Tag: digital services

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Pandora to live-stream upcoming Metallica concert

Remember when Metallica and Spotify were sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G? Oh, alright, exclusively L-I-C-E-N-S-I-N-G. In 2016, though, Metallica are exploring the wider field of digital services, announcing a new partnership...
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IFPI hits back at Rethink Music claims on artist payments

The recent Rethink Music report on music industry transparency has already drawn a sharp response from US industry body the RIAA for its claims of missing royalties for artists. Now the IFPI is also having its say, criticising...
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PRS for Music, STIM and GEMA cleared to launch licensing hub

Three of the key collecting societies in Europe have been cleared to continue their plans to create a pan-European licensing and processing hub, following an investigation by the European Commission. PRS for Music, STIM and...
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Kobalt launches its own digital collection society

Kobalt acquired the American Music Rights Association (AMRA) last year and has used that as the foundations for its own society – what it rather grandly terms “”the first global, direct, digital mechanical and performing...
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EC sets out its plans for a digital single market in Europe

Here’s a sign of the times: the European Commission’s announcement yesterday of its Digital Single Market strategy was accompanied by two hashtags: #DigitalSingleMarket and #TeamJunckerEU. “I want to see pan-continental...
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Finnish digital rights ruling could have wider implications

Startlingly, musician’s contracts from labels in the 1970s and 1980s didn’t factor in the idea of digitally-distributed music in the future. But does that mean those contracts can’t cover digital distribution of those...
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Lucian Grainge: ‘We take YouTube at their word’ over subscriptions

Universal Music boss Lucian Grainge’s recent comments about free, on-demand streaming have sparked questions about what this means for his company’s support for YouTube Music Key – whose free tier is as non-negotiable...
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Spotify pulls out of Russia before even launching there

Spotify has abandoned its plans to launch in Russia, with its head of Russia Alexander Kubaneishvili spilling the beans on why: “There are several reasons – the economic crisis, the political situation, the new laws governing...
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Bono: ‘Apple is unique in big tech in trying to get artists paid’

U2 frontman Bono has been giving his views on Apple and Spotify again, in a blog post to mark the new year. He likes them both still. “That Apple remains a music company is the best news for any one who wakes up with a...
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Beats Music launches an Apple TV app

While the iPhone and iPad-owning world was trying to download Apple’s iOS 8 software update last night, the company was also quietly pushing out the latest update for its set-top boxes. The update included a new app:...
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Facebook reaches 100m people in Africa

That is equal to 50% of the online population of the continent – with 80% of them accessing the social network on mobile. “We know that a one-size-fits-all approach won’t work when it comes to building products and...
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UMG’s classical site Sinfini Music expands to Australia

Universal Music launched its classical music website Sinfini Music in the UK in November 2012 as a way for people to discover (and buy) classical recordings. Now it’s expanding to Australia, with a similar mix of editorial...