Viagogo heads to court with Australian competition regulator
Viagogo has become one of the magnets for anger about the state of the secondary-ticketing market. Now the company is being taken to court by Australian competition authority the ACCC. It’s accusing Viagogo of failing...
August 29, 2017
Startup Muru Music sees billion-dollar potential in ‘first AI DJ brain’
"I think we have the opportunity to be a billion-dollar company if we attack all verticals..." For a startup with just two full-time employees and AU$500k (around $386k) in funding so far, setting sights on a 10-digit...
July 17, 2017
Playing next door to Alice: Popgun reveals its music AI
Music composed by artificial intelligence (AI) rather than humans is a controversial topic in 2017, for two reasons. First: disbelief in some quarters that an AI will ever be able to create music as well as a human can....
June 30, 2017
Pandora pulls out of Australia and New Zealand
If the first casualties of Sirius XM’s $480m investment in Pandora were the streaming service’s CEO, president and chief marketing officer, the second appear to be its listeners down under. Pandora is shutting down...
June 28, 2017
Facebook Messenger getting chat-room feature
We’ve written a lot about Facebook Messenger’s billion-plus users and its chatbots functionality in recent months. Here’s something new though: a feature called Rooms which has soft-launched in Australia and Canada....
November 14, 2016
Instagram says it now has 500k advertisers
Instagram has announced that it now has more than 500,000 active advertisers on its platform. Strong growth, given that Facebook’s photo and video-sharing app only opened up its ads platform a year ago, and grew to 200,000...
September 26, 2016
Campaigns: Video Deluxe – Sandbox 155
Perhaps more than normal, there have been a number of properly eye-catching music videos recently – so we have decided to take a closer look at the best of them. First up, J-pop band Lyrical School, who have created...
August 18, 2016
Guvera India “in a state of chaos”
Crowdmix is not the only new music company having a hard time of it. Australian ad-funded streaming service Guvera was blocked from going for an IPO in June by the Australian Securities Exchange and had to close its operations...
August 5, 2016
Guvera is not out… not yet
Australian music streaming service Guvera (which seemingly now must always have the prefix “troubled”) is getting a stay of execution after winding up in administration in June with debts of (Aus) $12.5m and shutting...
August 3, 2016
Universal Music signs deal for Michael Hutchence movie
Major labels getting involved in Hollywood isn’t a new trend, but we’re interested in the news of Universal Music’s latest big-screen project.
July 26, 2016
Pokemon Go is a bona-fide craze – and a privacy headache
We’re not sure how many music-industry folk are hunting down virtual Pokemon in the streets around them, but the runaway success of Nintendo’s AR/location-based mobile game Pokemon Go this week is worth following.
July 13, 2016