This is Clyde Smith's Typepad Profile.
Join Typepad and start following Clyde Smith's activity
Join Now!
Already a member? Sign In
Clyde Smith
Asheville, NC
Clyde Smith is a contributing writer at Hypebot.com and maintains a writing hub at Flux Research.
Recent Activity
Image
If the vinyl boom wasn't maxing out record presses before, look for that super special indie release from that barely known artist to face some pushbacks. Urban Outfitters' claim to be the no. 1 vinyl retailer was shown by Billboard to be false. Amazon's no. 1 as you might have suspected. However additional rivalry is expected from Guitar Center, Whole Foods and Barnes & Noble. Ed Christman over at Billboard reports on Urban Outfitters' claim to be the "world’s number one vinyl seller" which turns out to be incorrect: "A Billboard analysis shows that Amazon is the largest seller of... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at hypebot
Image
Gumroad is a popular ecommerce option that allows you to sell digital goods just about anywhere. But up till now fans didn't have an easy way to take their collection in the Gumroad Library mobile. Now Gumroad's brought the process full circle with an app for listeners that lets them automatically go mobile with their Gumroad purchases allowing them to listen, watch and read as they wish. Gumroad has quite a history already as an ecommerce solution from serious funding to major label artist adoption to partnering with Twitter for their new Buy button. According to a Gumroad email they... Continue reading
Posted 13 hours ago at hypebot
Image
Eventbrite has a long history of blogging and creating other resources for the event organizers that use their ticketing services. Today they debut a new resource for DIY and indie musicians, Eventbrite Artist Studio. It's currently a collection of articles addressing such important issues and burning questions as "Why DIY?", "How to Make it in Music" and "Get to Know Your Fans." Earlier this year Eventbrite did a Music Census for music event organizers that use the service and found that 1 in 3 of those organizers were musicians putting together their own shows with a strong interest in learning... Continue reading
Posted 16 hours ago at hypebot
Image
Tango is a leading messaging app with over 250 million registered members and over 70 million monthly active users. Back in July they gave an accidental preview to some tech bloggers about a new app called Tango Music Pix. Today they officially unveiled the app for iOS and Android allowing you to create a slideshow of pics with a micro-licensed backing song provided through Rumblefish. Tango's been finding ways to include music on its messaging platform from a partnership with Spotify to music channels. Though messaging with music hasn't taken off to date, shooting video clips or photos and adding... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
Image
Some people are reasonably upset about fans paying good money for a Lauryn Hill show that was disappointing. That sort of thing is always upsetting. But at least two of them have turned that disappointment into an attack on Lauryn Hill. Talib Kweli weighed in with an extreme take along the lines of Lauryn Hill's given us so much that we cannot criticize. But it's a simple situation. Lauryn Hill has a history of unpredictability so buying a ticket is a roll of the dice. You already knew that so why the drama? Stefab Schumacher says he's lost his love... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
Image
Three Things About Streaming Music The Industry Needs To Figure Out Are You As Excited As Bono About Apple's Plans For A New Music Format? Sirius, Pandora Pre-1972 Music Royalty Scam Creates Broadcaster Chaos, Huge Shareholder Liability Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
Image
Getting Buzz For Your Band Before You Have Fans ToneDen Adds Social Features and Downloads For SoundCloud Follows To Music Marketing Platform How To Get More Email List Signups At Shows Bandzoogle Celebrates 10th Anniversary, Launches New Web Site MORE: What Indie Musicians Can Learn From Iconic Music Videos Goodbye June Wins 2014 Unsigned Only Songwriting Competition Giving Music Journalists Lead Time To Ensure Maximum Press Coverage Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
Image
Apple To Rebrand Beats Music Sirius XM Loses Pre-1972 Music Lawsuit: Potential Damages In $100s Of Millions, Copyright Attorney On The Ramifications Fullscreen MCN Acquired by Otter Media, Cuts Monetization Deal With Loudr Watch Spotify PartyDrone Fly Over Fans and Play Their Favorite Songs YouTube Launches Realtime Analytics MORE: Hypebot's Music Industry News and Jobs The Elsewhere Musician: Making Connections In A Fragmented World Warped Tour's Kevin Lyman's Free Online Class Is This Saturday + We Reveal Our Contest Winner! Radiohead's Thom Yorke Releases New Album Via BitTorrent Seth Godin: But the Beatles were out of tune... 15 Jewish artists... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
Image
