Video service VEVO adds web radio-like personalization features

Friday, March 9, 2012 - 11:30am

VEVOOnline video service VEVO (the second largest such site after YouTube) has added new features that should sound familiar to fans of personalizable web radio. "It makes the experience more competitive with Spotify and Pandora than before, with the added benefit of videos," in TechCrunch's opinion.

Among the new features:

  • Integration with music intelligence platform The Echo Nest to offer personalized music video recommendations.
  • Integration with Facebook to offer custom playlists based on Facebook likes and activities.
  • Integration with iTunes to create a playlist filled with videos by users' most listened-to artists.
  • VEVO now plays music videos continuously, making it "more of a long-play" service, TechCrunch writes (here).

(We should note that, for whatever reason, RAIN couldn't find or wasn't offered any of the Facebook, Echo Nest or iTunes features on VEVO's website).

Gates' Corbis launches online music-licensing firm

Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 12:30pm

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates' privately-held Corbis has launched GreenLight Music, an online music service to allow customers to license music for the web, advertising, and other professional uses.

The service offers over a million songs from "the Big Four" (Warner, EMI, Universal, and Sony). According to reports, customers bid for the use of avaialble songs, then negotiate with labels for the final price.

A GreenLight spokesman says the company has no plans at present to create a consumer-targeted online music service.

Read more from Newsday here.

Angry Birds creator developing a music app

Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - 8:00am

Angry's Eliot Van Buskirk reports that Rovio, the creator of the mobile app sensation Angry Birds, is building "some sort of music app."

That's according to Rovio CEO Mikael Hed. Van Buskirk reports that "Hed didn’t offer much in the way of detail," but did hint that it may be some sort of interactive music app that lets users manipulate music as it plays.

Concludes Van Buskirk: "we can’t wait to see Rovio’s take on music apps and we wouldn’t be surprised if it came out before the end of the year."

Read more at here.

eMarketer: Streaming music to get a "full test" in coming year

Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 11:00am

eMarketer predicts 2012 will be a test for streaming musicJennifer Lane reports today in Audio4Cast that eMarketer's recent webinar predicting key digital trends of 2012 highlights streaming music. It will be the year "cloud-based streaming gets a full test," says eMarketer.

"Rapid adoption of smartphones, tablets and other connected devices has shifted consumer expectations. Now, consumers expect consumption to be seamless across all of their connected platforms. This creates both a challenge and an opportunity for content providers and advertisers as they move to meet those expectations," writes Lane.

You can find her coverage here and listen to eMarketer's webinar here.

Rhapsody acquires Napster, will combine customer base for on-demand music subscription service

Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 12:30pm
Rhapsody acquires Napster
Music subscription service Rhapsody has acquired Napster, gaining the platform's subscribers and intellectual property. 
Though newcomers like Spotify have earned more buzz of late, Rhapsody actually boasts the "largest amoung of paid users in the U.S.," writes Fortune, with 800,000 subscribers. That number will grow by "several hundred thousand subscribers" with the addition of Napster.
Napster was acquired by Best Buy in October 2008 for $122 million in cash. Best Buy gains a minority share in Rhapsody. Fortune has more coverage here.

CBS Radio adding 45 new channels to

Monday, October 3, 2011 - 11:00am

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CBS Radio will add 45 new web radio channels to, Radio-Info reports, in part filling in gaps that will be left when AOL Radio migrates to Slacker (RAIN coverage here). The stations will focus on genres including "mainstream formats as well as reggae, blues, reggaeton" and others, writes Radio-Info.
One station, called Tomorrow's Hits Today, will be programmed using the results of pre-release online music testing from UK-based research firm SoundOut Research. Find more coverage from Radio-Info here.

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