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Music Tech Startup News: StoryAmp,, StageBloc, FANtastic4bands,

Eric-wahlforss-trading-cardSeveral of the music tech startups we've covered here at Hypebot have recently launched new intiatives or upgraded their services. StoryAmp is doing a bit of promotion with a music tech trading card series while StageBloc has introduced ecommerce options and new themes to their content platform. has launched an iOS app while has upgraded theirs. Plus, FANtastic4bands is holding a contest for bands who make free mobile apps this month.

StoryAmp Creates Music Tech Trading Cards on Pinterest

StoryAmp, a platform for connecting indie artists with journalists, is currently promoting themselves and a variety of figures in the music-tech scene with a series of Music Technology Trading Cards on Pinterest.

Cards include one for Eric Wahlforss, SoundCloud Co-Founder and CTO, who recently released an iPad app version of his new album Ecclesia. Releases Free iPhone App

DJ mix platform, which recently relaunched in its current form, released a free iPhone app this week.

The app offers access to all the mixes from along with the ability to search, browse and create playlists. Among other features, the app syncs with one's web account to access saved playlists and listening history.

StageBloc Introduces Audio Ecommerce & New Theme Options

StageBloc is continuing its development of a content platform for musicians with multiple updates. Stagebloc has added the ability to upload audio and make it available for free download. They've also created an ecommerce layer which allows for the sale of digital downloads.  In addition, album preorders are integrated into the site. Once a musician has set up preorders, StageBloc then takes that live automatically on the release date.

Another upgrade involves the introduction of new themes for websites with one example being the new site for Dirt Nasty.  In addition to new themes as part of the service, designers are being offered the option to upload themes to be made available for sale to StageBloc users. Theme docs are available on GitHub.

FANtastic4bands Holds Mobile Band App Contest

FANtastic4bands, a free drag-and-drop mobile app maker, is holding an app making contest for bands. You have until the end of May to create a free app for your band and register to win a $500 pro version of your app plus a $250 Telefunken M80 Microphone. Releases Free Upgraded iOS App, a free app that allows you to turn your iPhone into a radio station, recently released an upgraded app. The new version improves playback, reduces file size and is speedier among other fixes.

Hypebot Features Writer Clyde Smith blogs about business at Flux Research: Business Changes and about dance at All World Dance: News. To suggest topics for Hypebot, contact: clyde(at)fluxresearch(dot)com.

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