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Music Ally Report 398 – Tube Exit

Lead: Music Ally has heard that at least one major label is threatening to pull its content from YouTube before Christmas. This could prove to be a negotiating strategy/last resort, but what would happen if they actually...
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Tootoot: Concerts Powered By Fans

(This is a sponsored feature) Where are your fans? It’s one of the most important questions in the modern music industry. Not just in terms of which social networks they’re following you on, but also the hunt for the...
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Will the .music domain name save the business?

Diffuser has a lengthy feature looking into the history of the .music domain name – as well as that of TLDs (top-level domains) in general – and lots of ruminations on what this could mean for the music business. A number...
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Shazam adds visual recognition features through Digimarc deal

Shazam has built its business based on audio recognition – initially of music, and subsequently TV shows and ads. Now it’s expanding into visual recognition through a deal with digital watermarking firm Digimarc. The...
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De La Soul reached $600k in crowdfunding for new album

Pioneering rap trio De La Soul’s Kickstarter campaign for a new album ended over the weekend with a bang: they reached $600,874 from 11,169 backers. That makes the campaign the second most lucrative musician-focused Kickstarter...
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Gramofon adds AllPlay tech to go beyond Spotify as music source

Kickstarter-funded Gramofon was launched last year by technology firm Fon as a way to easily stream Spotify through an existing hi-fi, and as an alternative to buying a new connected system from someone like Sonos. On year...
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We Are Hunted founder mulls new models for music discovery

Stephen Phillips used to be the boss of We Are Hunted, becoming a tech lead on Twitter #Music after the social network bought his startup. This week, he published a long and interesting blog post about new models for music...
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Troy Carter’s next move: business journalism mogul

What next for Troy Carter after parting ways with his former management client Lady Gaga? How about trying an industry that’s even more challenged by digital disruption than music? Carter’s company Atom Factory has launched...
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Vevo revamps its iOS app as it nears 6bn monthly views

Music videos service Vevo has relaunched its iOS app with a new design and features. That includes a new real-time news feed and more recommendations of videos, playlists and original shows, as well as easier playlist creation...
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PPL chairman criticises UK government’s ‘love’ for tech giants

The latest UK music industry figure calling out the government on its close relationship with big-tech firms like Google is PPL chairman Fran Nevrkla.
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WMG appoints new COO with new business and tech focus

Warner Music Group has appointed former Sony exec Rob Wiesenthal as its new chief operating officer/corporate, reporting directly to CEO Steve Cooper from 1 January.
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Twitter giving love to ‘Very Important Tweeters’

'Is Twitter a Media or Technology Company?' wonders the New York Times on its Bits blog. The answer, of course, is a bit of both. "I think of the company as a technology company that is in the media business," says CEO Dick...