Pandora's new #ThumbMoments campaign may be awkwardly named but it's a pretty cool effort to delight individual fans. Basically a fan hits the thumbs up like button on an artist's song and they're surprised with a FaceTime video chat and personal concert by that artist. The program kicked off with Lindsey Stirling surprising some of her fans who then had a couple of ways to participate while Stirling played so they didn't just sit there. What a great #ThumbMoment! Pandora posted about their "Thumb Moments" with Lindsey Stirling: "Immediately after thumbing up one of Lindsey’s songs, eight of her listeners... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
Image
Stripe is becoming omnipresent as a partner in new social and mobile payment systems. They offer an integration with the upcoming Apple Pay and are also one of a small group of companies partnering with Twitter on their buy button. Facebook began testing a buy button back in July but it's only come out this week that Stripe is going solo, at least for this testing period, in powering Facebook's buy button. Given Stripe's integrations into a wide range of platforms and ecommerce services, it's worth a look if you're considering options for your music site or business. I started... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
Image
While a pretty wide range of startups have been hacking away at the venue booking side of things over the years, there haven't been nearly as many that have attempted to address booking for parties and alternative spaces. Sidestage is a newer startup that's now launching in New York. Beatsy is another that helps everyday people and event organizers book electronic music artists and is now opening their service to hip hop djs and groups. The Book A Musician Space Has Been Weak To Date The book a musician for your party or event space has been fairly quiet. Hear... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
Image
As Garth Brooks' GhostTunes moves forward with its digital music sales and streaming locker service, they've got their second big digital exclusive. GhostTunes launched and is said to be founded by Garth Brooks who gave them their first. Now Trisha Yearwood, his wife, is offering presales of her next album as a GhostTunes digital exclusive with physical sales presumably handled as normal. It's a good look for GhostTunes which hasn't yet delivered on Brooks social promises but could make big moves with digital exclusives. GhostTunes: Says One Thing, Does Another Quick recap: Garth Brooks announces "own version of social media."... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
Image
If you're like me, you encounter music videos from Vevo fairly randomly mixed in on YouTube or embedded on websites so it's hard to have a sense of Vevo's full range of programming. But if you head over to Vevo's site you'll realize that they really are exploring what it means to be a video network. I took a closer look to get updated on their original programming and was pleasantly surprised to see that my previous concerns about Vevo following MTV's path were off the mark. This week Vevo posted about their original content which is helping them move... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at hypebot
Image
Today Eventbrite releases Eventbrite Neon, a new iOS mobile app that combines the functions previously available in Eventbrite's At The Door and Entry Manager apps. Eventbrite Neon will allow users to create a mobile box office, handle event entry and monitor real-time data. This will make things easier for folks juggling roles and apps or working with a unique event that requires flexibility. Eventbrite Neon is a free iOS app for iPad, iPhone and the iPod touch (links may not be immediately live). No word on when this will be available for Android which currently has only the Entry Manager... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at hypebot
Image
The second annual Rethink Music Venture Day takes place in Berlin, October 24. A joint production of Berklee College of Music, Midem and IE Business School, Venture Day will focus on music and entrepreneurship with speakers, discussions and networking. In addition, the big event will be a music startup competition that will give 12 new companies a chance to win a nice "business start-up package” offering both services and support. Rethink Music is the joint creation of Berklee College of Music and Midem. They also partner with a variety of folks including IE Business School who are co-hosts for Rethink... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at hypebot
Image
Townsquare Media is adding to its already rich digital portfolio of pop culture and music sites with the acquisition of XXL and related properties King and Antenna from Harris Publications. The upcoming October issue of XXL will be its last in print. King was a men's magazine and the surviving site has been dead for awhile but it will be relaunched. Antenna remains a digital-only destination for men. It will be interesting to see what Townsquare does with the new properties and the potential for getting into related events. Last summer Townsquare Media added to its portfolio by purchasing multiple... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at hypebot
Image
Late last week Cox Enterprises announced the acquisition of Experience (team pictured at left), a ticket upgrade startup that offers such features as seat upgrades at the game and fan experiences like meet and greets via mobile. Though Experience's services are widely used for sports events, their tech is also used for music events via a deal with Live Nation/Ticketmaster. Being able to upgrade seats and enhance the outing at the event opens up ways to both increase revenues and reward fans. Cox Enterprises acquired Experience for an undisclosed sum. Experience itself is said to be valued at more than... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at hypebot
