Deutsche Grammophon launches remix app for Christian Löffler
Electronic artist Christian Löffler is releasing his new album ‘Parallels’ in February, and ahead of the launch label Deutsche Grammophon has created a web app for people to remix some of its music. Specifically...
January 22, 2021
Gibson’s new guitar-learning app uses video and AR technology
We’ve written about the Fender Play app launched by Fender to help people learn to play guitar, but there’s more than one axe-maker with that ambition. Rival Gibson has launched its new guitar-teaching app for iOS and Android,...
January 22, 2021
UMG signs music licensing deal with fitness service Variis
Variis isn’t a fitness startup as such: it’s a fitness app launched last March by Equinox Media, owner of a chain of gyms in the US. The app works with a Peloton-style connected exercise bike, which costs $2,500,...
January 14, 2021
Social app Parler faces app store removals and partner pullouts
“Ban him @discogs, just in case,” from musician Damon Krukowski was one of the tweets that raised a smile after Twitter and a host of other social and video platforms banned or suspended US president Donald...
January 11, 2021
Report claims spending on apps grew by 30% to $111bn in 2020
App analytics firm Sensor Tower is starting 2021 with a look-back at 2020’s apps spending by customers of the iOS App Store and Android’s Google Play. “Consumers spent nearly $111 billion globally on in-app...
January 5, 2021
Yousician adds music from Disney and Pixar’s new movie Soul
There’s been some positive buzz around Disney and Pixar’s latest film Soul in recent weeks, and now fans have a way to learn to play some of its songs. Disney is working with music education firm Yousician to...
January 5, 2021
Messaging app Telegram to start serving adverts in 2021
Encrypted messaging app Telegram has nearly 500m users, but it needs to start making money. Now the company has revealed part of its plans: advertising. Founder Pavel Durov announced that the ads will NOT appear in people’s...
January 4, 2021
UMG ups its licensing efforts in social, fitness and gaming
Sir Lucian Grainge has sent his annual end-of-year email to staff at Universal Music Group. It is largely a roundup of the company’s accomplishments in 2020, plus praise for how staff have continued to work amid the...
December 18, 2020
Apple is shutting down its Music Memos recording app
In early 2016, Apple launched a new app for musicians called Music Memos: a free, music-focused alternative to the Voice Memos app on iOS devices, for capturing ideas then exporting them to GarageBand or Logic Pro X. We...
December 11, 2020
Mindfulness app Calm raises $75m at a valuation of $2bn
Investors aren’t chilled about meditation: they’re very excited, and they’re splashing their cash accordingly. One of the digital mindfulness space’s big players, Calm, has raised another $75m of funding,...
December 9, 2020
Artist’s Toolkit. Tools that can help to propel artist careers forward in 2021
2020 has been an unprecedented year for the world and the music industry alike. With no live events, more importance was placed on other industry verticals – and while many people struggled, new opportunities emerged as...
December 3, 2020