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Warning: Timeline Is Now Destroying Your Facebook App...

Warning: Timeline Is Now Destroying Your Facebook App... | Social Music Revolution | Scoop.it

We saw marked declines heading into Facebook's official switch to Timeline. But it now looks like Timeline is eviscerating the Facebook artist app, or at best forcing it into some lowly plateau.
Here's a look at artist app traffic for three of the largest DIY appmakers: BandPage (formerly Root Music), ReverbNation, and FanRx (formerly BandRx). The mandatory switch to Timeline, which disabled default landing pages on artist apps, happened March 30th.

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5 Ways Spotify Is Pioneering the Hyper-Social Business Model

5 Ways Spotify Is Pioneering the Hyper-Social Business Model | Social Music Revolution | Scoop.it
Spotify's success is due to its deep Facebook integration, which makes the service both hyper-social and user friendly.


Spotify has experienced meteoric growth since integrating with the new Facebook Open Graph in September. It is quickly becoming the leader in streaming music, an already crowded category.

Spotify’s growth and its deep connection to Facebook are not coincidental either. In fact, the company’s success is due in large part to its deep Facebook integration and the incredibly balanced user experience it offers.

Below you’ll find a list of reasons why Spotify gets the Open Graph 2.0 right, and how the company has created such an incredible user experience.


1. Unparalleled Facebook Integration

2. Sharing vs. Privacy

3. Apps Within an App

4. Walking the Tightrope

5. From Social to Hyper-Social


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Songkick raises £6.3m in funding round led by Sequoia Capital

Songkick raises £6.3m in funding round led by Sequoia Capital | Social Music Revolution | Scoop.it
British music startup Songkick has raised a £6.3m ($10m) funding round led by Sequoia, the US venture capital firm whose previous investments include Apple, Google, YouTube, PayPal and Dropbox.

It's the first time Sequoia has invested in a startup headquartered in the UK, according to Songkick's chief executive Ian Hogarth, who says the funding will give his company the resources "to continue to innovate" in the months ahead. Songkick's existing investors, who include Index Ventures and Y Combinator, also participated in the new round.

Songkick was set up by Hogarth and two friends, Michelle You and Pete Smith in 2007, with the aim of building a business around live music. Its service maintains global listings for music gigs, enabling fans to be alerted when their favourite artists announce a concert near them.

The site now attracts 5m monthly unique visitors, which Hogarth says makes it the second biggest live-music site in the world behind Ticketmaster.

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Mobile Roadie games with Guetta

Mobile Roadie games with Guetta | Social Music Revolution | Scoop.it
MXP4 & Mobile Roadie integrate MXP4’s Bopler's games into Mobile Roadie artist apps starting with a David Guetta version of the Pump It!
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Spotify CEO Daniel Ek Talks Royalties, Social and The Future | Evolver.fm

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek Talks Royalties, Social and The Future | Evolver.fm | Social Music Revolution | Scoop.it

The following interview with Spotify CEO Daniel Ek originally appeared on GRAMMY.com. Ek will give the keynote address at the GRAMMY Foundation’s Entertainment Law Initiative Luncheon & Scholarship Presentation on Feb. 10 in Beverly Hills, Calif. 


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How Facebook could remake the entertainment industry

How Facebook could remake the entertainment industry | Social Music Revolution | Scoop.it
Two years ago, Hollywood talent agent Ari Emanuel made a remarkable statement about the future of media. He said he could see a time when certain movies premiered on Facebook instead of in theaters. “For the $150 million movie, you’ll still need to go to Warner Brothers, but for the $25 million movie, probably not,” he said at a San Francisco conference.

After a decade of war with Silicon Valley, big chunks of Hollywood’s establishment are thinking about technology differently. Instead of freaking out about how high-tech companies will drain their pockets, Hollywood executives are increasingly looking at deals with firms such as Facebook, Google, Apple and Amazon as a way to line them. As we spend more time online — almost as much time as we spend watching television, according to Morgan Stanley — these companies are becoming TV networks for the digital age. They are hugely valuable advertising and distribution engines for Hollywood content.

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Inside Social Games · Inside Tetris Battle, Facebook’s top multiplayer arcade game

Inside Social Games · Inside Tetris Battle, Facebook’s top multiplayer arcade game | Social Music Revolution | Scoop.it

Tetris Battle started out in 2010 as a quiet attempt to bring a classic video game brand to Facebook. Now, just over a year later, the game is on track to compete with the very biggest Facebook games from giants like Zynga and EA.