Image
ToneDen has come quite a ways since launching out of beta in February. The site offers a number of features like EPKs and artist profile pages plus tools like embeddable music players. In August they added community features including a social feed and then followed this month with a "follow on SoundCloud for free download" feature. With 15,000+ artists on the platform, ToneDen is proving its relevance as a music marketing platform. The team seems to be doing a nice job of iterating the product while responding both to what they're seeing on the site and what they see happening... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at hypebot
Image
Fader has a new Editor-in-Chief, Naomi Zeichner, and she intends to keep print going strong while beefing up editorial content on the web. Fader is also expanding internationally. They've been doing well in the UK and now plan to launch in 10 major cities around the world. Oh, and remember Fader Festival? That's still in the work but there's a lot of talking yet to do. Naomi Zeichner, Editor-in-Chief Music mag and website Fader last week appointed a new editor-in-chief Naomi Zeichner. Zeichner previously worked at Fader as both an associate and then senior editor before becoming BuzzFeed's music editor.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at hypebot
Image
U2 Album Gifting: Free Or An Assault On Everything That Makes Freedom Worth Having? The Growing Power Of Internet Radio The "Me" Generation: Why Music Curation Isn’t The Answer The 7th & Final Episode: The Problems Musicians Face and How To Solve Them Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2014 at hypebot
Image
Details Emerge Of U2 and Apple's New Digital Music Format Infographic: Who Still Buys Music In 2014? Tim Cook On Beats Music and Why Apple Paid $3.2 Billion: "I couldn’t sleep that night...” U2 BE GONE! Apple Offers 1 Click Removal After Complaints Mount Promised Land: Youth Culture, Disruptive Startups, And The Social Music Revolution MORE: Hypebot's Music Industry News and Jobs Learn From Warped Tour's Kevin Lyman Video: David Letterman Mocks The Eagles For Refusing To License Their Music Kutiman Returns With New Remix/Mashup Video To Promote Upcoming Album "Thru You Too" Video: Conan Obrien Launches eRase U2 App... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2014 at hypebot
Image
Two leaders in the music discovery space are working on new projects each with a bit of solo action to get things off the ground. We Are Hunted's Stephen Philips recently launched Wonder.fm to present the top tracks from SoundCloud. While Seevl's Alexandre Passant hacked together a proof of concept Twitter DJ bot that I'm calling DJ Seevl though DJ Twitter Bot has a great deal of potential. Wonder.fm Hunts SoundCloud Tracks You may remember We Are Hunted, a popular music discovery site that Twitter acquired and killed and whose developers' talents were then squandered on Twitter's #music app. Stephen... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at hypebot
Image
To paraphrase Amanda Palmer, people want to give you their money so make sure you can take it. DipJar is a tipjar that takes tips via credit cards. It's designed as a self-serve solution for coffee shops and similar settings and suggests one possible solution for street musicians in a cashless society. Accepting payment in digital currency such as Bitcoin is another issue facing musicians. Lots of retailers are coming on board and now there are tools for taking Bitcoin as direct payments on your site. Tip Jars in a Cashless Society Tips are one form of payment that aren't... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at hypebot
Image
Tunecore is adding a new artist service. You can now have your music submitted to Facebook audio recognition which will recognize your music in the background and offer the opportunity for listeners to post about you. Tunecore also added a members' discount on TwitMusic services so you can now do more with both Twitter and Facebook. TuneCore's addition of Facebook audio recognition to their Artist Services portal is well worth noting. It's still making its way into the world but it's an interesting concept: "Facebook audio recognition makes it easy for Facebook users to share the songs they're listening to.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at hypebot
Image
One of the big issues in crowdfunding is the gap between the end of a successful campaign and the delivery of whatever was funded. Indiegogo is now addressing that gap by allowing not only "contributions" after the initial funding period but by enabling the connection with fans to continue. In more specific music crowdfunding news, Italy-based platform Musicraiser followed up on their expansion plans with the opening of their London office. In addition they're now offering special promotional support for select campaigns. Indiegogo's Solution to the Post-Funding Gap Indiegogo's solution to the post-funding gap seems like a good fit for... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at hypebot