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TikTok explores conversational AI with tests of Tako chatbot
TikTok is testing an in-app chatbot called Tako that can answer questions about videos and recommend other content.Read more >>
Björn Ulvaeus warns music industry: ‘We will lose the next Paul McCartney’
ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus did not pull any punches in his introduction to the latest annual report by collecting societies body CISAC.
YouTube Music tests TikTok-style feed of music recommendations
YouTube Music is the latest streaming service to decide it wants a splash more ‘For You’ in its app, mirroring TikTok’s famous feed.
Meta has laid off Instagram’s director of music partnerships
Meta held its latest round of layoffs this week, and one of the company’s prominent music executives was among those leaving the company.
Snapchat gets virtual artist merch with Bitmoji ‘band tees’
Snap has announced the launch of ‘Band Tees’ within Snapchat: virtual t-shirts based on artists, starting with six Republic Records acts.
Mexican artist Peso Pluma is having a big streaming moment in the US
Peso Pluma is the latest breakout music success from Latin America, with the Mexican artist riding high on Spotify and YouTube.
Spotify quantifies the streaming benefits of artist collabs
Check this shock news out: artists collaborating on tracks can have positive effects for both parties! Who knew?
Boombox raises $7m for music-workflow tools (and its AI ‘Boombot’)
US startup Boombox is one of the companies trying to help musicians and producers store their files in the cloud.
Beat Saber adds Queen tracks ahead of PlayStation VR2 release
Beelzebub has a headset for a sideboard! (Don’t write in, we know, we know…). Queen have joined virtual-reality music game Beat Saber.
Personalised-video firm HiNOTE bags a pair of hip-hop legends
We haven’t written about HiNOTE before, but it sounds interesting: a messaging app that enables artists to send personalised videos to fans.
Sped-up TikTok surge sparks release of long-lost Lana Del Rey track
Lana Del Rey’s new single isn’t actually a new song. ‘Say Yes To Heaven’ was originally recorded in 2013 but never came out.
Sony Music boss warns of music streaming’s ‘meaningless volume’
It’s clearly the season for senior major-label executives to outline what they feel is wrong with the current music-streaming economy.
More people are now paying for podcasts in Spotify’s homeland
For much of its history, podcasting has been largely a free, ad-supported medium. How is that changing in Spotify’s homeland: Sweden?
AI music firm DAACI acquires fellow startups MXX and WiSL
UK-based AI music firm DAACI has made its first two acquisitions, of fellow AI startups MXX and WiSL, for undisclosed amounts.
Peloton’s latest turnaround efforts are new app memberships
Fitness tech firm Peloton is still known as ‘the connected bike company’ to a lot of people, but it’s very keen to escape that branding box.
SoundCloud lays off 40 more staff in drive for profitability
SoundCloud is hoping to be a profitable business in 2023, but that’s going to involve further reducing its headcount.
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