Already ranked among the top ten most popular games on Facebook as recorded by our AppData traffic tracking service, Tetris Battle currently enjoys about 3.1 million daily active users with 2 million of them arriving in the game within the last two months alone. Honolulu-based developer Tetris Online Inc. has set the sky as the limit for the game’s growth in 2012, hoping to grow the total player base of Tetris Battle to between 5 and 10 million DAU this year. If successful, this would place Tetris Battles in serious competition for the top spot of most popular Facebook game overall.

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Rob Wells says UMG's research shows streaming doesn't cannibalise downloads

Rob Wells says UMG's research shows streaming doesn't cannibalise downloads | Social Music Revolution | Scoop.it
Coldplay, the Black Keys and Adele may strongly disagree, but making your repertoire available on streaming services does not cannibalize record sales. At least that's the verdict of Rob Wells, president of Universal Music Group's global digital business sector, who reiterated his support for services like Spotify and Rdio at the launch of IFPI's Digital Music Report 2012, held in London yesterday.

Citing analysis that Universal Music Group had carried out during the last six months regarding four "key" Universal artists - "a heritage rock act, front-line pop, an urban R&B act and [one] in the MOR field" - Wells dismissed the argument that streaming services have a negative impact on download and brick-and-mortar sales as "absolutely bogus."

IFPI Digital Music Report 2012: Global Digital Revenue Climbs 8%, Overall Market Decline Slows

As previously reported, Coldplay and the Black Keys are among a number of high-profile acts to spurn streaming services in 2011, with the bands' latest albums, "Mylo Xyloto" (Parlophone/EMI) and "El Camino"(Nonesuch/Warner), respectively, bypassing services such as Spotify or Rdio. Earlier this year, Coldplay's manager Dave Holmes told Business Week that the decision to omit "Mylo Xyloto" from streaming services - at least for the present time - was because he was "very concerned" that "Spotify competes with download stores" such as iTunes.

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How successful are Spotify's apps?

How successful are Spotify's apps? | Social Music Revolution | Scoop.it

GigaOm has been talking to several of the developers who were launch partners for the Spotify Apps platform to see how it's going. It seems it's going pretty well in terms of traffic. Moodagent's app has attracted 500,000 unique visitors since launch in late November, with 43% of those users having been active in creating playlists rather than just browsing them. Soundrop's app has attracted more than 265,000 unique visitors since 20 December alone, with half of them coming back to the site within two days of first visiting it. Meanwhile, ShareMyPlaylists is attracting between 6,000 and 10,000 unique visitors a day to its app, with CEO Kieron Donoghue saying that "This has resulted in a 200% increase in new members to our site and a huge 400% increase in playlists uploaded to ShareMyPlaylists.com".

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Turntable.fm Founder Says He’s Flattered By Facebook Listen With, But They’re Different

Turntable.fm Founder Says He’s Flattered By Facebook Listen With, But They’re Different | Social Music Revolution | Scoop.it
I’m flattered Facebook was inspired by turntable.fm and created a listen together feature” says co-founder Billy Chasen about Facebook’s new synchronous music listening and chat feature Listen With. Chasen tells me “I look forward to seeing how they interpret what social music means as we seem to have different core philosophies about it (such as the importance of discovering new music from strangers and not just friends).” Chasen seems to think that only listening to what your friends enjoy won’t provide discovery as adventurous as Turntable.fm’s public rooms.

When Turntable.fm first started in January 2011 (or even when it started rolling out in May), it probably didn’t see Facebook at a competitor. At the time Facebook had no official music partnerships. Turntable.fm’s approach facilitated both private listening amongst friends and big public rooms of strangers exposing each other to new artists.

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Twitter misses the boat' for music discovery

Twitter misses the boat' for music discovery | Social Music Revolution | Scoop.it

Twitter social music recommendations: battling distraction, inaction & fragmentation



Twitter is and for the foreseeable will be a communications powerhouse. An incredible quantity of information is shared via Twitter every second, including a lot of music sharing. Yesterday alone there were over 18,000 proactive music shares on Twitter (or about 12 songs per minute), excluding auto-tweets and srobbling, and this rate continues to grow exponentially. But despite this fact, no one is using Twitter to actually discover music. As Billboard recently reported following the NPD/NARM survey on music discovery, “Twitter is not a common activity after music discovery.” Only 2.2% said they checked Twitter after hearing a song they liked and only 12% said they visit an artist’s Twitter page after discovery.

