Tag: blockchain

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Benji Rogers on blockchain: ‘We can’t rush this. It’s worth getting right’

“We need any young, scrappy girl or boy to be able to code the best music app ever – and they need to get it out there; and if it goes well, they need to be able to license it at 100 miles-per-hour. Because if it’s...
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SoundCloud survival may involve new private-equity investors

Having laid off 40% of its staff and closed several offices in an effort to “take more control” over its future, SoundCloud is now tackling the challenge of securing funding to ensure its survival beyond the final quarter...
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Report 407: Block ‘n’ roll

Lead: Blockchain is simultaneously one of the most hyped and most misunderstood technologies currently around the music industry. Some evangelists have suggested it will fix every problem in the digital-music ecosystem while...
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Could blockchain power an industry-wide music startup sandbox?

One of the potential benefits of blockchain technology could be its ability to power an industry-wide ‘sandbox’ of pre-cleared music for startups to experiment with. That’s according to several interviewees for Music...
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Mycelia talks blockchain music: ‘Artists want to understand…’

The first time Music Ally heard about Mycelia was in July 2015, when musician Imogen Heap talked to Forbes about her hopes for “a fair, true, bright and shining home for music” supported by blockchain music technology...
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Blockchain startup Voise prepares for alpha-client launch

We wrote about blockchain/music startup Voise in June when we spotted its profile on an investment site: the Spanish-headquartered firm is working on a decentralised music streaming and downloading platform for independent...
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Ethereum expert delivers warning about Initial Coin Offerings

We’ve written a few times recently about the boom in ‘initial coin offerings’ (ICOs) for blockchain-based startups. It’s a way of raising money by selling ‘tokens’ for a new cryptocurrency in exchange for an...
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SACEM boss talks YouTube, blockchain and user-centric streaming royalties

At a recent event organised by collecting society PRS for Music, MEP Mary Honeyball noted that the debate around copyright reform and the ‘value gap’ has split the European Parliament like never before. “We have...
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Blockchain: the music industry’s saviour or a false prophet?

This guest column comes from Sam Pearse, partner at Pillsbury Law: At any point in time, there is a latest and greatest new product, technique, form of exercise, diet and so on that will be the answer to all of our problems. Sometimes...
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Dance artist RAC to release album on ethereum blockchain

By which we don’t mean the world’s first concept album *about* blockchain technology. Although heaven help us, that can’t be far away once someone hits on the idea. No, RAC – aka André Allen Anjos – is releasing...
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70% of smart-speaker owners listen to more audio at home

Research firm Edison Research has published its latest investigation into the habits of smart-speaker owners – which now include 7% of Americans according to its surveys. “70% of smart speaker owners say they are listening...
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Ujo Music set to unveil blockchain-powered artist stores

Blockchain startup Ujo Music first came to our attention when it worked with musician Imogen Heap in 2015 on the release of her ‘Tiny Human’ song. Since then, it’s been preparing to launch as a fully-fledged blockchain...