Music-tech gets a new super-fan: Imogen Heap

Imogen Heap, the statuesque singer-songwriter who recently scored a massive hit on her own with the a cappella “Hide and Seek,” is a gadget and technology super-fan.

Facebook music apps have racked up 22B song plays in 1 year

Facebook touted new stats around the crop of social newtork-enhanced music applications helping its members stream and share songs. Apparently, song plays through Timeline apps in the past 13 months have amounted to about 210,000 years worth of music.

Andrew Fisher shazam

How Shazam stayed on top by reinventing itself — twice

Naming that tune has been the name of Shazam’s game for more than decade. But should you confuse Shazam for a predictable, tired old company, you’re even more clueless than the perplexed person who can’t place a familiar track.

Eric Garland (left) and Ethan Kaplan (right), creators of LN Labs

Live Nation buys music discovery app Rexly

As part of an ongoing effort to bring bleeding-edge innovation back to ticketing conglomerate Live Nation, the company’s months-old investment vehicle, LN Labs, has acquired social music discovery startup Rexly.