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Resso escapes expanded India ban on Chinese-linked apps

The Indian government isn’t done yet with its crackdown on mobile apps of Chinese origin. The bans that started with 59 apps including TikTok in June added another 118 apps in September, and now 43 more have been...
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ShareChat taps Audible Magic for copyright-spotting tech

Indian social media company ShareChat has become the latest customer for Audible Magic's rights management and content recognition tech. It will be used to "proactively address both licensed and misuses of copyright media"...
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India’s music industry in 2020: non-film growth, short-video boom, paywall pressure and more

As in most countries, the nationwide lockdowns imposed in India to contain the spread of Covid-19 have had severe effects on the music industry there over the past six months. That’s not because India is a strong market...
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ShareChat’s Times Music deal includes short-video app Moj

Moj is one of the short-video apps making hay in India in the wake of TikTok’s ban there. Launched in July, it grew to 50 million users within a month, then 80 million by late September, when its parent company ShareChat raised...
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ShareChat raises $40m to grow Indian short-video app Moj

We wrote about Moj in August: it's one of the short-video apps that launched in the wake of TikTok's ban in India earlier this year. By August, Moj – which was a spin-off from social networking company ShareChat –...
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Big Bang Reads: A strong wave of pandemic-era Indian indie music

This is the first in a new series of guest columns for Music Ally from Big Bang Music in India, on the latest trends there. On July 15, singer Armaan Malik became part of a new initiative by chart-maker Billboard and social...
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JioSaavn’s Amplify offers direct distribution to emerging artists

Indian streaming service JioSaavn is launching a new scheme offering direct distribution to emerging, unsigned artists. It's part of its existing 'Artist Originals' initiative, and is called 'Amplify'. It'll encourage...
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IMI boss says there are only 1m music subscribers in India

Blaise Fernandes is the boss of Indian music industry body IMI. He's been talking to Exchange4Media about the challenges for the streaming music market ['audio OTT' is the preferred phrase there] in India. "OTT is our...
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YouTube tests TikTok-like YouTube Shorts feature in India

YouTube is making its proper move into the short videos space. "We are building YouTube Shorts, a new short-form video experience right on YouTube for creators and artists who want to shoot short, catchy videos using nothing...
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Indian short-video app MX TakaTak is doing 1bn+ daily views

We've been writing about the jockeying for position in the Indian short-video apps market in the wake of TikTok's ban there. Now another of the contenders has been talking (to the Economic Times) about its growth. MX TakaTak...
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T-Series takes on Indian short-video apps over music usage

It's not just the US where the rapid growth of short-video apps are sparking unrest from music rightsholders about licensing deals. India, where a continuing ban on TikTok has led to a spike in downloads of its rivals, is...
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TikTok gets five-day premiere of David Guetta and Sia’s Let’s Love

A moment of relief for TikTok executives: a music story making headlines, rather than the latest revelation about the company's potential sale or ban in the US. TikTok is getting a "five-day premiere" of the new single from...