Indie labels talk tech: startups, bots, virtual reality and more
Messaging bots, virtual reality and other whizzy new technologies have potential for the music industry, but how will that play out for independent labels and artists, who rarely have large R&D budgets? That was the key...
April 27, 2017
Facebook f8: Spotify / Apple Music, bot ambitions and major AR push
“Being able to click on someone's music and play it is a great experience, but knowing that you helped a friend discover something new, and that you have the same taste in music, is awesome,” said Mark Zuckerberg. No,...
April 19, 2017
Facebook expected to launch ‘group bots’ for Messenger
Bots are expected to have a high profile at Facebook’s F8 developer conference in April, with a report yesterday claiming that ‘group bots’ will be announced for its Messenger platform. TechCrunch claimed the scoop...
March 30, 2017
How will AI and chatbots have an impact on the music industry?
AI and bots are two of the technological buzzwords currently at large in the music industry, but what impact will they really make on the way we discover, listen to and share music – as well as connecting with the artists...
March 2, 2017
Music’s future in a world of bots, smart assistants and invisible interfaces
The 'future of technology' session at last week's FastForward conference in Amsterdam, moderated by Music Ally, started off with a discussion about virtual reality. You can read our writeup of that here. The conversation...
February 27, 2017
The Bot Platform opens up Facebook Messenger bots to more artists
After creating Facebook Messenger bots for musicians including Hardwell, Olly Murs and Zara Larsson, agency We Make Awesome Sh is spinning the technology off as a standalone startup called The Bot Platform. The system...
January 26, 2017
Mark Zuckerberg’s AI butler also recommends music
Every year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg chooses a ‘personal project’ to focus on, with 2016’s being the development of an artificial-intelligence butler named Jarvis. It’s an app and Facebook Messenger chatbot...
December 20, 2016
BPI boss Geoff Taylor on AI, music and the technological singularity
Geoff Taylor, chief executive of the BPI and Brit Awards, wrote this foreword for Music Ally and the BPI's recent Music's Smart Future report, addressing the potential of machine-learning, chatbots and artificial intelligence...
November 29, 2016
AI could be the music industry’s next Napster moment – but much bigger
“It’s probably fair to say that AI will change the music industry and lots of other industries a lot more than the internet did.” Ed Newton-Rex, CEO of startup Jukedeck, set the tone at last night’s ‘Music’s...
November 24, 2016
Octane AI founder sparks chatbots controversy
Last week we reported on a startup called Octane AI, which has launched chatbots for Aerosmith, Kiss and 50 Cent. Now one of its founders is under attack over the way he launched the company. Matt Schlicht was also the...
November 7, 2016
Octane AI launches chatbots for 50 Cent, Kiss and Aerosmith
Battle of the bots! Or at least battle of the bot platforms. We’ve written several times about UK agency We Make Awesome Sh’s development of a platform to help brands and labels create and run their own chatbots –...
November 3, 2016