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Weav gets labels on board for adaptive-music experiments

Startup Weav Music has secured partnerships with all three major labels to use their tracks in its adaptive-music apps, starting with the already-launched Weav Run. Weav is the company co-founded by Lars Rasmussen, formerly...
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Blockchain startup Voise prepares for alpha-client launch

We wrote about blockchain/music startup Voise in June when we spotted its profile on an investment site: the Spanish-headquartered firm is working on a decentralised music streaming and downloading platform for independent...
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Assembly offers dashboard for influencer-marketing campaigns

Influencer marketing is a growing area of marketing activity for labels, as they try to build buzz around artists by forging partnerships with (well, paying) influential online-video and social personalities. Now a Canadian...
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Kumo aims to provide social features lacking on SoundCloud

With third-party developers building a growing number of apps using the APIs of Spotify and Apple Music, perhaps the developer community can also help SoundCloud plot its next moves forward. One team that was calling itself...
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Startup Muru Music sees billion-dollar potential in ‘first AI DJ brain’

"I think we have the opportunity to be a billion-dollar company if we attack all verticals..." For a startup with just two full-time employees and AU$500k (around $386k) in funding so far, setting sights on a 10-digit...
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Songstack and Albums! apps build on Spotify and Apple Music APIs

This isn’t a new thought, but the competition between Spotify and Apple Music isn’t just for the ears (and wallets) of music listeners: it’s also for the support of developers and startups. Spotify’s platform is...
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Rednote launches social app for sharing music and lyrics

We first came across startup Rednote in August 2016, when its profile on investment site AngelList revealed its plans to launch an app to help people share licensed music clips in their messaging apps of choice. That app...
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Playing next door to Alice: Popgun reveals its music AI

Music composed by artificial intelligence (AI) rather than humans is a controversial topic in 2017, for two reasons. First: disbelief in some quarters that an AI will ever be able to create music as well as a human can....
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Bubo startup wants to synchronise e-books with music

The latest startup looking for a crossover between digital reading and music is Swiss firm Bubo. The company “provides e-books with synchronised music made specifically to fit the story” according to its listing on startups...
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Gig FM is latest livestreaming-video app focused on music

British startup Gig.fm’s claim to be “the world’s first music livestreaming app” is a bit of a stretch: Busker, Flits and Netstage are three examples that got there before it. Still, the idea remains interesting:...
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Disney and DigiTour launch label for social stars

Disney Music Group’s latest move is a partnership with DigiTour Media, the company that made its name organising live events with YouTubers and other social stars. They’ve teamed up to launch a new record label called...
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Primephonic launches hi-res classical-music streaming service

The latest company to launch a streaming service for classical music is Primephonic, building on the growth of its existing downloads store. Primephonic’s streaming service launches today in the UK and US, with a catalogue...