Facebook reportedly working on new Instagram spin-off: Threads
It always sounds like big news when Facebook is ‘secretly’ working on a new standalone app, but experience has taught us that such apps often end up quietly shutting down – perhaps useful for experimental purposes,...
August 27, 2019
Feed.fm talks music in fitness apps: ‘It’s about ROI’
Music is proving its value to fitness apps and other health-focused startups, according to Lauren Pufpaf, co-founder and COO of B2B music firm Feed·fm. Health and fitness is a key vertical for her company, which handles...
August 13, 2019
Sandbox Issue 234: The New Era Of Music Videos
Lead: In the 1970s, “pop promos” (as they were called) were the preserve of the mega-star act, but after the launch of MTV in 1981 they became standard practice across the industry. The arrival of YouTube in 2005 may...
August 8, 2019
Gismart tackles drums and DJing in latest ‘music edutainment’ apps
Gismart is one of the companies exploring the potential of music-creation apps, claiming more than 400m downloads so far for apps like Beat Maker Go, Hello Piano and Guitar Play. Its latest two apps launched this week. Go...
August 7, 2019
Aussie fans can create videos with Ed Sheeran’s official app
The launch of a smartphone app for fans to create and share their own videos with Ed Sheeran’s music (legally!) forming the soundtrack should be big news. But it seems that the Ed No. 6 app is only available in Australia...
August 1, 2019
Magic Leap adds background-music feature to spark new apps
Augmented-reality startup Magic Leap started shipping its Magic Leap One Creator Edition AR headset in August 2018, and music has been part of it from the start, thanks to the Tónandi music-manipulation app that the company...
July 29, 2019
Above & Beyond release album through meditation app Calm
Calm is becoming quite the place for artists to release their music. The meditation app got an exclusive on Moby’s new album ‘Long Ambients 2’ in March this year, then earlier this month Sigur Rós launched a ‘Liminal...
July 26, 2019
Sandbox Issue 233: Shopping Around: Making Online Stores Add Up
Lead: Working with D2C experts is one part of the business, but changes in how social media sites are structuring themselves can offer acts new ways to sell products to fans of all stripes. We look at where social platforms...
July 25, 2019
Apple denies App Store search results favour its own apps
Apple is under scrutiny once more for the way it runs its App Store – and the sensitive question of whether its own apps and services are prioritised above those of other companies. This time it’s the Wall Street Journal with...
July 24, 2019
Music’n’meditation app Wave raises $5.7m for its launch
We’ve been writing about the monster funding rounds and music activities (e.g. an exclusive Moby album) for mindfulness startup Calm recently, while rival Headspace was one of the first companies to partner with Spotify...
July 18, 2019
Nigerian streaming service Naijatastic has a smartphone app
The latest African music-streaming service making headlines is Naijatastic from Nigeria, which has been talking to the news site Music in Africa about its smartphone app. Launched earlier this year, it offers audio and...
July 17, 2019