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Classical music gets its own digital distributor: Dart Music

There’s a new digital distributor on the block, but Dart Music has a very specific focus: classical music. It will distribute classical works to digital music services, including the more-detailed metadata that this category...
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Turntable successor Plug.dj fights for its future

Remember Turntable.fm? The collaborative streaming service never found a business model to help it survive. When it shut down and a successor called Plug.dj emerged, you’d have been forgiven for wondering what was different....
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Ad-blocker app Crystal taking payments to let ads through

We’ve been following the new area of content-blocking apps for Apple’s iOS devices, which is being seen as a big challenge to the online (news) publishing industry. The early frontrunner, an app called Peace, was removed...
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‘Netflix of books’ startup Oyster is shutting down

Well, we’ve seen it called the “Spotify of books” too – choose whichever all-you-can-eat comparison you prefer. Either way, ebooks subscription service Oyster is shutting down. “We believe more than ever that...
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Virtual reality firm Jaunt raises $65m of new funding

Jaunt is the virtual reality startup behind Sir Paul McCartney’s ‘Live and Let Die’ VR app (Bulletin, 21-Nov-14), as well as similar apps for Jack White and Big Sean. Now the company has raised a $65m funding round,...
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Snoop Dogg launches Merry Jane cannabis lifestyle site

Snoop Dogg has popped up in the Music Ally Bulletin regularly over the last decade: he’s tended to be one of the first artists to experiment with new digital platforms, from VR to messaging apps. Lately, he’s also been...
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Kickstarter takes steps to never ‘sell or go public’

We’re all familiar with the hoped-for trajectory of most tech startups: several rounds of funding followed by an exit through acquisition or IPO. Crowdfunding firm Kickstarter has taken the bold move of aiming for neither...
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Labels’ next headache: a ‘Popcorn Time for music’ called Aurous

Filesharing app Popcorn Time had the film industry in a flap earlier this year, after it debuted a user interface that was slicker than many legal video services, let alone piracy sites. So should the music industry be equally...
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ROLI goes more mainstream with Seaboard Rise instrument

At last year’s Web Summit conference in Dublin, Music Ally’s jaw genuinely did drop at a demo of UK startup ROLI’s Seaboard Grand pressure-sensitive piano-like instrument. But at £1,599 for the 37-key model and £2,499...
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vTime ‘mobile social VR network’ will include music

How have we coped without a virtual-reality social network on our mobile phones? Don’t answer that. But this is the idea being floated by UK startup Starship with a service called vTime, which is due to be officially unveiled...
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Startup Focus: Victorious

In 2015, a new breed of startups are exploring mobile apps for creators, be they musicians or the emerging wave of digital stars from services like YouTube and Vine. Victorious may be initially focused on the latter group,...
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Baboom finally launches (but Kim Dotcom is missing)

Remember Baboom? It was Kim Dotcom’s music distribution service, coming on strong like a mix of SoundCloud and MySpace (or, as he put it, an “iTunes-Spotify hybrid competitor”) that soft-launched in January 2014. A...