It seems obvious that music tech in 2012 will be a growing field of activity with more investment and business attention. Trends will center around the implications of ubiquitous music enabled by streaming from the cloud to multiple devices.
Bander is an iOS app for both iPad and iPhone that gamifies music discovery while connecting indie artists and music listeners. Artists are offered free profiles and opportunities to sell their music via iTunes.
"There's another gigantic wrinkle in the MegaUpload drama. Not only is MegaUpload fighting tooth-and-nail against Universal Music Group, but they're now planning the launch of a cloud-based music locker, store, and do-it-yourself artist-selling service. It's called MegaBox, and it's already up in beta form with listed partners 7digital, Gracenote, Rovi, and Amazon MP3."
Vevo, the online music video service that turns 2 this month, has paid out more than $100 million in royalties since December 2009 to songwriters, recording artists, record labels and other music copyright holders.
"Turns out ringtones are sort of like CDs: sure, they're dying, but it's a slow, drawn-out death. And according to Gartner Research, ringtone revenues in the United States are still four times that of all subscription streaming services - combined."
Hello Music has launched an iPhone app that brings mobile access to its daily deals on instruments, gear and musician services. 120,000 have registered for free Hello Music memberships. The free app is available now.
‘Tis the month for giving (and for giving back) and as such we’re delighted to debut the TVD App this holiday season. It’s the only GPS-based record store locator app in the US for you vinyl and record store obsessives.
"Everyone loves a good fairytale for the holidays, so here's another one. Ahead of the official count, major labels are now claiming a slim 1 percent album sales increase over last year, based on preliminary stats from Nielsen Soundscan."
"It's pretty difficult to argue that both Apple's iPod and -- to an even greater extent -- its contentious iTunes software haven't had a massive impact on the music industry. The Recording Academy has decided to recognize this, naming the former CEO and Apple co-founder Steve Jobs for a Trustees Award for "outstanding contributions to the industry in a non-performing capacity."
"Whatever Spotify can do, Rhapsody can do better? Not quite, but it's getting there. While the former cruised past 2.5 million paying customers last month, Rhapsody has just announced that it has "gone platinum." It's now serving a cool million paying subscribers, right on the heels of its ten-year anniversary."