMY-winning singer-songwriter, Rosanne Cash. Read More

Music Publishers’ Association Becomes a Part of Indie Music YouTube Battle
/ June 25, 2014 6:00 pm
Music Publishers’ Association Becomes a Part of Indie Music YouTube Battle

Hypebot reports that The UK’s Music Publishers’ Association (MPA) has merged with the rising chorus of music industry trade groups that back independent music community's current battle with Google's YouTube over heavy handed negotiations and the deal being offered for their upcoming streaming music service. “If companies such as Google are now acting in the role of cultural gatekeepers, whether by accident or by design, they must bear some responsibility to not act against the interests of the creators upon whose labor large parts of their business are built,” said Sarah Osborn, CEO of (MPA) Music Publishers’ Association. Read More

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