We first wrote about startup Earbuds in 2019 when it launched as an app for people to find music playlists created by sports stars, artists and other celebrities. It was founded by one of those people: former NFL player Jason Fox.
Two years on, Earbuds has raised a Series A funding round of $3m, with investors including Ecliptic Capital, the Andre Agassi Foundation and LFG Ventures. TechCrunch broke the news, and explained how Earbuds now gets people to sign in with Spotify or Apple Music to listen to its playlists – although Amazon Music and Pandora will soon be added.
Earbuds has also evolved into more than just a celeb playlists app though: its users can now import their own playlists and record voice clips talking about their tracks, to share with other people. “We feel like the majority of growth and revenue moving forward will be through partnerships, integrations and supporting the creator economy,” said Fox.
Social audio AND the creator economy? No wonder investors are interested…