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In recent months I’ve been paying much closer attention to the world of start-ups.  My goal is to provide my readers with some intelligence on new and emerging companies I believe are doing a good job of filling online, mobile and behavioral need gaps.  The danger in that of course is that a large portion of these companies will likely go nowhere but I’m not a VC guy so my out-of-pocket cost is simply the time spent on these posts.  That said, this will be a regular thread on Out ‘N Front moving forward…that is until my inbox gets flooded by E-mails or I become subject to personal identity theft!

OneReceipt, currently in private beta, is a site that essentially aims  to help consumer make sense of the barrage of E-mail receipts filling their inboxes.  It provides order, analytics, insight and rewards  behind purchases.  Think about all the micro-payments we make these days where the records get lost.  Work in media, this may be a good way of organizing some tax deductions come tax season,  Outside of the organizational/micromanaging benefit, the company will also be integrating rewards based on frequent purchases.  Like to go to restaurant you just might receive a discount coupon It will also send notifications when return policies are about to expire.

I for one am scared at the idea of actually seeing how much money I’m spending on apps and music but here goes.  The site is a member of eTrust for those fearful of giving out privacy information.

Update:  11/5/11

Now that I’m accepted into the service, the potential of this product is immense.  It allows you to cut all your spending by year, category and expense type (business/personal).  In addition, watch out corporate expense program, the ability to go back and search for original receipts is going to make submitting e-receipts a breeze.

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Today, streaming music service Spotify launched in the US with all four major music labels on board.  At the moment, the service is by invitation only but the widespread launch will have three options:

  1. Free ad-supported service: gives users access to a number of tracks through the web, lets users organize and listen to their own music and provides access to Spotify Social (allows users to post playlists to Facebook) .  There will be no time limits as part of the introductory offer but eventually there will be a cap of 20 hrs per month.
  2. $4.99 Per Month:  Ad free service and access to Spotify Radio mode.
  3. $9.99 Per Month:  Mobile access to playlists, access to offline modes for desktop & mobile devices and access to exclusive content

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via IGN.com Three words summarize Steve Jobs’ plan for iCloud, “Free, Storage & Sharing”

The service will allow users to download and share various iOS and Mac OSX files including photos, music, calendars and books to multiple devices with some applications working with Windows-based systems.

One of the more notable announcements surrounded iTunes where users can re-download previously purchased music files on other platforms once set up.  In addition, iTunes Match was announced in which your non-iTunes library is scanned and matches similar content and uploads it to the cloud.  This service will be available in March for $24.99 and includes up to 20,000 songs.

What’s free?  5GB of mail, document and back up storage for music, apps and books.  It all be available this fall.

Android is substantial at just above 16% in the US according to eMarketer.    However, one of the issues the OS has always faced in the minds of consumers has been  the  integration of preexisting music purchases.  Since the birth of the iPod, consumers have been dropping lots of money in small  increments into the iTunes store.  Well,  all that money adds up and the ability for that investment to live on a persons mobile device has become  a major factor when looking at a new devices,  especially with the iPhone and iPad2 now available on 2 of the 4 major carriers.

In an effort to fix all that, Google has officially countered with a cloud-based service of their own called Music Beta (official launch name TBD).   The storage service, allows users to upload personal music collections from iTunes or other MP3 catalogs and access them from the web or any of the 100 million Android devices now active in the marketplace.  It also has a cache feature that banks a few of your most recent plays in the event you fall off the connectivity grid.