Irish start-ups strike the right note

Innovative Irish companies are attracting global attention with apps that enhance the music experience, writes Philip Connolly.

27th July, 2013
Brendan O'Driscoll, chief executive, Soundwave: 'We think about it as a record shop in an app.' Photo: Feargal Ward

Over the past decade, the internet has proved to be the bane of the music industry. What started with Sean Parker's file-sharing service Napster has escalated into a full-blown battle for record companies, which are swimming against the tide of illegal downloading and embroiled in costly legal fights across the globe.

Online technology may have created the problem, but it may now also provide the solution. Platforms such as YouTube and Spotify have fundamentally changed...

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