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NumberEight raises funding for AI tech that could help music-streaming services

Artificial-intelligence startup NumberEight has raised a funding round after completing three trials of its technology with music-streaming companies. The London-based company raised the undisclosed amount from investors...
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Free music app Trebel is adding 300k new users a month

Startup Trebel Music has flown below our radar until now, having originally launched in beta in 2016, before its commercial launch in the US and Mexico last month. The app lets people download an array of popular songs and...
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MusicLife raises $5m for blockchain-based ‘music exchange’

We may be over the first rush of ‘initial coin offerings’ (ICOs) given the growing number of blockchain startups announcing funding from more traditional sources. Singapore-based MusicLife is the latest example around...
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Humbolt launches ‘ethical’ indie-focused streaming app

The latest startup hoping to provide independent artists and labels with a streaming home is called Humbolt. Based in New York, it has launched a mobile app, following a beta period that kicked off earlier this year.
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MusiciLuv brings AR and social features to music education

Is the musical potential of augmented reality (AR) just about comedy lenses and photo-filters on Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram? We’re intrigued by the potential of a new startup called MusiciLuv, which is looking to...
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People is ‘not The National and Bon Iver’s streaming platform’

People isn’t just a digital service: it’s as much about a two-day gathering of musicians in Berlin, organised by a collective including members of The National and Bon Iver. But it does also now have a digital element. “We...
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Blockchain music-streaming startup Audius raises $5.5m

“SoundCloud on the blockchain?” was the TechCrunch headline last night that made us spit out our tea in surprise. But this isn’t the actual SoundCloud, but rather a new startup called Audius whose business model...
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Startup Thenexus to launch ‘blockchain-ready’ distributor Muso

A blockchain-ready music distributor? But of course: it’s 2018 after all. The platform in question will be called Muso when it launches by early 2019, and it’s the work of a startup based in Malaysia called Thenexus. “Low...
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Prick up your earworms: Beat Fever is reviving mobile music games

More than a decade ago, music games were something the music industry was excited about. Guitar Hero, Rock Band and SingStar had the benefit of not just being console games built entirely around music; they also had multiple...
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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...
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Grammofy launches its revamped classical-music streaming app

German startup Grammofy originally launched in 2016 as an app for streaming classical music, and evolved into a service offering £2.99 and £6.99 monthly subscriptions for access to its catalogue. However, it shut down...
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Maple Media to launch blockchain-powered live-EDM streaming

While we take a break from trying to find new words to describe the 368th startup promising to revolutionise ticket sales with the blockchain, here’s another spin on using the technology for musical purposes. Maple Media,...