Sandbox Issue 272: DSP’s Emerging Talent Programmes – how do you get on one, what happens if you do, and is there a catch?
Lead: Each DSP has a programme dedicated to supporting new artists: weaponising the platform by endorsing them to a large audience, and hopefully accelerating their careers. Places on these programmes are, of course, keenly...
March 24, 2021
Google reduces its app sales cut for small developers
Apple’s 30% “app tax” (as critics like to call it) isn’t always 30%. It’s 15% for subscriptions once a subscriber has been paying for a year, and since November 2020 it has also been 15% for...
March 17, 2021
Big Tech and Big News continue their uneasy frenemyship
We’ve followed the music deals and clashes of Facebook, Google and other big tech companies with diligence, but we keep a watching eye on how these firms are interacting with other creative and media industries. Two stories...
February 18, 2021
Google completes its acquisition of fitness tech firm Fitbit
Google announced plans to buy fitness tech firm Fitbit for $2.1bn back in November 2019, but the deal has since been subject to regulatory scrutiny. Now, 14 months on, it has been completed. One of the talking points in that...
January 15, 2021
Google and Snap tipped to invest in Indian firm ShareChat
Google and Snap are in talks to invest in Indian social media company ShareChat, according to a report on TechCrunch. It claims that ShareChat’s Series E funding round will be more than $200m, with at least half of...
January 5, 2021
Blob Opera is Google’s latest AI music experiment
Don’t click on this link if you have urgent work tasks to complete. Well, we warned you. It’s the latest machine-learning experiment involving music within the Google empire, and it’s called Blob Opera....
December 17, 2020
Google teams up with artists for Nest Audio Sessions
YouTube Music may be the flagship music-streaming brand for Google now, but there is still music activity happening elsewhere in the company. Its smart speakers division, for example, which has just commissioned a series...
December 3, 2020
Google’s Area 120 shuts Demand analytics for live music
In February this year, Google's experimental division Area 120 launched something called Demand, in partnership with Pollstar. It was a live-music analytics tool promising "actionable, real-time analytics facilitating...
November 11, 2020
Canalys thinks 163m smart speakers will be shipped in 2021
It's been a while since we've had some big-figure predictions for the smart speakers market, but here's research firm Canalys hoving into view with its latest forecasts. It reckons that 163m smart speakers will be shipped...
October 23, 2020
US Justice Department files antitrust charges against Google
The US Department of Justice has filed a civil antitrust lawsuit against Google, accusing it of “unlawfully maintaining monopolies through anticompetitive and exclusionary practices in the search and search advertising...
October 21, 2020
Google adds ‘hum to search’ music feature to its search engine
Google announced some new features for its search engine yesterday, including one focused on music. “Starting today, you can hum, whistle or sing a melody to Google to solve your earworm,’ the company explained. That...
October 16, 2020
Antitrust debate heats up in US with House Democrats report
The US House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust has spent the last 16 months investigating Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google, and yesterday its Democrat majority staff published a report into their findings. You can read...
October 7, 2020