Spotify playlists the focus for 2018 RecSys Challenge
Spotify already has a feature suggesting songs that might fit with a user’s playlist, to speed up the process of creating them. The streaming service clearly sees potential for improvement though, as its involvement...
August 29, 2017
Startup Muru Music sees billion-dollar potential in ‘first AI DJ brain’
"I think we have the opportunity to be a billion-dollar company if we attack all verticals..." For a startup with just two full-time employees and AU$500k (around $386k) in funding so far, setting sights on a 10-digit...
July 17, 2017
Deezer redesigns homepage to boost music discovery
Deezer has given its homepage a refresh, with more discovery features. Besides its existing ‘Flow’ feature of music recommendations, the Deezer home screen will now also feature channels spotlighting a mixture of playlists,...
July 13, 2016
Lost Music app adds ‘curators’ section with Vice, UKF and more
British startup Lost Music launched its music-discovery app quietly earlier this year before SXSW. Now it’s getting less stealthy, announcing a new “curators” section populated by 21 British music blogs and media,...
July 12, 2016
SoundCloud joins the discovery party with Suggested Tracks
When SoundCloud Go launched earlier this year, the streaming service said its 125m tracks were a big competitive advantage. Yet they also presented a big challenge in how listeners would find their way to the needles in...
June 23, 2016
Pandora and Microsoft double down on music discovery
Spotify’s Discover Weekly playlist has been a hit with listeners – and, so it seems, with rivals. The upcoming Apple Music redesign includes a new playlist called ‘Discovery Mix’ which is thought to be a similarly-algorithmic...
June 21, 2016
Wonder indie music discovery service launches its apps
Wonder.fm was the music discovery site launched in 2014 by former We Are Hunted co-founder Stephen Phillips, as his post-Twitter-#Music project. This February, under the wing of startup Hydric Media, it relaunched as three...
June 17, 2016
Matt Ogle talks Discover Weekly and Spotify’s personalised evolution
“It’s really helped – both externally and even internally to be honest – to dispel the myth that discovery is a niche thing. A tastemaker thing.” The speaker is Matt Ogle and the ‘it’ is Discover Weekly,...
March 21, 2016
Mixcloud talks radio, discovery and live expansion (interview)
What is Mixcloud in 2015? It’s a streaming-audio service with 12m monthly listeners, 1m of whom are uploading DJ sets and radio shows to swell a catalogue that’s already 8m shows strong. It’s a company growing beyond...
August 10, 2015
Vevo launches DSCVR feature for new-artists discovery
Music videos service Vevo has had its Lift initiative to promote new artists for some time now, but it focuses on a single artist at a time.
July 30, 2013
Soundwave app hopes to become ‘the Google Analytics of music’
We reported yesterday on the launch of music discovery app Soundwave.
June 21, 2013
Soundwave music discovery app goes live for iPhone and Android
We've seen almost as much pre-release buzz building around music discovery app Soundwave as we did earlier in the year for Twitter #Music. That's partly because the Irish startup has been doing a good job seeding its app...
June 20, 2013