Freshly launched Songkick is a startup looking to capitalize on that growing market by providing a simple way to discover live shows for artists you love along with the cheapest concert tickets. The impetus for the site grew out of the founder’s frustrations over no single concert site providing a comprehensive list of all the concerts they want to see. There would be some on Ticketmaster, others on LiveNation, and still more on resale at StubHub. So, they’ve created a comprehensive database that tracks concerts as they appear on the 14 different ticketing sites and across dozens of blogs. Currently they only cover the U.K. and U.S.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
BluePulse, the mobile social network, how has a new mobile social messaging platform. This updated release includes Friending, which is a combo of messaging tools for building out your circle of friends through their trusted networks.
Dashwire is a new mobile network with a web presence that essentially acts as an extension of your mobile phone. It synchronizes with pretty much everything you do on your hand set, saving messages, images, videos, ringtones, checking your ringtones, and more.
Jango is a new music social search and discovery site. It’s currently in private beta, and I got a chance to snoop around what it’s got going on so far. Jango revolves around the creation of your own playlists, which operate much like a Pandora station. Start with a genre or a particular artist, and go from there.
Monday, October 22, 2007
TVTonic, the Internet television service that provides downloadable video feeds, has landed a licensing deal with Next New Networks for the offering of a dozen or so new channels, which will be added to TVTonic’s lineup.
iLike has teamed up with Billboard, the music chart provider, to create new charts for tracks being played and shared through iLike’s service and Facebook app. This is essentially a “branded” Billboard chart for iLike users, to be shared with Facebook users and others, and should leverage the popular iLike Facebook app presence very well.
Tape It Off The Internet (Tioti.com), the aggregator of social media around TV, will announce on Monday that it has secured a “a seven-figure” Series A funding round from Europe’s largest early-stage technology venture capital fund, Pond Venture Partners. Tioti had previously secured angel investors, including partners from Alegro Capital. The move comes three weeks after the site opened its doors to new users and after almost a year in closed, invite-only beta.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
SendMe, the mobile media company, has acquired mobile social network mbuzzy for an undisclosed amount. With both online and mobile access to its social network, mbuzzy lets people connect from multiple points of access.
Joost CEO Mike Volpi just suggested on stage at Web 2.0 that Joost is working on a browser-based version of its peer-to-peer Internet TV service. “At some point, when we can deliver the quality that Joost is known for, we will deliver an in-browser experience,” he told the audience here.
It’s dead simple to use and it keeps you organized - all you have to do is forward confirmation emails to them when you purchase airline tickets, hotel reservations, car rentals, etc. Tripit pulls the relevant information out of the emails and builds an organized itinerary for you. You can send emails in any order, for multiple trips, whatever. It just figures everything out and organizes it.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
TripAdvisor is undergoing a makeover. Of course, this includes a cleaner, simpler look, that’s more organized and bears easier site navigation. While this is what every site aims for, it’s especially important for TripAdvisor, as some have complained about the cluttered homepage.
Last.fm is teaming up with blog network LiveJournal to help the social music service grow in Russia. Users of LiveJournal’s Russian site will now be able to easily embed Last.fm widgets onto their blogs, allowing them to share their playlists with friends. Additionally, the two companies plan a number of marketing initiatives designed to help bring more music fans in Russia on board with both services.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Extravigator, the online blogging and social network for discerning luxury travelers, has finally launched, emerging from private beta.
This is where a new breed of services such as Tripcart come into play. Tripcart is a service that helps you plan your road trip within the USA. If you have ever been to the states for an extended period of time you will know its a big place and there are a whole bunch of choices when it comes to things to do, places to see, activities and the like. There are not many other places in the world where you can stay in one country whilst experiencing a true ‘road trip’. Tripcart have obviously identified this and aim to help those of us who are keen to plan our USA road trip online.
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Social.FM (formerly Mercora) has released a new version of its social music service platform for Windows Mobile and announced a new distribution deal with Microsoft.
The new Social.FM features improved application screens, sliding menus with transition effects, and an new white and green color scheme that is claimed to be “extremely fun-to-use for Windows Mobile customers.”
Ezmo, like Anywhere.FM, is a clone of iTunes on the web that just came to the United States. Their Flash based player lets you upload your music to the web, organize it into playlists, and share with your friends (just 10). Unlike Anywhere.FM, Ezmo lets you not only pull music from iTunes, but upload music from your Windows Media Player and Winamp music collections too.
Grooveshark is an interesting service that we’ve not covered previously, but has been reviewed by CrunchGear. Users upload their music to Grooveshark, and any member can listen to those tracks for free. If they want to download a song, they can purchase it DRM free and the user who uploaded the song gets a cut of the sale; previously this was 10c and now its 25c. The remainer of the 99c sale goes to the record companies; the service is legal and Grooveshark has agreements with the record companies to provide the service and to cover copyright obligations.
