Social app Musical.ly to shut down after merger with TikTok
Social music app Musical.ly is being shut down by its owner Beijing Bytedance Technology Co, which plans to merge the app’s community with one of its other apps, TikTok. Bytedance bought Musical.ly for more than $800m...
August 2, 2018
Record Bird shuts down its apps and site in Sendmate pivot
Music discovery service Record Bird is shutting down its apps and website, as the company pivots to focus on its Sendmate messaging-marketing B2B tool. We liked Record Bird as a service: a feed of everything new from...
July 20, 2018
Streaming service Radical Indie goes offline and seeks sale
Another music startup bites the dust, although this one at least got a decent run. Radical Indie is the service formerly known as Radical.fm, which provided a platform for live, streaming radio – including users creating...
July 3, 2018
3D-audio headphones startup Ossic shuts down
The latest music/tech startup to close its doors is Ossic, the 3D-audio technology firm behind the Ossic X headphones. The company announced the news on Kickstarter, the crowdfunding platform where it raised more than $2.7m...
May 21, 2018
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