Tag: virtual reality
Music games firm Harmonix raises $15m
Music games developer Harmonix is preparing for the release of console title Rock Band 4, and now it has $15m to bolster its future plans. The company raised the new funding round from the Foundry Group and Spark Capital,...
October 5, 2015
Oculus VR makes media moves with Netflix, Hulu, Twitch and more
Yesterday saw the developer conference for Facebook’s Oculus VR subsidiary, showing off its latest plans for virtual-reality hardware – and content. In fact, the latter generated the big news of the day, as Oculus announced...
September 25, 2015
Facebook adds 360-degree videos to its news feed
We already know Facebook is very interested in virtual reality (VR) from its $2bn acquisition of Oculus VR. But VR isn’t just about headsets in 2015: it’s also about 360-degree videos being watched on smartphones, with...
September 24, 2015
Virtual reality firm Jaunt raises $65m of new funding
Jaunt is the virtual reality startup behind Sir Paul McCartney’s ‘Live and Let Die’ VR app (Bulletin, 21-Nov-14), as well as similar apps for Jack White and Big Sean. Now the company has raised a $65m funding round,...
September 22, 2015
Facebook tipped to launch virtual-reality video app
Facebook’s next standalone app could focus on virtual-reality (VR) videos, according to the Wall Street Journal. It reports that the social network has a team working on an app that will show 360-degree videos on iOS and...
September 15, 2015
Duran Duran get a 360-degree video for latest single
Duran Duran have released a 360-degree video on YouTube for their latest single ‘Pressure Off’, with fans able to scroll left and right to explore its environment – or move their heads/phones if watching with a VR headset...
September 11, 2015
Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra launching VR app
The latest music-related virtual reality (VR) project comes from the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, which has developed an app for the Samsung Gear VR headset that puts classical-music fans slap-bang in the middle of...
September 9, 2015
vTime ‘mobile social VR network’ will include music
How have we coped without a virtual-reality social network on our mobile phones? Don’t answer that. But this is the idea being floated by UK startup Starship with a service called vTime, which is due to be officially unveiled...
August 28, 2015
Android in 2015: 1bn users and 50bn annual app downloads
Google is holding its annual I/O developer conference this week, a fortnight ahead of Apple’s similar event. While there were no direct music announcements during Google’s keynote last night, there was plenty for our...
May 29, 2015
Facebook’s Oculus Rift VR headset will ship in Q1 2016
When Facebook paid $2bn for virtual reality startup Oculus VR last year, its Oculus Rift headset was expected to go on sale to the public (as opposed to the prototype already available to developers) by the end of 2015. That...
May 7, 2015
Virtual reality: a sceptic writes
Memo to the family and friends of Kobalt Label Services’ marketing director David Emery: if you buy him a VR headset for Christmas, you’ll be getting SHORT SHRIFT. Emery has published a blog post comparing hype in the...
April 27, 2015
Virtual reality, wearables and location: hits or hype for future music marketing?
Tonight is Music Ally’s Future Music Marketing event in London, where we’ve gathered a panel of opinionated experts to give their views on whether a selection of technologies are hits or hype – or a bit of both –...
April 16, 2015