200 of 2008’s hottest digital music startups

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That’s right, 200. There were that many new streaming music services, download stores, recommendation tools, online mixtape creation sites, naughty P2P services, and gig ticketing search engine… things.

Music industry blog Music Ally has undertaken the mammoth task of cataloging 200 of these sites, sorting them into categories and giving pithy descriptions of what they do.

Some of our faves include Twitter-length reviews site Musebin, streaming services Spotify (pictured) and Cassette From My Ex, unsigned band discovery sites Thesixtyone and TheNextBigSound, and the Wu Tang Clan’s chess site Wuchess.

(We didn’t make that last one up).

The full list is well worth a read, and it gives you a sense of all the new ideas that are being tried in the online music space. Are any of them making any money out of it? Er…

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