South African singer, Danny K, has just launched his latest album called ‘Good Look’ and with it, an exciting app that was developed with the help of Wonderland collective and Samsung.
On 21 November, Danny K held an exclusive listening session of ‘Good Look’ at Taboo nightclub in Sandton. Not only was his new music put on display, but the app was also unveiled.
Director of Mobile Communications Samsung Electronics South Africa, Craige Fleischer first took to the stage to embrace the partnership between Samsung, Danny K and music.
Business Development Director of Wonderland Works, Graeme Lipschitz, also had the chance to showcase their latest work by introducing the app to the guests, by taking them through the unique design, layout and features. (more…)
If your a avid music lover or a musician yourself, then this is something that will quite possibly amaze you.
The line between digital and acoustic has been crossed many times when it comes to music and musical instruments. But now, a London-based start-up, has developed a mind blowing instrument that might change the way musicians play and record.
Roli, a design-led technology start-up, has been operating since 2009 and specialize in hardware and software products that help bridge the interaction between people and technology.
Roli has announced the release of their Seaboard Grand. A type of new-age keyboard that has evolved from the traditional, piano keyboard. (more…)
As music streaming all around the world picks up at a staggering rate, music streaming web services are expanding just as quickly. And with any growth, more funds are needed.
This is the case for popular music streaming site, Spotify. The Stockholm based company is currently on the look out for different ways of raising more capital.
We reported in early August already, that Spotify had expressed a need to raise more funds to help with the growth of their company.
“We cannot exclude the need or desire to raise more funds in the future to fund future growth.”
And it looks like that time is now.
Spotify is currently valued at an estimated $5.2 billion. The company had also doubled it’s revenue in 2012, to a whopping $577 million.
It is not yet clear exactly how much money Spotify is wanting to raise. The company won’t, however, be issuing any new shares and is thought to be considering issuing debt.
It remains to be seen as to when and how Spotify will raise the extra funds – but it can definitely be said that they are moving at an incredible pace.
Now, if only they will bring their business to South Africa…
Popular music streaming web-service, Spotify, is doing rather well these days. The company has more than doubled its revenue in 2012.
Spotify’s latest revenue, as shown on Wednesday, amounts to a monstrous 435 million Euros. That is $577 million or R5 699 317 500.
Spotify provides ad-free, popular and on-demand music for free for paying customers. Founded in 2006 by Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon of Sweden, this music streaming service has revolutionised music streaming on the internet.
The Stockholm based company strikes royalty deals with record labels and then pays back about 70% of it’s revenue to the rights holders.
The company posted a 58.7 million Euro net loss, as compared with the 45.4 million loss in 2011 on a turnover of 190 million.
Spotify is an unlisted company and has more than 20 million active users. They have more than 5 million paying customers world wide. A definite sign that they are doing something right.
They also receive financial backing from companies such as Northzone, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Accel Partners and DST. There are also many fund raising activities held to support the growth of this innovative company.
Nokia’s new subscription-based upgrade to its popular free-to-stream mobile music service, Nokia Music+, is now available in South Africa for R25 a month. For the R25 real music fans get a number of enhancements. This further cements Nokia’s great service offering on their Windows Phone based devices.
For even greater music enjoyment, Nokia Music+ provides increased control over the listening experience – at a cost noticeably lower than many third party services – and adds the following additional features to the existing free Nokia Music offering: (more…)
Nokia today announced Nokia Music+, a new subscription-based upgrade to its free-to-stream mobile music service, offering a range of additional features for a low monthly fee. It will be rolling out as an optional update to the existing service in Q1 2013. The existing Nokia Music service will continue to be available free of charge, with no advertisements, registration or subscription to Nokia Lumia owners.
Nokia Music users create their own mixes or stream from playlists curated by an expert team of musicologists and international artists. Mixes can also be saved for offline playback.
For €4 per month, Nokia Music+ adds additional features: (more…)
Finally, the day South African Apple fans have waited for has arrived. After 9 long years of being available in first world countries, South Africans can now buy legal music from iTunes, using their South African credit cards.
Apple has made it clear that they will also focus on local artists, and the initial featured screens seem to support that. We ran a few talented South African artists through the search engine, and the results seem pretty good. Unfortunately we also found a few less talented ones as well.
Songs are available in rand pricing (a switch which occured about a month ago). We will be trying out the new service today, but we are particularly interested to see if iTunes Match will also be available to us. iTunes Match works like this – you have your music library (which you might have gotten very various sources, they do not all have to be purchased through iTunes), and then Apple goes and scans your library. Once Apple has these tracks it matches it to their massive iTunes catalogue, and then makes that catalogue available to your from any of your other authorized machines with iTunes, and all your authorized iOS devices like iPod, iPhone and iPad. Effectively this makes your entire music catalogue (legal or not) – available everywhere.
For the first time digital music sold more than actual physical store sales of music, according to the latest results by Nielsen and Billboard. Digital Sales jumped by 8.4% to take 50.3% of the market. Physical sales dipped by 5%. Here are some interesting facts about this year in digital music sales:
Clearly people were eager to download even more music during the festive season, or maybe a lot of people needed to fill up their new music player or phone with some songs. Adele’s 21 was the year’s top selling album, and is also the best selling digital album of all time.