Die Fantastischen Vier launch an augmented-reality video app
German hip-hop group Die Fantastischen Vier is the latest example of an artist exploring the potential of augmented reality (AR) technology. The band have launched a free iPhone app called Tunnel AR, which is an interactive...
March 6, 2018
YouTube targeted as German music revenues show slight decline
We’ve already seen strong recorded-music revenue growth in the 2017 figures from a number of countries, but Germany isn’t among them. Stats published yesterday by industry body BVMI revealed that recorded music generated...
March 2, 2018
Skoove talks music education, apps and publishing partners
“If you look at the available data from a lot of very good surveys, around 60% of people in first-world countries would like to learn a musical instrument. Six-zero! But only a small fraction make that dream a reality…” Dr...
August 30, 2017
GEMA collected more than €1bn for first time in 2016
German collecting society GEMA has published its figures for 2016, reporting a new milestone: €1.02bn of collections on behalf of its members. It’s the first time GEMA has passed the billion-euros mark in a year. “GEMA...
April 18, 2017
Stagelink expands to the US after extending seed-funding
Concert-crowdfunding startup Stagelink is expanding to the US, after finalising an extension of the seed funding it raised last summer. That round has now swelled to a “seven-digit total” according to the Berlin-based...
February 28, 2017
Country profile – Germany 2016
This country profile is on Germany, the third largest recorded music market globally. It’s a country that continues to buy a lot of CDs, yet it still has an encouragingly diverse streaming sector. The value of its market...
February 15, 2017
Germany recorded-music revenues grew by 2.4% in 2016
CDs may still generate more than half of recorded-music revenues in Germany, but streaming is on the charge, helping the overall market to grow in 2016. That’s according to the year-end figures from industry body BVMI,...
January 20, 2017
SoundCloud Go launches in Germany
SoundCloud has taken its premium subscription tier to an eighth country: its homeland Germany. “We have already launched Go in seven countries and we are now launching in Germany,” CEO Alexander Ljung told the Berliner...
December 7, 2016
There are 149m messaging-app users in western Europe
Research firm eMarketer has published its latest analysis of the mobile messaging market, claiming that in 2016, messaging apps will be used by 149 million people in western Europe. It claims almost a fifth (so just under...
December 7, 2016
CISAC collected €7.5bn in music royalties last year
The International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) has published its annual collections report, outlining the royalties it collected for creators in 2015. The total was €8.6bn, up 8.9% year-on-year....
November 28, 2016
YouTube ends GEMA standoff with music licensing deal
YouTube and German collecting society GEMA have been at loggerheads for years over music licensing, but this morning the pair have finally settled their conflict. "YouTube has reached a landmark agreement with the Germany-based...
November 1, 2016
Amazon Echo speaker to launch in UK and Germany
As expected, Amazon is sending its Echo speaker across the Atlantic. The Echo is now on sale in the UK and Germany, shipping to pre-orderers there on 28 September and 26 October respectively. Amazon will sell the speaker...
September 15, 2016