Analyst predicts big hit to Facebook and Google ad revenues
We’re trying to report on all the positive news amid the coronavirus pandemic, but we can’t ignore the bad news. For example, the likely impact on digital advertising spending, with the giants of that space – Google...
March 26, 2020
BPI has now asked Google to remove more than 500m search links
British music industry body the BPI has set a new milestone, but it’s announcing it in frustration rather than celebration. The body says it has just submitted its 500 millionth URL to Google, asking for it to be delisted...
March 11, 2020
Love ISN’T in the air as DSPs’ US royalty-rates appeal kicks off
David Israelite, president of the National Music Publishers Association in the US, has never been a man to pull his verbal punches when taking digital services to task. “Songwriters: This week, Spotify and Amazon are...
March 10, 2020
Google’s Chrome browser to block ‘intrusive’ ads around videos
Google’s Chrome browser will soon stop showing videos that include certain kinds of ads, and the policy will affect YouTube as well as other websites. The changes are outlined in a blog post from Google describing...
February 7, 2020
Google’s Area 120 launches live-music data tool with Pollstar
We’ve written about Google’s experimental division Area 120 before: for example when it launched a project called Fundo to explore crowdfunding for social stars, or when it made a co-viewing app for YouTube called...
February 6, 2020
Alphabet reveals YouTube revenues and subscription figures
2020 is seemingly the year Music Ally has to abandon our traditional statistical snark when reporting on big technology companies’ financials. First Amazon nixed our usual ‘Amazon didn’t offer any meaningful music numbers’...
February 4, 2020
Google Meena may be the most chatty chatbot so far
Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant may be clever, but we’re not sure whether we’d class any of them as entertaining conversationalists. But Google has a new chatbot, called Meena, which may point to a future where these...
January 30, 2020
Google boss: ‘Artificial intelligence needs to be regulated’
The artificial intelligence technology being developed by companies including Google needs to be regulated… thinks the CEO of Google (and now also its parent company Alphabet) Sundar Pichai. He published a guest column...
January 21, 2020
Sonos boss testifies on ‘market distortion’ of Google and Amazon
Sonos CEO Patrick Spence testified before the US House’s Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee on Friday (17 January) about the company’s complaints against Google and Amazon. You can read his full...
January 20, 2020
8tracks founder reveals Google acquisition offer from 2014
Veteran streaming service 8tracks shut down at the end of 2019, with its founder David Porter publishing a blog post outlining the reasons for its demise. Now he’s given an interview to New York magazine offering some...
January 17, 2020
Sonos CEO to testify about big-tech battle at antitrust hearing
We reported yesterday on Sonos’ decision to sue Google for patent infringement, while accusing Amazon (but not suing it) with similar allegations. We noted that regulators would be interested in the case, and very quickly...
January 9, 2020
Sonos sues Google alleging smart-speaker patent infringement
Is January a slow news month? Not if Sonos’ legal team has anything to do with it. The company is suing Google alleging infringement of five patents, and as the New York Times explained, is seeking financial damages but...
January 8, 2020