Music, technology and gaming at Cyberjaya festival

Cyberjaya Creative Playground (#CJPlayground) is a three-day festival that brings together an international panel forum featuring technologists and entrepreneurs, gaming and live music by OAG, An Honest Mistake and others. The Cyberjaya Creative Playground, #CJPlayground will take place from Nov 14 to Nov 16 2014 at the Lim Kok Wing University of Creative Technology and Multimedia University (MMU) and will be hosted by Cyberview Sdn Bhd.

http://www.thestar.com.my/Tech/Tech-News/2014/10/11/Cyberjaya-Creative-Playground-festival-brings-together-music-technology-and-gaming/

Line announces a flurry of joint ventures that target gaming, manga, and music

When Line makes an announcement, Line really makes an announcement. Following some big revelations – including new payments, taxi hailing, and on-demand food services – the company delivered another blast of big news for Line’s gaming, manga, and music offerings. On stage at Line Conference Tokyo 2014, senior executive officer Jun Masuda explained the company’s additional plans to become the “number one entertainment platform” in Japan and beyond.

http://www.techinasia.com/line-joint-ventures-gaming-manga-music/

Taiwan-based music streaming startup KKBox raises $104M from Singapore’s GIC

In what comes as the largest funding round for a Taiwan startup this year, Taipei-based KKBox has announced it just raised US$104 million from Singapore’s GIC, a government owned investment firm. The company says it will use the funding to continue its overseas expansion and improve its technology.  “The investment stems from GIC’s confidence in the long-term growth potential of KKBox given its unique music streaming service and strong franchise in its home markets.

http://www.techinasia.com/taiwan-music-streaming-startup-kkbox-raises-us104m-singapores-gic/

Samsung pulling its music and books apps

SAN FRANCISCO, May 23 ― As Spotify celebrates hitting the 10 million paying subscriber milestone, Samsung is reaching the end of its music streaming venture. And, from July 1, Samsung’s Music Hub will cease to be. The company is already advising users that they will need to download all music purchases made from the app and use up any vouchers for it if they don’t want to lose any of their tracks when the music-streaming service stops.

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/tech-gadgets/article/samsung-pulling-its-music-and-books-apps

Music startup Beatrobo gets $1.1 million funding to reinvent the mixtape

TAG indexJapanese convenience store chain Lawson will announce its US$1.1 million series A investment in Tokyo-based startup Beatrobo later today, Tech in Asia has learned. Beatrobo is a global, social music service that uses customizable robot avatars as a conduit for sharing songs and discovering new artists. The company’s first attempt at hardware, PlugAir, may become the digital mixtape of the future. The tiny device plugs into a mobile device’s earphone jack and acts as a key for instantly downloading music.

http://www.techinasia.com/music-startup-beatrobo-11-million-funding-reinvent-mixtape/

Spotify launches officially in the Philippines, teams up with local telco for promo

Today, music streaming service Spotify is now officially available in the Philippines. This comes a couple of weeks after Tech in Asia spotted Spotify’s quiet ‘soft’ launch in partnership with Coca-Cola. When Spotify soft launched in the Philippines, interested users could only get a sign-up code by sending an email to the Coca-Cola team. That is changing today, because now anyone in the Philippines can now download and create an account on Spotify.

http://www.techinasia.com/spotify-launches-officially-philippines-teams-local-telco-promo/

Philippine telco launches iOS app for fledgling music streaming service

Philippine telco Smart now has an iPhone app to go with its music streaming service. Called Spinnr, it allows users to download or stream music. All the tunes come from publishers Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment. Spinnr already has over three million songs in the database.

http://www.techinasia.com/philippine-telco-launches-ios-app-fledgling-music-streaming-service/