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.
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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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SoundHound has released the "Add To Playlist" feature for anxiously awaiting Android smartphone owners allowing users to add a song they've either ID'd or searched for directly to a Spotify playlist. Previously, Android users had the ability to stream discovered tracks on Spotify, but can now generate playlists within the service, without ever leaving the SoundHound app. The “add to playlist” feature is currently available for Spotify users on iOS as well as Rdio.
SFX Entertainment has spent a considerable amount of time and energy focusing on the Electronic Music sector. Staking claim to hundreds of dance festivals in two years time, SFX hopes to gain the attention of electronic music fans when they relaunch Beatport.com, a 10 year-old digital music store SFX acquired last year. In lieu of selling downloads, the site will operate as a free, ad-supported music streaming service where fans will be able to listen on-demand catalog of primarily electronic music.
You’ve played a great show. Fans are lined up at your merch booth. You’re taking cash, making change, and signing CDs. Then a guy walks up and wants to buy a couple discs and a t-shirt — but he only has a credit card. Are you going to turn him away? No, you’re going to process his credit card transaction right then and there, in the sweet, dank, dark-lit, beer-soaked corner of a basement rock club.
Rdio revealed its Top Global & US Charts of 2014 and announced the return of Rdio Covers 2014 in which this years hit songs are covered by next year's projected hit artists. This year, 24 songs have been covered by rising artists and are available only on Rdio for listeners to enjoy (see below). Rdio users can also review their Your 2014, where their favorite songs of 2014 can be revisited in one pre-curated playlist. In addition to congratulating the top charting artists on their successes, Rdio recognized singer/songwriter Bea Miller as Rdio's Artist to Watch for January 2015. Listen to Rdio's Best of 2014 playlists below.
On Wednesday, Instagram announced it's user base has expanded to over 300 million monthly active users, trumping Twitter's 284 million by a solid 16 million users. Instagram has experienced a significant uptick in growth since Facebook's $1 billion dollar acquisition of the photo sharing platform in April 2012. The chart generated by BI Intelligence (shown below) better illustrates the expansion of Instagram and the differentiation between their growth rate and Twitter's. Twitter is projected to hit 296 million users by the end of Q4, but that still leaves them in the back seat to Instagram's already established 300 million.
Slacker Radio aims to redefine internet radio with their new redesign, opening doors to independent creatives and setting the stage for a transformative music streaming experience. The first steps of this rollout include welcoming well-known personalities such as Tyler Oakley and Nerdists, both of whom will have dedicated Slacker stations. With these changes comes an entirely new modernized look and feel for the Slacker website and iPhone app. (Android and other devices will be forthcoming)
Earlier this morning, Shazam unveiled its Hall of Fame honoring artists who have been Shazamed millions of times. A formal facelift was also revealed this morning in the form of a new and improved Shazam.com and mobile app, where for the first time fans can search for tracks to find the number of times artists and songs have been Shazamed, lyrics, artist info and more. With these updates and a new arena to highlight the success of talented artists, Shazam hopes to become the place music calls home.
After years of fighting the system and losing, online music service Grooveshark is taking a new route - playing by the rules - with the launch of a new Pandora-like digital radio app. Previous Grooveshark apps for both iOS and Android have been released only to be later banned from Apple and Google's app stores after complaints from labels and rightsholders.