Brief news items and worthy reads from around the web:
Stationhead blends playlists and radio: Billboard profiled a new music business called Stationhead. The service turns Spotify playlists into a radio-style broadcast, playing in real time on the Stationhead app. Listens via Stationhead are counted toward a track’s Spotify play counts, making it an appealing tool for discovery and curation. The app has attracted the attention of Spotify’s Troy Carter and others, and the overlap it fills between subscription streaming and personal radio stations is certainly an intriguing one.
Gig.fm for music livestreaming: Another new entry is joining the music livestreaming niche. Gig.fm touts itself as a way for artists to build a following on mobile platforms. It seems to be trying to compete with specialized platforms like Musical.ly and with the built-in tools on social networks like Facebook.
MUSO secures financing: Music piracy operation MUSO has raised $3.2 million in series A financing. This influx of money will go toward expanding MUSO’s sales and marketing capabilities, as well as improving its technology and operations infrastructure and support.