Forrester warns of potential ‘blockchain winter’ in 2019
There have been many grand claims for the potential that blockchain technology has for music, over the last couple of years, but relatively little proof that those claims are true. That’s partly because the real potential...
November 8, 2018
Fanbase launches as blockchain-powered music fan-rewards platform
The latest blockchain startup hoping to make an impact in the music industry is Fanbase, which is launching a platform to help artists mint their own tokens, which fans will be able to buy to access exclusive content, VIP...
October 22, 2018
Ticketmaster buys blockchain-ticketing startup Upgraded
In the world of blockchain music-streaming startups, there’s always been the suspicion that if the technology is to have an impact, it’ll be when the big streaming players do something with it. Perhaps it’s the same...
October 19, 2018
Sony builds education-focused DRM system on the blockchain
In 2018, if you’re not on the blockchain, do you even exist? Sony is firmly planting its flag in that ledger-based soil with the announcement that it is building a digital rights management system on the blockchain that...
October 16, 2018
Warner Music Group signs partnership with DotBlockchain
Blockchain startup DotBlockchain appears to have secured a high-profile new partner from the rightsholder world: Warner Music Group. “In the next months, Warner Chappell publishing and WMG labels will collaborate with us...
October 3, 2018
Startup Hearo.fm to launch Tune.fm streaming service
Another day, another startup promising to (in the words of its launch announcement) “revolutionise the global music industry” – token-sale included. And we’re at the point in, as research firm Gartner puts it,...
September 27, 2018
Blockchain startup Audius has advisors from Pandora, Beatport
We reported last month on blockchain-music startup Audius raising $5.5m for a proposed service that’s been described as ‘SoundCloud on the blockchain’. Now the company has revealed its slate of advisors, including some...
September 7, 2018
Music Messenger to rely on YouTube API for October app update
We’ve written about Music Messenger before: it’s the music-focused messaging app that raised $24.4m in funding, but then removed its app from Apple and Google’s app stores in the west, to focus on other products. As...
September 6, 2018
eMusic CEO talks blockchain, transparency and MP3’s survival
eMusic made its name with a subscription-based music downloads service focused on independent labels, before adding major labels in 2010 – a controversial move at the time. Eight years on, the company is planning an...
September 4, 2018
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...
August 28, 2018
Music Messenger aims for ‘blockchain alternative to Spotify’
Israeli startup Music Messenger started life as a music-focused messaging app. Now it’s hoping to use its $25m of funding to hop on to the blockchain bandwagon.
August 21, 2018
Blockchain smart-speaker Volareo teams up with startup Emanate
Volareo is the blockchain-powered smart speaker that will (so its makers promise) let listeners clap to donate to artists as they listen to them. It’s due to launch a pre-order campaign on Indiegogo soon, and ahead of that...
August 10, 2018