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.
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.
Smule releases Sonic Lighter 1.2.1 Special Campaign 2008 Edition for the iPhone.
Smule announces Sonic Vox, a voice-altering program for the iPhone.
Ge Wang of Smule and friend show off their amazing musical skills using their new iPhone app, Leaf Trombone World Stage.
Also: iPhone developer Smule has raised $3.9 million in funding; Mixx has a new homepage; and Yammer is set to announce a hosted version of its software.
The Big G's investment arm Google Ventures is sending $100m to Europe to fund the next Spotify, Soundcloud or Skype.