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Music-discovery app Cymbal to shut down in June

There’s another once-promising music startup heading for the deadpool, and this one’s a shame, because when it first emerged, Cymbal was one of our favourite music-discovery apps. The app was a way to search for songs...
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Classical streaming service Grammofy returns – using Spotify

Grammofy was a classical music-focused subscription-streaming service that launched in May 2016 in the UK and Germany, but then shut down in November 2017. At the time, the company said that despite “continued growth...
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Report claims 46% of ICOs from 2017 are already defunct

Fears that the mania for blockchain startups and initial coin offerings (ICOs) are a bubble will hardly be assuaged by a new report published by news site Bitcoin.com. “Tokendata, one of the more comprehensive ICO trackers,...
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Amazon is retiring its cloud music-storage service

It seems almost quaint now to think back to the days when cloud-locker music-storage services were the next big thing in the digital music world. They’ve since been marginalised by the rise of streaming, although Apple,...
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Smart headphones startup Doppler Labs is shutting down

US firm Doppler Labs has raised more than $51m since 2013 to make its range of smart headphones, telling media in 2015 that “we want to put a computer, speaker, and mic in everyone's ear: We have very lofty visions of the...
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UK broadcaster Sky shuts down its ticketing division

Amazon may be piling in to the ticketing market, but in the UK another recent entrant is getting out: Sky. The broadcaster's Sky Tickets division has been wound down according to live-industry publication IQ, which notes...
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AltspaceVR shuts down after funding round falls through

Social virtual-reality startup AltspaceVR is closing its doors, after a new round of funding fell through. The company had launched an app for people to meet up and chat within virtual reality, with music one of its potential...
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Pandora pulls out of Australia and New Zealand

If the first casualties of Sirius XM’s $480m investment in Pandora were the streaming service’s CEO, president and chief marketing officer, the second appear to be its listeners down under. Pandora is shutting down...
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Why Sony Music-backed music service Popped failed

Former Sony Music staffer Daan Grasveld has spent the last three years working on a new digital music service called Popped, backed by his former employer. In February (yes, we missed it at the time) he published an interesting...
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Despite WMG and Shazam deals, Vadio is up for sale

Music videos distributor Vadio has laid off most of its staff and is looking for a buyer, despite signing high-profile deals with Warner Music Group and Shazam in 2016. “We were on a massive trajectory. Frankly, we didn’t...
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Garth Brooks folds his Ghost Tunes into Amazon

Just over two years since launching, country musician Garth Brooks’ Ghost Tunes download store is passing into the afterlife. Well, shutting down: Billboard reports that an email sent to customers cites a “new partnership...
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Twitter shuts down Vine and reveals plans for wider layoffs

Twitter had some bad news for fans of its looping-videos platform Vine yesterday: it’s shutting down. “In the coming months we’ll be discontinuing the mobile app,” explained Vine in a blog post. “Nothing is happening...