Rormix-logoRormix is a nicely done curated app for discovering indie music videos. Taking a mobile first approach, they launched what founder Amman Ahmed described as a “very buggy” mobile app in late 2013 and then engaged their community of music fans for direction. Using established discovery tools, from choosing a specific musician as a starting point to offering a feed of trending videos, the site and mobile app are simple, clean and designed for finding and sharing new music. Unsigned artist with a music video? You should definitely submit it to Rormix.
Rormix Inspired By Unsigned Artists On YouTube
Twitter stock jumped more than 30 percent Tuesday during after-hours trading after the social network reported robust second quarter earnings that beat Wall Street estimates.
The San Francisco tech company revealed in its third earnings report since going public last year that revenue climbed 124 percent to $312 million for the quarter. The company also reported adjusted earnings of 2 cents per share. Analysts had expected the quarterly revenue of $283 million and a net loss of 1 cent per share.
Stephen Bryan, a 17-year veteran of Warner Music Group who was a key player in the company’s digital development, has been announced as SoundCloud’s newest senior vice president of Business Development and Strategy. Bryan was WMG’s executive vice president of Digital Strategy and Business Development.
Asked what precipitated the move, Bryan tells Billboard that the jump “had nothing to with WMG. When I joined, it was the very beginning of the digital transition — the reason why I stayed there so long is that I’ve always felt a deep passion to navigate this incredible transition to digital platforms. I think that change will accelerate in the near future, and a company like SoundCloud enables me to continue that.”
By Clyde Smith
Product Hunt is an increasingly popular site, launched late last year, that posts links to new websites and apps (the products in question). It seems to be taking on some cult dimensions in tech circles and it’s now on my short list of sites to check daily. If you’re about keeping up with all things new and refurbished in the music tech space, Product Hunt will definitely help you do that. And if you’re looking for attention for your startup, it’s another place you should be sending your link.
By Bruce Houghton
Sadly, for some artists and muscians, being dead is more lucrative than being alive.
1. Michael Jackson - 160 million last year
2. Kurt Cobain - $50 million
3. Elvis - $42 million
4. John Lennon - $24 million
5. Bob Marley - $18 million
6. George Harrison - $7 million
7. Johnny Cash - $6 million
8. Richard Rodgers - $6 million
9. Ray Charles - $6 million
10. Jenni Rivera - $6 million
Tinder is a mobile dating app that allows you to pick out those that interest you by swiping one way and dismissing those that don’t by swiping the other. There’s more to it but that basic action, along with the organization of content by cards or in small chunks, has gotten a lot of attention as a design choice. Next, a mobile music app for discovering indie artists started by a co-founder and former employee of Tinder, use swiping to dismiss or to like. It’s nicely designed and a positive idea but, except for the Tinder connection and the design, it follows a long list of such startups, some still in the game, some long forgotten.
“Email newsletters, an old-school artifact of the web that was supposed to die along with dial-up connections, are not only still around, but very much on the march.”
That quote is from a recent New York Times article “For Email Newsletters, a Death Greatly Exaggerated”. We thought it was a good time to reiterate why we think email newsletters are still one of the most effective promotional tools for musicians today, which is also why Bandzoogle continues to offer a mailing list tool with all of our plans:
5 Solid Reasons to Use Email Newsletters
By Hugh McIntyre
Some websites have claimed that Facebook’s popularity is going down, but don’t think that means you can abandon your page just yet. In fact, even if Facebook is on its way out (there is some debate about that by the way), it should still be at the center of your social media strategy. When people are looking to connect with a band or musician, they head to a few sites, and Facebook is still one of the few places that genuine interactions happen.
By Jamie Davis-Ponce
Last month, Facebook rolled out a new automatic audio tagging service a la Shazam, allowing people to use their smartphone microphones to automatically identify, tag, and share the music around them. From a musician’s perspective, this is essentially a new way for fans to quickly identify your songs, share them with friends, and make purchasing tracks more seamless.
For music marketers, the ability to track what music people are listening to creates new possibilities for learning about consumers’ listening habits and targeting ads. However, automatic music tagging has raised some privacy concerns for people worried that Facebook will be eavesdropping on our daily lives via our microphones.