Dropbox has just acquired Audiogalaxy, a potentially interesting stab into cloud-based music. The massive Dropbox will be shutting Audiogalaxy down in short order, according to the acquirees.
Justin Bieber was the target for a rather grizzly murder plot, according to details just reported by ABC News. The detailed plan was hatched by the overly-obsessed Dana Martin, an inmate at the Southern New Mexico Corrections Facility, with co-conspirators on the outside.
Will this change things? SongBooth is 'essentially a handheld recording studio for every artist in the world,' according to the creator, and currently being used by talent like Ryan Beatty and Miguel. The app is currently available on iPhones and iPod touches, and comes from iFlypt creator Gregory Lowe. Users can layer all sorts of intrumentals and effects through In-App Purchases, and Lowe is dangling major label contracts and relationships to the most promising artists.
This could be one of the most gigantic promotional guns of the year. One Direction has just named Camryn as their opening act for an upcoming, 63-date European tour next year. The action starts in February at London's O2 Arena.
Really want to compete with Spotify? The Norwegian-based Aspiro is now bringing a free version of its streaming music service, WiMP, to Spotify's home court of Sweden, a move that closely follows a gratis WiMP launch in Denmark. The Swedish stab is designed to give prospective users a taste, and features an editorial tie-in with large newspaper Aftonbladet.
The simmering debate over music discovery, as properly kicked off by Kyle Bylin, focuses in part on whether music fans really want or need to discover new music and up-and-coming artists. Well, here's another startup that believes they do: Muzooka, which exits its invitation-only stage today, is a 'Reddit-style' platform for bringing talented, up-and-coming artists to the fore, while giving the industry a better way to source new talent. Walter Afanasieff, David Foster, and Babyface are among the early participants; more at muzooka.com.
Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, and Alicia Keys were just some of the superstars that rocked '12-12-12,' with Mick Jagger, Chris Martin, Kanye West, Paul McCartney and surviving Nirvana members also on stage at Madison Square Garden.