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Direct to fan platform Moontoast has raised $1.5 million as part of a recently launched $6 million equity capital round, according Venture Nashville. Earlier this week, the Boston and Nashville based company named Errol Apostolopoulos as VP Products. Prior to joining Moontoast, Apostolopoulos had been Head of Innovation at e-commerce solutions provider Optaros.
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By Eliot Van Buskirk of Evolver.fm
On the heels of its purchase of Napster, Rhapsody announced on Thursday that it now has one million subscribers in the United States, which it says makes it the most popular premium (i.e. paid) unlimited music service in the country. [Photo: Rhapsody CEO Jon Irwin made good on a pledge to his employees to shave his head when the service hit 1 million U.S. users.]
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Facebook has kicked off a new Web page explaining how and why the social network depends on advertising. (CNet) and a new feature suggests events you may want to go to. (TechCrunch)
- Direct to fan platform Nimbit just added an optional tip jar to their free storefronts for Facebook and websites with some impressive initial results. 21% of all orders included a tip averaging $5. “We’ve found that even though some fans aren’t buying as much music, they still want to support artists,” according to company president Phil Antoniades.
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Bander is an iOS app for both iPad and iPhone that gamifies music discovery while connecting indie artists and music listeners. Artists are offered free profiles and opportunities to sell their music via iTunes. Listeners get free streaming and free promotional tracks. Deciding whether or not the platform is worth the exchange is now a regular decision for artists and their teams in the discovery economy. VIDEO:
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Sound City is a social network embedded within a Facebook app that allows players to create night clubs within the game with audio playlists drawn from Music Dealers' pool of indie music available for licensing. It's an interesting use of a fluctuating catalog and potentially a place for marketing one's music if players become regular participants. Currently in public beta, Sound City is worth putting on your watch list.
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A new comScore study confirms what most of us had suspected (feared?): social media is all about Facebook and virtually nothing else. Facebook now accounts for 95% of all time spent on social networks in the U.S. according to the findings. This chart show how Facebook compares to other social networks as well as how it has grown in the last 2 years.
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Yesterday, we featured a post where SoundCloud shared some of the Best Campaigns of 2011. Many artists are using SoundCloud to promote their music. Grammy nominated electronic dance producer, Skrillex, has a great presence on SoundCloud. On Music Think Tank, Konnie Mack shares 5 tips to promote music on the site. Do you use SoundCloud?
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The newest listing of top global markets for piracy and counterfeiting from the United States Trade Representatives contains a few surprises. Most notably China's Baidu is no longer listed after new deals to create a paid music service seemt to be moving forward. The World's Top Piracy Sites:
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The Federal Trade Commission is taking the lead in reviewing the sale of Citigroup-owned record label EMI to Universal. (NY Post) No word yet on what is sure to be the bigger fight in Europe.
- Producers Call Live Nation a Defamatory Bully. - A New Jersey production company claims Live Nation Entertainment defamed them as "thieves" and "broke" and tortiously interfered with their contract with the New Jersey State Fair, through "threats and false statements." (CHN)
- All Eyes on Viacom/YouTube Case After Court Rules For Veoh. (paidContent)
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(UPDATED) Breaking a 10 year silence with a Torrentfreak op-ed, controversial Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom took on his many critics along with Universal Music for yanking his promo video from YouTube ("They decided to stop us at all costs... They have nothing and they don't even care."). But buried in his lengthy diatribe were also specifics of two previously unheard of services that Magaupload is launching that will compete with Topspin, Bandcamp and others in the direct-to-fan music space.
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Though math is usually used to tell you if a song was a hit based on sales, scientists from the University of Bristol believe they have "The Hit Equation." A group focused on artificial intelligence developed machine learning algorithms that mined the characteristics of top hits to develop a formula for key musical features that determine whether a song will be a hit.
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Marketing guru, Seth Godin, popularized the concept of permission marketing versus interruption marketing. Permission marketing is where marketers ask for permission before going onto other parts of the purchasing process while interruption marketing is more of an advertising blitz. On Music Think Tank, Simon Tam considers interruption marketing as self-entitled marketing where people feel they deserve access and other privileges.
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45Sound is one of the more unique participants in January's midemlab music tech events. 45Sound addresses the opportunity for matching high quality audio recordings of live events with fan-made videos. Currently featuring events 45Sound has recorded, the service will have to open up the audio submission process in order to scale.
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It has been a year of impressive growth for SoundCloud, and while their range of audio sources served expanded exponentially, music is still its heart and soul. In this guest post, Business Development Manager David Adams shares some of the best Soundcloud powered audio campaigns of 2011.
