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6 Concert & Event Startups To Watch In The Coming Year

6 Concert & Event Startups To Watch In The Coming Year

As the event technology renaissance continues, numerous companies are reshaping the event industry whether it's through apps or AI. Here we look at six event startups to keep an eye on as we move forward into 2018. Guest post by Katie Sawyer of Eventbrite Event technology is going through a renaissance. From event apps to artificial ...

Spotify Acquires Online Recording Studio Soundtrap To Help 'Democratize The Music Ecosystem'

Spotify Acquires Online Recording Studio Soundtrap To Help 'Democratize The Music Ecosystem'

Spotify has acquired fellow Stockholm based startup Soundtrap, a popular web based recording studio. In a post announcing the deal, Spotify said that “Soundtrap's rapidly growing business is highly aligned with Spotify’s vision of democratizing the music ecosystem." Spotify has acquired online recording studio startup Soundtrap. Few details of the acquisition were shared, but Soundtrap, founded in ...

Pandora App Adds Direct Alexa Voice Control For Sonos

Pandora App Adds Direct Alexa Voice Control For Sonos

Pandora has added Alexa powered voice control of Sonos wireless speakers from within the music streamer's app.  Many anaylyats believe that voice control of music is the killer app that will bring music streaming into the mainstream.  Pandora today added voice control of Sonos wireless speakers from its mobile app. More than 50% of U.S. Sonos ...

Who Needs Shazam? Google Assistant App Adds Song Recognition

Who Needs Shazam? Google Assistant App Adds Song Recognition

Google has added song recognition to its Google Assistant app across all platforms.  Ask Google Assistant “what song is this?” or “what song is playing?,” and it shows the song's name, the artist, lyrics, and links to YouTube, Google Play Music and Spotify.  Move over Shazam... Music recognition had previously come to Google's Pixel 1 and Pixel ...

Warner Music Responds To Songkick Concert Listing Concerns: 'We're still here for you"

Warner Music Responds To Songkick Concert Listing Concerns: 'We're still here for you"

After Songkick announced that it was shutting down its concert ticket sales division, many musicians and music marketers became concerned that Songkick's popular concert app and artist focused Tourbox service was on the way out, as well.   “We’re not going anywhere!," the Songkick concert listing team wrote yesterday in response to concerns over an announcement that ...

Music Creators See Massive Tech Earning Billions While 'Strip-Mining Artists' Work' [Op-Ed]

Music Creators See Massive Tech Earning Billions While 'Strip-Mining Artists' Work' [Op-Ed]

Necessity has proven to be the mother of re-invention, with the digital reboot of the music industry compelling them to learn a number of new tricks in order to stay afloat, as well as forcing them to become stronger advocates for their rights. In this piece Melvin Gibbs calls on artists to and Washington to defend ...

Universal Music Launches Music Tech Startup Initiative

Universal Music Launches Music Tech Startup Initiative

Universal Music Group has launched a music tech accelerator engagement network  aimed at promoting the development of innovative music-based start-ups globally. Designed to support the contributions that accelerator programs provide to the global start-up ecosystem, UMG will work with entrepreneurial programs to assist in the evaluation and development of music-based start-ups. UMG will contribute music industry ...

How Social Media Acts As Online Word Of Mouth

How Social Media Acts As Online Word Of Mouth

Regardless of age or location, the vast majority of those affiliated with the music industry have in some way participated in a social network, as connections on social media grow to replace some traditional means of communication, its role in word of mouth marketing becomes more important. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 Social ...

Soundcloud Adds Playlist Stats, New CEO Promises More For Creators

Soundcloud Adds Playlist Stats, New CEO Promises More For Creators

The first announcement under new SoundCloud CEO Kerry Trainor is aimed straight at the creators who made the audio streamer so popular. It's a new playlist stat, which offers new ways to understand where plays are coming from and the people behind them. SoundCloud has launched a new playlist stat, available on the web and on its creator ...

Sonos Adds Voice Control via Amazon's Alexa, Apple's Siri and Google Assistant To Follow

Sonos Adds Voice Control via Amazon's Alexa, Apple's Siri and Google Assistant To Follow

Sonos has added voice control to its wireless speaker system using Amazon's Alexa system and related devices. Apple's Siri and Airplay 2, as well as, Google Assistant voice control will be added next year. Highlights: Available today, current Sonos owners also get voice with Amazon Alexa through a free software update to existing speakers Apple Airplay ...


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