This morning, urRadio launched an impressive set of creative, music discovery, and social tools empowering anyone to create, discover, and share live streaming music and talk radio stations.
This time last year, Founder Drew Meeks and his team started Riff Digital as a passion project at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. He and developers Dennis Lysenko, Andriy Katkov, and Lukas Lozovski have successfully built a mobile app turned music discovery tool that has the capacity to compete with the likes of Snapchat.
Rdio has struck an exclusive deal with AXS, an AEG joint venture, that allows concert goers to listen to their favorite songs anytime, anywhere on any streaming capable device. AXS.com ticket buyers will immediately receive a trial subscription to Rdio Unlimited, giving them on-demand access to Rdio's catalog of over 32 million songs, curated stations and customizable programming, connecting fans to the music their favorite artists are bringing to and beyond the stage.
[UPDATED] SoundHound, Inc., a leading innovator in Sound Recognition and Search Technology, watched more than just the GRAMMYs last night - they watched their users interact and react to the award show. Unlike Shazam, SoundHound has a portfolio of technology that recognizes natural language and allows for the searching and identification of music through live performances. Taking a look at user data throughout the evening, SoundHound has compiled a list of the most SoundHound'ed moments of the GRAMMYs 2015.
Last year, more than 1.25 million people visited Do512 seeking SXSW information and this year, those numbers are only expected to increase. Do512 reaches more party goers during SXSW than any other media outlet - as they become the destination hub for all things party central at SXSW, be sure to contact the team at Do512 to get your event information listed on the 2015 Site.
Guest Post by Bobby Owsinski on Music 3.0 Blog
Once again research shows that Facebook's popularity among teens continues to wane, as a new report from Frank N. Magid Associates found that the number of teens that use the social network is down 6% from last year.
Believe Digital's sister digital distribution platform Zimbalam, a service for unsigned artists worldwide, has hit 100,000 users. Alongside the company's milestone, a new Zimbalam UK website has been revealed. Launched in 2009, Zimbalam serves a route to market for unsigned, self-produced artists across the globe using the technology powering Believe Digital, allowing any artist to release an album or a single via the easily accessible online platform.
Guest Post by David Touve on Rockonomic
Spotify recently announced another solid uptick in subscriber numbers, growing from 12.5 million subscribers back in November of 2014 to 15 million as of January, 2015. In response, folks like Mark Mulligan, Jon Maples, and others have continued pondering the impact of price (e.g., $0.99/month promotions, Family plans, etc.) upon demand for music service. I thought I would startup the Somewhat Wayback Machine and try to add further to this conversation about music service pricing using some data and analysis from a few years back…
[UPDATED] Concert discovery and marketing app Bandsintown today introduced a free analytics tool that taps into its user base of 15 million concert goers. Bandsintown Manager allows musicians and their team to know where their largest concentrations of fans that go to shows are located, so that they can better plan tours and chose the right size venues. Having spent most of my career as a booking agent, Bandsintown Manager offers the first glimpse at the holy grail of touring: playing only where the fans are and avoiding wasted nights of half-empty venues.
Snapchat has launched a new media platform "Discover" featuring bite-size servings of the latest news and newest content from strategic media partners such as Vice, Spotify, The Daily Mail, Comedy Central, Warner Music Group, Cosmopolitan, People, Yahoo!, and National Geographic served all-you-can-eat buffet style within the app. Offering expertly curated creative content targeted at individual users, Snapchat has created a platform that could unlock access to the attention of millions of millennials big media outlets have otherwise only been moderately successful in capturing.
Music streaming service Rdio today announced expansion into 24 new countries and territories. As part of its expansion across the Caribbean, Central America and Asia Pacific, Rdio is exclusively partnering with Digicel, a mobile carrier with a customer base of 14 million. Today's additions mean that Rdio is available in a total of 85 markets.
Spotify has followed the lead of hot apps like Snapchat adding swiping gestures. An upgraded iOS app adds Touch Preview which allows users to preview a song from a playlist, album or artist with the touch of a finger. Drag your finger across the screen to sample songs, and once done you’ll be taken back to where you left off. Touch Preview also makes building playlists easier: when previewing a track swipe left saves it to Your Music or right to play next.
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After open criticism for the company's slow development, Twitter aims to put itself back on the map with the acquisition of ZipDial - a service provided through mobile devices to different regions around the world without ready access to data networks. In October, Twitter shared that 80% of their 284 million users were accessing the platform from mobile devices, they hope to capitolize on that trend when the projected billions of users come online for the first time over the next few years.
Google and YouTube have been plotting ways to encourage people to pay for streaming music. YouTube Music Key, currently in beta, charges $7.99 and up for a premium overlay to YouTube. Now a feature rich Chrome extension, Streamus, does most of that for free. Developed by an independent third party developer, Streamus has been in beta for almost three years; and the care spent building the app shows.
The need for quality promotional video isn't going away - in fact, it's importance is rapidly increasing. With YouTube's continued growth and relevance in music discovery and the moves that other social media platforms are making to optimize the role video plays in their users' experience, having professional footage that engages your audience and stays true to your brand is more critical than ever before.
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