Tech news

BandPay raises $2m for its music collaborations management app | Music Ally

BandPay raises $2m for its music collaborations management app | Music Ally

US-based BandPay is one of the startups trying to help musicians get paid for their work more efficiently. In its case, that takes the form of an app on which collaborators set milestones for their projects, with funds in escrow that are released when those milestones are hit. Now the company is getting a payment milestone of its own: a $2m funding round from an unnamed angel investor, which BandPay says it will use ‘to build its user base, starting with artists, producers, and other music professionals, as well as to continue building out features to serve them’.

Read the whole story at

The Future of Tech and Social Media | Social Media Examiner

The Future of Tech and Social Media | Social Media Examiner

Wondering what the future of social media looks like? Futurist Joel Comm explains why disruption to the industry is imminent and shares the new technologies responsible for changing the way social media works today. You’ll also discover examples of emerging platforms that are drawing content creators and their audiences away from mainstream channels. 🔔 Subscribe for More Social Media Marketing Tactics — 🚀
Visit @Joel Comm‘s Channel for More Blockchain Content — 🔗
Find Resources and Tools Mentioned In this Episode —
🎧 Subscribe to The Social Media Marketing Podcast —…
💡 Wondering How Fellow Marketers Are Using Social Media? — Download the Industry Report: #SocialMediaMarketing #Blockchain #JoelComm
LucidPix app turns photos into 3D, and Facebook feeds will never be the same – CNET

LucidPix app turns photos into 3D, and Facebook feeds will never be the same – CNET

Whether you have a new phone like the iPhone 11 or an older one like a Motorola Moto G6 or iPhone 6S, you can now take 3D photos with your camera. It’s all thanks to a new app called LucidPix. Instead of requiring a special accessory or two rear phone cameras, the app uses artificial intelligence (AI) to render 3D photos that will move as you tilt and pan your phone.

LucidPix will be available on both iOS and Android later this year, though you can sign up now on the LucidPix website to get early access. The app will be free with a watermark embedded on your photo, but for $1 per photo it can be removed. The free version is aimed at casual users and lets people try the app out before paying for the “Pro” version. The Pro version includes unlimited use of the app for $6 per month or $52 a year.

Read the whole article at

Instagram Officially Begins Testing of DMs in Its Desktop Version | Social Media Today

Instagram Officially Begins Testing of DMs in Its Desktop Version | Social Media Today





Instagram has now confirmed that it will begin a small roll out of direct message access through the web-based version of its app.

For brands, the addition could have specific benefits for those looking to use Instagram Direct for customer service queries, enabling easier integration into your broader social media workflow.

Read the whole article at

6 Trendy Gadgets to Help You Create Digital Content for Social Media the Right Way

Creating content is getting a little easier, mostly thanks to new and technically more advanced gear. Cameras that shoot multiple photos in a row in extreme high-resolution; a new recording device that helps you capture Facebook Live events without a lot of hassle. I tested the following gear hands-on to find out how each gadget can help with content marketing for a startup. These are my top picks for ease-of-use, high-end features, and game-changing tech. CHECK THEM OUT HERE

How to make video succeed under Facebook’s new algorithm | PR Daily

Hey! Where did all your fans go?

If it seems that your organizations’ video views on Facebook have plummeted, you’re not imagining things.

Changes in the social media colossus’s algorithm this year mean your posts won’t automatically show up in people’s news feeds— even if they follow you.

“If your video goes up on a brand page, a company page, it’s just not going to make it into anybody’s newsfeed,” says Shel Holtz of Holtz Communication + Technology. “It doesn’t matter whether people have followed that page. You’ve got to get them to go to your page and engage with it.”

That doesn’t mean you have to give up on the platform with 2.1 billion active users. Video is a central part of reclaiming your fans. Here are tips for getting the most out of it.

More →

An Ode to the iPod Classic — The Ringer

An Ode to the iPod Classic – The Ringer

What the click wheel taught us about listening to music “W ow,” a man said to me recently on the subway, “I haven’t seen one of those things in years.” He gestured toward the scuffed-yet-still-sleek, aluminum-colored rectangle in my hand - a 160GB sixth generation iPod Classic. I blinked for a moment.


Watching more services popping up for you to decipher what you are listening to in any environment. This iOS and Android app currently supports over 20 services, including Spotify, Rdio, Deezer, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud. We find this a great opportunity to reach out to your fans no matter what service they drawn to.   Something worth keeping your eyes and ears on!


iTunes may be the largest sales portal for digital music (legitimate that is) However with mobile devices diversifying and apps growing on non apple devices your new radio station might be an app that drives your sales.






Plugging Your Name Not  Just Your Music Online

CountryWired President and Founder, Stephanie Orr-Buttrey will be speaking at the Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival August 21 -24, 2014 during the Workshop Series.

Pitching your song is one thing, but you also need to pitch your Brand! YOU! letting people know who you and your song are will lead your song to being heard,  possibly cut, and your cuts will lead you to more cuts. Just as you gravitate to Brand Names in your everyday life you will learn how to promote your brand (yourself) to more success.  Stephanie Orr-Buttrey, President of CountryWired, Inc.,  will introduce you to ideas that will establish your name as a brand and help promote yourself, your songs and your successes.

Be prepared to learn more about online branding, with websites and social media and the importance of free tools like, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and more

 This workshop will give you first hand knowledge how to promote you and your songs on-line and in today’s social media world!

Click here to Register and return to list of Workshops

Click here to return to Stephanie Orr-Buttrey’s Bio

Back to Top