Musicians need to embrace their inner-social media guru in order to get their names and their music out there. Up-and-coming rock stars have plenty of opportunities to get discovered. The starting point: talent.
Google launched All Access music streaming service today, first leaked yesterday, that seeks to bring customized radio stations, on-demand streaming and the user’s stored music library into the same interface.
Helsinki-based ThingLink today began allowing its users to post on Facebook the interactive images they create with its tool.
Twitter has publicly released its new music service, #music, to bring audio tracks to the Twitter stream. iTunes will supply the song previews, but Spotify and Rdio members can also sign in to listen to whole songs. Connecting through Twitter brings a random assortment of music from the people you follow in the busy street of Twitter to the #NowPlaying section.
A great soundtrack can take your video project to the next level. Finding inspiration is easy; the hard part is finding music that’s affordable and doesn’t violate any copyright laws. Luckily, video-sharing sites like YouTube and Vimeo have started building their own music libraries for creators to borrow from if they can’t rely on talented friends, and there are plenty of songwriters online who are willing to share their tracks as well. Here are a few of our favorites.
Online music streaming sites like Spotify and Pandora have opened up new doors for music discovery. These sites rely on algorithms to recommend music that is similar to what you’re already listening to or have indicated that you like. Serendip has redefined music discovery by adding the human touch, serving up music that’s recommended by your friends and other music connoisseurs that share your unique taste.
Netflix and cable networks like HBO might face competition from the digital music streaming service Spotify. Business Insider reports that Spotify is looking for investors to fund original content. What’s not clear from the report is why the company would go after Netflix instead of creating its own record label or music videos.
YouTube sing-alongs are the best, and the ‘YouTube Lyrics’ browser extension makes singing along to your favorite music videos incredibly easy. Just add the extension on Chrome, Firefox or Opera and it will automatically show you the lyrics to songs when you watch music videos on YouTube or listen to songs on Grooveshark.
Headliners may draw the most attention going into the SXSW music festival with a bigger following (and usually a bigger font), but lesser-known groups can still walk away with the most buzz once the festival ends. This year, three bands stood out above the rest.
TastemakerX, a social game for discovering music, has announced the launch of a fantasy league where music lovers bet on their favorite musicians instead of athletes. The company has also raised $1.25 million in funding from existing investors including Baseline, True, Guggenheim, and AOL.