A highlight of Billboard's FutureSound Conference will be the Visionary Showcase panel, which will bring together five startups doing new and innovative things in the digital music business. The conference takes place November 17-18 at Terra in San Francisco.
That a man who never played an instrument or so much as sang a note professionally could be considered one of the greatest rock stars of this generation speaks to the impact Steve Jobs had on the music industry, and the legacy on it he leaves behind.
In a way different from any artist or label exec, Steve Jobs -- who died today at 56 -- will remain an iconic figure in the history of the music business. The innovations he shepherded into the market changed not only the way music is distributed, sold and enjoyed, but also, to an extent, the way it is made, something few can claim.
Zynga’s CityVille, the enormously popular Facebook game boasting some 72 million users, has long been missing one critical element—music. No longer. In the company’s first music-related project since GagaVille, Zynga is teaming up with Enrique Iglesias next week to help promote his Euphoria tour within the game.
For all the praise Spotify’s integration with Facebook received, it also got no shortage of complaints from users concerned with the privacy implications of automatically sharing every song they played on the service. Spotify today responded to those concerns: Founder and CEO Daniel Ek announced this morning that the company has developed an update to the service that will include a “private listening” function.
Shazam, the firm behind the music identification app of the same name, today removed the limitations on how many songs users can ID for free when using its free iPod app. The move comes amid a partnership with Capitol One Financial Corp. which is sponsoring the free tier, and a promotion that could net a user $25,000 and the chance to meet Kelly Clarkson.
There are a lot of music-industry conferences these days, but we’re aiming to do something really different with Billboard’s inaugural FutureSound conference, taking place Nov. 17-18 in San Francisco.These newly announced speakers and topics give a snapshot of what we've got in mind ...