Zedge Acquirehires Freeform, Will Launch Marketplace for Artists to Monetize Their Work

zedge logZedge, a smartphone personalization platform, announced plans to roll out a marketplace for artists to monetize their creations later this year. To accelerate development, Zedge has acquired IP assets from Freeform and retained co-founders Tim Quirk and Bryan Calhoun. Quirk will become SVP of Marketplace at Zedge.

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Spotify Adds iOS Integration with Google's Waze App

WazeSpotify has added integration with the iOS version of popular Google owned navigation and crowdsourced traffic app Waze.  Waze users can begin navigation from inside the Spotify app.  The integration also allows access to Spotify playlists from the Waze app. Users can skip tracks, play, pause and more. Spotify launched integration with Waze's Android app in March.

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Ahead Of Today's iPhone 8 Announcement, Apple Music Finally Gains Traction With iOS Users

appleWe'll be covering today's iPhone 8 announcement live on Twitter, in part because there are several interesting music related announcement rumors that we're hearing about Apple Music and iTunes.  Whatever is revealed, it's clear that Apple's music streamer is finally gaining traction with its core audience.

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Is Spotify Ending Support For Apple's Safari Browser A Tech Glitch Or A Bitch Slap?

image from www.apple.comSpotify users who listen on their Mac or elsewhere using Apple's Safari browser need to find another option. Spotify is no longer supporting the browser, politely suggesting that users switch to Firefox, Opera or Chrome web browsers.

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Live Music Streamer LiveXLive Acquires Social Video App SNAP Interactive For $34 Million

LiveXLive_Logo_(new)Premium live music video streaming network LiveXLive Media has entered into a merger agreement to acquire SNAP Interactive, a provider of live video social networking and interactive dating applications.

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YouTube Red Gives Offline Listening An Upgrade

Mini-nes-classic-consoleA new YouTube Red feature gives users greater control of the content they wish to access on the platform, including allowing them to save video and more for offline access, which is good news for both consumers as well as artists and labels.

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Crowdcasting App Helps Fill Your Gigs, But Not With Fans. Is This A New Kind Of Pay To Play?

1Given that attendance is so often a concern for artists, it should come as no surprise that a new app has been developed which provides a 'crowd for hire' and although such tactics will help fill a room, it's a pricey way to go, and those in attendance won't be fans. Is this just a new form of pay to play?

 

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Free and Simple Invoice Generator For Bands, Musicians

0001For artists, the administrative component of their work can often be a frustrating and time consuming bother. This aspect of the job is nonetheless important however. Here we look at an invoice generating app designed to assist artists with the more white collar portion of their work.

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10 Minute Silent Song Is A Hit On iTunes Because It Solves A Very Annoying Problem

shhhhA 10 minute silent song is in the Top 30 on iTunes. Not just a gimmick, the 99 cent track solves a very common annoyance that anyone that has ever used Apple's iTunes in their car has experienced every time they plug in to hear music.

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Spinfire Brings Pay To Play To The DJ Booth

moneyPay to play - venues charging musicians for the "privilege" of performing live or radio stations charging for on air plays - has long been shunned by most in the new music industry.  But thanks to the new app Spinfire, pay to play has found its way into the DJ booth.

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Instagram Adds "Go LIVE With A Friend" And It's Perfect For Direct Artist To Fan Engagement

image from www.4androidapk.netInstagram has added the ability to add a guest to a live stream; and it provides the perfect free platform for direct artist to fan engagement. "Go LIVE With A Friend" launches today for some and will rollout globally to all Instagram users in the coming months.

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THE PITCH - RecordGram: Discover Beats, Connect With Producers, Make Music!

The pitchToday, music creator app RecordGram makes THE PITCH. As with other startups in this ongoing series, we've given them 100 words to convince you of their worthiness. And while I don't always comment, RecordGram goes solidly on my "app to watch" list.

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Bandsintown Upgrades App To Strengthen Artist To Fan Connections

BandsInTownBandsintown has released a major app update designed to enhance concert discovery and artist to fan interactions. Bandsintown has become an essential tool for concert discovery and marketing with more than 65% of touring artists and 80% of Billboard Top 100 artists using the app to connect with fans, according to company estimates.

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Amazon Is Now 3rd Largest Music Subscription Service [Mark Mulligan]

(1)Although it has often been overshadowed in the competitive world of music streaming, Amazon seems to be stepping into the light, with recent data showing Amazon music to be the second most widely used streaming app, and is the third largest subscription service globally.

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Warner Music Group Acquires Songkick Concert Discovery App

Songkick squareWarner Music Group has acquired "selected assets" from Songkick, the popular live music discovery platform. The surprise deal, which appears motivated by the startups protracted legal battle with Ticketmaster, includes Songkick's concert discovery app and web site, but not its ticketing business.

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Feds Charge Fyre Festival Organizer With Fraud

Fyre FestivalBilly McFarland, the music tech entrepreneur behind the failed Fyre Festival, was arrested at his home on Friday and charged with one count of wire fraud. According to the New York Times, federal prosecutors allege that McFarland participated in a scheme to defraud investors by by misrepresenting his own stake in his company, Fyre Media.

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4 Essential Tips To Optimize Videos For Mobile Screens

1As the future of video continues its move into our pockets, all artists and musicians should keep in mind how their videos will play on a mobile platform. Here we look at four different tips for optimizing your video to make sure it will hold up to a phone or tablet.

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What Music Industry, Fans Can Expect Today From Apple's WWDC 2017?

wwdc 2017The 2017 edition of Apple's World Wide Developer Conference [WWDC] begins today at 10AM PT/1PM ET.  It's a time when Apple makes big announcements and offers advance looks at major upgrades and new products. We'll be live tweeting today via @hypebot with an emphasis on music related announcements. Here's what the music industry and fans can expect:

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Everfest Festival Experiences Platform Raises $3.6M From Live Nation, ATX

everfest logoEverfest, a global festival search engine and calendar, has raised $3.6 million in a funding round co-led by Live Nation Entertainment and ATX Seed Ventures. Benchmark Capital’s Bob Kagle also returned as an investor.   

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Everfest Festival Experiences Platform Raises $3.6M From Live Nation, ATX

everfest logoEverfest, a global festival search engine and calendar, has raised $3.6 million in a funding round co-led by Live Nation Entertainment and ATX Seed Ventures. Benchmark Capital’s Bob Kagle also returned as an investor.   

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