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Vevo now streaming 3.6bn videos a month

Music videos service Vevo has published a report summarising its latest milestones, two years after launching. The company says it now has 57 million unique viewers in the US streaming 827 million videos a month. The Vevo mobile apps have been downloaded more than 13 million times, meanwhile, with 3.9 million monthly active users in October. Vevo also says that adding Facebook's new Open Graph has paid off, with video shares and likes growing 280% and 121% since September. Globally, Vevo is generating 3.6 billion streams a month. CEO Rio Caraeff gives some extra predictions to the Financial Times. "We're on track to reach profitability in the first half of next year," says Caraeff, who adds that Vevo has paid out $100 million to labels, artists and songwriters so far. He is also enthusiastic about plans for a 'lean-back' option in 2012, starting on Xbox 360. "Why aren't we going to become the MTV of this world? It's just a matter of time."

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Zynganomics: 4 Secrets of the Social Gaming Business Model

Zynganomics: 4 Secrets of the Social Gaming Business Model | Social Music Revolution | Scoop.it
Zynga’s Farmville, CityVille and Mafia Wars aren’t just the most successful digital games of all time; they also present an amazing economics lesson that everyone can learn from.

When we observe Zynga’s story, we can learn from its user behavior, discover new patterns, and apply these lessons to any website, app or experience – including our national governments. We can take the best lessons from games (like loyalty and behavioral economics) and apply them to other areas.

The practice is called gamification, and Zynga sets the gold standard.

Let’s take he top economic lessons from FarmVille and apply them to business.


1- The Illusion of Free

2- Never Limit How Much Someone Will Pay

3- Focus on Trigger Activities, Sweat the Details

4- You Always Need More Players


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Now’s the perfect time for investors to target music @franciskeeling

Now’s the perfect time for investors to target music @franciskeeling | Social Music Revolution | Scoop.it

Freshly promoted to global head of UMG's digital business, Francis Keeling banged the drum for more investment in music startups in a Financial Times column yesterday. "A key part of our growth will come from external investment in new digital services," he wrote, before delivering a warning about the variety of new digital music services on offer. "Although this provides incredible choice, it arguably sends a confusing message to consumers. Users new to services require time to understand the experience, and it is clear that many services will take time to settle in. Retailers, with the support of rights owners, need to offer consumers long-term trials, so they can assess what model is right for them." He also identifies a gap between "sit back and listen" services and "search and discover" services. "In future, we expect the right service to provide a combination of well-curated radio stations and user-generated playlists, which can be shared among friends. Above all, it must be able to make good music recommendations - whether based on mood, sentiment, genre or simply what someone is hearing at that moment."

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Music Game Experts Launch Echo Peak

Music Game Experts Launch Echo Peak | Social Music Revolution | Scoop.it

BRIGHTON, UK: Announcing today, Echo Peak is a specialist games developer focusing on collaborative projects with top creative talent from the music industry and beyond. Led by the creative duo behind the critically acclaimed "Chime" - Game Director Ciaran Walsh and Creative Director Ste Curran - in partnership with Tenshi Ventures and former Zoe Mode Studio Head Ed Daly, the team brings together talent from doublesix, EA and Freestyle Games to create games for consoles and emerging digital platforms.

"We are passionate about working with talent outside our industry in ways that are smarter, more interesting and more audience-focused than just plugging songs into well-worn templates", says Ciaran Walsh. "Our experience in music games led us to this point, and music seems a natural place to start -- bringing these two worlds closer makes so much sense -- which is why we're working with leading artists and labels to develop a number of concepts."

Echo Peak's first title, a collaboration with a major global music star, is in development now. Interested parties-- whether they're in the music industry, games industry or just people who want to know more about how Echo Peak plans to build something new -- can get in touch via ep@echo-peak.com or @echospeaks on twitter.

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Shazam posted revenues of £15.6m for the year (+47%)

Shazam posted revenues of £15.6m for the year (+47%) | Social Music Revolution | Scoop.it
Shazam revenues up 47% as its mobile discovery apps find new users

February 21st, 2012 by stuartdredge

British startup Shazam has published its financial results for the year ending 30 June 2011, revealing a year-on-year revenue growth of 47.3%.

Shazam posted revenues of £15.6m for the year, up from £10.59m in the year ending 30 June 2010, according to its filing with Companies House in the UK. The company didn’t turn a profit for the year, although its net losses narrowed from £0.35m to £0.28m in the same period.

