Midemlab is music industry conference Midemâ€˜s startup competition, a part of the event that has grown significantly since its introduction in 2008, when a then little-known service called SoundCloud emerged victorious.
30 startups with a music focus, or with services of use to the music industry, were selected for the competition, across three categories. The companies pitched their businesses to a panel of judges during the first two days of this yearâ€™s Midem and today the winners were announced.
Music Discovery, Recommendation and Creation
This category was won by MPme from UK startup Apsmart, which was founded by Â Rahul Powar, who was part of Shazamâ€™s founding team. MPme is an online radio discovery app for the iPad. This free download lets you search for artists you like and then find radio stations that are playing them right now. The benefit is that hopefully youâ€™ll discover new stations from around the world that youâ€™ll enjoy.
You can browse the recent play history for Â radio stations, and add artists to a watch list that will alert you in the future whenever theyâ€™re playing on any of the support stations.
Marketing & Social Engagement
Crowdsurfing from US startup LiveOne came out on top in this category. Crowdsurfing enhances live video streams from events with social features, letting you find out who else is watching the feed with you, and interact with them.
The service can handle millions of concurrent users and offers filters to help you find users relevant to you (e.g., people in the same town). To help companies offering live streams generate additional revenue, advertising units and merchandise sales can be inserted.
Direct-to-consumer Sales and Content Monetisation
Wildchords from Finlandâ€™s Ovelin was the winner in the third category. We first spotted thisÂ iPad app, which gamifies the process of learning to play the guitar, last summer, when Ovelin had a small stand at Media Evolutionâ€™s conference in Sweden.
The game launched two months ago and has already won a string of awards for its innovative approach to education.
MidemLab sponsor, Vivendi picked a startup that may be familiar to The Next Web readers as its prizewinner. Switzerlandâ€™s Webdoc, which lets users express themselves with rich, interactive multimedia â€˜webdocsâ€™ is being used by major labels as part of fan engagement strategies for both new acts like British pop band One Direction and classic names like Nirvana.
Webdoc launched three new widgets at Midem, which make the service even more useful to the music market.
This yearâ€™s Midemlab winners join the likes of Songkick, The Echo Nest, Kickstarter and the aforementioned SoundCloud who have gone on to big things after wins in previous years.
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