Jaiku Founders Jyri Engeström and Petteri Koponen today posted this on their homepage:
Poughkeepsie, NY startup Mixaloo wants to make the experience of purchasing music online more social and rewarding, both emotionally and financially.
The company is taking a phenomenon - the mixtape - that has spanned several decades and media formats - 8 tracks, audio cassettes, CDs, and MP3 players - and bringing it to the web.
Monday, October 8, 2007
As Internet P2P broadcaster Joost begins going public with its beta software and signing deals with broadcasters, the latest is with number three UK news network ITN which will provide Joost with short news, sports, business and weather bulletins.
UK-based Dopplr has launched its blog badges, previously announced at the FOWA conference last week. The badge shows your future trips on your webpages in as much or as little detail as you’re comfortable with. You can change what’s shown using privacy settings. You can also just have the badge show on your site to those you’re already sharing information with on Dopplr.
Sunday, October 7, 2007
As the net broadcaster finally is opening their doors to the public at large, they seem to be signing deal after deal for content. The latest one appears to be they are about to sign on the dotted line with UK news network ITN.
inTune.fm allows you to discover and listen to music on Facebook, in your Network and from your friends. inTune.fm is very much resembles to anywhere.fm, which is a Web based player that allows you to listen to lots of free music online, the only change is that inTune.fm is an application that works ONLY on Facebook.
Saturday, October 6, 2007
iLike, the music service that has exploded thanks to their Facebook app, is launching a tool to let musicians manage their social network marketing. The new software, called the “Artist Services Platform” allows artists to upload songs, add events, and communicate with fans.
Internet radio service Pandora doesn’t have any good news for international users yet, five months after being forced to shut off the site to non-US members. According to the company, the royalties that are required to be paid to artists and their labels in the UK and elsewhere make providing an ad-support web radio service infeasible.
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The way that Grooveshark works is that, in typical P2P manner, you download their software and specify the folder where your existing music collection exists (i.e. iTunes’ My Music folder). Your music is made available to other Grooveshark users to purchase through their website for $0.99, from which you get purchase credits for sharing based on a unique contribution-ranking system of theirs, and the record label and artists get a cut out of.
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Mashable writes about social tv site TIOTI:
TIOTI, which stands for Tape It Off The Internet, is officially launching tomorrow. What started early last year as a TV guide meets YouTube meets BitTorrent, TIOTI has been laying pretty low for nearly a year.
A lot has changed within the industry since then, from social search engines and bookmarking sites to video-specific search engines and network-driven web communities. But, we liked TIOTI a year ago, and we like it still today. It’s still got a sleek design that’s easy to use and easy on the eyes. Social features, tracking tools and exportable widgets help you find shows that are interesting to you, and stay up to date on all the things you love.
Mashable writes about social music site MOG:
MOG is gearing up for a complete site redesign, which will include better page load time, a new color scheme, and easier ways to consume music. More importantly however, there will be full-length tracks available on MOG, which will also be available for your music widgets and playlists. Instead of the 30-second samples that currently on MOG, full-length tracks give you better ways to enjoy your music.
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
NewTeeWee writes about the public launch of social tv service TIOTI:
The social TV download guide Tape It Off The Internet (TIOTI) will finally open to the public tomorrow. As one of the first sites to combine online TV with social recommendations, wiki features and tagging, TIOTI got some rave reviews when it first appeared late last year for a private beta test. The fact that it offered easy access to torrent downloads of your favorite shows didn’t hurt either.
Monday, October 1, 2007
NewTeeVee has a video interview with Mike Volpi behind social tv service Joost:
Joost, the impeccably pedigreed, funded, and hyped Internet TV platform is releasing its software to the general public on Monday. For those of you beta testers (like us) who’ve griped about the reliability and usability of the application, the company promises a significantly upgraded client, including a new navigation system, search, and an open API for third-party widgets. It is seeding the open API with widgets of its own, including synchronized watching and video markup tools.
Joost is seeing 50,000 beta downloads per week, and with open access hopes to receive between two million and three million users by the end of the year (for this figure the company counts unique user IDs, not downloads of every upgrade of its player), CEO Mike Volpi said in an interview last week (see the video below).
GigaOm writes about alot of deals in the social music space:
As Apple (APPL) and Amazon (AMZN) duke it out in the MP3 price war, music publishers are still trying to figure out how to cash in on a crowd that will go to great lengths to get its music for free.
Imeem, a San Francisco-based music discovery startup, said it has signed a content agreement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment that gives users access to the Sony(SNE)-Bertelsmann joint venture’s digital catalog of music and video for ad-supported, “free” streaming of these files.
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Venture Beat writes about a deal between Sony and social music site Imeem:
Sony BMG has become the latest music label to offer its entire music and video catalog for free streaming on imeem, a Web site focused on letting users share music playlists.
Warner Music Group did the same in July (our coverage). The deal is significant because it represents one more fissure in the once united stance among music labels to stick with a paid model and digital rights management. Increasingly, music is being streamed for free, supported by ads.