eMusic’s new owners believe they can convince users to start buying songs again

 Take a moment to consider all that has transpired in your life and the world since the last time you logged into eMusic. For me, it’s been roughly five years, I think, and among a few other slightly more consequential things, I (like much the rest of the world), have begun consuming music completely differently. But the brand, which re-launched this week with a design and rejiggered… Read More

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Social music startup Smule raises $54M for Asian expansion

 Smule, maker of Sing! Karaoke and other social music apps, announced yesterday that it has raised $54 million in a round led by Chinese company Tencent. Adams Street Partners, Bessemer Ventures, Floodgate, Franklin Templeton and Shasta Ventures also participated in the funding. Reuters reported that the round valued the company at $604 million, setting up Smule to expand in Asia and potentially… Read More

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Amazon debuts its own concert series in the UK as a perk for Prime members

 Amazon is expanding its perks for Prime subscribers, with the launch of its own concert series called Prime Live Events. The debut shows will take place in London in May through July, starting with Blondie later his month. Alison Moyet, Texas, and Katie Melua will also each have their own shows this summer. If you can’t make it to London or afford the tickets, you’ll be able to… Read More

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Music royalty collector Kobalt nabs $75M led by Hearst Entertainment at $775M valuation

 As music streaming continues to grow in ubiquity, a company that’s built a platform to collect royalties on music played across billions of streams is cashing in on the opportunity. Kobalt, the European startup that has built technology and a platform to collect music royalties by tracking when even a sample of a song is played across multiple platforms, has raised another $75… Read More

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The Trayvax Element is a minimalist wallet for the paranoid beer-lover

 I went digging recently for another minimalist wallet and boy did I find one. My old one, two pieces of titanium attached with a rubber band, was getting too old and things were falling out. I did a quick hunt and found a few very flat minimalist wallets, but nothing that seemed to be rugged and clever. Enter Trayvax. I tried the Trayvax Element, a leather and stainless steel monster with… Read More

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SoundCloud’s ‘The Upload’ uses machine learning to help you find new tracks

 SoundCloud made a name for itself among the landscape of music streaming services as the one where creators themselves were uploading music and other sound recordings — picking up the moniker “the YouTube of audio” in the process. Now the company is launching a new discovery feature that plays on that idea. The Upload, as it is called, will suggest new music to you that… Read More

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