In the Office: SF MusicTech 2012

SF MusicTech 2012
SF MusicTech recently took place in San Francisco, showcasing plenty of new apps, websites, and businesses that will help change the digital-music landscape. We saw sound-making apps, music discovery tools, lyric finders, digital-music storefronts, and even a guitar made from an old lunchbox.

The conference regularly attracts the best developments in the digital-music arena. This year's gathering was no different, offering plenty of great panel discussions on topics such as ticketing, new ways to promote music, streaming live shows, and music discovery.

Here are some of the things we saw at the show:

  • Jam Bandit—An interactive music experience that puts fans in the band. Use your tablet to feel like a rock star. Coming out October 2012.
  • Timbre—A band-discovery app that lets the music find you. It includes local bands as well as national acts. Available for free on iOS.
  • Gumroad—Share and sell unreleased music, video, ebooks, blog posts, source code, or anything else digitally created.
  • New York Rock Exchange—Invest in bands you love by buying shares in your favorite songs.
  • Pomplamoose—This indie duo from California keeps it real. Jack Conte and Nataly Dawn create songs (and videos) that are honest, quirky, intricate, and catchy.

Each year the SF MusicTech Summit brings together visionaries in the evolving music/business/technology ecosystem, along with the best and brightest developers, entrepreneurs, investors, service providers, journalists, musicians, and organizations at the convergence of culture and commerce.

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