Music Recommendation Site TheFilter Gets $5 Million Funding

Music recommendation service and tech firm TheFilter, based in Bath, UK, has received $5 million in funding. The investment in TheFilter’s parent company Exabre was led by musician Peter Gabriel, alongside Eden Ventures, and follows an initial $1.8m round of investment by the two parties and TheFilter’s two founding members Rhett Ryder and Martin Hopkins. TheFilter is a free download that recommends new music and builds playlists from a user’s existing digital music library…the new money will be used to help develop its expansion into new areas such as digital video and film content, reports The Independent. Gabriel invested in digital music provider OD2 a few years ago, which was bought by Loudeye and then by Nokia.