Boston: The Hidden Hub of Music and Technology

10/17/07Follow @wroush

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Virb
Headquarters: Boston
Year Launched: 2003
Founders: Nate Hudson, Mitchell Pavao, Brett Woitunski

PureVolume, owned by Virb, is a straightforward site that links musicians and listeners. Artists and bands can upload songs, photos, blog posts, touring schedules, and the like to their own mini-websites. Listeners can download MP3s free of charge, track their favorite bands, and share music recommendations with friends. Over 400,000 musicians—mostly alternative, indie, and punk rock genres—have used the service, according to the company’s website. The founders at Virb (formerly Unborn Media)—Brett Woitunski, Nate Hudson, and Mitchell Pavao—are all alumni of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and say they started PureVolume partly to fill the vacuum left by the (temporary) shutdown of music-sharing site MP3.com in 2003. The company has also launched Virb, a social networking site that focuses on uniting people with common tastes in music, art, fashion, and film. … Next Page »

Wade Roush is a contributing editor at Xconomy. Follow @wroush

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  • http://www.theinformati.com J Mark Inman

    This is all true, as a Boston area musician, I can say that there are much more opportunities here for musicians than most anywhere else. I believe Boston has the most shows than any other city on any given night. The technology is also very true, with MIT, etc. however, it is a very tough business to be in. I own a record label and just released an album for the band theINFORMATI http://www.myspace.com/theinformati And we believe it will explode because of the Boston/Cambridge scene.

  • http://www.sturtevant.com/contact Reed Sturtevant

    Don’t forget Tourfilter, the most popular concert notification service: http://www.tourfilter.com

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  • gary

    In addition to Tourfilter, there’s also http://tourb.us and http://bandsintown.com. Boston appears to be a concert tracking hub!

  • Kyle

    In terms of local area software companies with some sort of music/media technology, there also is Peermeta (www.peermeta.com) in Acton with a mobile content / Web 2.0 twist.

  • http://www.venueczar.com Michael Howe

    So it seem like after Venue Czar conquers Vermont, they should target Boston? Venue Czar is the ultimate localized online booking platform.

  • http://www.conduitlabs.com Nabeel Hyatt

    You could add us to this list as soon as we’re out of stealth mode. (http://www.conduitlabs.com)

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  • http://backbone.com Paul Kamp

    Backbone Networks is another local company in this space. We provide internet radio automation systems and is the system behind the IBS Student Radio Network. There are over 30 station on the network and a number of them are local including:

    Simmons College
    New England Art Institute
    Babson College

    Separately, a non-profit start up is the Public Radio Exchange in Cambridge. They are the online clearinghouse for Public Radio content.

  • http://www.EccentricNewEngland.com Glen Peladeau

    New England has a great recource of musicians who have many opportunites and folks who are ready to help them with their careers. The cites Boston, Providence & Worcester all offer great venues and support services.

  • http://www.artistir.com Derek

    I’m from the Boston area and am in the process of creating a music promotion website, Artistir. It’s not just for local musicians or bands either, but we’re steadily getting more and more.

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  • Mason

    Thanks for this, I just finished my AD in programming after working as a sound engineer for the last 7-8 years so I really appreciate the compilation of these companies because I want to eventually work writing audio software.