HTC Corp. on Tuesday unveiled its latest smart phone, the HTC One, an Android device that takes a different approach to helping users navigate the torrent of media that’s available on today’s connected mobile devices. Through a feature that HTC calls BlinkFeed, the phone’s home screen presents a livestream of photos, news, music and videos from about 1,400 content partners, including MTV, AOL Music and the Associated Press.
Vevo is about to hit the road in search of equity financing in order to fund its international expansion plans, according to sources familiar with the company’s plans. Vevo, which is currently in heavy negotiations to sew up a new distribution contract with Google’s YouTube network, has approached about a dozen of potential investors.
Universal Music Publishing Group, looking to cash in at a higher level on the YouTube money train, has struck licensing deals with Fullscreen and Maker Studios -- two companies that together account for more than 4 billion video views a month.
Slacker has announced an overhaul of the digital music service that is designed to appeal to mainstream users as opposed to the music aficionados. The new Slacker has more visual elements and adds more personalized recommendations than the prior version in order to appear friendlier to new users who may not know exactly what they want to listen to or how to navigate its prodigious catalog, Slacker chief executive Jim Cady.
Beats Electronics, the maker of high-end headphones, will launch its own on-demand music streaming service this summer, Jimmy Iovine, the chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M and Beats’ co-founder, announced Tuesday at the AllThingsD Dive Into Media conference.
Last year may have been the year of social music for the world’s largest social network, but 2013 will be about social movies, books and fitness, said Dan Rose, vice president of partnerships at Facebook Inc.