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GEMA survey claims 87% of Europeans support copyright protection

As we move towards the pivotal vote on European copyright reform, the lobbying is intensifying. German collecting society GEMA published the results of a survey that it commissioned on European citizens’ attitudes towards...
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Universal Music Publishing COO criticises Spotify over videos

Tensions between music publishers and Spotify are nothing new, but there appears to be a new fissure opening up: over the videos that Spotify embeds in its popular playlists. And for once, this isn’t a controversy fuelled...
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European Commission clears Apple’s acquisition of Shazam

This was rumoured last month, but now the European Commission has confirmed its approval of Apple’s acquisition of music-identification firm Shazam, on the grounds that it won’t have any negative effects on competition.
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Yandex to launch its music-streaming service in Israel

Some of the newer markets in music-streaming are throwing interesting competitors together. South Africa, for example, which is a rarity in seeing Spotify and Tencent (with its Joox service) go head-to-head.
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Blockchain startup Audius has advisors from Pandora, Beatport

We reported last month on blockchain-music startup Audius raising $5.5m for a proposed service that’s been described as ‘SoundCloud on the blockchain’. Now the company has revealed its slate of advisors, including some...
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Human Re Sources breaks cover as Spotify direct-deal recipient

The New York Times has run a piece on Spotify’s direct licensing deals with artists and management companies. While much of it is information already revealed earlier in the year, there are also some new snippets.
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YouTube now bigger than ad-supported audio streaming in Spain

Spain was once an infamous basket-case of the global music industry as far as recorded music went, with piracy laying waste to music sales to a greater extent than other countries in the developed world.
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Despite Article 13 support, Paul McCartney to play YouTube gig

Sir Paul McCartney has a new album coming out, ‘Egypt Station’, and like a growing number of artists he’s promoting it through partnerships with various streaming services. YouTube included: Sir Paul will be livestreaming...
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Study: Many Americans are ‘reframing’ Facebook relationship

‘Taking a break’ from social media feels like an increasingly-common phenomenon, from our personal experience. Now there’s some data to back it up as a trend. The Pew Research Center has been asking Americans about...
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Virtual-reality headset sales are down by a third year-on-year

The virtual-reality business is well into its latest trough of disillusionment after its last period of hype. Research firm IDC is putting a brave face on the latest figures for VR headset shipments, however. It claims...
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Music Messenger to rely on YouTube API for October app update

We’ve written about Music Messenger before: it’s the music-focused messaging app that raised $24.4m in funding, but then removed its app from Apple and Google’s app stores in the west, to focus on other products. As...
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AI-music app Amadeus Code opens up to all with Spotify feature

Amadeus Code is the startup that pitches itself as an “AI songwriting assistant”, with an iPhone app that helps people to “create an entire sketch of a song in minutes” so they can beat writer’s block or just...