It seems like it's been ages since SparkLabs revealed its intentions to nurture a handful of promising startups in South Korea (it was actually the end of July), but now the accelerator has officially pulled back the curtains on its inaugural...
UPDATED: Google is adding scan and match service when it's Google Play music download store and free music locker launch in Europe on November 13th. Scan and match will also launch in the U.S. soon after, according to the company.
Unlike years past, 2012 lacked debuts by big music services that require tens of millions of dollars of venture capital. Rdio, Vevo and Guvera made the list in 2010. Turntable was on last year's list. In fact, this year's list doesn't have a single service on the list that requires licenses record labels to operate.
Instead, the best and most interesting music startups were the ones that serve artists, sell tickets and aid music discovery. Some, like Mobile Roadie and We Are Hunted, have been around for years and recently gained impressive momentum. Others, like StageIt and PledgeMusic, are transforming how artists interact with their fans.
One of the most important parts of an ecosystem is to have successful, thriving companies. This not only creates acquisition opportunities for local startups, but it localizes resources – this is often why fashion startups come out of Paris, because the fashion industry is already here.
Deezer, however, did not come from a thriving music industry ecosystem, but instead built its own, and equally important part of the ecosystem. In addition to being a platform with an API into which startups can plug their own apps, Deezer has called attention to itself in France, and thus any other music startup in France suddenly receives the initial reaction of “well, Deezer is successful, so maybe this will be, too.”
Rdio recently put up big billboards in Times Square and other high-profile places around the country. The ad campaign is part of the company's efforts to finally introduce itself to a bigger audience after it spent two years working on its product.
Le concept d'e-commerce sur abonnement n'est plus l'apanage des cosmétiques féminins. En témoignent DandyBox, Woufbox, Dyonis, Tiniloo et toutes les autres box qui ont vu le jour ces dernières semaines.
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