Fortnite Hosts Weezer-Themed Island

Weezer-FortniteMarshmello isn't the only artist to capitalize on the popularity of Epic Games' Fortnite. Now Weezer has pulled their own digital promo stunt with the launch of their own band themed island in the popular game to accompany Weezer's new album release.

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Truth: The Next Big Data Opportunity

1As the reality of data harvesting settles in among consumers, music tech companies are forced to choose where they in the coming privacy war, a where in which honesty and transparency could provide the greatest competitive advantage.

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Bandsintown Relaunches Facebook Event Export

image from pbs.twimg.comBandsintown and Facebook have partnered to relaunch the popular concert discovery platform's Facebook Event export feature. Once a day, Facebook scans Bandsintown events and automatically populates the Events tab on artists' Facebook Page as part of the Facebook Events service.

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THE PITCH: FeedFM - Music For Fitness and Wellness

The pitchIn response to a new wave of interesting music tech startups, we're bringing back THE PITCH, a semi-regular feature that allows promising apps and services to share a very short "pitch" about why we should all be paying attention. First up is music + fitness app Feed.FM.

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What Do People Listen To While Driving?

1The confines of a car have long been a favorite spot for enjoying music, helped by the rise of streaming and the enduring popularity of radio. Here we look into what it is that car goers listen to and why.

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Tinder Adds Spotify Song Sharing So You Can Soundtrack Your Hookup Pitch

image from s3.amazonaws.comTinder is testing the ability to share Spotify songs in chat with potential hookups. Tinder and Spotify first hooked up in 2016 with the ability to share favorite songs in user profile pages. This data also became part of the algorithm used to surface potential partners.

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Spotify Adds Car View: Helpful But Not Voice Control

Spotify newSpotify is rolling out 'Car View,' a simplified larger print view designed to make it easier for users to control basic functions while driving. The feature is rolling out slowly Android devices. No word yet on when it will be added to the iOS app.

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Pandora Adds In-App Voice Control

Pandora-new-logo-image-001[UPDATED] Pandora has added Voice Mode, a native smart assistant that allows listeners to control its mobile streaming apps using voice commands. While most music streaming services can be controlled via third party voice apps like Alexa and Google Assistant, only Pandora and Amazon offer it within their own app.

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Instagram Secret Menus, New Trends Decoded

InstagramIn this edition of Decoded, our fiends at AWAL look at the trends and hidden tricks shaping entertainment inside the Facebook owned and operated social media crown jewel that is Instagram.

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3 Free Apps Every DIY Rapper Should Be Using In 2019

3While there are certainly a myriad of apps out there designed to help with music creation and promotion, not all of them are as beneficial as they claim. Here we look at three which do live up the hype which every DIY rapper should be using in 2019.

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Gifnote App Maker Audiobyte, Exceeds $6M Funding Goal, Extends Round

image from celebrityaccess.comAudiobyte, creators of the popular music clip app Gifnote, has announced plans to extend its latest round of venture capital after “blowing past” its initial $6 million goal. The round, which was led by Manhattan-based Evolution VC Partners, will now be joined by Northwood Ventures, which provided earlier angel-stage funding.

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Trala Scores $1.3M For Violin Learning App, Another Win For Techstars' Startup Incubator

image from violinlounge.comTrala has raised an oversubscribed $1.29 million seed investment round for its violin learning app. Trala is part of the Techstar Chicago startup incubator.

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Audiobyte Raises $6M For Gifnote Music Gif App

GifnoteAudiobyte,  the parent company of Giftnote and Songbytes has completed a $6 million financing round led by Evolution. The company's apps create short licenced music plus graphics clips that can be shared in social and text messages.

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Top 7 Collaborative Music-Making Apps

muisc appsTechnological developments in cloud storage capacity and improved connectivity in combination with a need for creative interaction between artists and engineers has led to the development of a variety of collaborative music apps. Here we look at seven such tool allowing musicians around the world to work together.

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Spotify Alums Create Canopy App Offering Recommendations Without Stealing Your Data

image from chittagongit.comTwo Spotify alumni involved in the creation of Discovery Weekly, have raised a $4.5 million seed round from Matrix to release an app that offers music, film and other recommendations based on user preferences, but without sharing data with Spotify, Netflix, Facebook or anyone else.

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Spotify (Finally) Launches New Apple Watch App

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Spotify has launched a new Apple Watch app which includes improved access and control over music and podcasts, as well as, the ability to connect to speakers or devices. The streamer promises the more improvements ahead including the ability to listen to music and podcasts offline.

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The Other Playlists: How Behavior Impacts Songs

Screenshot 2018-11-11 09.02.08Since the beginning of the recording industry, the limitations imposed by format have directly influenced music, from wax cylinders to MP3s. Here we look at how the now dominant format - streaming - is reshaping music.

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Facebook Launches Lasso: TicTok, Musically Video Clone With Massive Music Library

image from geeko.lesoir.beFacebook has launched Lasso, a much rumored clone of hugely popular short video lip sync app TicTok. The Musical.ly short music video app was acquired and incorporated into TicToc last year. 

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Music Has More To Gain From The Future Of Transportation Than You Might Think [Cherie Hu]

Screenshot 2018-11-08 07.57.42Going as far back as the FM radio receivers of the 1950s, transportation and music have been inextricably linked; and as the landscape of the transportation industry changes, new marketing opportunities for music and artists are emerging.

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Waze Adds Pandora, Deezer, iHeart, TuneIn, More To App

image from cdn-images-1.medium.comPopular navigation app Waze has added 7 audio services including Pandora, Deezer, iHeart and TuneIn to its  Waze Audio Player, designed to seamlessly stream audio alongside Waze driving directions and alerts. Spotify was announced as a launch partner last year.

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Spotify Premium App Gets A Major Makeover

image from newsroom.spotify.comSpotify has revamped its app, giving its paid Premium users more reasons to renew their subscriptions.  Navigation within the app has been simplified and a revamped Search page now incorporates features found in “Browse” including favorite genres and music to match a mood.  Artists Radio Playlists have also been revamped and brought to the forefront.

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Genius, Apple Music Partner For Lyrics, Player

Apple Music player on Genius — Mobile Web and iOS app viewsThe Genius crowd-driven lyrics database is now available on Apple Music as part of an expanded partnership. Apple Music subscribers who visit Genius will also be able to play full tracks from the song page by signing into their Apple Music account.

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