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Digital Money for Music: Tip Jar That Takes Plastic, Websites That Take Bitcoin

To paraphrase Amanda Palmer, people want to give you their money so make sure you can take it. DipJar is a tipjar that takes tips via credit cards. It's designed as a self-serve solution for coffee shops and similar settings and suggests one possible solution for street musicians in a cashless society. Accepting payment in digital ...

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Twitter Opens Analytics Dashboard to Your Band

It's important to know what's happening with all that social media activity that so often seems to be an act of faith. Twitter's making it easier to keep up with the reach of your tweets on Twitter by opening their Tweet activity dashboard to all users. Previously available for advertisers and whoever Twitter deemed special enough ...

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Pandora Joins Google Play Music, Musixmatch and Youtube on Google Glass

Remember when Google Glass was a thing? At least to us media people? As Google Glass has gone from hard to get to available if you can afford it, it's mostly dropped out of music-related news. But yesterday Pandora launched a Google Glass app aka “Glassware" bringing the incredibly popular web radio service to Glass users. ...

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Musician's Guide to Tech Skills: Website Analytics

By Michael Brandvold of Michael Brandvold Marketing. I posted a video that talked about how today you need to have tech skills to succeed. The video didn’t go into much detail on what specific tech skills you should have, so I thought I would list them for you. By all means I am not saying you ...

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Wordpress for Musicians: Why I Recommend Managed Hosting

There are a variety of solid options for hosting a music website including many tailored to musicians' needs. Wordpress is a popular solution, in part, because so many themes and tools in the form of plugins are available for musicians. If you've decided to go with what could be called a self-hosted Wordpress.org install rather than ...

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Knoxville's Mediaworks Demo Day to Include 4 Music Tech Startups

MediaWorks is a new digital media accelerator emphasizing education and mentorship. It's a program of the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center (KEC) and next week they're holding a demo day for the participants including no less than four startups related to audio and music. The program was led by Nashville's Back Porch Group likely with plenty of input ...

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Open Labs Releases Stagelight 2.0, Downloads Near 1 Million, Dell and Lenovo Preload Deals

Yesterday Open Labs released Stagelight 2.0, their music creation app for Windows that costs $9.99. It comes with a variety of new features, including an in-app store, and will also be preloaded on hardware from Lenovo and Dell. Additional distributions agreements have been made with Intel, Microsoft and Guitar Center. A solid step forward for Stagelight  ...

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Blue Note Records Launches New Blue Note 75 App For iPad

Blue Note Records proudly presents the Blue Note 75 app – a ground-breaking new app available exclusively for iPad that celebrates the 75th Anniversary of the legendary jazz label which has represented The Finest In Jazz Since 1939. Now available exclusively on the App Store, the app presents a new digital format – developed in partnership ...

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Musicplay Analytics and LuckyPennie Join the Brandery Accelerator's New Class

Cinncinnati's The Brandery is considered one of the top tech startup accelerators. They help startups in the early stages to further develop and seek funding. The Brandery just took in a new batch of startups including two in the music tech space. LuckyPennie combines music and event discovery with social elements in an interesting mix. MusicPlay ...

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Rap Genius Adds $40 Million, Expands Beyond Rap

Its been a rocky and controversial few months for Rap Genius, but persistence appears to have paid off. The platform, which launched as a repository of information about rap music, has added $40 million in Series B funding led by Dan Gilbert and Andreesen Horowitz. With the cash influx, the sight will re-brand a Genius.com and move ...


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