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Report: Smart speaker shipments grew to 86.2m units in 2018

Shipments of smart speakers grew by a whopping 169% in 2018, according to research firm Strategy Analytics. In figures released yesterday, it claims that shipments of these devices grew from 32m units in 2017 to 86.2m in...
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SoundCloud will now distribute music to other streaming services

Musicians have always been able to upload their tracks directly to SoundCloud without needing a distributor or label. Now the company is adding a new feature: distribution of those tracks to rival music-streaming services. This...
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Analyst questions impact of Apple’s rumoured video service

Apple may be announcing its long-rumoured video-streaming service next month, and analysts are chewing over the implications. One, Tim O’Shea of Jefferies, has published a report with some big numbers – but also some...
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Will the next big tech platform be a ’mirrorworld’ using AR?

Wired Magazine’s Kevin Kelly has form when it comes to big tech ideas: he came up with the ‘1,000 True Fans’ concept in 2008, for example, positing that for artists and creators to make a sustainable living online,...
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Would you trust a bot to handle your Twitter feed?

We’ve written a fair bit about the use of bots to automatically respond to fans on Facebook Messenger. But what about turning your tweets and (if you’re a company) LinkedIn posts over to a bot? That’s the gist of Swiss...
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Little Simz to tease new tracks using Instagram music stickers

British artist Little Simz is preparing for the release of her third album ‘GREY Area’ through AWAL, and as part of its marketing campaign is using music stickers on Instagram. The album comes out on 1 March, but every...
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Walk Like A Woman Spotify track highlights women’s safety

A new marketing campaign launched in Australia – and using Spotify – wants to give men a taste of how it feels walking the streets as a woman at night. “A pounding heart at every strange noise, a firm grip on a mobile...
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Chatty Penguin’s Cally Hocknell talks marketing, stories and Insta-famous eggs

“What’s the point of marketers like me, why would you commission research, when an egg knocks Kylie Jenner off the top spot on Instagram?!” There were jokes and sharp insight in equal measures in music marketer and Chatty...
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Ecrett Music launches AI-music tool for video soundtracks

The latest startup offering AI-created music is Ecrett Music, and it’s comparable to Jukedeck in its desire to create backing tracks for videos. The startup has launched its tool for video-creators to choose a category...
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Rhapsody to pay up to $10m in songwriter-lawsuit settlement

It wasn’t just Spotify facing the prospect of class-action lawsuits from songwriters over streaming royalties in recent years. Rhapsody (now operating as Napster) was also on the wrong end of a case brought by David Lowery,...
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Report claims indie US creators earned $6.8bn online in 2018

A year ago, Music Ally reported on a study calculating the value of the ‘independent creator economy’ in the US, from an organisation called the Re:Create Coalition. It claimed that musicians, filmmakers, artists and...
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Esports economy tipped to pass $1bn for first time in 2019

When we wrote about the competitive-gaming (esports) market last year, we noted that many of the reports about that market’s size quoted from a February 2018 study by research firm Newzoo. Now it’s back again with some...