Songbird To Shut Down On June 28th

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Songbird is a digital music service that competes against iTunes, Pandora, and Spotify.  Songbird is shutting down on June 28th after running out of funding.  Songbird raised at least $11 million in funding from Sequoia Capital, Atlas Venture, and Phillips.  A sale of the company fell through at the last minute.

“Unfortunately, the company has found ourselves unable to fund further business operations and as of June 28, 2013 all of Songbird’s operations and associated services will be discontinued,” stated Songbird CEO Eric Wittman in a message to TechCrunch.

Songbird originally launched in 2007 and they launched Android and iPhone apps ever since then.  They offered a way to stream music and incorporate different audio formats along with YouTube-powered access for playlists.  Songbird was seeing over one million users per month.

Songbird’s code was made open-source and was used for the service Nightingale.  You can still download the code now.

“Since 2007, POTI Inc (aka Songbird) has been delivering innovative media playback experiences to millions of consumers across Desktop computers, browsers and mobile devices. It’s been a great pleasure to serve our fans, developers who have built add-ons upon our open source Desktop platform, and our partners. We’ve also enjoyed seeing over a million people every month enjoy our social music experience, Songbird.me, where they were able to connect with artists they’re most interested in and discover new artists in a more personalized way,” said Songbird CEO Eric Wittman.  ”Unfortunately, the company has found ourselves unable to fund further business operations and as of June 28, 2013 all of Songbird’s operations and associated services will be discontinued.”

Songbird has enough cash to keep their minimal operations running through the end of the month.  Sequoia Capital sold their stake in Songbird after the partner that led the investment left the firm.

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