Concert app Lively sings new tune with fresh funding

Lively has reeled in another $2 million in funding, money that the Seattle startup will use to continue to develop its service for making audio and video content available to music fans shortly after concerts conclude. The funding amount was listed in a SEC filing today. As we reported last November, Lively has already entertained… Read More


Adele, Lady Gaga and Carly Rae Jepsen top Amazon’s all-time music charts

For the first time ever, Amazon released the rankings of its most downloaded and purchased music in history, going back to when the company began its Amazon MP3 service in 2007. British singer-songwriter Adele’s soulful vocals propelled her album “21″ to the most purchased CD, compared to Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” taking the crown for most… Read More


Geeky listening: These open-source speakers are powered by supercapacitors, charge in 5 minutes

If you’re looking to impress your geeky friends who love listening to music, look no further than Blueshift’s first product. The new Portland-based startup just launched a crowdfunding campaign for Helium, a portable speaker that’s powered by supercapacitors — meaning it can charge quickly and hold power for longer periods of time than a traditional… Read More


Shakeup: Rhapsody cuts 15% of workforce, president out as new investor arrives

Seattle-based Rhapsody International is cutting 15 percent of its workforce, and its president Jon Irwin is stepping down with the arrival of a new investor, Columbus Nova Technology Partners, which has made a “significant investment” in the venerable music service. Columbus Nova is known in part for its earlier acquisition of Rock Band creator Harmonix… Read More

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Microsoft expands Xbox Music to iOS, Android, web

Microsoft is expanding its Xbox Music service to new platforms with the release of apps for iOS and Android, plus a web player for streaming music. The news tonight comes less than a year after Microsoft launched the rebranded music service on Windows 8, Xbox Live and Windows Phone. The mobile and console apps require… Read More


Rhapsody reset: Revenue slips 8% as music service drops ads and MP3 sales to focus on subscriptions

Rhapsody is focusing more intently on its core music subscription service, dropping third-party ads from its website and discontinuing sales of MP3 downloads. And in the short term, at least, the move is putting a damper on the company’s revenue growth. Revenue at the Seattle-based company dropped 8 percent to $34.7 million in the… Read More


Microsoft Store arrives in Hawaii, with help from Macklemore

Hey, maybe it’s time for a quick trip to Hawaii! Microsoft is opening up its first retail store in the Hawaiian Islands this week, at the Ala Moana Center in Honolulu, and continuing its tradition of leveraging music stars to generate buzz with free concerts. Appearing this time: Seattle’s own Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. Wouldn’t it… Read More


Who wrote that song? Rhapsody becomes first music service to offer liner notes

To many listeners, one benefit of purchasing physical music is the ability to learn who was responsible for the behind-the-scenes production, like the names of songwriters, background vocalists or song producers and engineers. Unfortunately for those music fans, often-used digital players today now only include basic information like song title, artist name and album. Now, though,… Read More


Rhapsody exec advises Spotify, Rdio: You’re doing it wrong

Jon Maples, Rhapsody VP of Product and Content, has some veteran advice for fellow music streaming competitors Spotify and Rdio: Stop making the same mistakes we did. In this blog post, Maples takes a trip down memory lane and discusses how Rhapsody put out costly advertisements from 2008-2010 that share similarities with the TV spots Spotify… Read More


What startups can learn from rock ‘n’ roll bands

So what can startups learn from the local do-it-yourself Rock N Rollers? You think it’s hard to get people to click on your link, imagine inviting hundreds — or even thousands — of people to your show and knowing that your income is determined by how many of those people show up and buy merchandise. Trust… Read More


Twitter unveils sleek new #music discovery app for web, iOS

There’s a new way to find the tunes and tracks everyone is talking about. Twitter today debuted a new music discovery platform for both browsers and iOS devices. The service uses Twitter activity to aggregate the most popular music. You’re also able to preview the songs right through the app via iTunes, and subscribers to… Read More


Sorry, Amazon: Court frowns on resale of ‘used’ digital music

A federal judge’s ruling in favor of Capitol Records in a suit against the ReDigi digital music service could have implications for and other companies that have been eying the market for “used” digital goods. Siding with the record label’s copyright claims, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Sullivan found, in essence, that transferring ownership… Read More


Amazon debuts Cloud Player app for iPad, iPad Mini

Already available on the iPhone and iPod touch, today Amazon launched its free Cloud Player app for the iPad and iPad mini. “Our goal is to make Cloud Player the most widely compatible cloud playback solution available, giving our customers the ability to buy their music once and enjoy it everywhere,” Steve Boom, VP of Digital… Read More