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Amazon Prime Music hot on Spotify’s heels in Germany

Research company Midia Research has published its latest report, produced for client LyricFind, which understandably focuses mostly on the role lyrics could play in the music-streaming market. But the white paper has some...
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Alexa may have own ‘opinions’ on entertainment in the future

Labels have been working hard to understand how smart assistants like Amazon’s Alexa decide what music to play when, for example, an Echo owner asks for some ‘happy indie music from the 1990s’. These algorithms –...
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Facebook confirms plans to focus more on ‘personal moments’

Rumours have been bubbling for several months that Facebook was planning a shift for its news feed back towards ‘personal’ content from friends and family, rather than ‘public’ posts and content from brands and media. Now...
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Facebook signs music deals for Irving Azoff’s GMR, Kobalt and indie publishers

Facebook's latest music-licensing deal, following its agreements with Universal Music Group and Sony/ATV, is something a corker: it's with Irving Azoff's Global Music Rights. That would be the Irving Azoff who's regularly...
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Futuresource estimates that 25m smart speakers shipped in 2017

Research firm Futuresource has put a number to the burgeoning smart-speakers market: 25m units shipped globally in 2017. The company claims that was a rise of 30% year-on-year, although the US and UK accounted for 95%...
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Google is selling more than one smart speaker every second

We’ve seen plenty of analyst estimates for the amount of Echo speakers being sold by Amazon, but what about their biggest rival, the Google Home family? Google has announced a stat – albeit one that requires a calculator...
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Reports claim Spotify has already filed to go public

Spotify may go public in the first quarter of this year, according to several reports citing the company’s confidential filing of documents with the US Securities and Exchange Commission in December. “All indications...
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20 music/tech startups we’ll be watching in 2018

Here at Music Ally, we covered a lot of new music/tech startups for the first time in 2017. We've now chosen 20 of them that we think have the potential to make an impact in 2018 and beyond, from analytics to artificial intelligence,...
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UK spending on recorded music grew by 9.6% in 2017

Brits spent more than £1.2bn on recorded music in 2017, a year-on-year increase of 9.6% fuelled by the growth of streaming subscriptions. Figures released by the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) revealed that...
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2018 is a happy new year for Amazon and smart speakers

With Apple’s HomePod delayed to 2018, Amazon’s Echo range enjoyed a merry Christmas in 2017 “with tens of millions of Alexa-enabled devices sold worldwide”. That’s according to its year-end press release, with...
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India: The sleeping giant of digital music is ready to wake up

At the end of September this year Music Ally was invited to attend the inaugural All About Music conference in Mumbai, India. We've since been speaking to some of its main contributors, and taking a look at the key themes...
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Facebook signs Universal Music licensing deal for music, video and more

Music labels and publishers have spent much of 2017 wondering what Facebook’s plans were for licensing music. Today the social network announced its first major-label licensing deal, with Universal Music Group. The companies...