Shazam’s cost of sales for the year ending 30 June 2011 were just over £932k, up from £517k the year before. The company’s ‘recurring administrative expenses’ also increased from £10.5m to £14.83m in that time period.

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Harmonix working on music game for XBLA, PSN, and F - Shacknews.com - Video Game News, Trailers, Game Videos, and Files

Harmonix working on music game for XBLA, PSN, and F - Shacknews.com - Video Game News, Trailers, Game Videos, and Files | Social Music Revolution | Scoop.it
Harmonix sent over this brief response on the matter: "As we've stated before, our studio is growing and hard at work on a variety of titles. In a storied Harmonix tradition, our designers start working on those games before they're publicly announced. We're excited to confirm more information soon, probably via a LinkedIn update or something - we haven't decided."

[Original story] Harmonix has been quiet lately, as it benefits from Dance Central dividends. After the developer went indie last year, they released music video-creation app VidRhythm for iOS. But what's next for the Rock Band creator?

An updated resume for Brian Chan (via Supererogatory) shows him as lead designer on an "unannounced title." As platforms, he lists Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, and oddly enough, Facebook.

Though the resume doesn't explicitly say so, it seems reasonable to assume this is a music title. Company CEO Florian Hunziker recently said it has multiple music games in development that "won't resemble" its existing franchises. Scaling back the genre might be just what the doctor ordered, after sales began to slump for big-box plastic instruments games.

Shacknews has contacted Harmonix regarding the listing, and will update as more information becomes available.

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7 reasons why tech will be big at music industry conference Midem 2012

7 reasons why tech will be big at music industry conference Midem 2012 | Social Music Revolution | Scoop.it
With API launches and hack days now becoming commonplace, the music industry finally seems to get the Internet. That means that this year’s Midem conference in Cannes, France, where people from across the business get together to share ideas and discuss the future, should be very interesting indeed.

The Next Web will be reporting from Midem, which takes place from 28-31 January 2012. Here’s what’s lined up on the tech side of things to keep us busy.

1- The likes of Microsoft, Google, Spotify, YouTube, Vevo, Orange, Deezer, Facebook, Rovio and Vivendi will be in attendance. Amazon and Google will take part in a panel discussion with UMG’s Rob Wells and Charles Caldas, head of indie collective Merlin. Google Music’s Tim Quirk will also be taking part in a panel.
2- The streaming music market is set to expand this year, and Spotify, Simfy, Deezer and Rdio will all be at Midem.
3- Established music startups attending will include The Echo Nest, Shazam, Simfy, Gracenote, SoundCloud, Mspot, MXP4/bopler games, Thinglink and Songkick.
4- Those startups will be joined by the fresh faces taking part in the Midemlab startup competition, such as Flowd, Webdoc and Tunerights. See the full list in our previous coverage.
5- There’s a Music Tech Meetup planned for the evening of Sunday Jan 29th. We’ll be there to meet all the startups.
6- The Innovation Factory is set to offer a complete, tailor-made learning programme for startups. This includes The Basics of Startup Operations, run by Microsoft BizSpark, How to Raise Funds for Your Own Startup, from LD&A, and How to Pitch to the Media, run by… The Next Web!
7- Midem’s Music Hack Day, as our previous coverage explained, will see innovative music apps and services built in just 48 hours.


If all that has whet your appetite and you want to come to Cannes to witness it all first-hand, startups and app developers can take advantage of a special ticket price. The details can be found at www.midem.com/tech.

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Global Music Digital Revenue Climbs 8% Overall Market Decline Slows

Global Music Digital Revenue Climbs 8% Overall Market Decline Slows | Social Music Revolution | Scoop.it
Global revenue from digital sales and services grew by 8 percent in 2011 - up from 5 percent the previous year - while the overall recorded music market shrank by approximately 3 percent in total trade value (both physical and digital), according to IFPI's annual Digital Music Report.

The report, which was unveiled today at IFPI's London offices, placed the total trade value of the global digital music market in 2011 at $5.2 billion, up from $4.8 billion the previous year, and accounted 32 percent of record companies' total income, up from 29 percent in 2010.

The growth in revenue derived from digital services contributed to a slowing decline in the overall music market, says IFPI. The international music organization said that the total trade value of the recorded music market was $16.2 billion dollars, down from $16.7 billion in 2010. That amounts to a 3 percent fall in total trade value, compared to an 8-9 percent slip in 2010.

