The finalists for Midemlab 2014 have been announced.
The international competition sees start-ups and app developers pitch ideas designed to drive the music industry forwards.
Presented by Pepsi and Vivendi, the 2014 Midemlab finalists – chosen by UK digital consulting company Music Ally and French specialist open innovation consultancy, bluenove – will present their business models to an international jury of leading entertainment executives, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and incubators.
Facebook Strategic Partnerships manager Ime Archibong handed out social networking tips for musicians and music companies, while Twitter #Music's Stephen Phillips pleaded for patience from the industry at the opening of the SF Musictech Summit XIII at San Francisco's Hotel Kabuki on Tuesday.
Archibong started the twice-a-year gathering of more than a thousand technologists, dealmakers and musicians by pointing music app developers to Facebook's new acquisition, Parse, which is a service that runs apps across multiple platforms. Facebook purchased the "mobile-backend-as-a-service" startup in April for a rumored $85 million, Techcrunch reported.
"If you are an early developer I'd actually say go look at the Parse ecosystem and the tools and the services they provide. It gives you a way of looking at the backend and everything you use to scale out across the platform to mobile apps instead of just focusing in on the user experience, the UI, the fun parts," Archibong said.
Billed as "your social news magazine", the Flipboard app has been used by more than 50m people since its launch in July 2010. Now it wants lots of them to start curating their own digital mags for other people to read, in its Flipboard 2.0 update.
Musicmetric has announced a deal with Spotify that will allow its users to benchmark Spotify data alongside social media trends and file-sharing information.
Musicmetric Pro, Musicmetric’s premium analytics tool, will integrate Spotify data allowing it to be analysed alongside other data streams. MusicMetric says this could show how streaming data can be used by the music industry to better leverage revenues.
Anyone with Spotify Analytics can now access all their data through Musicmetric, meaning streaming data can be laid on top of social media trends, BitTorrent consumption and sentiment for over 700,000 artists captured by Musicmetric.
Meanwhile on Spotify’s app platform comes the launch of David Guetta’s ‘PLAY GUETTA’ app. Back when Spotify launched artist apps back in June I said that they were a great start on the rod to relevance for streaming music services and music discovery but that there was a long distance to go (which was a polite way of saying that the first wave of apps weren’t very good). The David Guetta app is a different kettle of fish altogether. Whereas the first wave of apps had an air of unfulfilled promised ‘PLAY GUETTA’ is a rich, immersive and – crucially – massively social app. As a testament to the importance of Spotify’s app ecosystem, ‘PLAY GUETTA’ is built using the Soundrop SDK, itself a Spotify app.
Spotify today plans to begin the roll out of its first ever browser-based music player, The Verge has learned from sources close to the company. From the looks of it, the web player looks a lot like its desktop counterparts on Mac and Windows, including search, Spotify Radio, playlist editing and creation, and a "What's New" section. Like its desktop apps, Spotify on the web will likely be free to use but include audio ads and banners ads. The web app will roll out over the coming months, we're told, and will supplement but not replace the company's desktop apps.
Warner Music Group and Shazam have formed a strategic alliance to discover new acts and sign them to a Shazam branded label. The Shazam label imprint will identify unsigned artists by combining traditional A&R with with the music ID app's massive fan activity data. The partnership will also market existing WMG artists. Shazam has proven to be one of the few music apps that drive significant music purchases. During the 2014 Grammys, Shazam messaged 10 million app users to tune in for exclusive content. Those users Shazamed the awards show more than 1 million times, with 54,000 purchasing music...
Whyd, the French startup that lets you curate your favourite music tracks from YouTube, Vimeo, Soundcloud, Dailymotion and various MP3 blogs, and connect with likeminded tastemakers, is ditching its invite-wall today to open fully to the public.
TechCentral Spotify's mobile users skyrocket since free streaming launch CNET It's been one week since Spotify announced it would allow anyone on an iOS or Android tablet or smartphone to use its music streaming app free of charge.
Digital on-demand music streaming service Rdio has updated its iOS app to feature song stations, which allows you to start a station based on any song and then automatically churns up other songs from that artist and from related artists.
By Bill Wilson, Vice President of Digital Strategy and Business Development at NARM and digitalmusic.org.
Metadata. It’s a jargon-y word that probably turns a lot of artists off at the mere mention of it. It’s also one of the main things standing between them and a variety of new opportunities to make money. And those new opportunities are becoming increasingly important for cash-strapped musicians.
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CEO of music service Deezer, Axel Dauchez, said that innovation is “absolutely critical” but knowing where to focus this innovation is key to driving engagement.
Deezer is aiming to make music a “more intense part of users identity”, according to Dauchez, by providing the means for active music discovery and making the relationship between users and artists more tangible by providing exclusive content.
Integrating the live music experience into the service is also an important element that drives user engagement. “We need to provide a better experience of the gig itself,” Dauchez said.
Although taking down barriers to music discovery is important, Dauchez there is also scope to put in some restrictions to drive user engagement. For example, if a band is making an album, they can make some of music available for a short period of time, which drives a significant rise in user engagement.