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A to Z of Digital Music Startups in 2009

A to Z of Digital Music Startups in 2009

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A list of lots of new startups, services and sites in the digital music space, from 2009. Compiled by Music Ally (www.musically.com)
A list of lots of new startups, services and sites in the digital music space, from 2009. Compiled by Music Ally (www.musically.com)

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THE A TO Z OF DIGITAL MUSICSTARTUPS IN 2009
Compiled by Music Allywww.musically.comv1.0: 16-Dec-09
 
 The A to Z of Digital Music Startups in 2009
INTRODUCTION
Last year, our 200 Digital Music Startups of 2008blog post went down a storm, so naturallywe thought we'd repeat it for 2009. We've changed the format though: it's in alphabetic order this time.Some caveats to cover our backs. The list is based on startups we've covered for the first timein the Music Ally Daily Bulletin this year. It's not a list of the best or most successfulcompanies/services/sites - it's a snapshot of what people were launching this year, or talkingabout launching (a few, like Rdio and Kik, won't go live till the new year). Some are alreadydefunct.We think it highlights some interesting trends. Like all the sites springing up to do musicstuff with Twitter. Or the huge interest in building communities around live music. Or moreuser-friendly torrent sites. Innovative mobile apps, legal music search engines, web games...As we said, it's a snapshot.What's that? You launched a music-related startup or service this year and it isn't on here?Please post a comment and tell us about it - this post will be updated regularly over thecoming weeks with people we've missed. If you're on the list but have changed tack or addedmajor new features, please also let us know in a comment, and we'll reflect that too.Obligatory plug: we wrote about all these firms in our Daily Bulletin, alongside news aboutindustry trends, digital marketing campaigns, legal/licensing developments and all thingsdigital music. You can sign up for afree two-week trial to see how it works. Anyway, enough preamble: read on for the startups!
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 The A to Z of Digital Music Startups in 2009
THE STARTUPS99 Dollar Music Videos
was a site launched by Next New Networks and Verizon FiOS,matching film-makers with emerging bands to create videos with budgets of, yep, $99.(www.99dollarmusicvideos.com)
.ws
- yes, that really was its name - was a music search engine that let users see what other  people were tweeting about bands - while also linking to parent company Musebin's reviews.(www.musebin.ws)
33centmp3s.com
was a store selling covers of popular songs for 33 cents apiece, created bymusic blogger Marc Cohen. It was due to launch in November, but hasn't gone live yet.(www.33centmp3s.com)
8bit FM
was a streaming radio station focused entirely on 'chiptune' music - tunes made withretro games computers and handhelds. However, it eventually shut down citing licensingcosts. (www.8bitfm.com)
a2f2a
was a site spawned by discussions between P2PNet blogger Jon Newton and artistBilly Bragg - designed for artists and fans to thrash out the filesharing debate and dream upnew music models. (www.a2f2a.com)
AbbeyRoad Live
was a new service from EMI that mixes, masters and distributes recordingsof live gigs to fans soon after they finish - delivered as CDs, DVDs or USB sticks, as well asvia download and/or streams.
AppsFire
was one of the first startups to try to help iPhone and iPod touch owners discover new apps on Apple's App Store - in its case by scanning their library and sharing details of their favourites with friends on social networks. (www.appsfire.com)
ArtistRise
was a social network that aimed to bring together artists, promoters, venues andfans - focused around live gigs. The idea was to provide bands with another way to book gigs, including at off-the-beaten-track venues. (www.artistrise.com)
Audiolife
was one of a crop of startups helping bands to create their own storefronts to sellmusic and merchandise. In this case, artists could set their own prices and track sales throughAudiolife's site. (www.audiolife.com)
Bandcamp
was another one of that crop of startups, and exited beta in March this year withfour embeddable music players, and the ability for bands to generate individual downloadcodes for music giveaways then print them onto business cards to give out at gigs.(www.bandcamp.com)
Bandize
was a b2b service for artists and managers, gathering workflow stuff like gigging,accounts, merch inventory tracking and contacts into a swizzy online interface.(www.bandize.com)
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