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Spotify expands its partnership with Google Assistant

After Google’s press event last night, Spotify put out its own related announcement: an expansion of its partnership with Google around the latter’s Google Assistant voice-controlled helper. Owners of a Google Home...
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Google takes on Shazam with ‘Now Playing’ smartphone feature

Last night’s Google press event also saw the unveiling of the company’s new own-brand Pixel 2 Android smartphones, complete with a feature that treads firmly on Shazam’s toes by identifying music that’s currently...
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Google Home Mini and Max fire up the smart-speakers market

Google held a high-profile press launch last night, with its new Pixel 2 smartphones taking top billing. Yet we’re more interested in the evolution of the company’s smart-speaker strategy, with two new models – the...
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BPI calls for YouTube to do more about stream-ripping

Hot on the heels of reaching a settlement with YouTube-MP3 that took the stream-ripping site offline, UK industry body the BPI is turning its attention to other sites. But also the service that they leech off. CEO Geoff...
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Beyond Music: ARKit is Apple’s big augmented reality moment

From cars to TVs, if straight-batting questions about future products was an Olympic sport, Tim Cook would be festooned with more medals than Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps combined. So when Apple’s CEO does talk about...
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Google takes on Apple with Android’s ARCore AR tech

Music Ally has been keenly following developments with Apple’s new ARKit technology, which will bake augmented-reality features into the next major update for its iOS software. The theory is that it will spur a new wave...
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YouTube’s Lyor Cohen: ‘The focus on copyright safe harbours is a distraction’

YouTube's head of music Lyor Cohen has admitted that "there’s still a disconnect between YouTube and the rest of the industry" but maintains that the company is keen to continue building bridges with music rightsholders. "I...
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Google launches Hip-Hop Doodle with Fab 5 Freddy and Cey Adams

If you find yourself on Google’s homepage today, be warned, you may not be getting back to work quickly. The company’s latest ‘doodle’ is devoted to hip-hop: a pair of decks to mix with, and a virtual crate of...
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YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki addresses anti-diversity row

Sacked Google engineer James Damore has been giving his first detailed interviews about his ‘anti-diversity’ memo. He nailed his colours to the men’s rights activism mast by giving them to a pair of right-wing YouTubers...
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Deezer gets first smart-speaker integration with Google Home

When Music Ally sat down with a series of Deezer executives at the company’s media day last December, smart speakers like Amazon’s Echo were high on their priority lists, with the realisation that rivals were ahead of...
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YouTube Red and Google Play Music to merge says Lyor Cohen

Why does Google need to have two music-subscription services? It’s a question that’s been discussed by a fair few music-industry people in recent years. Now it seems that YouTube’s global head of music Lyor Cohen...
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Google involved in new row over funding academic research

Google has found itself in a new row involving copyright, but this time round it isn’t music-industry bodies facing off with the company. Well, not directly. The opponent in this case is a US organisation called the...