Music streamer Rdio has aquired hipster music discovery and curation app, TastemakerX. Rdio will absorb the entire TastemakerX team, including CEO and co-founder, Marc Ruxin, and co-founder Sandro Pugilese. Ruxin will become COO and head Rdio's corporate marketing, ad sales, brand partnerships and business development.
Smule has focused on apps that typically allow everyone to participate in making music. With the launch of Smuush, they are now experimenting with tech that turns community participation into music videos. Smuush gathers 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. Currently it's in demo mode but they will be opening things up and sync licensing is part of their planning from the beginning.
We seem to be moving into a phase where even big companies that work with musicians are recognizing that monetization is important and that musicians want to get paid. BitTorrent developed its bundles to help musicians market but they've also been experimenting with monetization all along. They now think that pay gates will work and that seems likelyl. YouTube's also talking creator monetization even as they battle to limit indie music monetization. But with all the talk of fan funding, misunderstood as crowdfunding, they're basically just giving creators a personalized tip jar from which they'll take a cut.
Panelists, start your engines. The SXSW PanelPicker goes live tomorrow July 1 thru 25. Start brainstorming topics and contacting colleagues that might be interested in joining. Last year, 60% of music session came through PanelPicker. Details here.
Over the last month Apple has been removing most of the most popular music downloading apps from its App Store. Included are apps that linked to third-party file sharing sites. A search on iTunes for "music download" in the App Store now displays a message encouraging users to try out iTunes Radio.
Comedian and YouTube star Brett Domino offers a satirical but sadly accurate lesson how to write a hit pop song. His tips include always keeping it sexy, and when writing lyrics to use the Internet for help. Domino then follows his own formula to create "You Look Sexy When You Do That." Watch the video lesson and song:
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Remember the good ol’ days when a party DJ had to carry a few large boxes of equipment and some more huge boxes of vinyls every time they had a gig? If you happen to be a DJ then, you know what all that mean – lots of hard work and packing before and after the party. Modern DJs don’t have to worry about that – sure, there’s still the equipment, but the music collection fits easily on a bunch of CDs, external hard drives or even memory cards; but what if there was an easier way? What if you could just take one single device that you use every day, like your iPhone, and have everything you need right there? Here are the best apps to install on your iPhone in order to transform it into a DJ booth.
To be a successful part of today's music industry you're going to have to break the mold. That's exactly what Jack Conte did when he launched Pomplamoose and Patreon. He knew what he was good at, new what wanted and knew what he needed and put together the right team to help him get there. Now, after a lot of hard work, this successful musician and CEO is on the other side of the interview tabel with some of the best advice he's both given and received along the way.
Getty Images has expanded its music licensing platform to provide single fee access to 45,000 pre-licensed tracks through its SoundExpress collection. Creators licensing tracks from this special collection do not pay additional fees for synchronization, performance or mechanical royalties, and are free to use the music across any project at no additional cost.
Filter magazine will shout down later this summer after an apparently amicable split by the two founders. Alan Miller will take the Culture Collide festival and staff, expanding the fest and building a music, art and cultural media platform based on the brand. Alan Sartirana will take most of Filter’s team to launch a new online music and culture publication dubbed Anthemic.
BET Awards '14 took place in LA yesterday. Chris Rock dubbed it the "Black World Cup" but instead of soccer we're talking music and movies. However the BET Awards are much more about music than movies. Live performers included Pharrell Williams, Usher, Lil Wayne, T.I., Jenniver Hudson, Jhene Aiko, John Legend, Nicki Minaj, August Alsina, Trey Songz and Chris Brown. But to remind us of who's really King and Queen, the night's closing performance by Beyoncé and Jay Z was taped.
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When I initially heard of Glasgow's interest in developing something similar to SXSW I immediately took it as one of those copycat "next SXSW" efforts that are generally as laughable as those "next Silicon Valley" campaigns. I don't think anybody's going to be the next SXSW or Silicon Valley due to their unique histories though I do believe either can be challenged for leadership if one feels like commiting extreme amounts of time and resources to that end. That said, in the case of Glasgow they're talking more about creating something similar to SXSW and as long as they don't simply copy it they could actually do such a thing.
The web has offered us a way to connect with people around the world fairly easily as long as they speak the same language. But since music can cross language barriers, finding a way to reach those who speak other languages may be well worth your time to see if foreign markets respond. Fliplingo offers one solution for reaching out with translated tweets. It's an interesting service combining outsourced human translation and machine translation organized for Twitter-specific use that could help you reach and even socialize with new fans.
SoundCloud's new iOS app is getting lots of coverage. Many are excited by the design and it is an awesome looking app that encourages checking out new music. Unfortunately in their quest to strip down and start over much of the functionality has been stripped out as well. Musicians getting angry over in SoundCloud's comments are told to "hang tight" cause various features will return one day soon. But if SoundCloud is a key part of your daily work in music and you're as mobile as the media says you are then you just got screwed for awhile.
Solveig Whittle interviewed Molly Lewis who blew up on YouTube with her ukelele covers. Now she's writing her own music, working fulltime as a musician and looking for YouTube alternatives. One of the ways she's generated revenue is from supporters through Patreon. Lewis shares the story of going viral, building her career and succeeding on Patreon.
Licensing your music for use with television shows, movies, advertisements and video games, is arguably the best way to market your music in today’s music industry. It’s also one of the few ways artists are still making an income from their music. Look at bands like American Authors, Imagine Dragons and Santigold – their placements in advertisements took them from being indie artists to becoming superstars practically overnight, and it’s safe to say that the companies that used their music paid them a pretty penny for it.
At last week’s American Association of Independent Music’s Libera Awards, Bruce Iglauer, the founder of Alligator Records, was awarded its A2IM Lifetime Achievement Award. His acceptance speech provides a look inside the mind of a man who helped give an entire genre of music - the blues - its due; while operating a thriving independent music company for three decades.
Yesterday at Vidcon, the annual gathering of video creators, YouTube Director of Product Management for Creators Matthew Glotzbach and VP of Engineering for Creators Oliver Heckmann revealed a slew of improvements and new features designed to enhance the YouTube creator experience and grow viewership.
YouTube’s contract with Indie’s has been leaked via Digital Music News. As the world’s largest video streaming service gears up to launch their new subscription based music service, indie labels and publishers are angered by the unfair terms presented in their contract. Under YouTube’s new service, only 65.5% of revenue will go to the labels and publishers. This rate is lower than the roughly 70% revenue of competing services Spotify, Rdio, and Beats Music. In addition, YouTube will only pay royalties on ad supported content; they will not pay per each play like competitors Spotify and Beats Music.
Organizers for Big Day Out festival, one of Australia's premier fets, has announced that the 2015 edition has been canceled. C3 Presents, the U.S.-based promoter who oversees the event says that the festival will return after taking a year off to restructure.
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Spotify, currently in 58 countries, will launch in Canada this October. Beats Music is schedule to launch in Canada in January of 2015, says FYI Music. Efforts by many digital music services to add Canada to their country list have been stalled by the demands of music publishers, according to reports.
Yesterday Viggle, an entertainment marketing and rewards platform, announced the acquisition of Choose Digital, a digital content platform for loyalty and membership programs. Though neither company focuses exclusively on music, Choose Digital has been powering the Viggle Store featuring music and that relationship ultimately led to the acquisition. Together they will continue to reward listeners with music downloads in a corner of the music industry one rarely hears much about.