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.
August 24, 2018
Debate ramps up about Apple and Google’s app-store cuts
We wrote yesterday about the news that Netflix was testing ditching the option for people to pay for its subscription via in-app purchases on iOS – and broke the news that Spotify had quietly removed that option for its...
August 23, 2018
CNCO create AR app
Latin boyband CNCO are no strangers to cutting-edge technology in their marketing and fan engagement. We have previously written about their smart campaigns, notably their tie-ups with Landmrk for album unlocks and album-listening...
August 17, 2018
Google launches Cameos app for celebrity Q&As
Google has a brand new app that musicians might be interested in. It’s called Cameos on Google, and promises to be a way for celebrities (artists included) to answer the burning questions of their fans. “Cameos on...
August 10, 2018
What is Social Music in the Streaming Age?
Music IS social, and it always has been. We talk (and argue!) about it; we watch concerts together; go clubbing together; experience it as a communal soundtrack for birthday parties and religious worship and much, much more… Any...
August 10, 2018
Royalty Exchange launches valuation app for songwriters
Zillow is the website whose features start with providing an estimate for the value of your house, to help you gauge whether to sell or rent it out (which the site can also help with). Now music firm Royalty Exchange has launched...
August 6, 2018
Instagram CEO celebrates the success of the stories format
‘Made it your own’ has become one of the clichés for TV talent-show X Factor, usually deployed by a judge when a contestant has bellowed a popular song into oblivion. Thankfully, that’s not the usage adopted by...
August 3, 2018
Social app Musical.ly to shut down after merger with TikTok
Social music app Musical.ly is being shut down by its owner Beijing Bytedance Technology Co, which plans to merge the app’s community with one of its other apps, TikTok. Bytedance bought Musical.ly for more than $800m...
August 2, 2018
Musical.ly agreed to Live.ly shutdown as part of acquisition
Social app Musical.ly (not us, as ever!) recently announced plans to shut down its spin-off live-video app Live.ly, despite it having been installed 26m times by users. Now we know why: the company agreed to the shutdown...
July 24, 2018
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...
July 23, 2018
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...
July 20, 2018
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...
July 19, 2018