Cloud Speakers Music Aggregator Receives Funding

Cloudspeakers, an aggregator of music reviews, streaming tracks and music videos, said that it has received an investment from Veronica Holding. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

Founded in 2007, Netherlands-based Cloudspeakers aggregates legal, music-related links from a range of sources, such as Pitchfork Media, Yahoo Music, XLR8R and PopMatters.

The company will use the new funds to develop new services, including a music recommendation tool, and to pursue syndication of its content on other sites.

iTunes Growth Is Still On The Rise – Are You Part Of The Movement

iTunes is a store that is continually on the rise. RouteNote has been a partner of iTunes for the past 6 months and we are really starting to notice in our sales alone that iTunes is still growing at a rapid pace. Over at ReadWriteWeb they have a great article on iTunes and Apple creating an iNetwork. However, there was one graph in the article that stood out and that was iTunes sales over since it began. I have attached the graph below so you can see the growth of iTunes. If your not already selling your music via RouteNote onto iTunes, why the hell not!

China Mobile Has Over 80 Million Subscribers

China Mobile is one of the leading telecommunications companies within China, and they have released figures on Wednesday that stated they have more than 80 million subscribers to the M.Music Wireless Music Club. M.Music involves all four major labels and includes downloads, music videos, artist photos, ringtones, and even SMS-based magazines.  The service was launched in July of 2006.

The subscribers have doubled since September 2007, but this 80 million is only a small part of the 421.7 million subscribers that have across their entire network. Despite its heft, China Mobile faces serious competition from companies like China Telecom and China Unicom.  Among its future initiatives, China Mobile is now spreading a homegrown 3G connectivity protocol, one that aims to supercharge multimedia delivery and communications. 

China is an emerging market, not just economically but in a variety of markets. It would be great if we could some how take our musicians music to that side of the world, because the sheer size of the market is unrivalled.

New On The RouteNote Blog!

Here on the RouteNote blog you will soon be seeing a lot more information about the general state and happenings within the digital music space. Look out for acquisitions, analysis and more news inside your favourite music sites. We want to not just keep all our artists informed about where they should be placing themselves in the market, but also let everyone know what sites to use or not use.

Album Upload Tool is Now Online

Here at RouteNote we have been trying to improve our service for our artists. We have received a lot of feedback and now we are starting to rollout some changes. First big improvement is our new Album Upload Tool. The Album Upload Tool allows all our artists to not have to upload 1 track at a time like before. Now artists can set their entire Album to upload and then hit the upload button and come back to the computer when it is finished.

The RouteNote team really hopes you enjoy this new tool and if you have any suggestions for upgrades or new tools in the future, please just drop us an email.

Songs Now Live On iTunes!

Our first batch of tracks delivered to iTunes is now live. Once tracks are cleared by our team at RouteNote it normally takes another 4 weeks to get the tracks live onto iTunes. Make sure you head over to iTunes to check if you tracks are currently live. If you tracks aren’t already on RouteNote make sure you get them on now, cause every day you wait you could potential be losing out in earnings!

Whats Happening At RouteNote?

I thought it was about time that we sent everyone an update of what is happening here at RouteNote.

RouteNote is on the rise and every month more and more artists have been signing up to use our service. Music from these artists has already headed to our retail partners so stay tuned, because in the coming weeks you will see them online.

On the RouteNote blog we have added a few sections to our sidebar, just to let every know that you can now find all our videos on our YouTube Channel. Additionally, you can get in contact with us either via our Myspace or Twitter.

Additions: we are currently in talks to possibly add some more retail partners (so check back for that), and we are going to be adding some marketing tools to artist profiles, so they are able to spread the word about their band right across the internet. If there are any marketing tools you would like to see added to the service, please drop us an email and let us know.

RouteNote Featured On The InQuisitr

RouteNote has been featured on Duncan Rileys new site, The Inquisitr. Duncan is mostly known for being one of the head writers over at Techcrunch, but he has just left that post to launch this new endeavour. The article is not a huge review, but it does showcase our services to a growing audience.

Duncan quoted

It’s a neat middle-man service with great rates targeting an interesting niche. If you’re an unsigned muso looking for a leg up, RouteNote is worth a look.

It is good to see we are getting such good feedback, but make sure if you have any suggestions for us, please just drop us an email because we are always looking at improving what we can provide.