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Tubalr automatically creates YouTube music video playlists for easy listening

Tubalr automatically creates YouTube music video playlists for easy listening | The Shape of Music to Come | Scoop.it
Tubalr is a web service that allows you to punch in a band name, hit a button, and be presented with a clean and simple playlist of music videos from that band based on content pulled from YouTube....
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Pandora Launches Web Hub For Live Concert Series

Pandora Launches Web Hub For Live Concert Series | The Shape of Music to Come | Scoop.it
Pandora has announced an online extension of the free, live concert series that the company debuted earlier in the month. The Pandora live concert series hub is currently sponsored by Budweiser.
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5 Top Music Tech Trends For 2012: Augmented Reality Remixes, Mainstream Hack Days, Live Shows

5 Top Music Tech Trends For 2012: Augmented Reality Remixes, Mainstream Hack Days, Live Shows | The Shape of Music to Come | Scoop.it
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.
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Behind the music: What mattered in the music industry in 2011 – and some predictions for 2012

Helienne Lindvall: It has been a momentous year for the record business, with EMI being broken up and even Simon Cowell taking a knocking.
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Promote Your Music On Bander Music Game App - hypebot

Promote Your Music On Bander Music Game App - hypebot | The Shape of Music to Come | Scoop.it
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.
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MegaUpload Is Now Launching a Music Service Called MegaBox...

MegaUpload Is Now Launching a Music Service Called MegaBox... | The Shape of Music to Come | Scoop.it

"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."


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Vevo has paid out $100 million to artists and labels

Vevo has paid out $100 million to artists and labels | The Shape of Music to Come | Scoop.it
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.
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That's alot of money.

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SpotiLast creates a Spotify playlist based on your Last.fm recommendations

SpotiLast creates a Spotify playlist based on your Last.fm recommendations | The Shape of Music to Come | Scoop.it
When you're looking for new playlists, there is no reason not to pull out all of the stops. Last.fm was the early music app darling, allowing us to scrobble our way through tracks. ...
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Ringtones Still Make Four Times As Much Money as Spotify, Rdio, and Rhapsody Combined...

Ringtones Still Make Four Times As Much Money as Spotify, Rdio, and Rhapsody Combined... | The Shape of Music to Come | Scoop.it

"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."

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MySpace Launches New Music Player, Search Function, Facebook Integration | Billboard.biz

MySpace today debuted its first major product offering under new owners Specific Media with a new music player,  enhanced music recommendation, a built-in search...
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Hello Music Goes Mobile With App

Hello Music Goes Mobile With App | The Shape of Music to Come | Scoop.it
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.
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The Echo Nest To Power New Spotify Radio (Which Begins Rolling Out Today)

The Echo Nest To Power New Spotify Radio (Which Begins Rolling Out Today) | The Shape of Music to Come | Scoop.it
For a long time now, Spotify has had its own Radio experience, but, to be honest, it hasn't been very good.
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Introducing the TVD GPS-based Record Store Locator App for your iPhone or Android!

Introducing the TVD GPS-based Record Store Locator App for your iPhone or Android! | The Shape of Music to Come | Scoop.it

‘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.

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iOS, Albums, Google+: Three Digital Music Trends to Watch in 2012 | Billboard.biz

There's hardly a shortage of trends to watch in digital music. From Internet radio to subscription services to a never-ending stream of resources aimed at independent...
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Believe It, or Not: Major Labels Say Sales Improved In 2011...

Believe It, or Not: Major Labels Say Sales Improved In 2011... | The Shape of Music to Come | Scoop.it

"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."

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Is Music Piracy The Problem… Or The Solution? - hypebot

Is Music Piracy The Problem… Or The Solution?  - hypebot | The Shape of Music to Come | Scoop.it
Yesterday in a comment left on one of Hypebot's Best of 2011 articles, one reader expressed a viewpoint that ending piracy is the #1 route to a professional career in the music industry.
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Steve Jobs awarded posthumous Grammy for 'significant contributions to music'

Steve Jobs awarded posthumous Grammy for 'significant contributions to music' | The Shape of Music to Come | Scoop.it

"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."

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Rhapsody soars past a million paying customers, president Jon Irwin shaves his head in celebration

Rhapsody soars past a million paying customers, president Jon Irwin shaves his head in celebration | The Shape of Music to Come | Scoop.it

"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."

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Mixtapes go social with the brilliant app ‘Everyone’s Mixtape’

Mixtapes go social with the brilliant app ‘Everyone’s Mixtape’ | The Shape of Music to Come | Scoop.it
Music has always been social, well before we had the Internet. We created mixtapes for every occasion; driving in the car, for when we get dumped, a new relationship, and the list ...
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James Cowdery: How Universal’s UK artists will embrace the open web

James Cowdery: How Universal’s UK artists will embrace the open web | The Shape of Music to Come | Scoop.it

"UMG UK's innovation manager presents the Artist Gateway, a central artist data resource designed to please fans and hackers alike"

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Social Music Community Beatrobo Makes Sharing And Listening To Songs With Friends Easy, Asynchronous

Social Music Community Beatrobo Makes Sharing And Listening To Songs With Friends Easy, Asynchronous | The Shape of Music to Come | Scoop.it
Most online music services have a common problem: it takes too much time and effort to get started and engage with other people.
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The Digital Music Year That Was: 2011 in Review and 2012 Predictions

Following the disappointment of 2010, 2011 was always going to need to pack more punch.  In some ways it did, and other ways it continued to underwhelm. On balance though the stage is set for an ...
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Top10′s Spotify app shows the potential of social music

Top10′s Spotify app shows the potential of social music | The Shape of Music to Come | Scoop.it
When Spotify launched its app platform a couple of weeks ago, not much attention was paid to the individual apps on offer, beyond big names like The Guardian and Last.fm. Digging a ...
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Organize Facebook Events From Invites To Ticketing with Usher iPhone App

Organize Facebook Events From Invites To Ticketing with Usher iPhone App | The Shape of Music to Come | Scoop.it
Usher, a new iPhone app unrelated to the superstar performer, looks like a great way to organize Facebook events using your smartphone.
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Buy concert tickets without leaving Facebook, thanks to Ticketfly

Buy concert tickets without leaving Facebook, thanks to Ticketfly | The Shape of Music to Come | Scoop.it
Interacting with musicians and bands is something most people do on Facebook. How often have you seen a status update from someone suggesting you all go see a specific act or event? ...
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