July 11th, 2014 by Music Ally Blog

Google’s investment arm, Google Ventures, is setting up shop in Europe, with an initial $100m to invest in startups from the continent. “Our goal is simple: we want to invest in the best ideas...

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July 11th, 2014 by Music Ally Blog

On the face of it, Sonos adding SoundCloud to its list of streaming services available through its connected hi-fis is of average significance, albeit nice for people with those hi-fis and active SoundCloud...

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July 11th, 2014 by Music Ally Blog

With a day to go, Fon has reached its funding target on Kickstarter for its Gramofon “modern cloud jukebox” device. Launched on 15 April, the campaign aimed to raise at least $250,000 in pre-orders...

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July 9th, 2014 by Music Ally Blog

One of the big pushes in digital music at the moment is better, more personalised recommendations based on a greater understanding of each user. It’s perhaps the key reason Spotify bought The Echo...

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July 8th, 2014 by Music Ally Blog

If the rise of streaming – from Spotify and SoundCloud to YouTube – has been a breaking down of geographic barriers for music discovery, it’s also meant people looking for new songs and artists...

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July 8th, 2014 by Music Ally Blog

With 1m monthly users, Playlists.net has been steadily building an audience for its collection of Spotify playlists. But with playlists and curation hotter than ever within the digital music industry,...

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July 8th, 2014 by Music Ally Blog

One of the welcome effects of Spotify’s acquisition of The Echo Nest is that the latter company’s Paul Lamere will be let loose on the full dataset of a major streaming service. The first results were...

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July 7th, 2014 by Music Ally Blog

It’s frustrating that in 2014, people still talk about streaming music services as wholly algorithm-driven in their recommendations. Most now blend their machines with human curators building playlists....

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July 7th, 2014 by Stuart Dredge

"I'm so happy. Yay!" Ariana Grande (for it is she) is certainly smiling after topping the UK's Official Singles Chart in the first week it factored in streams as well as sales, but the sentiment applies...

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