Smule raised $16 million in its latest round, even though it didn’t need to raise funding at all. Another atypical step for the atypical startup, which originated when a 40-something went back to college instead of a 20-something dropping out.
For years, songs created through apps like Ocarina and Sing Karaoke were accessible only through those apps. Now, Smule is connecting all its users and their content through a new Web-based system.
With the second major iteration of its mega-hit app, Smule has added new game elements, the ability to buy song packs, and has brought it all together inside the app.
The release of WatchKit will allow developers to start creating apps for the Apple Watch, which is expected early next year.
Apple's WatchKit will help developers build apps and services for the company's new smartwatch.
The "YouTube for audio" is the latest streaming-music site to tout new ways artists can commercialize. Of course, for its 175 million monthly listeners, that means commercials.
The streaming music service joins with Bandpage to let musicians sell experiences to fans like private concerts, duets, and pre-show parties.
The Big G's investment arm Google Ventures is sending $100m to Europe to fund the next Spotify, Soundcloud or Skype.
Smule's CEO, Jeff Smith, claimed at a panel discussion Thursday night that the iPhone is "the only game in town" for the mobile-apps market. Is he right?
Smule introduces Sonic Boom, an app that turns your iPhone into a virtual firecracker.