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...
March 22, 2018
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...
March 14, 2018
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,...
February 26, 2018
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,...
December 21, 2017
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...
November 2, 2017
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...
September 12, 2017
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...
July 28, 2017
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...
June 28, 2017
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...
March 20, 2017
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...
February 16, 2017
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...
January 18, 2017
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...
October 28, 2016