Google adds music features to its Google Maps app
If there’s a list of ‘things the music industry would like Google to do with music’ it’s fair to say ‘adding it to Google Maps’ wasn’t a high priority. Still, that’s exactly what the company has done, as part...
October 2, 2018
Google, Yandex and Mail.ru have ‘discussed’ anti-piracy database
Reports of Google and Russian technology companies sitting down to discuss a database of copyright-infringing content is guaranteed to make the western music industry’s ears prick up. TorrentFreak has the details of meetings...
September 25, 2018
Google beefs up its music-recognition skills with Sound Search improvements
It looks like Apple’s acquisition of Shazam will soon go through, having been approved by European regulators. That will in turn spark more discussion of what the deal means for rivals: not just Apple Music’s rivals like...
September 17, 2018
Anti-touting campaigners call for Google to restrict Viagogo ads
The debate about secondary-ticketing website Viagogo continues in the UK, where anti-touting campaigners have published an open letter to Google asking it to crack down on the company’s search advertisements. The letter...
September 11, 2018
UK broadcasters call for more regulation of internet firms
In a year of enhanced scrutiny of internet companies, the latest example is a group of British broadcasters lobbying for Facebook, Google and Twitter to face more regulation by a new watchdog created specifically for the...
September 4, 2018
Debate ramps up about Apple and Google’s app-store cuts
We wrote yesterday about the news that Netflix was testing ditching the option for people to pay for its subscription via in-app purchases on iOS – and broke the news that Spotify had quietly removed that option for its...
August 23, 2018
China is fastest-growing smart-speaker market says Canalys
Amid a flurry of reports on the growth of the smart-speaker market, research firm Canalys has offered a different angle: it says that China is now the fastest-growing market for these devices. “Despite strong growth...
August 20, 2018
Amazon still leads in smart speakers; but Google is really snapping at its heels
It’s not going to surprise anyone that in the latest totting up of smart speaker shipments Amazon’s Echo is leading the pack. The latest numbers come from Strategy Analytics, looking at the smart speaker market globally...
August 16, 2018
Where do you go to, my lovely? Google knows
An investigation by Association Press claims that Google services on both Android devices and iPhones are still logging users’ movements – even if they believe they have switched tracking permissions off. AP has had...
August 14, 2018
Google launches Cameos app for celebrity Q&As
Google has a brand new app that musicians might be interested in. It’s called Cameos on Google, and promises to be a way for celebrities (artists included) to answer the burning questions of their fans. “Cameos on...
August 10, 2018
Smart speaker sales, forecasts and market share: Amazon Echo, Google Home, Apple HomePod and more
The music industry is intensely interested in the growth of the market for smart speaker devices: Amazon Echo, Google Home, Apple HomePod and other speakers controlled via voice assistants like Alexa, Google Assistant and...
August 6, 2018
Amazon estimated to have 70% of US smart-speaker market
The latest analysis of the smart-speakers market comes from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP), which reckons that the US install base of these devices is now 50m units. The company’s survey of 500 owners...
August 3, 2018