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Paul Oakenfold On The Intersection Of Technology And Music [TCTV]

Screen Shot 2012-06-29 at 3.37.14 PMPaul Oakenfold, the world-renowned electronic music producer and DJ, has seen a lot of change in the industry since his career began more than 25 years ago. And perhaps the biggest shifts have come from technology — from the way music is made, to how it’s distributed, to where and how people listen to it, to how artists become known and signed to labels, to the tools DJs use in clubs to spin records.

So it was really amazing to have Oakenfold swing by the TechCrunch TV studios while he was in San Francisco this week…

A New Chapter For Yahoo Music: A Deal With Spotify, Replacing Rhapsody

yahoo-logoHere’s an interesting twist for Yahoo, the beleaguered Internet company, and Spotify, the upstart streaming music service that is taking the market by storm: today the two have announced a global deal, in which Yahoo will integrate and promote Spotify’s music service on the Yahoo Media network; and Spotify will get a Yahoo app on its platform. The move shows how Spotify is teaming up with a big, old-school Internet player in an effort to ramp up its user numbers, and how Yahoo is looking to new blood to rejuvenate itself. But it is also a big blow for Rhapsody, which Spotify will now be taking the place of Yahoo’s music streaming partner, a spokesperson has confirmed to TechCrunch.

The deal will see Spotify first rolling out to Yahoo Music. Later it will also start appearing in other verticals within the media network, including Yahoo Movies and omg!, says Yahoo. That represents a much wider-ranging agreement than the one Rhapsody had with Yahoo since 2008.

Radio App TuneIn Adds 600 New Stations, Reports 267% YoY Listener Growth On Mobile

TuneIn_logoTuneIn, the popular guide to online radio stations, today announced that it has seen a 267% increase in the number of its mobile listeners over the last year. The company also announced that its listeners now use the service for significantly longer. Total listening hours on mobile, the company said, increased 348% over the last 12 months.

The service, which is available on over 150 platforms, including a number of connected televisions and car, now sees itself as a “mobile first’ company. Indeed, iOS and Android, as the company’s CEO John Donham told me earlier today, are now the company’s two biggest platforms.

Sonos Lands $135M For Its Classy Wireless Home Audio Systems

Questlove-Hero-smallSonos, the developers of a sexy, high-end wireless home audio system, has raised $135 million in funding led by private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts. Previous investors Redpoint Ventures and Elevation Partners also contributed to the round, bringing the company’s total funding to just under $200 million.

As part of the round, KKR’s David Kerko, Elevation Managing Director Fred Anderson, and Rhode Island School of Design President John Maeda will be joining the company’s board of directors. The participation of Elevation’s Avie Tevanian and Fred Anderson in the investment is of particular note, as both are former Apple executives, with Anderson being the former CFO.

JoyTunes Wants To Teach You To Play Real Instruments With Interactive Video Games

Screen shot 2012-06-12 at 5.46.29 PMToday at the LAUNCH Education Conference in Mountain View, an Israeli startup named JoyTunes showed off the work its been doing in an exciting and active space: The convergence of music education and video games. Co-founder Yuval Kaminka tells us that 85 percent of the population wish they had learned to play an instrument but never made it past those first few frustrating lessons. JoyTunes is on a mission to change that — to turn average Joes into maestros — with a series of music apps and games that are activated when users play their own, real musical instruments.

ReverbNation helps artists target ads to users who have listened to similar artists

ReverbNation has added a new option to its Facebook ad tool to allow music artists to target users who have listened to similar artists on streaming services like Spotify. ReverbNation’s Promote It platform simplifies Facebook advertising by framing campaigns in … Continue reading

Spotify App Soundrop Tunes Into First Investment: $3M From Spotify Lead Backer Northzone

Soundrop screenshotSpotify’s move last year to open its platform to other apps has created more stickiness for its streamed music services. Now, one of the startups based around that idea has found some traction of its own: Oslo-based Soundrop, which creates “listening rooms” and social jukebox-style service for Spotify users (think Turntable.fm), has picked up its first round of investment, $3 million from Northzone, one of Spotify’s own leading backers.

Soundrop is a relatively young company: it had been bootstrapped before the Northzone investment and only went live in January 2012, but has already seen the creation of thousands of listening rooms and tracks played. Inge Sandvik, the CEO and co-founder, says that the new funds will be used to develop its product and to “execute on its road map.” As we’ve noted before, that plan involves expanding its own catalog of listening rooms and users — at the moment 7,000 rooms and counting, with some 60 million songs and 3.3 million listening sessions logged. It is also developing commercial services in partnership with labels, venues and more.

Vinylmint Is A Jammin’ New Way For Pro Musicians To Collaborate

Screen Shot 2012-05-22 at 1.40.42 PMVinylmint is a Norfolk-based startup that aims to assist musicians in creating their music. It’s essentially a recording studio in the cloud. You record uncompressed audio right into the computer, the service uploads it to the cloud, and then you can listen to and edit tunes in your browser. Think of it as a mixing board with microphones all over the world.

Flipboard Expands: Adds Audio From NPR, Public Radio & SoundCloud; Introduces Japanese Version

flipboard-soundSocial magazine Flipboard may have to think up a new tagline for itself, as tonight the company is rolling out an update which greatly expands its focus beyond text-based content to also include audio. The rollout features integrations from NPR, PRI (Public Radio International) and social sound platform, SoundCloud.

Also of note, Flipboard is launching its third localized edition with the debut of a Flipboard app for Japan, following its previous launches in China and France. And there’s an update which will matter a lot to a smaller number of users: integration of Apple’s voiceover controls to provide better access for the visually impaired.

Rdio’s Major Redesign Gives Listeners A Unified View, Enhanced Sharing, Private Playlists & More

Screen shot 2012-05-14 at 3.47.47 PMThere’s currently a heated battle being waged between three of the biggest on-demand music streaming services — MOG, Spotify, and Rdio — each of which is trying to capture our hearts and ears by offering the best mobile experience for tunes on-the-go. You can check out Josh’s in-depth comparison of the battle for mobile supremacy here.

While it wasn’t Josh’s top pick for music streaming on the tablet, Rdio is today taking a big step forward, launching a completely redesigned music listening and discovery experience, starting with the web and its desktop apps. While the company unveiled its plans at SXSW, today marks the first time the new Rdio will be available to all.