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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...
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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...
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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....
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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...
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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....
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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.
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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.
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Guvera battling on after IPO blockage

Streaming firm Guvera’s much-discussed IPO was recently blocked by the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). Now the company is mulling its next moves, including seeking more money from its shareholders.