This Week in Apps: Yahoo!, Music Choice, More.
A free Android app that combines music ID with playlist creation. It's basic feature is a simple music player, used to play songs stored on the users device. It also lets users select a single song from their library and then creates a playlist of similar songs, also culled from the music stored on the device. Finally, the ID feature is a Shazam-like service that not only identifies individual songs on demand, but offers a "continuous" mode where it will ID every song it hears while the mode is left on. There's no option to buy or stream songs not in users libraries already, although Yahoo says that's coming soon.
The music service perhaps best known for providing streaming music stations and on-demand music videos for cable TV systems is coming to the iPad. The route to doing so will be through the apps of their cable TV partners, such as the Xfinity app from Comcast. CEO David Del Beccaro says this method proved the quickest and easiest way to get Music Choice's streaming music channels on the device. The app will feature 45 channels of streaming music, programmed by genre.
- SoundCloud revealed it now has 5 million users, after launching in 2008, and landed an undisclosed amount of funding from A-Grade Fund, a VC fund led by actor Ashton Kutcher, among others.
- Sony's Music Unlimited, Powered by Qriocity is now available on Android phones, marking the first time the on-demand music subscription service has been made available on mobile phones.
- Headliner.fm, the artists-based "recommendation exchange" announced a number of new stats. It now claims 65,000 users and more than 37,000 artists using the platform.
- Playmysong, the app that lets venues offer their patrons the ability to crowdsource the in-house music playlist, has been picked up by the Roxy Theatre, becoming the first in California to do so.