Smule Raises $26 Million to Scale Its Music Network Faster. Smule, which is part of a larger group of technology companies shifting focus away from simply consuming content, has raised $26 million in new funding to help it scale its music network faster…


To illustrate the scale of the activity that the company is tracking, Smith said users are performing 10 million songs per day and, as a result, uploading 1.5 terabytes of content. … With all that activity, Smith suggested that his team has developed a sophisticated model for understanding how to keep listeners engaged, and how to convert them into paying subscribers.


“Working with Smule gave us the unique opportunity to interact with our fans on a whole new level,” said Michael Kamerman of Smallpools, in a press release. “It also exposed our music to hundreds of thousands of new listeners and we had a fantastic time watching everyone get down with our Open Call."


Niche audiences can add up to big bucks. Smith’s Smule has built a massive user base by putting out apps populated with user-generated content, from collaborative pop covers to faithful T-Pain impressions.


“The best way to spread christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear,” Buddy the Elf famously said, and we certainly agree. This popular karaoke app is typically great for bellowing out the hottest current hits…


Smule launched its Artist Program, and Billboard covered it. Give it a read!


Music app developer Smule today launched Smule Pass, a new cross-app subscription to connect all of its apps under a single premium plan.

Previously, Smule users had to purchase individual subscriptions for its apps. With Smule Pass, you’ll now be able to pay once and have access to song libraries, unlimited storage, audio effects and instruments across its four main apps – Magic Piano, Sing! Karaoke, Guitar! and AutoRap. The unified plan should make it easier for Smule to drive cross-app interactions, such as recording a piano track for a song that another user sings in the karaoke app.


Smule raised $16 million in its latest round, even though it didn’t need to raise funding at all. Another atypical step for the atypical startup, which originated when a 40-something went back to college instead of a 20-something dropping out.


If you ever wanted to express your musical talent, now’s your chance. Smule, the maker of music apps, is releasing a new feature for its music social network that will enable people to upload open-microphone karaoke songs from the web and share them with friends.

Smule launched its Smule Nation music social network in October for fans of its music apps like Sing! Karaoke. Smule has a community of 125 million people who have downloaded its apps, and now it is trying to capitalize on those folk by creating a persistent music social network for them. That network is based on the Web and goes beyond what people can do in their apps.


Article by Billboard on the new Rap Battles feature in AutoRap. Check it out!


Maria Limperos is a closet chanteuse. Several nights a week, after her kids and husband nod off, the pharmacist from Columbus, Ohio, takes her iPhone into her bedroom closet and opens an application called Sing! Karaoke. Under the user name Maria66, she has recorded about 1,000 songs—some covers of hits such as Killing Me Softly and Total Eclipse of the Heart, some original songs. She’s recorded duets with strangers as far away as Australia.


One way to become the place where music fans upload their musical performances is to give them a global video platform with more viewers than videos get anywhere else. That’s how YouTube became the musical force that it is. Smule has taken a completely different approach, but it could end up in a similar place. On Tuesday, the company announced a brand new social music network that takes all of the music people record in Smule’s apps — mostly karaoke-style singing performances, but also duets, choruses, virtual guitar stuff.


Smule has launched a number of popular, music-themed mobile apps, including Sing! Karaoke, Guitar, Ocarina, Magic Piano, and I Am T-Pain. Now it’s turning its website into a social network that it calls Smule Nation, highlighting performances from across all of its apps. The apps have always emphasized sharing. Now, with Smule Nation, the company can highlight the best performances across all of its apps. The website includes a section for the most popular music across the network, as well as the company’s curated picks. If you find a performer you like, you can visit their profile page to see other performances and follow them to get updates when they add new content. Those performers, meanwhile, get a unified presence for their work across the various apps, and if they want to share content, they can now just share a link.


Every day, users of Smule's Sing Karaoke sing 480,000 songs, and users of its Magic Piano play 1.2 million songs. And until now, all those songs have only been available to hear and interact with via the hit apps. But Smule wants the content its users generate to be available to everyone, not just those who have the apps, and today, the San Francisco startup launched a Web-based social network that it says is the largest social network of music makers in the world.


Can’t get through your day without a dose of karaoke from around the globe? That’s what Smule is hoping with Tuesday’s launch of its new Smule Nation online hub. Smule, maker of such popular iOS and Android apps as Magic Piano, Sing Karaoke, I Am T-Pain, and Guitar has opened up a new way to access the nearly countless number of songs created by people using the company’s apps. Smule Nation lets anyone with access to a Web browser to listen to, rate, and comment on performances.