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Spotify tests data-saving ‘Lite’ mobile app in Brazil

We’ve written about the data-saving apps launched for emerging markets by the likes of YouTube and Facebook, with Instagram also now testing the idea. Now you can add another digital service to the list: Spotify. The...
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WhoSampled adds Shazam-style music recognition features

WhoSampled has long been one of our favourite apps and websites for going down the rabbit-hole of music-sampling: tracing sounds back from current-day tracks to the original sources. Now its app has a new feature that puts...
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UGC video app Triller signs a Universal Music deal

Is Triller the new Musical.ly? Pitched as a ‘Music Video Maker’ app, it helps people make their own music videos alone or collaborating with friends, with clever auto-editing features to make the results look professional....
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New BBC Sounds app mixes music, radio and podcasts

Executives from British broadcaster the BBC have been admitting publicly for some time that its radio stations face an important challenge in the on-demand music-streaming services. Its latest response is a new app called...
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Facebook is working on ‘time well spent’ features for its app

One of the unexpected trends of 2018 is the sight of technology companies actively trying (or, if you’re feeling cynical: actively trying to be *seen* to be trying) to persuade people to stop using their products as much....
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HumOn refines its pitch to video creators with AI composition

When South Korean startup HumOn was a winner in 2017’s Midemlab startups contest, its focus was a consumer app that let people hum into their smartphone, then turned it into a proper song for them. Now the company appears...
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Report: US iPhone app spending grew by 23% in 2017

Sensor Tower is the latest research firm putting out numbers on the apps market for 2017, this time focusing on iPhone app spending in the US. It claims that the average amount spent per active iPhone in the US was $58...
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Fruit Punch Music promises to be ‘Spotify for kids’

On a recent family road-trip, while skipping the *many* tracks currently in Spotify’s Top 50 chart that have explicit lyrics, we wondered again why the streaming service hasn’t ever offered a ‘radio edits’ mode for...
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Yxng Bane gets a ‘shoppable’ music video with startup mysnapp

The idea of a crossover between music videos and online shopping has been floating around for a long time – it seemed a logical extension of product-placement deals if fans could buy what they were watching in a video. Nobody...
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Live Music Loyalty wants to create a ‘concert community’

The latest startup trying to create a business out of gig-goers social-media habits is Live Music Loyalty. The New Jersey-based company has launched a free iOS app billed as a “concert photo community” that encourages...
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Die Fantastischen Vier launch an augmented-reality video app

German hip-hop group Die Fantastischen Vier is the latest example of an artist exploring the potential of augmented reality (AR) technology. The band have launched a free iPhone app called Tunnel AR, which is an interactive...
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Vero shoots up the App Store charts as Instagram alternative

Vero isn’t a new app: it launched in in July 2015 as a way for people to share photos and other content with friends and the wider world, with an emphasis on privacy and the promise of no advertising. Two and a half...