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May 13, 2009 at 12:00 AM

iLike gives bands automatic iPhone App creator

Seattle-based Web music service iLike today announced a suite of new tools for musicians to publish updates on social media services, including Twitter and MySpace (its arch rival in the social media “artist services” space).

But the showstopper may be the suite’s “self service” iPhone App creator, a technology that seems as if it has broader potential. The automated system provides a wizard that lets musicians choose which content they’d like to put in an iPhone App, which iLike then creates and submits to Apple on their behalf.

Most of the musician services are free, but iLike’s charging a fee for App creation and for new premium Web analytics.

“This is probably the most significant technology announcement we’ve made since we first launched,” Chief Executive Ali Partovi said of the suite.

The startup employs about 24 people and became cash-flow positive last October. Rumors have swirled about iLike being acquired but Partovi wouldn’t say if anything’s currently in the works.

Maybe buyers will be intrigued by the new console, which further platformizes the iLike “artist dashboard,” now being used by about 300,000 musicians.

With today’s update, the console can be used to synchronize musicians’ iLike pages with Twitter feeds, YouTube channels, MySpace concert listings, Facebook page “Music” tabs, Web sites and Ticketmaster pages.

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