I just wrote about Spotify the other day. Reading about Spotify and its benefits took me to a lot of other places that focused on connecting or helping people unite their common interest, namely music.

The other day SoundCloud had their release. On the site reads that: “SoundCloud lets you move music fast & easy. The platform takes the daily hassle out of receiving, sending & distributing music for artists, record labels & other music professionals.” I’m not sure that this has been as big of an issue as they’d like to emphasize, but it will be interesting to see what comes out of it. Check out the video on the front page, quite cool.

Another service that I stumbled upon the other day is Hypem which really caught my attention. I normally stick to more ‘common’ resources for my music online, such as or longer back; Pandora. But Hypem or “The Hype Machine” is really really clever and self-driven by thousands of bloggers. It collects data and music from blogs around the world and then presents it on the site with a clean interface and the possibility to listen to new blogged music in a pop-up player, even though the player at the bottom is sweet enough. If you want to see what music is the ‘buzz’ around the world, Hypem is really a one stop shop to get updated.

Spotify, music revolution from Sweden

Today it was officially announced that Spotify has signed licensing deals with a list of companies that included Universal Music Group, Sony BMG, EMI Music, and Warner Music Group.

Spotify wrote on their blog today: “What this means to us, is that after just over two years, thousands of lines of code, and even more cups of coffee, Spotify will launch today. We plan to roll out invites to our free service gradually over the coming months, while premium access to Spotify has now been made fully available.”

Read more on the official blog from Spotify.

I found an old article about the founders Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzen at InternetWorld as well. Edit: Well, of course there was a new one on IDG as well, check it out.

Josh Groban – 30 years of TV themes

Adapting to the music industry

Swedish artist Timbuktu today released his new single “Tack för kaffet” (Thanks for the coffee) direct to the sharing community through The Pirate Bay. The single is part of his upcoming album “En hi-5 och en falafel” (A Hi-5 and a falafel). I’d agree with TPB that this is definitely a good way of showing some street smarts and adjusting to the current state of the music industry.

Read the full story at TPB.

John Mayer – Where the light is (Live in LA) – Full concert

Very much recommended. John Mayer released his new album on DVD/CD/BLU-RAY on the 1st of July, it’s a really good concert and buy if you ask me!

Go Buy. Download. Watch. Whatever.