Yahoo/Live Nation’s plans to stream a gig a day become less quotidian
Last July, Yahoo and Live Nation announced they were going to live-stream a gig every day for a year under the umbrella title of Yahoo Live. HURRAH. Except now it’s into its second year, they have downgraded their ambitions...
July 25, 2015
Bandsintown Manager tool now used by 300k artists
Concert discovery service Bandsintown announced a new milestone yesterday: more than 300,000 artists are using its Bandsintown Manager tool to manage and promote their tours.
July 22, 2015
Nike+ Running app adds Spotify music (and ‘Pace Stations’)
When Spotify announced its new running features earlier in the summer, it also talked about a partnership that would bring streaming music to Nike’s separate running app. That happened yesterday with an update to the iOS...
July 21, 2015
Netflix now has 65.6m subscribers globally
Netflix announced its latest financial results yesterday, reporting that its subscriber total has grown to 65.6 million people, having added 3.3 million in the second quarter of 2015 alone. Netflix’s revenues for Q2 were...
July 16, 2015
Ticketfly raises $50m in Series D funding
US ticketing firm Ticketfly has announced an impressive Series D funding round of $50m, led by investment firm Riverwood Capital, with previous investors also expected to contribute. The company, which recently passed $1bn...
July 16, 2015
Google’s Chrome browser flagging filesharing sites as ‘harmful’
A range of filesharing websites are suddenly being blocked by Google’s Chrome browser on the grounds that they may contain “harmful programs”. KickassTorrents, Torrentz and ExtraTorrent are among the sites triggering...
July 13, 2015
Baboom partners with Fuel TV
To date, the most interesting thing about Baboom has been the convoluted happenings behind the scenes. It was set up at the end of 2013 by Kim Dotcom as his first big direct play in music (as Megaupload/Mega were about all...
June 29, 2015
Twitter to make videos and GIFs play automatically
Facebook videos have played automatically (but silently until clicked) in people’s news feeds for some time. Now Twitter is following suit. “Now native videos, Vines and GIFs will begin to play back automatically. So...
June 17, 2015
Warner Music COO Wiesenthal quits the music business
Warner Music Group has announced that its chief operating officer Rob Wiesenthal is spreading his wings – literally – by leaving the music industry. In a memo to staff, CEO Stephen Cooper said that Wiesenthal “has decided...
June 17, 2015
Apple wants 100m (!) subscribers
This Billboard piece was published ahead of last night’s official announcement and ran through the rumours about how licensed (or not) the service was. Buried at the end is a source claiming that Apple has set itself a...
June 9, 2015
EC sets out its plans for a digital single market in Europe
Here’s a sign of the times: the European Commission’s announcement yesterday of its Digital Single Market strategy was accompanied by two hashtags: #DigitalSingleMarket and #TeamJunckerEU. “I want to see pan-continental...
May 7, 2015
When the going gets tough for licensing, the tough get lobbying
As the rhetoric around US music royalties ramps up again this year, expect an upswing in lobbying. Yesterday saw the announcement of the MIC Coalition (Music, Innovation, Consumers apparently). With members including Google,...
April 30, 2015