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Techstars Startup Digest - Music - Issue #6

Hi, This week we find some interesting takes on where we are currently at with streaming and their po
Issue #6  •  June 1  •  view online
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Startups and change makers leveraging music and music technology to curate a more creative world.
Hi,
This week we find some interesting takes on where we are currently at with streaming and their policies. 
An interesting marketing take on Snapchat releasing Lens which react to sound. It can be a really cool way for an artist or band to utilize the tool to grow awareness around an upcoming single or album release. 
👏I would also like to introduce my new co-curator, Josh Ford, so let’s all welcome him. 👏
This week we’re featuring 8Stem Interactive Music, a startup by Sub Pop founder, Bruce Pavitt. 8Stem is an interactive music format, remix platform, and mobile app. The company enables fans to easily manipulate songs like an audio engineer - muting vocals, replacing drums, adding effects, rearranging song parts - to create a custom remix. The concept is similar to Instagram, where simplified professional tools are available by tapping or dragging on your phone. 8Stem’s mission is to lower the barrier to remixing with a complete turnkey system. So not only does the app contain tracks and a remixer, once a remix is made, users can post it to social, or publish to streaming services like Spotify or Apple Music. The app is available in the App Store here
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
Corey & Josh

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Merlin turns 10 and celebrates indies: ‘We’re over-indexing’ | Music Ally

Music subscription service Resonate gives artists both money and power over content with a stream-to-own model

Snapchat launches its first Lens that reacts to sound

Pandora quietly launches $15-a-month family plan - CNET

In the first of a new monthly essay series on music, we explore how messageboards became a meeting point for 00s music fans – and how, after being killed off by social media, they might rise again

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Techstars Startup Digest Music is curated by:
Corey Crossfield Corey Crossfield - Music Digest Curator
corey.crossfield@startupdigestmail.com
Josh Ford Josh Ford
josh.ford@startupdigestmail.com
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