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By Erin Griffith On December 10, 2012 If startups have a one in 10 chance of surviving, music startups’ odds must be one in 10,000. The industry’s most famous success story, Napster, is also its most famous failure. And aside from Last.fm, which sold to CBS in 2007 for $280 million, few have successfully exited since. It’s a prickly, difficult industry that’s as attractive as it is impossible. Peter Kafka noted as much last week when he questioned the logic of anyone launching a music startup in 2012, citing the incredibly high burn rate it takes to get to any sort of scale.
<img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-141046" title="BeatBlaster (teaser 001)" src="http://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/beatblaster-teaser-001.jpg?w=704" alt="" /> Quality music players are far and few between on the iPad—especially ones with an interesting twist.
Here is one for the “How on Earth did nobody think of this before?” files. The Video Star app for iOS facilitates the creation of homespun music videos to go along with any song on your device. To use it, you simply choose a song from your music library and start shooting. You can act along with the song, lip sync, dance, shoot video of your dog or whatever.
Facebook wants you to listen to music with friends — even if you're not in the same room. The social network announced a new feature Thursday called "Listen With" that gives users a chatroom in which to share songs. They get to DJ the tunes they are streaming via services such as Spotify and Rdio . Real-time sharing from such services was introduced with Open Graph in September. Users can already see in that chat sidebar what friends are listening to, and click on those songs to play them, but they don't have the option to listen together in a unified virtual environment.
In the beginning, music industry watchers hailed subscription streaming services such as Spotify , MOG, Rdio, and Rhapsody as saviors of the industry, an alternative for listeners and labels to the tyranny of the 99-cent iTunes download. But artists weren't singing the same happy song. There was the cautionary (and inaccurate) tale of Lady Gaga earning a mere $167 from a million streams of her hit single "Poker Face." Then came scores of complaints and horror stories related to shockingly minuscule streaming artist payouts, as low as $0.004 per play . Last week, Wired reported that more than 200 labels had withdrawn from Spotify over "poor revenues." Without question, Spotify and the others have given labels a scapegoat.
<img class="aligncenter" src="http://cdni.wired.co.uk/620x413/s_v/tape.png" alt="" width="620" height="413" /> Following a study that claims that streaming music is damaging to record sales, a distributor representing more than 200 labels has withdrawn its entire catalogue from Spotify, Napster, Simfy and Rdio. Disquiet from musicians and labels over the royalties paid out by Spotify has plagued the music service almost since it first launched The study, which was conducted by NPD Group and NARM, came out with results suggesting that subscription services — where you pay a flat fee each month to access a giant jukebox in the sky, rather than owning individual tracks — is discouraging other forms of music purchasing. You can find the further details of that study over at Digital Music News .
These could be screenshots of the long-awaited Google Music Store, reports The Verge . If genuine, these images offer a bit of what to expect in terms of appearance and functionality when the Music Store launches. Pricing per song will vary -- in the screens we can see both $0.99 and $1.29 price tags. The cost of a full album will vary on popularity. And we like the sound of a "Free Song of the Day" feature.
We already know that YouTube is seeing 3 billion videos viewed per day day, but now the online video giant is now seeing a whopping 800 million people per month visiting the site, Google revealed in its third-quarter earnings report last week. And today, YouTube is also announcing the ability to sell merchandise, tickets and more via the site. Through a feature called the Merch Store, YouTube partners will be able to sell artist merchandise, digital downloads, concert tickets and other experiences to fans and visitors.
955 Dreams is on a roll. They’ve released five iOS apps so far, and all five have been featured by Apple as an “App of the Week”. Band of the Day is the latest one, earning the distinction this week.