Music Ally has put together an extensive list of 200 digital music start-ups which have emerged across the last 12 months.
The extensive round-up of new business ideas covers launches by category: social and sharing; video; stores and services; streaming, place-shifting; recommendations and discovery; digital labels; P2P and file-sharing; games and virtual worlds; live music and ticketing; stuff for artists; online mixtapes, MP3 search sites and tools.
The list also includes a single entry category called, “great big stick things that you swish about” and another called “sites with lots of cowbell”.
The price of Blu-ray players and discs seems set to fall this season, as those involved seek to take the format into the mass market – meanwhile that market’s changing, with consumers flocking to sign-up to location-based social networking services for their mobile phones, a pair of ABI Research reports claim.
“Blu-ray vendors and dealers are starting to realize that for Blu-ray to become the next DVD, they need to lower player prices in order to generate interest and build volumes,” said ABI Research principal analyst Steve Wilson.
Right behind the introduction of its online suite of iTunes playlist sharing services, SonicSwap (www.sonicswap.com) has introduced a new line of Flex-built playlist widgets that automatically connect iTunes playlists with YouTube music videos.
By converting iTunes playlists into YouTube video playlists of original and live music performances, SonicSwap adds new entertainment dimensions to a music collection. This “mash-up” delivers music video entertainment similar to VH1 or MTV, and is directly tied to iTunes listening habits.