Anu Kirk is one of the creators of Rhapsody, the first digital music subscription service. He drafted the business plan, led the product team, and designed their iOS app. At Liquid Audio, he launched Wal-Mart’s MP3 music store. At MOG, the mobile apps that Anu created won Billboard’s “Best Streaming App” award in 2010 and they were named one of TIME’s “50 Essential Apps” of 2011.
A digital media innovator, Anu has also created video games, designed virtual goods marketplaces for 3D avatars, and integrated digital media platforms into virtual worlds.
Interested in music and technology from childhood, Anu studied music at Dartmouth College and graduated with a degree in economics. He spent a decade in Los Angeles, performing with bands, working in recording studios, and designing professional audio products. One of his designs was awarded Musician Magazine’s “Editors’ Pick” in 1997 for Spatializer Retro, and another was nominated in 1997 for MIX Magazine’s TEC award for Spatializer PT3D.
Anu served as the first alumni member of the TIP National Advisory Board. He returned to TIP in 1999 to teach A History of 20th Century Music, an interdisciplinary music history course he created (now known as From Bach To Rock: A History of 20th Century Music), and later turned it into an educational CD-ROM. He was also selected to give the closing remarks at TIP’s 30th Anniversary Alumni Reunion in 2011.
Anu continues to write, record, and perform music.