Peter Gabriel has made significant fresh investment in digital recommendation service, The Filter.
The service has attracted the continued support of current investors Peter Gabriel and Eden Ventures, and bought new investors aboard, including from Roderick Banner, Chairman of WPP-owned media agency, Banner Corp, former CEO of LoudEye Michael Brochu (through EMM Investments) as well as John Taysom, founder of We7.com and a former investor in, among others, Yahoo & Infoseek.
Shazam has reached yet another deal with a mobile phone company, this time introducing its music discovery solutions to Vodafone Germany customers.
The new deal – announced at 2pm (UK time) at Popkomm, Berlin, Germany – means Shazam is expanding its partnership with Vodafone Germany, which will now offer Shazam’s innovative music discovery application alongside the already popular service.
The new application, MusicFinder with Shazam, allows users to capture music instantly on their handsets, share their new discoveries with friends, and purchase music products through the Vodafone Music Store.
Vodafone Germany customers will be able to download the MusicFinder application direct to their handset from the Vodafone Live! Portal and get a 30 day free trial after which they can subscribe to get unlimited usage for just €2.99 per month. Customers can use the MusicFinder with Shazam application as well as the IVR service for just 49 euro cents per use. Continue reading →
We7, which recently signed EMI for its ad-supported streaming music service, now has a catalogue of over three million tracks. But the site claims that it is now a challenge for its users to discover new music based on tastes due to the huge choice available.
TheFilter.com’s integration into the We7 service will combat this problem by giving users access to its smart filtering tools. The tools use an advanced mathematical algorithm to filter out music that a user will not like and filter in content that reflects their taste. Continue reading →
Shazam today confirmed it has seen over 1.5 million downloads of its eponymously named Shazam music discovery application in just six weeks through Apple’s App Store.
The company also confirmed it intends introducing a premium version of its application, which will offer a host of additional features and functions – but will be free to users and supported by advertising. The existing application remains among the most popular applications available for the iPhone.
“The Shazam iPhone application has had a phenomenal user response both in the number of downloads and the number of tracks being identified.” said Andrew Fisher, Shazam’s CEO Continue reading →
New music-related start-up, Twones is a new in-development service which monitors Last.FM, YouTube, MySpace, iTunes, Muxtape and others.
What it does: Twones is a one-stop management and access application that will store, organize, find and share your music, whether its songs you like and hear on web-based services or music you have stored within your iTunes collection. Continue reading →