Timbre launched in the US in 2012 as an iPhone app that “automatically locates artists performing near you and starts playing their music”, letting users swipe to skip tracks and then buy tickets to local gigs for artists that they liked (Bulletin, 10-Sep-12). Its parent company Intrepid Pursuits proceeded to raise $360k in seed funding, then launched in 35 more countries including the UK in February 2013, tapping into data from SeatGeek and Last.fm (Bulletin, 8-Feb-13). Now it’s been bought by another ticketing company: Seatwave. “The Timbre team is working closely with Seatwave to create a brand new best-in-class experience for live music discovery,” explained a blog post from its founders this morning. “The acquisition doesn’t mean the end of Timbre; it will continue to deliver concert listings across the globe.” Those founders aren’t actually joining Seatwave though: “we’re back to the grind at Intrepid, growing our team as fast as possible and building mobile experiences that delight our clients,” they explain. Seatwave getting more deeply into concert discovery is something to watch: it’s an area of continued innovation from startups, including Bandsintown and Songkick.

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