Is iTunes Outdated? 10 Startups that prove it's true

written by Clare Ryan on March 29, 2011 in Startup News with 4 comments
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There’s been a lot of talk about music apps lately… One of my favorite bloggers, Louis Gray wrote an article yesterday titled, “What iTunes Needs to Take on Spotify, Rdio & Google.” He starts, “Ever since I gained early access to Spotify in late 2009, I’ve practically abandoned iTunes for purchasing music.” This got me interested…
Is iTunes falling behind the music curve? There are so many exciting players out there offering so many cool things, I’m tempted to say, “Yes.”

A FEW OF OUR FAVES:Always wanting to stay up to date with music trends, our entire office was thrilled when we say Aweditorium recently. This is a beautiful new iPad app that allows you to experience music in a whole new way. It would be useless to even try and put the experience into words, so just go right now, and download the free app. You’ll love it. You can also see Robert Scoble talk about it here.

djay also impressed us as a fun new app that let’s you DJ from your own iPad. You can record new jams, integrate your iTunes library, and even virtually spin records! It’s awesome.

Shazam and Pandora are oldies but goodies… If you’ve been living under a rock and don’t know about these two offerings, do yourself a favor and check them out.

GrooveShark, Spotify, and Rdio are also major players in this space and they are changing the game for iTunes and music apps of the past.

What do you see in music’s future? To get the ball rolling, here are 10-Music apps we love… Let us know who we’re missing!

: Grooveshark is a web-based music application built for anyone on the internet to listen to music on-demand at no charge.
Users have the ability to listen to single songs from the 7-million song catalog, save playlists, and embed both on other websites, blogs, and social media profiles via the Grooveshark Widget.

Aweditorium reimagines what a music experience feels like on iPad. It takes all of the disparate content surrounding an artist — beautiful photography, lyrics, high definition video, interviews — and ties it all together into an fun, intimate experience on a multi-touch display.

We’re making a music service that takes the work out of deciding what to play next — follow friends and people with great taste in music, get inspired by what they’re playing, and listen to their playlists. With Rdio’s mobile apps, music on your computer and mobile phone is finally connected without needing a cable. Collections and playlists are instantly updated and you can sync music and listen, even when you’re offline

Any track you like, any time you like. Just search for it in Spotify, then play it. Any artist, any album, any genre – all available instantly. With Spotify, there are no limits to the amount of music you could listen to. Just help yourself to whatever you want, whenever you want it.

With Pandora you can explore this vast trove of music to your heart’s content. Just drop the name of one of your favorite songs, artists or genres into Pandora and let the Music Genome Project go. It will quickly scan its entire world of analyzed music, almost a century of popular recordings – new and old, well known and completely obscure – to find songs with interesting musical similarities to your choice. Then sit back and enjoy as it creates a listening experience full of current and soon-to-be favorite songs for you.

Back in 2002, Shazam launched a unique technology, enabling music lovers to identify tunes anywhere – using just their mobile phone. Now seven years on, Shazam has been used by more than 50 million people and live in over 150 countries.

Jango is all about making online music easy, fun and social. Just type in an artist – and your first station starts playing right away. You’ll get the music you want, along with similar favorites of Jango users who share your taste. Customizing your stations further is just as easy. Just add more artists and rate songs that you want to play more or less. You can also tune in to other people’s stations – and they can tune in to yours! In your player, you’ll see who’s listening to the same music as you, who’s listening to your stations, and what your friends are playing.

Live365′s end-to-end broadcast platform empowers individuals and organizations alike by giving them a “voice” to reach audiences around the globe. Through easy-to-use tools and services as well as royalty coverage, anyone with a computer and Internet connection can create his or her own Internet radio station and reach a global audience with minimal cost and effort.

djay transforms your iPad into a full-fledged DJ system,allowing you to mix your iPod music library on a hyper-realistic turntable interface. Perform live, record mixes on-the-go, or enable Automix mode and let djay mix your favorite playlist automatically. With unprecedented ease-of-use and innovative multi-touch mixing features, djay for iPad takes DJing to the next level and offers a unique experience for beginners and professionals alike.

SoundHound delivers innovative technologies and compelling user experiences in sound recognition, revolutionizing the way people interact with connected devices. SoundHound’s breakthrough Sound2Sound technology searches sound against sound, bypassing traditional sound to text conversion techniques even when searching text databases. Sound2Sound has resulted in numerous breakthroughs including the world’s fastest music recognition, the world’s only viable singing and humming search, and instant-response large scale speech recognition systems.

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