Live virtual-reality startup NextVR raises $30.5m
Investors are piling in to virtual reality (VR) at a rare old rate, with NextVR the latest startup to raise a significant funding round. The company has trousered $30.5m of series A funding, led by Formation 8 with participation...
November 12, 2015
Revelator teams up with Wix Music as first APIs partner
Analytics firm Revelator has announced its latest partnership, with website-creation service Wix. It follows the latter’s recent launch of version 2.0 of its Wix Music service to create websites for musicians. It’s...
November 10, 2015
Roli to launch Equator music-making app for iPhone
British startup Roli secured investment from Universal Music for its Seaboard instruments, but now the company is expanding into mobile music-making. Later this month, Roli will release an iPhone app called Equator, which...
November 10, 2015
Sony Music working with Set.fm for live recordings
Over the course of Music Ally’s history, we’ve reported on a number of startups trying to find business models in selling soundboard-quality concert recordings to fans – but most have fallen by the wayside. Could Set.fm...
November 4, 2015
Emoticast raises $1.2m for ‘world’s first music emoji store’
As you’ll know if you’ve been sending the new middle-finger emoji to friends, family and hated ex-colleagues, emoji are an increasingly popular mode of digital communication. Now a startup is trying to turn them into...
November 3, 2015
Soundsgood Music launches app for cross-platform streaming
Here’s good timing for you: no sooner does Bop.fm shut down, then similar cross-platform streaming service Soundsgood Music launches its iPhone app. “Create and discover playlists across all streaming platforms with...
November 2, 2015
Feedlamp helps artists combine social streams into ‘walls’
British startup Feedlamp is the latest firm trying to help musicians bring their various social and content feeds into one place. The company’s dashboard technology pulls in content from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram,...
October 30, 2015
Tunepics raises $2m and says it’s in talks with Spotify
Music messaging apps continue to have plenty of sceptics: Music Messenger disappeared from the app stores not long after its $30m funding round, while hard data on the popularity of startups like MSTY and Rithm remains thin...
October 30, 2015
Turn First Artists launches JV with Access Industries
Management firm Turn First Artists, which includes Iggy Azalea, Ellie Goulding, Rita Ora and Zayn Malik in its roster, is setting up a joint venture with WMG parent company / Deezer investor Access Industries. The new...
October 29, 2015
Apple teams up with Chris Milk’s Vrse for U2 VR video
Apple’s future ambitions in virtual reality have been the topic of some discussion in the tech world, but the company is already exploring VR with a music angle. Having sponsored a 360-degree video for The Weeknd’s...
October 28, 2015
Soundrop reappears as independent playlists brand
Soundrop.fm was a well-regarded social listening service that got people streaming music with friends and strangers alike. It shut down in November 2014 as its team focused instead on promotional platform Show.co. Today,...
October 27, 2015
Roli buys social music-creation service Blend
We’ve written before about Roli, the UK startup whose innovative Seaboard instruments are backed by investment from Universal Music Group. Now Roli is putting that funding to acquisitive use, buying social music-collaboration...
October 23, 2015