More than 165k people have downloaded Soundwave, the music discovery app that launched for iPhone and Android last month (Bulletin, 20-Jun-13). That’s according to the startup’s latest interview with TechCrunch, and while it doesn’t split the downloads down by platform, according to the Google Play store, between 50k and 100k of the downloads are on Android. CEO Brendan O’Driscoll says that the app has so far tracked 3m song plays by Soundwave users on their phones and in streaming services like Spotify and Rdio – just over 18 plays per user, although clearly some are over-indexing greatly judging by the 1.3k plays recorded for one Music Ally staffer. The piece notes that Soundwave has topped up its $1m of seed financing with a further $500k from investors including Trevor Bowen of U2’s management company. Soundwave is also working on an API: “We feel that this model is particularly exciting, as we have seen everyone from labels, radio stations, bands and other social consumer apps knocking on our door since launch,” says O’Driscoll.

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