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4 minutes on the train with … Ali Daniali of BigShot DJ

Editor’s note: Team GeekWire participated in the Geeks on a Train voyage between Portland, Seattle and Vancouver, B.C. Tuesday night as part of the GROW conference, taking place this week in Vancouver. We chatted with folks along the way for short four minute interviews, talking about a variety of tech topics. In this installment, we… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: RockStar Motel aims to put the power in the hands of music fans

Music is one of the scariest industries for startups. With giant record labels dominating, it’s hard to move quickly without running into roadblocks. RockStar Motel is working to take the power out of the record labels’ hands, putting it into fans’ hands. The Seattle startup allows fans to “sign” different artists, stream songs and buy tracks… Read More

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Seattle’s Best CD/Record Store is … Starbucks?

Seattle Weekly is out with its annual “Best of Seattle” awards, and in a city that takes pride in its remaining indie record shops — the ones standing tall in the face of the digital revolution — the winner of Best/CD Record Store will be familiar to everyone. It’s Starbucks, of course. Wait, what? “Hey,… Read More

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Amazon’s Cloud Player now offers cloud-based music transfer with ‘scan and match’

Amazon.com today is touting new offerings for its Cloud Player music service, including a new service called “scan and match” that allows consumers to easily move their favorite music tracks from their hardrives to the cloud. Here’s how Amazon describes the new service: Amazon scans customers’ iTunes and Windows Media Player libraries and matches the songs… Read More

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Mars Hill Church, now with its own music label

Rock, rap and Jesus? Seattle-based ministry Mars Hill is launching a record label to serve and attract its growing membership. The fledgling record label is called Mars Hill Music and run by Deacon Jonathan Dunn. Dunn is a founding member of the heavy metal band Demon Hunter and directed A&R at Tooth & Nail/Solid State… Read More

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Bill Gates-owned Corbis unveils an ‘iTunes for music licensing’ with GreenLight Music

Corbis may be best known for licensing digital images. But the Seattle company, started by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates in 1989, is expanding its footprint in the digital music arena today with the launch of GreenLight Music. Some heavyweights from the industry have already lined up behind the effort, namely major labels such as EMI, Sony/ATV… Read More

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Spotify’s secret to adding 8,000 paying subscribers a day

Ever since its U.S. debut last year, the popular music listening service Spotify has been adding 8,000 subscribers a day. And I’m not just talking about free subscribers. That’s paid subscribers. What’s their secret? It’s all in the marketing. I’ll show you what those strategies are and how to use them to promote your own product,… Read More

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One-time popular music service iLike officially bites the dust

“And another one gone, and another one gone. Another one bites the dust.” Freddie Mercury of Queen may have summarized the current market perfectly. As we’ve previously reported, a number of high-profile Internet services have announced in recent weeks that they will be closing their doors following acquisitions by corporate parents. (Namely Picnik, TeachStreet and Summify). Now, we can add another… Read More

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Was that Sir Mix-A-Lot? Northwest music and voices coming to Sea-Tac Airport

One day in 2008, Port Commissioner John Creighton and Seattle Office of Film and Music Director James Keblas landed in Austin for the Seattle Chamber’s Intercity Study Mission. Noting how that city marks its musical heritage with exhibits throughout the airport, Creighton turned to Keblas and asked, “Why don’t we have something like this in… Read More

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CES: Battle of the iPad guitars, with a very timely patent

ION Audio’s Guitar Apprentice generated lots of attention from national press at the Consumer Electronics Show this week. It’s a guitar shell that holds an iPad, helping people learn to play guitar using a special app in combination with a light-up fretboard. Turns out another company had the same idea – and it has the attention of the U.S. Patent Office. Behringer,… Read More

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Battle of the Geek Bands: Who should be the final warrior?

One of the most-anticipated activities at next month’s Seattle Interactive Conference will be opening night’s Battle of the Geek Bands, a fast-paced competition in which five bands from the tech industry take to the stage at the Showbox Sodo. Now, here’s the deal: Four of the bands have already been chosen by the SIC committee from… Read More

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Mick Jagger’s new music studio: Paul Allen’s megayacht

Where does someone like Mick Jagger go to record a new album when he’s seeking the ultimate in privacy and security? Paul Allen’s yacht, of course! That’s the word from the London Daily Mirror, which reports that the album from the Rolling Stone frontman’s new band, Superheavy, “was recorded under conditions of extreme secrecy in… Read More

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Sorry, Nirvana fans: Google smells like Muppet spirit

It’s the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s landmark Nevermind release, and the world is taking a moment to reflect. “The album would go on to usher in rock’s great renaissance, cause a seismic shift in popular culture, bring the underground to the mainstream and make unwilling stars out of three rather scruffy guys from the Pacific… Read More

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Facebook Music: Rhapsody chimes in with 30-day trial

Rhapsody made a surprise appearance at Facebook’s f8 conference today, at least in the form of its logo on a slide shown by Mark Zuckerberg as he introduced the social network’s new Facebook Music platform for listening to tunes with friends. Here’s how Rhapsody is involved: The Seattle-based music service will be offering a free… Read More

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Starbucks Digital Network gets first look at music from Feist

Starting today, visitors to the Starbucks Digital Network will get a special musical treat along with their shot of espresso. The Seattle coffee retailer has partnered with Yahoo to roll out exclusive online video footage from Feist, with the clips appearing on the Starbucks Digital Network for the next two weeks. In the video, the Grammy… Read More

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An intro to ‘Geek A Cappella’

I stumbled across some good, old-fashioned geek fun today at the Seattle Symphony’s Day of Music. They call themselves The Baudboys, and they describe their brand of music as “Geek A Cappella.” I knew I was in for something fun when the members pulled off their formal shirts to display black T-shirts with the word… Read More