Thought Rhapsody was US-based only? They are, though the company is now expected to announce a European expansion at Midem this weekend. Stay tuned.
Gobbler just secured a $1.75 million round, with ff Venture’s John Frankel joining the board. Gobbler specializes in the storage, transfer, and management of high-bandwidth music, film, photo, and other media files.
London-based publisher Kobalt Music Group has just expanded into two areas: direct-to-fan services and neighboring rights. The DIY stab follows the acquisition of AWAL Limited, and the Artists & Label Services unit will be headed by former Playlouder cofounder Paul Hitchman.
Like pivots? It worked for Turntable.fm, and now it's Herd.fm's turn. The location-focused mobile music play first rattled last year at SXSW, but has since transitioned their model more towards mobile-based music sharing and discovery. The play ties into iTunes collections, Facebook, YouTube, and Soundcloud APIs, among others. More on herd, here.
ReverbNation is now sending one artist to Hangout Music Fest in Alabama this May. Plus, ten finalists will be publicized on the Hangout site, more here.
TuneSat has just expanded its audio monitoring platform to include internet-based streams, a big expansion beyond TV-based detection. The company aims to help rightsholders find unauthorized uses of their content.
Beatport has just released Play, a platform that allows DJs to remix parts of original songs to enter contests. Along with sponsors, Beatport is offering these elements for free.
And, more personel moves at Epic Records. The Sony label has tapped Lynn Hazan as GM and CFO.