Google tests Fundo, a new take on fan-funding for YouTube stars
Fundo is a new project in beta from Google’s experimental division Area 120, although its bare-bones website doesn’t divulge much information about it. “If you’re a creator on YouTube or other platforms and you’re...
August 19, 2019
Google to start indexing individual podcast episodes in search
Podcast discoverability is a topic you’ll be hearing plenty about in the coming months: it’s one of the big rallying points for Spotify and Pandora as part of their podcasts push, with their claims that it’s still too...
August 9, 2019
Google suspends Viagogo from its paid-search results
Anti-touting campaigners in the UK have been cheering mightily at the news that Google is suspending secondary-ticketing service Viagogo from its paid-search results. That means that people searching for concert tickets will...
July 18, 2019
Genius accuses Google in row over lyrics in search engine
Lyrics-focused site Genius and Google are embroiled in a row over the alleged copying of lyrics – a row that looks set to suck in LyricFind and other companies in this space who have partnered with Google to provide content...
June 17, 2019
Deezer puts DJ Khaled’s voice in navigation app Waze
When Music Ally is out driving, what we want from a navigator is calm, timely directions, rather than someone prone to regularly yelling their own name at top-volume. But not everyone is like us, and for those people, there’s...
May 23, 2019
Report claims Google has 15m paying music subscribers
Google hasn’t revealed how many paying subscribers its YouTube Music subscription service has, and it’s been a long time since we saw any numbers for its existing Google Play Music. Now Bloomberg has tried to plug that...
May 9, 2019
Google will offer users greater privacy and restrict cookie usage
There are flashpoint moments like Cambridge Analytica or major data breaches, but privacy concerns remain a low rumbling noise in the background for most people using online platforms and connected devices. At Google’s...
May 8, 2019
Childish Gambino gets his own Google-powered multiplayer AR app
“The experience begins with the opening of an AR portal. Walk through it to explore an augmented cave where you can find and interact with hidden glyphs while still being able to see out into the real world…” No, not...
April 25, 2019
YouTube Music launches free, ad-supported tier for Google Home speakers
Reports earlier this week that Amazon was preparing to launch a free music-streaming tier for its Echo smart speakers sparked a drop in Spotify’s share price. So what effect will today’s news that YouTube Music is launching...
April 18, 2019
Google Assistant can now talk like musician John Legend
“Imagine hearing the silky smooth voice of John Legend answering your pressing questions everyday. Or narrating your local weather forecast. Or singing you happy birthday,” wrote Google’s Manuel Bronstein in a blog...
April 4, 2019
Google steps up artist migration from Google Play Music
It’s no secret that streaming service Google Play Music will be shutting down, as its parent company concentrates its energy on YouTube Music. The process of phasing out the older service is stepping up, with the closure...
April 4, 2019
BBC pulls its podcasts from Google Podcasts and Assistant
Amid all the excitement around new distribution platforms for podcasts, there are also some tensions. For example, British broadcaster the BBC has pulled its catalogue of shows from the Google Podcasts app, as well as Google...
March 27, 2019