Board. Music startups: your product is probably just a feature. 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.
As VC and founder of eMusic David Pakman explained in his post about who has the power in media, Spotify will never have leveraging power over the record labels because of the industry’s concentration of supply. That’s why so many startups are working around the streaming and licensing issue, focusing instead on live music, or artist promotion, or building niche tools for the music industry itself. Google. Neneh Cherry + The Thing - Dream Baby Dream (Four Tet remix) by Four Tet. 9 Ways To Ditch Apple's iOS Music App. BeatBlaster app turns your iPad into a jaw-dropping Hi-Fi sound system. Quality music players are far and few between on the iPad—especially ones with an interesting twist.
Enter BeatBlaster for iPad. Brilliant Video Star App Shoots a Music Video for Any Song on Your iPhone. 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. Broadcast Yourself. Arthur Russell - This Is How We Walk on the Moon. Facebook Launches 'Listen With,' Lets You DJ for Friends.
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. Spotify, Rdio, And MOG On Artist Payments: Don't Blame Us. 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. 200+ Labels Withdraw Their Music From Spotify: Are Its Fortunes Unravelling? Google Music Store Screenshots. 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. Google Music is currently little more than Internet-based storage unit for your music, but we've long been hearing that it will expand into a music store akin to the iTunes. How Two Teenagers Broke In To Silicon Valley. YouTube Now Allows Music Partners To Sell Merchandise, Digital Downloads And Event Tickets. 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. YouTube has partnered with a number of companies to launch these stores. Topspin is helping power merchandise sales, concert tickets and experiences; SongKick will help sell tickets for concerts; and iTunes and Amazon will power transactions for music downloads. YouTube says be rolling out the Merch Store to music partners globally over the coming weeks.
955 Dreams Brings Elegance, Disruption To Music Discovery With Band Of The Day. 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. And the app earns the title. I’ve been trying it out for the past couple of weeks and it’s a great way to discover new music. ReverbNation. Dashboard.