It wasn't a music-focused WWDC, but Apple was bursting with smooth-tech releases. That includes a number of Google jabs, most notably a homegrown, Yelp-peppered native mapping app, and tighter integrations into Facebook and Twitter. Both the updated OS X Mountain Lion and iOS 6 are designed with more social aspects in mind, as well as beefed up iCloud components like Documents and mobile ecommerce-focused Passbook.
Oh, and Siri is growing up, and navigating streets and apps alike. And on the hardware side, an ultra-thin MacBook Pro was the dazzler, while the Macbook Air got slashed sub-$1,000.
And, remember Roqbot? The fun idea is to give music fans the ability to control music in bars and clubs through their mobile devices. Actually, the company first started making noise at SXSW in 2011, but is suddenly back with $1.2 million in funding. Check for a formal announcement ahead.
Looks like Last.fm has had a lurking security issue for three months or more, but only recently discovered the problem. GigaOM unearths the far broader breach; Last.fm warned users over the weekend that usernames and passwords had been broadly poached.
Someone hates us in Nashville. The Production Music Association (PMA) is hosting their executive forum on music valuations on Thursday, June 21st, not earlier as we'd mentioned. The action happens at the BMI offices in Nashville at 6 pm; more at the pmamusic.com.
Elsewhere, the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) will be holding its annual meeting in New York on June 13th. Author Robert Levine will keynote.
In the app world, Songza suddenly has a top-ranked iPad and iPhone app, thanks to updates involving its concierge feature (not yet available on the Android side). The iPhone app is the top free app in the music category; the iPad app is the top free app overall.
Separately, Spotify has just updated its Android app with a number of enhancements. That includes full support for Android 4.0, 320 kbps quality, and Last.fm scrobbling. Check it out on Google Play.
Which brings us to Soundrop, a highly-social, Spotify-based app that has just rallied $3 million from Northzone.
She kept her head up - literally. Lady Gaga suffered a mild concussion during a recent performance in New Zealand, thanks to an on-stage accident, but managed to soldier through 16 songs.
ReverbNation is now broadening its artist affinity play on Facebook. As part of its Facebook-focused 'Promote It' advertising launch, ReverbNation was initially targeting users through 'similar artist' likes. The list has now expanded to include actual listens through Spotify, Rdio, Rhapsody, Deezer, or MySpace.
Also on the funding front, MyMusic has just grabbed a $1 million angel seed round. The company is focused on aggregating the vast range of artist assets littered online, and presenting them in a more coherent, unified fashion. "The site was born out of our frustration with not being able to find all of the information about the music we loved in one place," said CEO Rob Lane.
Dominic Tuesday, June 12, 2012
And then there's ReflectNow, where it'ill groom aspiring artists into their full potential, so that one day, a track will be streamed on all of the services above. #bsp