Sean Parker and Daniel Ek on Apple, Playlists and the End of the CD: The D10 Highlights (Video)

CD’s aren’t cool. You know what’s cool? Playlists.


Director, Spotify

Love Napster or hate Napster, which Parker co-founded at 19 years old, had a profound impact on how we share (or don’t share) information. He went on to found contact service Plaxo and later hooked up with a little-known start-up called Facebook to become its founding president. In a move back to music, he next launched social video company Airtime with Napster partner Shawn Fanning.

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Concert Discovery App WillCall Raises $1.2 Million

WillCall, the mobile-based concert discovery app, announced Wednesday that it raised $1.2 million from a group of investors in the music and tech communities. Participants include Sean Parker, music manager Coran Capshaw, SV Angel, Airbnb’s Joe Gebbia and angel Oliver Jung, among others. The startup plans to use the new funds to continue expanding its presence in other cities, and to hire more talent for the company. The total amount of money WillCall has raised to date is $2.1 million.

Marriage Equality

I dunno, Sean Parker spent tacky millions on a wedding vs. cynical lobbying like Zuckerberg; nowhere near as gross as Larry Ellison’s MiG.

Anil Dash, via Twitter

I Bet This Never Happens to Justin Timberlake

… we are being spat upon by complete strangers while walking together on the street …

— Sean Parker, in an email to the Guardian about the backlash to his lavish June 1 wedding in Big Sur

It’s Magical

Nothing says, ‘I love the Earth!’ quite like bringing bulldozers into an old-growth forest to create a fake ruined castle.

Alexis Madrigal, writing in The Atlantic about the site of Sean Parker’s wedding, an unpermitted scenic construction project in a redwood grove in Big Sur which resulted in $2.5 million in penalties

Napster, the Movie

Featuring Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker, brought to you by Bill from “Bill & Ted’s.”

Kill’ Em All! Then Do Business With Them.

Lars just left my house in NYC. The litigation between us in 2000 is now a distant memory.

— Napster co-founder Sean Parker, talking about Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, via a 4:03 am Twitter post. Metallica had sued the file-sharing service, but now Parker and the band are business partners: Yesterday Metallica announced that it is distributing its music on Spotify, where Parker is an investor.

“Like Eating Glass”: Sean Parker on Airtime’s Bumpy Launch, Exec Departures and More

The painful progress of the much-hyped and well-funded video site.

Free Music

… what Spotify teaches us most of all is that there are bands we think we like whose records we won’t listen to even when they’re free …

Jimmy Guterman, via Twitter

Airtime Hits Up Celebs Again (Because That Worked So Well the Last Time!) for Promo Video

Airtime is taking the celebrity route again with a new online video ad to promote its fledgling video social discovery service, featuring cameos by Kurt Russell, Ronnie Lott and MC Hammer.

Spotify’s Sean Parker and Daniel Ek Make Music — And Some Noise: The Full D10 Interview (Video)

They stream the songs that make the whole world sing.

Day Two at D10 in Tweets and Pictures

Spotify vs. the Pirates (Video)