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Dan Le Sac on what he learned from broadcasting on Twitch

Amazon's live-video platform Twitch is best known for its gaming communities, from creators streaming their play-sessions live to professional esports tournaments. But musicians have also used Twitch. One of them is British...
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Qobuz ditches its MP3-quality tier and lowers hi-res price

Hi-res music-streaming service Qobuz is (in the US, at least) getting rid of its cheapest MP3-quality tier, and lowering the cost of its higher-resolution offering. “MP3 is really bad for music, artists, and listeners –...
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Interactive AR music-player wins Abbey Road Red’s 2019 hackathon

17 teams of developers are getting well-earned rests today after taking part in the Abbey Road Red hackathon at London’s famous Abbey Road Studios over the weekend. The focus was ‘The Power of Immersion’ with augmented-reality...
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Facebook’s experimental-apps team launches Aux music app

Facebook has launched a dedicated music app! But hold your horses: Aux is the work of the social network’s ‘NPE Team’ division, which was created in July this year to work on experimental new apps. “A way for...
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Disney+ arrives in UK and other European countries in March

Last week we noted the announcement of a March 2020 launch date for Disney’s new video-streaming service Disney+ in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain, but there’s more to say about this. Particularly relating...
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Tech-industry bodies unhappy with copyright-legislation trends

Shock news! Some organisations representing the technology industry aren’t happy with the European Copyright Directive – or similar legislation around the world. Two bodies, the Computer & Communications Industry...
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Gaana financials include growth in subscriptions revenue

We’ve seen lots of big numbers this year for the amount of people streaming music in India, but what is that growth in listeners meaning for the underlying financials of the platforms providing those streams? One of the...
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Radiohead and Taylor Swift launch three-day flash-merch sales

Radiohead and Taylor Swift offered the latest examples of flash-merchandise sales this weekend, with three-day promotions of strictly-limited-edition items. Radiohead’s ‘The Lamentations of the Minotaur’ garments range...
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League of Legends band True Damage make holographic live debut

In late October, we reported on the launch of True Damage, the latest avatars-backed-by-humans band to emerge from the game League of Legends. In this case, a hip-hop group whose behind-the-scenes singers included Latin...
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Universal Music India’s VRYL project launches ‘Intezaar’ vide

Last week, Music Ally published a feature about the challenge that ‘non-film’ music is providing for Bollywood music in India – you can read it here if you missed it at the time. One of the projects exploring the...
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Crowdfunding is still effective – and it’s still not begging (guest column)

This article is an excerpt from Ari Herstand's second edition of How to Make It in the New Music Business: In 2009, I was co-managing one of my favorite Minneapolis bands with my girlfriend. I was actively touring, playing...
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Could OpenAI’s text-generating AI system replace Music Ally?

AI firm OpenAI made headlines earlier this year for its GPT-2 text-generating AI system, capable of being given a few sentences and then generating more text based on it. OpenAI declined to release the full system, for fear...