Brendan O’Driscoll runs Soundwave, a small start-up out of Dublin, Ireland, and while Ireland has had its share of attention as a hotbed of tech start-ups, today the hot start-up is getting hugely more attention than in the past. Soundwave, a finalist in the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, one of the few companies to have its product launch on the new Google Wear (at Google i/O), backed by entrepreneur Mark Cuban is already fielding acquisition inquiries, one year after launch.
The key to all this kudos is music. In the past few months Facebook announced Facebook Audio ID, Apple bought Beats and Google followed with the acquisition of Songza. Music has suddenly taken center stage in the battle of the tech titans and Soundwave, which launched a new version of its platform this week, is one of those start-ups that could well be swept up in the next mad-dash for user-engagement.
Microsoft is extending Xbox Music API availability for third-party developers.
The company has opened access to the platform's catalogue of 38 million tracks, including artist images and artwork as well as extra information.
Developers will also have access to user-authenticated features of Xbox Music, which will be at first restricted to members of the pilot programme. This access will allow developers to read and add to subscribers’ music library and playlists.
Chromecast, Google’s popular $35 dongle that plugs into your TV’s HDMI port, letting you stream video and music to your television, received a number of updates today, Google announced this morning at its I/O developer conference.
Music messaging is kind of a weird space since people rarely send music as a message. Two mobile startups are taking what I think are the two main routes for music messaging, sharing music while chatting about it in the same feed and picking out snippets of music that can function as messages. Soundwave has added a form of group music messaging to its mobile app that takes the former route while La-La recently debuted an iOS app that sends music snippets as messages.
Facebook's Creative Labs today launched Mentions, a new app designed to encourage musicians and other public figures to discover and join conversations on Facebook. Mentions lets you see what fans are saying via a new mentions feed, post updates, start a mobile Q&A, find out what’s trending and get streamlined notifications. Austin Mahone, Ed Sheeran, Mariah Carey (pictured), Big Boi and Prince Royce are among the musicians already using the new app. Mentions is available on iPhone to people with verified Pages in the US. Facebook says it will roll it out to more countries and verified Profiles in the...
If you like the idea beyond Forgotify, a web app that surfaces music that has never been played on Spotify, but want more control on what you discover, then you may be interested to hear of The Long Tail — an app that pulls the 50 least...
Gig listings app Bandsintown has revamped its tools for artists via the launch of a new app for iOS and Android, that allows artists and their managers to coordinate in one place Facebook listings and plugs for touring activity and fan uploaded...
Le spot intrusif est mort, vive le contenu du moment ! C’est Spotify qui le dit, pas nous. Les agences sont prévenues : avec le lancement prochain de films publicitaires en interaction avec la musique écoutée, le leader mondial du streaming musical va faire évoluer la pub sur mobile ! Pour les marques, rejoindre le mouvement passe pas un (re)branding musical.