Many changes are underway in 2016 at Murfie. As the world’s first streaming music service for CD and vinyl owners, our focus has long been on building the cloud infrastructure and processing capability required for moving CD and vinyl collections online. With this foundation in place, we’re shifting our focus in 2016 to our marketplace of albums, with the goal of murfie.com having the largest selection of lossless music on the web.
In conjunction with this new focus, Murfie has raised additional capital, led by WISC Partners, LP, and is in the process of relocating its offices from the Capitol Square in Madison to a larger facility better able to support our growth trajectory.
Murfie’s Board has named Chris Wheeler as CEO, replacing co-founder Matt Younkle who, along with Preston Austin, had led the company since its inception in 2010. Wheeler, a UW-Madison engineering alumnus, Harvard Business School graduate, and founder of Heritage Ventures, brings significant growth management and capital sourcing experience to Murfie. We’re excited to have his expertise as we scale our offering for music enthusiasts and expand our work with independent artists.
Austin and Younkle will continue as strategic advisors to Murfie. In addition, Younkle will continue to serve on the Murfie Board of Directors, along with Wheeler and WISC Partners principal Mike Splinter. Austin, with Kelly Hiser, will continue as co-founder of Rabble LLC, Murfie’s library-focused spinoff.
[Blog] Grant gave us a dose of cool: soul jazz musician Grant Green.
[Blog] We previewed Sand + Silence by folk duo The Rosebuds. [Twitter] Our developer Marc leaked info about a cool new feature on mobile.
[Blog] Wishy Wednesday happened in full force. [Twitter] A Murfie member admitted his Creed CDs were on sale for $0.
[Blog] We previewed Spoon’s upcoming rock album, They Want My Soul. [Facebook] The Murfie Genie delighted a few members with album gifts. [Blog] Two words: Music History. (Learn up, people!) [Twitter] Pixologie had fun visiting the Murfie office!
[Twitter] We wished blues guitarist Robert Cray a Happy Birthday.
Murfie is p-l-e-a-s-e-d as p-u-n-c-h to be on Yahoo’s “Upworthiest Tech of 2013” list, among other great names like Sonos!
We seriously want to thank YOU (yes, you!!!) for helping to make this happen. If it wasn’t for each and every one of our members, who love using Murfie, and who gladly spread the word about our service, we wouldn’t be where we are today. You all rock!
If you haven’t already, please keep spreading the good word about Murfie and share the recent Yahoo article.
You asked, and we delivered: we are very pleased to announce the launch of our Wishlist feature on Murfie!
When you come across an album that intrigues you, just click “Add to Wishlist.” An album that’s not in stock or not available for sale? Just click “Add to Wishlist.” An album that you’re not entirely sure you want to buy yet? Just click “Add to Wishlist!” Gettin’ the picture?
The album will be added to your Wishlist, which you can then see in the “My Collection” tab. If an album is not available on Murfe, our expert music-finders will get to work trying to source a copy for you—no extra charge. We love music as much as you do and want you to have every disc your heart desires!
If you had any outstanding trade requests in your account, those are also now Wishlist items in your account too: we figured you wish you had those!
When a disc in your Wishlist becomes available, you’ll be notified via e-mail. Nice, right?
We’re always pleased as punch to deliver good news to our Murfie members— I mean, who wouldn’t be?
Starting today, unlimited streaming is included with every purchase on Murfie! No subscription required.
So this means:
You can stream all the discs you purchase on Murfie, anytime, anywhere, using our mini player in any web browser or your favorite Sonos device! All streaming, all ze time, for everybody!!! (And someone started a rumor that there might be iOS and Android apps on the way— we don’t know who, though!)
You will now see a $1 transaction fee set in place for all purchases of member-sold discs on our site, which is waived for Murfie Gold members.
From now until March 31st, everyone gets to experience thefull benefits of the new Murfie Gold membership— absolutely free. With the new Murfie Gold, you’ll get all the best goodies that music-lovers love, including:
No $1 transaction fee
One free Shipping Kit (send up to 200 discs to add to your online collection for free)
Exclusive album trading with other Gold Members
Here’s your chance to live the Gold life til March 31st, absolutely free, and really live it up!
For all you current Murfie Gold members out there, keep an eye out for an e-mail explaining special benefits just for you.
If you haven’t had a chance to explore the fantastic music that won honors and accolades at the 2013 Grammy Awards, fear not! Below is a list of winners and their award winning albums— all ready to stream and download in our Murfie Top Hits shop. Have an earful!
Our take at Murfie is that, moving forward, there will always be a large group of people that want to own their music, not just rent it. I mean music as part of your culture. I think you should be able to own your culture, not just rent your culture.
Also, IMHO, this second tweet from @Techland should be framed. What do you think? I think a classic wood frame would look nice.