‘Tis the season where everyone enjoys putting together their various ‘Best of 2011’ lists. At SoundCloud, we love to hear about artists using SoundCloud in interesting and novel ways to power their campaigns and engage their fans. Here are some of the impressive examples we’ve heard about this year:
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For week ending 12/19
1. "Sexy and I Know It," LMFAO
2. "We Found Love (feat. Calvin Harris)," Rihanna
3. "Good Feeling," Flo Rida
4. "It Will Rain," Bruno Mars
5. "Ni***as in Paris," Kanye West, JAY Z
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There are always new listings in Hypebot's Music Industry Job Board located in our center column. It is a regularly updated listing of music and music tech related job availabilities drawn from across the web. This week's featured job listing comes from Tunesat seeking a VP of Business Development. Details:
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Chinese Internet Giant Baidu Removed From U.S. ‘Notorious Markets’ Piracy List After Music Pact. (Bloomberg)
- Ninth Circuit Puts Lump of Coal in UMG's Stocking, Affirms DMCA Safe Harbors for Video service Veoh (EFF) Of course, Veoh is essentially alreay out of business because of the UMG lawsuit.
- A big 2 years for Vevo: 3.7B views, $100M royalties. (GigaOm)
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Let the holiday (and beyond) digital music price wars begin! Just a few weeks after launching, Google Music is offering a limited time sale of half a million albums for $4.99 and over ten million tracks for 49¢. You'll have to to search around the site to find what is on sale.
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Just days after music and media data firm Big Champagne announced its acquisition by Live Nation's Ticketmaster, the company has announced that former Warner Brothers Records SVP of Technology Ethan Kaplan has joined the team.
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U2 and The Ireland Funds are going in for a 7 million pound donation, the largest such gift to music ed in Ireland, to support Music Generation, a growing music education program for Ireland's youth. Each participating city has a uniquely tailored approach including individual and group classes and performance experiences.
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3 SITES FOR 2012 The music industry has had a desperate flavor to it these past few years. We have been continuously told that there is a pending transition, and that the future of music consumption is just around the corner. There has been ceaseless speculation that a new model is what’s needed, and it is only a matter of time before a huge innovation comes along which restructures the way we consume our music.
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As reported yesterday, MySpace has finally begun its makeover with an emphasis on music and the launch of a new player that combines free listening, discovery and sharing with personalized radio and Facebook integration The company says beta testing showed the new player driving engagement beyond the 1 hour mark to more than 20 songs and resulting in a 10% lift in average music streams per person.
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SoundCloud is hosting the first track from Paul McCartney's upcoming album, a month before its official release next year. 'My Valentine', featuring a guest appearance from Eric Clapton, will debut on the platform's newly released HTML5 player. LISTEN:
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Mobile is a big topic that many people are talking about especially in the music industry. There are many opportunities to market your music with mobile such as apps, QR codes, and text messaging services. On Music Think Tank, Jem Bahaijoub posts the first of a three part series on mobile marketing and interviews independent musicians on their thoughts on mobile marketing. What do you think of mobile marketing? Do you have a mobile strategy?
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Alternative Christmas releases are big business right now, so why shouldn't Skype get in on the action with "Say It With Skype for Christmas." They've flipped their original "Say it with Skype" promotion, involving such bands as Bowling for Soup, Imogen Heap and The Parlotones, and created a holiday version with Alice Cooper, Boyz II Men, The Chakras and others.
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MySpace has relaunched and while it's probably too late, two things stood out: they've created what may be the most comprehensive 100% free unlimited music service (including mobile), and their tests show the new player driving engagement beyond 1 hour. Details here.
- iTunes and other download sites to add parental advisory warnings, at least in UK. (Telegraph) ‘Explicit’ logos on physical CDs and DVDs will be added to same songs on Amazon, HMV.com and elsewhere.
- UK music group HMV admits future is uncertain after announcing another £36 million loss. (NME) Wiill sell live music division,
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Artist Growth won't launch until January 17th, but we've got an exclusive look inside this mobile software platform which offers musicians career management tools, task tracking and group project coordination. Created by Nashville based musicians turned entrepreneurs Matt Urmy and Jonathan Sexton, Artist Growth's proprietary technology integrates finances, calendars, inventory, contacts, social media and mentoring resources within a single interface.
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TuneRights made the cut for January's music tech pitch competition at midemlab. It's essentially a financial services platform that allows musicians to post singles and investors to buy in for a future share of the revenue. TuneRights is in beta and is open for signups.
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Late last week Universal Music admitted in court documents that it had pulled a Megaupload video including A-list musicians off YouTube even though there had been no violation of copyright law. "What actually transpired," said Universal's lawyers, "was UMG’s use of YouTube’s Content Management System, which UMG is contractually authorized to use pursuant to its written agreement with YouTube." In a terse statement, YouTube's owners Google clearly disagreed:
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Arcade Fire's new single "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)" is receiving both the traditional and interactive music video treatment. With a dedicated site designed for interaction and a video designed for web distribution, it's well thought out but the muted movement choices make it an underwhelming experience.
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