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People’s Music Store announces funding and Beggars Group deal

UK startup People's Music Store has announced a seed round of funding from media entrepreneur Paul Higgins, while also announcing a licensing deal with Beggars Group. Users of the site can set up their own online music...
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Michael Robertson launches TuneRoom mobile MP3 search engine

Does anyone launch a new music service in the days leading up to Christmas? Well, MP3tunes boss Michael Robertson does. He's announced a new mobile music search engine called TuneRoom, which could be just as disruptive...
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Mixwit mixtape site shuts down

No sooner do we name Mixwit as one of our 200 digital music startups from 2008, then it sends out an email to users saying it's shutting down.”We’ve put a year of work into Mixwit so this choice wasn’t...
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Ministry of Sound releases iDrum Anthems app for iPhone

And still the musical iPhone applications keep coming. The latest is iDrum: Ministry of Sound Anthems, which is being released to tie in with the latest compilation album from the dance brand.The app has been produced by...
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CBS launches Play.it to compete with, er, Last.fm

US media giant CBS has quietly launched something called Play.it – a music streaming service that lets users create their own personalised stations, listen to artist-themed stations, or tap into 340 existing channels...
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Our dozen favourite iPhone music apps

We've been banging on about iPhone applications for a while ago, and in last week's issue of the Music Ally Report, we covered some of the ways iPhone apps are coming onto the music industry's radar. But which...
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Music StartupWatch: TheNextSound

The latest site to turn music listening into a social game is called TheNextBigSound.It involves listening to music from unsigned bands, and “signing” the ones you like to your virtual record label, scoring points...
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Video: Ringdroid ringtone creator for Android phones

AppVee has been taking a look at Ringdroid, one of the first music applications for Google's Android mobile operating system. In short, it lets people edit any of the songs on their handset down to a ringtone, using...
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Hushie is the latest Seeqpod-powered MP3 search engine

Another day, another MP3 search engine. This one's called Hushie, and like most of its rivals, it piggybacks on the technology of a site called Seeqpod (meaning that, like its rivals, whenever Seeqpod is offline, Hushie...
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Sony BMG launches branded iPhone app for Pink’s Funhouse

Sony BMG has launched a branded iPhone application for `Funhouse', the new album from Pink. It went live on Apple's App Store at the end of last week.The app has 30-second previews of songs from the album, as well...
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Video: Hands-on with Brian Eno’s Bloom iPhone app

Generative music applications for iPhone are one of the more interesting trends on Apple's App Store, with Bloom at the forefront. It's the work of Brian Eno and Peter Chilvers, and lets you tap at your screen to...
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Spotify goes live. Well, kind of.

European music streaming service Spotify has gone live, with music from all four major labels, plus indie distributor The Orchard and licensing agency Merlin. It's available in seven European countries – UK, Germany,...