New music hardware crowdfunding campaigns: Brick & Bullet and Qleek
Fon’s Gramofon music streamer hit its Kickstarter target last week, but it’s not the only music hardware project currently drumming up pre-orders on crowdfunding sites. Two more to watch this week are Brick & Bullet...
July 25, 2014
Spotify planning more hardware and media partnerships in Asia
Spotify is currently available in five countries in Asia, but the streaming service is ramping up its plans for the region, according to director Sunita Kaur, who told TheNextWeb about some of Spotify’s plans. “I...
July 22, 2014
Wearhaus Arc headphones can share music wirelessly
We’ve seen a few startups tackling the idea of small groups of people sharing music in real-time: for example apps that a group all have installed on their smartphones to synchronise playback of music. Now someone’s...
July 18, 2014
After the Apple/Beats rumours, time for the speculation
We enjoyed Dr Dre’s drunken video on Friday in which he appeared to confirm the Apple/Beats rumours: “The first billionaire in hip-hop, right here from the motherf***ing west coast,” as he put it. Apple,...
July 9, 2014
Pandora launches an app for the Pebble smartwatch
There’s a lot of buzz around wearable gadgets at the moment, from smartwatches and fitness trackers through to Google Glass augmented eyewear. Digital music companies are watching carefully, particularly in the smartwatch...
June 24, 2014
Neil Young’s Pono passes $6m on Kickstarter while planning follow-up VC round
With 36 hours to go at the time of writing, Neil Young’s Pono Music Kickstarter campaign has passed $6m in pledges. That’s from more than 17,600 backers on the crowdfunding site, with a final push underway to gather as...
June 24, 2014
Amazon boss on why small catalogues aren’t a problem for media on Prime
Amazon launched its Fire Phone earlier this week, shortly after unveiling its Prime Music streaming service. Now CEO Jeff Bezos has given a rare interview to the New York Times, with one section of it hinting at why Amazon...
June 20, 2014
Amazon launches Fire Phone with Shazam-like Firefly feature
After all the rumours, yesterday we finally got to clap eyes on Amazon’s first smartphone. The Fire Phone will go on sale on 25 July in the US through an exclusive deal with AT&T, with global distribution yet...
June 19, 2014
Buy a solar-powered DJ table if you are, literally, made of money
This is wonderfully, endearingly, riotously ludicrous. It’s an outdoor (OUTDOOR!) DJ table (DJ TABLE!!) that is solar-powered (SOLAR-POWERED!!!). It’s called Fono and is not to be confused with Pono as no one wants to...
June 13, 2014
50 Cent to pay $16m in headphone court case
Rapper 50 Cent was taken to court by headphone company Sleek which claimed he misappropriated trade secrets and breached his fiduciary duty by stealing its designs. 50 Cent has apparently invested $1m in the company to develop...
June 13, 2014
Amazon’s first smartphone expected to be unveiled on 18 June
There has been speculation for some time that Amazon was preparing to build on its Kindle Fire tablet business by launching a smartphone, pitching it into even more direct competition with Apple and Samsung (and Google)....
June 11, 2014