Google says it has demoted 65k pirate sites in search results
The music industry hasn’t been alone in wanting Google to do more about links to piracy sites appearing in its search results. But labels and representative bodies did play a significant role in Google’s moves towards...
July 2, 2018
Pressure builds ahead of European vote on safe harbour
Music rightsholders in Europe are preparing for the latest stage of lobbying in the debate over safe-harbour reform – ahead of a crucial vote in the European Parliament next week. PRS for Music is flagging up a ‘Make...
June 29, 2018
Marketers “losing” audiences on Facebook and Google after GDPR
If you are in Europe, by now, you’ll have had to wade through a billion (approx.) emails about what GDPR means for you. Or else you’ll have been the person sending out emails on behalf of your company about what GDPR...
June 19, 2018
YouTube Music rolls out: ‘Leading with audio is the key for us’
YouTube Music Premium, the new subscription tier for Google’s video service, is launching fully in 17 countries today, including 12 additional markets to the five that were announced in May. The UK, Germany, France,...
June 18, 2018
Yandex and Google targeted in Russia over piracy results
Rightsholders criticising search engines – mainly Google – for returning links to piracy sites in search results isn’t a new thing. But there is a new frontier for it in Russia this month, after local search engine...
June 18, 2018
Deutsche Grammophon and Google to digitise archive tracks
Happy 120th birthday, classical-music label Deutsche Grammophon. The celebrations will include an interesting partnership with Google Arts & Culture to digitise a stash of rediscovered and previously-unreleased tracks from...
June 12, 2018
Report claims Google beat Amazon for Q1 smart-speaker shipments
In well-established hardware markets like smartphones, the main research firms tend to agree – more or less – on the main market-share figures. For smart speakers, it seems there is more room for disagreement, aided by...
May 29, 2018
Confirmation: YouTube Music to relaunch on 22 May as $9.99-a-month service
There has been chatter for months about YouTube’s plans to revamp its music-subscription offering, with the company’s head of music Lyor Cohen talking regularly about the strategy to roll YouTube Red and Google Play Music...
May 17, 2018
Google Home smart speakers are now available in India
India is clearly the next battleground for smart speakers. Shortly after Amazon launched its Alexa-powered Echo devices there, Google has followed suit with its Google Home and Google Home Mini. The speakers are being...
April 11, 2018
Google and OK Go launch ‘sandbox’ for use in classrooms
US band OK Go’s latest brand partnership is with Google, and it has an educational focus. The pair have launched something called the OK Go Sandbox, which they describe as “a collection of materials created for and...
March 19, 2018
Why don’t streaming services know who wrote The Beatles’ songs?
The latest twist in the controversies around ‘notices of intent’ (NOIs) in the US concerns the most famous band of all-time: The Beatles. The Music Tech Policy blog notes, with clear scorn, that Google, Amazon and...
March 19, 2018
Google publishes latest report on how it tackles ‘bad ads’
Among the areas of historical tension between music rightsholders and Google has been the use of its advertising network on piracy sites. Although in this case, Google has been pretty responsive, regularly providing updates...
March 14, 2018