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Music-discovery app Cymbal to shut down in June

There’s another once-promising music startup heading for the deadpool, and this one’s a shame, because when it first emerged, Cymbal was one of our favourite music-discovery apps. The app was a way to search for songs...
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Spotify gets a new in-car integration with Cadillac

I love you for your pink Cadillac, crushed velvet seats, riding in the back, streaming Discover Weekly down the street… Spotify’s latest partnership will put its service onto the dashboards of Cadillacs (not just pink...
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Three become one for Japanese independent-music trade bodies

There’s a new trade body for independent musicians and labels in Japan. It’s called the Independent Music Coalition of Japan (IMCJ for short) and is a merger of three existing organisations: the Independent Records and...
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Apple’s Jimmy Iovine to ‘transition’ out in August says WSJ

That speculation that Apple Music’s Jimmy Iovine is on his way out of the streaming service – and its parent company – won’t go away. This time it’s the Wall Street Journal reporting that Iovine “will transition...
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Pandora to buy ad-tech firm AdsWizz for $145m

Pandora’s last major acquisition of another company, ticketing firm Ticketfly, didn’t go so well: bought for $450m in October 2015, then sold for $200m less than two years later. The company will be hoping for a better...
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YouTube to ‘frustrate and seduce’ its music users with ads

We know from Spotify’s growth that free music-streaming can be a powerful funnel towards paid subscriptions. We also know that YouTube’s catalogue of music videos is the biggest free music-streaming funnel of all:...
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Spotify and Deezer reveal latest artist partnerships

Spotify and Deezer have announced their latest artist-focused partnerships. For Spotify, that’s an initiative called ‘Louder Together’ which is an extension of its Spotify Singles program. The new thing isn’t just...
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Huawei to launch a music-streaming service in South Africa

Chinese technology company Huawei may be best known in the west for its hardware, but it’s also gearing up to launch a music-streaming service in South Africa. Huawei Music will launch this year, with a catalogue initially...
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Spotify, Pandora and Apple Music attract US young adults

Research firm Morning Consult has published the results of its latest survey, of 2,201 American adults, focusing on the music-streaming market. It found that 30% said they have a Pandora “subscription”, while 21% have...
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Smart speakers’ impact on music: ‘I don’t think it can be overhyped…’

More than 26m smart speakers were shipped globally in 2017 according to research firm Futuresource, with the Amazon Echo and Google Home ranges proving popular devices. That was the spur for an event hosted by British...
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Cambridge Analytica exposés put Facebook in the spotlight

If you haven’t read this weekend’s articles about data-analytics firm Cambridge Analytica, it’s well worth spending 10 minutes with this piece from the Guardian and/or this piece from the New York Times. Then, perhaps,...
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Google and OK Go launch ‘sandbox’ for use in classrooms

US band OK Go’s latest brand partnership is with Google, and it has an educational focus. The pair have launched something called the OK Go Sandbox, which they describe as “a collection of materials created for and...