AM Brief: iPad Event, SoundHound Upgrade, Spotify Staffs US, Facebook + Beluga, RootMusic & More
- All eyes are on Apple's iPad Event @ 10AM PST today. Ars blogs live.
- SoundHound has issued a major upgrade to the paid version of its song recognition platform.
- Spotify is staffing for US launch and the team includes several ex-Limewire staffers. (Billboard)
- Sony apologizes for band's Nazi like costimues on Japanese MTV (AP)
- What smartphone rise means for gamers, filmmakers and music producers. (Evolver.fm)
- Mobile music platform Didiom has been bought and will be relaunched by Exclaim Mobility.
- Facebook acquires Beluga, a mobile group messaging service. (NYT)
- MTV and Sony/ATV have formed a hybrid music production and licensing partnership to be fueled by new and emerging ndie artists.
- This week, RootMusic closed a small $800K round of funding, bringing total funding to $3.1M; and named Chris Wiltsee, former executive director of RIAA's SF chapter and founder of Youth Movement Records to head biz dev. (LA Times) Impressive, particularly for a Facebook app aimed solely at musicians.
- MP3 search engine SkreemR is back online.
- How MTV Is Marrying Digital Design & Social Good (Mashable)
- Digitize Your Music. Rip your records and transfer your audio tapes to high-quality digital files. Plus, tips on music OCR, and more. (PCWorld)
- Advice for New Music School Graduates. (MusicanWages)