Neil Young Archives site ditches Facebook and Google logins
Neil Young's official archives site is getting rid of the ability for fans to log in using their Facebook or Google accounts. Instead, they'll be asked to register their email address and a password to access the site. In...
August 12, 2020
Judge sinks Genius’s lyrics-scraping lawsuit against Google
Last June, Genius accused Google of scraping its song lyrics without permission, and later in the year launched a $50m lawsuit against the tech giant and its partner LyricFind. It hasn't gone well for Genius: a federal...
August 12, 2020
NMPA hopeful of keeping songwriters’ top line rate increase
We reported yesterday on the ruling by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on the appeal by Amazon, Google, Pandora and Spotify against new songwriter royalty rates set by the US Copyright Royalty Board. The decision was seen...
August 12, 2020
US appeals court knocks back CRB’s songwriter royalty rates
When Amazon, Google, Pandora and Spotify appealed against new, higher songwriter royalty rates set by the US Copyright Royalty Board (CRB), it sparked fury in the publishing community. Get set for another outbreak: the US...
August 11, 2020
Google launches tools for audio ads on Spotify and Pandora
Is there more money to be squeezed out of the ad-supported music market? Google hopes so. But for once, we're not talking about YouTube in this context. Google's advertising business is also putting some more effort into...
August 7, 2020
YouTube reveals Google Play Music will shut down in October
As long goodbyes go, Google Play Music’s has been LONG. It was July 2017 when YouTube’s global head of music Lyor Cohen first revealed plans to merge Google’s music streaming (and cloud locker) service with...
August 4, 2020
Antitrust hearing creates plenty of smoke, but how much fire?
"As always, there's a risk that some of the politicians will see the hearing simply as a chance to grandstand: to puff up to their full pomposity and give powerful tech CEOs a public telling off," we wrote yesterday, about...
July 30, 2020
Tech giants release CEO statements for antitrust hearing
Today is a big day for Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google, not to mention all the companies who rely on their ecosystems of devices, app stores, ad platforms and other services. The CEOs of the 'Big Four' will be testifying...
July 29, 2020
EC launches antitrust investigation including voice assistants
2020 appears to be the year of European Commission antitrust investigations affecting Apple's music operations, although the latest one will also be training its sights on Amazon and Google too. The Commission has launched...
July 17, 2020
Google joins Facebook with stake in JioSaavn’s parent telco
Reliance Jio Platforms is the parent company of Jio, the largest telco in India and the owners of the JioSaavn music streaming service. The company has been on a spree of funding announcements in recent months – raising...
July 16, 2020
Google is launching a three-day radio station this weekend
Apple has its Beats 1 radio station, but now Google has Nest Sessions. Alright, it's not quite on the same level of ambition. Described as "a mood-lifting music experience inspired by psychology", Nest Sessions will broadcast...
May 22, 2020
Alphabet’s Q1 included ‘significant slowdown in ad revenues’
It should come as no surprise that Covid-19 is figuring prominently in the Q1 financial results of every public company. Alphabet announced its figures yesterday, and warned that although its revenues were up 13% to $41.2bn...
April 29, 2020