Blip.fm- and Fuzz.com founder unveils new service to handle online music licensing

Friday, September 13, 2013 - 11:55am

Entrepreneur Jeff Yasuda -- of Blip.fm and "people-powered" online radio Fuzz fame -- has launched a new company with the aim of taking "all the complication out of music licensing" for webcasters, online retailers, and more. 

Feed.fm (we last reported on Yasuda's Feed Media, parent to Blip.fm and Fuzz.com, here) will handle the regulatory and payment issues for entrepreneurs and site owners looking to license music online, such as Internet radio.

TechCrunch writes that for a monthly fee, Feed.fm will "add the service’s stations to their site or app. They can also build stations from their own personal collections. And Feed.fm offers an analytics dashboard and A/B testing so publishers can quantify that the music is improving engagement and see how their visitors are engaging with the music."

Yasuda told TechCrunch early testing reveals sites that use music from the Feed.fm service got a 20%-400% bump in average time-on-site, and some e-commerce sites saw sales increase as much as 20%.

Read more in TechCrunch here.

Fuzz-, Blip.fm-founder Yasuda raises $1.1 M for Feed Media -- but what is it?

Monday, May 6, 2013 - 1:00pm

Online news source VentureBeat says it came across an SEC filing that reveals a company called Feed Media has just raised $1.1 million dollars. The man behind Feed Media is Blip.fm and "people-powered" online radio Fuzz, Jeff Yasuda (see more in RAIN here).

Yasuda confirmed to VentureBeat that Feed Media owns "a handful of media properties," including Blip.fm ("a Twitter for streaming music") and Fuzz. As we reported at its beta launch, Fuzz allows users to create their own Internet radio stations for others to enjoy from their own personal music playlists.

There aren't really any details of what Feed Media will be, exactly, but VentureBeat posited this: "A music-based focus would make sense since it already has some licensing deals in place for Fuzz that could translate over to other music properties... Still, investors are willing to sink some serious cash into it, which is enough to keep us interested." You can read more of VentureBeat's coverage here.

Fuzz lets users be a DJ, and enjoy music "curated by humans"

Friday, September 28, 2012 - 1:15pm

Entrepreneur Jeff Yasuda (he created the "Twitter for music" Blip.fm) has beta-launched Fuzz, the newest online radio service that enables users to create channels using their own music (see Live365, Turntable.fm, Radionomy).

Fuzz's marketing angle is that the stations are "user-curated, robot-free online listening experiences" created solely by human music fans, and not by cold, heartless computer algorithms. The positioning statement (which appears just below its logo on the front page) reads "Fuzz is great radio made by real people."

Setting his business apart from similar services, Yasuda says Fuzz won't be ad-supported. CNet wrote "Yasuda knows that's a losing path, that the numbers don't work." Rather, he plans to fund the business with premium subscription services, and then move into mobile and the app business. "Those are the breakout opportunities," he told CNet. They write, "He wants to take what he learns on Fuzz, create apps -- maybe games, maybe something different -- that he markets to his users."

Try Fuzz here; read CNet's article here.

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