You’re jamming out to your favorite track on Spotify, and then all of a sudden a song that makes your want to scream starts playing. Instead of running over to your computer and frantically pressing keys and clicking at your screen to make the madness end, Flutter lets you wave at your webcam to change the track.
The number of Spotify apps jumped from 10 to 22 yesterday, with the launch of the company’s second wave of apps. There are more partnerships with big names music brands, as there was in the first ten apps. But there are also some playful apps created by third party developers (sort of) which show the direction that Spotify is headed in trying to expand into a full fledged music platform. Below is a nice summary from Ellis Hamburger:
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-NE_IAPD1c&w=560&h=315] Rihanna’s “We Found Love” was the most-listened to song on Facebook for 2011.
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-mF0uNmAd4&w=560&h=315] At South By Southwest, we got a chance to talk with Jon Vanhala, Universal Music Group’s senior vice president of digital.
Streaming music service Rdio is getting a revamp. Rolling out today, the updated web interface and desktop-application design plays up social music sharing and recommendations, and cuts down on clicks with a new unified view.
As the world’s biggest ticket search engine, New York based SeatGeek has built the mother lode of data about live events, everything from sports to concerts. Today it’s announcing the launch of a SeatGeek developer platform that will allow anyone to tap into that information and, more importantly, collect affiliate fees for any ticket sales that happen through their website or app.
VentureBeat spent some time this weekend at the Spotify music apps hackathon, 48 hours of coding, ping pong and pizza in New York. It was an interesting chance to see what is possible on Spotify’s platform, and we picked up some useful gossip along the way. According to two sources we chatted with, Spotify is hoping to open up its App Store, which currently has only ten hand-picked partners, to all third party developers by the end of March.
Screengrab of trending chillwave on Exfm
It’s alive! MySpace, once the king of the social networking space, has been bleeding users for years. Now it’s set to report a million new users have signed up since December, says the New York Times. (Maybe new investor Justin Timberlake’s experience acting in the “The Social Network” is rubbing off on Myspace.)
If you’re a Spotify user with an iPhone, it’s time to pump up the volume.
Google is allegedly working on creating a company-branded entertainment device capable of streaming music in multiple locations throughout a person’s home.
It hasn’t even launched yet, but TastemakerX has already sealed a reasonable deal to lock in funding from Silicon Valley investors.
Subscribers of Apple’s iTunes Match service are reporting that explicit songs in their library are getting swapped out for the censored “clean” versions.
One of the only disadvantages of Google’s new Google Music service is that, until now, your music has essentially been locked within the cloud — with the exception of any tracks you purchased through the Android Market.
Rhapsody has just announced it’s buying Napster’s business in Europe.
Streaming music site Grooveshark has decided to restrict access to Germany due to high licensing costs, the site announced today.
Editor's Pick Ruh-roh! Did Facebook just sideswipe up-and-coming music startup Turntable.fm with the release of its “Listen With Friends” feature? Hardly, but follow the headlines and you’ll find yourself swept away by the drama of something akin to a premeditated murder plot.