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. 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. 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. The new feature, as Facebook's introductory blog post puts it, makes it so "when your favorite vocal part comes in you can experience it together, just like when you're jamming out at a performance or dance club. " Spotify, Rdio, And MOG On Artist Payments: Don't Blame Us. 200+ Labels Withdraw Their Music From Spotify: Are Its Fortunes Unravelling? 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.
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. 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. ReverbNation. Dashboard.