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The Music Format Bill of Rights

The Music Format Bill of Rights | Social Music Revolution | Scoop.it

The music industry is in dire need of a genuine successor to the CD, and the download is not it. The current debates over access versus ownership and of streaming services hurting download sales ring true because a stream is a decent like-for-like replacement for a download. The premium product needs to be much more than a mere download. It needs dramatically reinventing for the digital age, built around four fundamental and inalienable principles of being Dynamic, Interactive, Social and Curated (D.I.S.C.). This is nothing less than an entire new music format that will enable the next generation of music products. Products that will be radically different from their predecessors and that will crucially be artist-specific, not store or service specific. Rights owners will have to overcome some major licensing and commercial issues, but the stakes are high enough to warrant the effort. At risk is the entire future of premium music products.

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EMI launches Pink Floyd store on Facebook

EMI launches Pink Floyd store on Facebook | Social Music Revolution | Scoop.it

EMI has launched an official Pink Floyd Store on the band's Facebook page - the first 'F-Commerce' store launched using the company's in-house D2C platform. The store offers global and US/Canada pricing for items, initially focusing on box-sets and vinyl for The Dark Side Of The Moon and Wish You Were Here (£84.99 per bundle). Fans browse, check out and buy within Facebook without ever being chucked out to an external site, with payment methods including PayPal and credit cards.

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Listen to Music With Your Friends

Listen to Music With Your Friends | Social Music Revolution | Scoop.it
Music is one of the most powerful and fun ways to connect. Whether it's at a concert with a bunch of people or on a long car ride with your best buddy, we love listening to music with our friends. But what if you could listen to music with your friends when you're alone, like at work, at home or on the go?

Today, with music services on Facebook, there's a new way to listen with friends. This feature lets you listen along with any of your friends who are currently listening to music. You can also listen together in a group while one of your friends plays DJ.

You can listen to the same song, at the exact same time—so when your favorite vocal part comes in you can experience it together, just like when you're jamming out at a performance or dance club.

How It Works

Look for the music note in the chat sidebar to see which of your friends are listening to music. To listen with a friend, hover over their name, and click the Listen With button. The music will play through the service your friend is using.

When a new song plays, you'll come along for the ride, discovering new music while your friend DJs for you.

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3 Essential Music Sites You Need To Use In 2012

3 Essential Music Sites You Need To Use In 2012 | Social Music Revolution | Scoop.it
3 SITES FOR 2012 The music industry has had a desperate flavor to it these past few years. We have been continuously told that there is a pending transition, and that the future of music consumption is just around the...


1- YouTube

2- Facebook

3- You own site


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MXP4 Strengthens Its Music Catalogue For Bopler Games Ahead Of Commercial Launch

MXP4 Strengthens Its Music Catalogue For Bopler Games Ahead Of Commercial Launch | Social Music Revolution | Scoop.it
The #1 Legal Social Music Game Application On Facebook Now Features A Growing Library Of Hits, Nine Engaging & Innovative Music Games, And Exciting New Social Features Including Dynamic Tournaments...


The platform is currently showcasing a "Christmas Playlist," with popular tracks including:
1) Jason Derulo - It Girl
2) David Guetta - Without You
3) Nicole Scherzinger - Don't Hold Your Breath
4) Robbie Williams - Rock DJ
5) LMFAO - Party Rock Anthem
6) Tiesto - Speed Rail
7) Owl City - Deer in The Headlights
8) 3OH!3 - Robot!
9) Chemical Brothers - Block Rockin' Beats
10) Gym Class Heroes - Clothes Off!
11) Gorillaz - Clint Eastwood
12) Sean Paul - Press It Up
13) Motorhead - Ace of Spades
14) Hot Chip - I Feel Better
15) Fall Out Boy - Sugar, We're Going Down
16) Justice - Genesis
17) Jackson 5 - ABC
18) Lily Allen - Not Fair
19) Marvin Gaye - I Heard It Through The Grapevine
20) Pet Shop Boys - It's a Sin

More artists such as Duran Duran, Supergrass, Robert Palmer, Aretha Franklin, KT Tunstall, Simple Minds, Mos Def, Good Charlotte, Culture Club, Nine Inch Nails, Uffie, Beverly Knight, Mad Professor, Sebastian, Money Mark, DJ Medhi, The Specials, Kid Sister, Digital Underground, The Vines, Keziah Jones, Breakbot, Selah Sue, UB40are also featured on the service.

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