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YouTube launches a test of channel memberships gifting

YouTube said last year that it was planning to launch Twitch-style channel membership gifting, where flush-with-cash viewers can buy channel subscriptions for their fellow fans.
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Napster gets bought again, this time with a web3 pivot in the works

Napster has been acquired again, this time by two companies from the web3 sector: Hivemind and Algorand.
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Tinder’s parent company battles Google over in-app billing

Apple has soaked up much of the criticism (and lawsuits / regulatory scrutiny) over its approach to app-store billing, but Google is no bystander.
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US politicians say Spotify ‘can do better’ with Discovery Mode

In April this year, a group of US Congress politicians wrote to Spotify CEO Daniel Ek with some more questions about the streaming service’s ‘Discovery Mode’ feature.
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Gimme Radio taps Super Hi-Fi’s tech for genre expansion

Gimme Radio is the startup that offers streaming radio stations focused on metal and country music.
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Found·ee debuts video ad-buying tool for artists and labels

Marketing firm Found·ee was acquired by Downtown Music Holdings in 2021, and its business continues to expand.
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T-Pain is launching his own tips hotline… with Tidal

Hip-hop veteran T-Pain has a new single out called ‘That’s Just Tips’, and he’s very much leaning into the theme with his latest marketing wheeze.
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Instagram kicks off its test of new NFT-sharing feature

As TikTok found out last year, there are pitfalls for a huge social media platform doing anything with NFTs.
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IAB predicts US podcast revenues will reach $2bn in 2022

Advertising industry body the IAB has published its latest forecasts for podcast ad revenues in the US.
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Jazz artist Mike Casey’s new album is also a playable app

In 2019, jazz musician Mike Casey talked to Music Ally about how he’d grown his audience through streaming playlists.
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Music NFTs roundup: Water & Music, Opulous, RCRDSHP…

What’s happening out there in Music NFTs-land today? Plenty, starting with the latest public analysis from Water & Music of the music NFTs space.
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RIAA steps up its efforts to tackle music piracy on Discord

Discord is a wonderful platform for community building, and a number of musicians are already reaping the benefits.