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Melodrive debuts AI-music generation system for games

Back in July 2016, we wrote a bulletin story about a startup called Melodrive, after spotting a profile on an investment website listing it as an “AI composer for video game music”.
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Chartmetric adds catalogue/frontline option for playlists

Music analytics service Chartmetric has added some interesting new features: including the ability to browse playlists on Spotify, Apple Music and Deezer by their ratio of ‘frontline’ tracks to ‘catalogue’ tracks.
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Studio Amplify launches ChillScape AI-generated music app

We wrote a line on AI-music app ChillScape earlier this month, but we’ve got more information on it now.
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Palestinian artists hope Spotify will help them reach new fans

A big deal wasn’t made out of this during the launch, but Spotify’s debut in the Middle East included making the service available in the Palestinian Territories – an area of the world that has rarely figured in discussion...
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Not every YouTuber agrees with YouTube about Article 13

We’ve covered YouTube’s recent comments on the Article 13 section of the proposed new European copyright directive, as well as music industry bodies’ responses to those comments.
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Music Ally’s guide to AI music: startups, artists and big questions

There’s no question any more about whether artificial intelligence can create music - the arguments are about how good that music will be, what it might be used for, and what that might mean for human musicians. We’ve...
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YouTube doubles up on advertising with new ‘ad pods’

Music Ally’s latest market profile focuses on Italy, which has just reached a notable music-streaming milestone.
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Digital spending on console games is up 80% year-on-year

We’re always keen to see what’s happening around digital trends in the games market, and research firm SuperData has some new numbers to pore over. It claims that people spent $1.53bn digitally on console games in October...
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Spotify says Mexico is ‘world’s music-streaming Mecca’

Mexico is now Spotify’s “largest listener base worldwide” according to a blog post by the streaming service, which is starting to make headlines around the world.
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Huawei claims its music-streaming service has 100m users

Chinese technology company Huawei makes a range of products, including smartphones, for which it has big ambitions.
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Music rights orgs hit back at YouTube over Article 13

Startling fact of the day: music-industry bodies aren’t entirely happy with YouTube’s latest thoughts on the Article 13 section of Europe’s proposed new copyright directive.
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Next for Alexa: more headphones and newscaster speaking voice

Amazon’s drive to get its Alexa voice-assistant onto as many devices as possible, while improving its features, continues. The company has opened up its ‘mobile accessory kit’ for Alexa, which will help Bluetooth devices...