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Indian streaming app MX Player looking to expand internationally

When we write about music streaming in India, we tend to focus on the big, local audio services like Gaana, JioSaavn and Wynk Music; the international players like Spotify; and YouTube for video. We shouldn’t forget about...
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Ampled is a cooperatively-owned fan-funding platform for artists

The latest attempt to rethink crowdfunding for artists is Ampled, a cooperatively-owned platform that’s being built in the US by a group of artists, developers, designers and other creatives. “Our mission is to make...
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TikTok was downloaded 738m times in 2019 says Sensor Tower

App analytics research companies have been falling over one another to provide estimates for TikTok’s growth in 2019. The latest is Sensor Tower, which has published its summary of a big year for Bytedance’s social...
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Sparks fly as Recording Academy boss ousted days before Grammys

In 2018, the Grammy Awards sparked a controversy over Recording Academy boss Neil Portnow’s comments about women needing to “step up” in the music industry. Two years on, the event is taking place amid another storm,...
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Sonos boss testifies on ‘market distortion’ of Google and Amazon

Sonos CEO Patrick Spence testified before the US House’s Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee on Friday (17 January) about the company’s complaints against Google and Amazon. You can read his full...
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Spotify tipped for acquisition of sports-media firm The Ringer

Spotify’s ambitions to do more around sports content are no secret. Now it may be acting on them with a major acquisition, of sports-media firm The Ringer. Founded in 2016 by sports journalist Bill Simmons, it covers pop...
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SoundCloud’s 2018: £108m of revenues and a £32m net loss

SoundCloud has published its financial results for 2018, which you can read here via its filings page on the UK’s Companies House website. The streaming service grew its revenues by 19.1% year-on-year to £108m (around...
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Tech, innovation and music: ‘Pick one little thing and go deep!’

“VR is shit! It’s shit but it doesn’t have to be. Certainly the hardware’s not all the way there yet, it’s quite bulky and if you put it on for an hour or so you’re going to get a pretty raging headache and neck...
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Troy Carter talks music disruption: ‘I’d still be in a panic if I were a major label…’

Troy Carter was the closing keynote at Music Ally and Music Biz's NY:LON Connect conference in New York on Friday. The former Atom Factory boss (where he managed Lady Gaga during her rise to fame) and Spotify exec is now...
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Midemlab startups contest reveals its jury for 2020

Earlier this month, we reported on changes to the Midemlab startups contest at Midem in June: a new ‘Live Music Experiences’ category to replace the existing ‘Experiential Technologies’ one. Music Ally, as before,...
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EMMA launches its European music-managers mentorship program

Music managers body EMMA (the European Music Managers Alliance) is launching a pan-European mentorship scheme for managers, with applications opening today. Called EMMMA (an extra ‘m’, because it’s the European Music...
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Can ‘fantasy record label’ games become big hits with fans?

In August 2018, we published an article questioning what ‘social music’ is in the streaming age, which included a (slightly depressing, in hindsight) rundown of past failures at wedding social features and music. Among...