What Else? $ongza, Twitter Music, Bloom.fm, Chi Cheng, Sir Colin Davis, Anti-Thatcherism…

And the latest juicy round goes to Songza, to the tune of $3.8 million according to just-filed SEC documents.  The investor(s) aren’t known, though Amazon has been a longtime benefactor (and rescuer of Songza’s earlier chapter, Amie Street).  That said, others have also reportedly plunked considerable cash into Songza, all part of a broader investment water level that keeps rising.

And your thoughts on Twitter Music?  So far, celebs and luminaries are getting an early taste, which includes cool features like integrated recommendations (powered by recently-acquired We Are Hunted), plus embedded instant-plays from your friends at Rdio, Spotify, YouTube, and SoundCloud, among others.  And that doesn’t even include buy links and related data like artist biographies…

Watch these guys (on your mobile).  It’s Bloom.fm, UK-based play focused on mobile radio and temporary ‘borrowing’ of a limited number of offline tracks.  The ‘pound-a-month’ service (which includes 20 borrows) now has 100,000 registered users, though we’re not sure whether all of those people are paying.  Here’s a quick primer on the idea.

And, RIP Deftones bassist Chi Cheng, who died Sunday morning.  The bassist and band cofounder was involved in a serious car accident several years ago, and has been battling complications in a coma ever since.  He was 42.

Elsewhere, longtime London Symphony Orchestra conductor Sir Colin Davis has also passed away.  Davis died after suffering a short illness.  He was 85.

Also in the UK, the anti-Thatcher, post-mortem backlash continues.  But an effort to rocket ‘Ding! Dong! The Witch Is Dead’ to the top of the British pop charts has fallen short, with Duke Dumont’s ‘Need U (100%)’ grabbing the top slot in the latest week.

“Thank you very much for standing in the sun on drugs for us.”

Puscifer’s Maynard James Keenan, thanking the crowd at Coachella this weekend. 

 

 

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  1. Visitor
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    “And your thoughts on Twitter Music? So far, celebs and luminaries are getting an early taste, which includes cool features like integrated recommendations (powered by recently-acquired We Are Hunted), plus embedded instant-plays from your friends at Rdio, Spotify, YouTube, and SoundCloud, among others.”

    I’d like to know how they’re going to do that, copyright-wise.

    But I’m more worried about iRadio if this is true:

    “Apple’s new service will be similar to Pandora’s. but it won’t be a clone. According to the sources, iRadio will come with more on-demand features”

    http://www.theverge.com/2013/4/11/4214728/agreement-between-apple-and-universal-music-on-iradio-is-imminent

    Could be the fix that breaks iTunes.

    Radio is nice, but 6-10 cents per 100 on-demand streams is beyond silly.

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    • Visitor
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      But it’s Apple! They can do no wrong. Flood the patent office with BS patents and sue their competition into oblivion, that is perfectly fine! When they release a laptop with last generation hardware at a higher price than any of the competition with an OS that is only supported for a few years, consumers line up out the door to replace their laptop they bought just last year. When they released a product called iTunes that destroyed the album and forced artists to sell at the price designated by Apple due to a monopoly, artists called them the only pro-artist company and many continue to release music on iTunes exclusively, strengthing the monopoly.

      Will this be the move that turns people against the giant? Probably not.

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      • Visitor
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        “Will this be the move that turns people against the giant?”

        Well, you saw my comment — and I’m a huge Apple fan. I really feel that I owe them a lot.

        But nobody knows the new Apple yet.

        So I guess it could go either way.

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