Facebook’s latest patent could support karaoke features
Can you make firm predictions about a technology company’s future products from its patents? It’s a speculative business, but one of Facebook’s latest patents does hold out some interesting possibilities for music. The...
July 6, 2018
Live-video app Live.me launches ‘You Need The Code’ show
Everyone’s a broadcaster now, both in terms of the individuals streaming live video from their phones using apps like Live.me, and in the way these apps can themselves become commissioners of TV-style shows. Live.me...
April 16, 2018
YouTube adds new features for live-video broadcasters
The live-video competition between YouTube, Facebook, Twitch and other platforms is spurring rapid development of new features for broadcasters of all kinds – musicians included. YouTube unveiled its latest additions...
February 27, 2018
Twitch attracted 15m unique daily viewers in 2017
We were starting to wonder why Amazon’s Twitch live-video platform hadn’t published its usual year-end review of its stats. It turns out the company was turning the annual post into a comic strip. Among the key stats...
February 7, 2018
Going live: how livestreaming video can be used for music marketing
From Facebook Live and Twitch to apps like YouNow and Live.ly, livestreaming video is a burgeoning medium for individual creators and media brands alike. And music? A panel at Music Ally’s Sandbox Summit conference in...
October 11, 2017
YouNow’s Rize app giving cryptocurrency to influencers
We wrote in September about the upcoming launch of live-video app Rize: it’s the work of popular app YouNow, and will blend livestreaming with blockchain technology and cryptocurrency. In fact, Rize will have its own...
October 9, 2017
BE-AT.tv boss talks livestreams, big-tech platforms and ‘exploding’ Mexico
BE-AT.tv was founded in 2008 as a livestreaming website specialising in electronic music. Since then, it has seen a number of competitors emerge, as well as watched various business models come and go. Through it all,...
August 30, 2017
Neil Finn talks livestreams, tech and social media’s evolution
As a founding member of both Split Enz and Crowded House, Neil Finn is New Zealand’s most successful musical export, and a multi-award-winning songwriter. As well as being hugely prolific, he was an early convert to the...
August 9, 2017
Instagram expands live-video feature to two people at once
Instagram is adding something to its live-video broadcasting feature: an extra person. The app is testing allowing people to add another Instagram user to their broadcast in split-screen, which could be used for one-to-one...
August 9, 2017
Esperanza Spalding to record new album on Facebook Live
From in-studio snaps to live performances and webchats, artists have been digitally giving fans insights into their recording process for some time. Jazz artist Esperanza Spalding is going a few steps further though: she’s...
July 28, 2017
Apple Music gets exclusive livestream from Tidal co-owners Arcade Fire
We’ve written regularly in the last year about the shift in definitions of ‘exclusives’ on music-streaming services. Bar the odd exception, few albums are now exclusive to a single service, but Apple Music, Spotify...
July 21, 2017
Royal Blood, Samsung and lessons from 360-degree livestreaming
This guest column comes from Ian Baverstock, managing director of Focal Point VR: Focal Point VR recently provided the live streaming technology for a product launch; a major brand showcasing a fast rising band at an exclusive...
July 10, 2017