Monday, March 16, 2009

Online Music-Related Technologies

Echodio - San Francisco, CA

This painless music manager sits in iTunes, allowing music fans to sync their tracks and backing up their music while on the go. To use this in iTunes, users just drag and drop their music into the Echodia playlist which automatically provides a backup. It also stores ratings, playlists, and tags, giving the music fan the whole package when backed up.

Gigotron- Los Angeles, CA

Gigotron’s presentation addressed one problem right off the bat: live music does not have one central location where everyone can find out about where bands are performing. This iPhone application lets users know what events are scheduled on a certain night, who is playing, and why they may not be able to find this information easily. Gigotron says this application for the iPhone “helps you get in touch with your music.”

A panelist asked, “How is this different from SongKic?” Gigotron responded “We have 40% more concert data than SongKick.”

Mugasha - Portland, OR

Magusha caters to dance music fans, allowing them to browse and stream DJ sets. Dance music fans can also rate the tracks and buy the tracks with little loading time. They work with smaller artists who allow them to do this, which helps avoid potential legal issues. The only problem that the judges commnted on was that users can see every music genre in the display list, and there is no filter for which music is available to stream.

Popcuts - Berkeley, CA

Popcuts says that they “Make music more like a relationship.” Users can look up Popcuts and find smaller artists and buy their music. If you buy a smaller artist’s music and they become a hit, you receive store credit and street cred. The panelists brought up that this sounded like a ponzi scheme, but Popcuts countered with “The real ponzei scheme is when the money floats to the top and the little guy gets nothing.”

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