Internet radio company Pandora unveiled on Tuesday a business-to-business product in conjunction with brand experience service DMX. According to a Pandora executive, "Now all businesses, from national chains to local dentist offices, can personalize their brand [music] experiences the same way people personalize their individual experiences on Pandora.”
A2IM hosted about 200 members at its annual CMJ kick-off event at Slate in New York City. Among those in attendance were Charles Caldas (Merlin), Adam Klein (eMusic), Tom Silverman (Tommy Boy Records), Allen Kovac (Eleven Seven Music, 10th Street Entertainment), Portia Sabin (Kill Rock Stars), Tor Hansen (Redeye Distribution, Yep Roc Records), Darius Van Arman (Jagjaguwar Records) and Simon Wheeler (Beggars Group).
Grooveshark’s Facebook app has seen its number of daily users increase fourfold in the last two weeks. Grooveshark’s VP of business development Paul Geller tells Bllboard.biz the recent bump is because of some “steady improvements” in the last few weeks after not doing anything with its Facebook app in more than a year... Smule, the app developer behind I Am T-Pain, has raised another $12 million in funding... Discounted tickets seem to be generating the same kind of controversy in the United Kingdom as they have in the United States... and more.
Maker Studios announced today that Courtney Holt, the former president of MySpace Music, has joined as chief operating officer. In this newly created role, Holt will be responsible for overseeing the growth and development of the Maker Studios brand, advertising models, strategy and operations.
Digital distributor The Orchard has branched out into sports by creating an Action Sports & Lifestyle Film Distribution division. Also, interesting news on Netflix, P2P traffic and the end of the PC era in a Sandvine report; Eventbrite opens a London office; and the latest on Crowdfunding.
As debate about the financial impact of streaming royalties heated up this week, albums released this week by Coldplay and Tom Waits are noticeably absent from leading subscription services. We take a look at what the strategy behind this move might be.