No sooner has conversation turned to the use of iPhone apps to boost band-to-fan connections, than we see news the meme’s catching on in the dream machine, Hollywood.
Little-seen among this weekends chatter and speculation surrounding the voice-activated Google app and its non-appearance on the store, and more idle expectation of the all-new “iPod Stick”, one report on a little-known iPhone-focused Web site noted movie studios are shuffling to take a bat at the iPhone app market…
Apple’s UK iPhone partner O2 has broadened its investment in UK music, reaching a deal with the < href=”https://www.academy-music-group.co.uk/”>Academy Music Group which will see 11 major UK venues branded as O2 Academy venues from 1 January – including the Brixton Academy, now the O2 Academy Brixton.
iPhone users should see some benefit from the deal – it includes an arrangement under which O2 customers can book tickets for gigs at Academy venues up to 48-hours before they go on sale.
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.
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 →
Here’s the feature breakdown:
– vastly improved user interface all around (tap to zoom album art included)
– Ability to tag songs
– Personal tag radio
– Calendar based events view
– Common artists when viewing a user profile
– Many other usability and back-end features
Innovative music discovery service, Shazam, has issued a release claiming over 20 million customers have used it to identify over 100 million tracks.
The company says “millions of tracks” are now being tagged every week anticipates crossing the 200 million track milestone soon, and that its service will be available on 250 million handsets by the end of 2009.
Shazam launched six years ago as a mobile-specific discovery service which then turned into a client app for mobile phones. Users of the service can identify tracks, share them and buy them. 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 →