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Apple’s iOS 12 is live, including Apple Music changes and Siri shortcuts

Apple's new iPhones will inevitably hog the limelight this week, but it's just as important (from the music industry's perspective, anyway) that the company's latest iOS software is being released commercially too.
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Artists threaten to boycott SiriusXM over its MMA lobbying

US satellite-radio service SiriusXM has been coming under sustained fire for its lobbying around the proposed Music Modernization Act legislation, which this week has reached a crucial stage in its passage through the US...
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Pandora gets its own Release Radar with ‘The Drop’ playlist

The spread of hyper-personalised algorithmic playlists on streaming services continues: we're writing about new ones so often, it might be time to come up with a catchier term. Algo-personalised playlists, anyone?
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Digital Music Europe calls for more regulation of big-tech platforms

Europe's new copyright directive - Article 13 and all that - isn't the only way legislators are getting involved in some of the big debates around the music industry.
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WMG to buy EMP Merchandising for $180m as standalone D2C unit

Warner Music Group has made a big move in the merchandise game, announcing plans to acquire German firm EMP Merchandising. The deal would see EMP becoming a standalone direct-to-fan business unit within WMG's artist-and-label...
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AR firm Blippar raises $37m including funding from former Crowdmix backer

British augmented-reality tech firm Blippar may be familiar to longtime readers: it was one of the AR startups back in the day that ran some projects with labels to market music.
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Spotify releases 17 tracks and 34 videos of Paul McCartney’s Abbey Road gig

Sir Paul McCartney is on track for his latest number-one album, and a carefully-planned promotional campaign has been playing its part. We wrote last week about plans for a livestreamed McCartney concert on YouTube, but then on...
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Analytics startup Asaii to shut down on 14 October

It’s been a rapid rise to prominence for analytics startup Asaii: we wrote about the company in our Sandbox report in July 2017; it pitched at our NY:LON Connect conference in January 2018 and was then a MidemLab finalists...
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Spotify says non-US country streaming-share is up 21% since 2015

One of the themes Music Ally explored in our recent report on country music was how streaming is helping the genre and its emerging artists find new audiences abroad. Now Spotify has published a blog post on the trend to...
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YouTube children’s-music channel Little Baby Bum gets acquired

You likely won’t know Little Baby Bum unless you’ve had toddlers in the last few years: it’s the most successful nursery-rhymes channel on YouTube, with its animated songs proving hugely popular. How popular? The British...
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Google beefs up its music-recognition skills with Sound Search improvements

It looks like Apple’s acquisition of Shazam will soon go through, having been approved by European regulators. That will in turn spark more discussion of what the deal means for rivals: not just Apple Music’s rivals like...
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Music Biz / AudienceNet study explores US music-listening habits

Industry organisation Music Biz and research firm AudienceNet have published their latest study of US music habits, based on a survey of 3,000 Americans in July 2018. Among its findings: 20% said their favourite media/entertainment...