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Sandbox Issue 202: GDPR FYI (General Data Protection Regulation)

This week’s lead feature looks at how the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) comes into effect on 25th May in Europe but it has huge global implications for those holding and using consumer data. Against the backdrop of the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal, companies and digital platforms are very much on edge, making getting a handle […]

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Apple bags Justin Timberlake, Jessie J and more for September iTunes Festival

Apple has confirmed first details of its 2013 iTunes Festival in London, which will run for the whole month of September at the Roundhouse venue in Camden.

Justin Timberlake, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Jack Johnson, Jessie J, Phoenix, Jake Bugg, Primal Scream and Queens of the Stone Age are the eight headline acts confirmed so far, with 22 more (plus supports) yet to be announced.

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Comparing Spotify play-counts for Daft Punk, Justin Timberlake, PSY and more

We’re pretty excited about Spotify’s latest update in which can see how many times a track has been streamed worldwide. Only last week we called for a wider understanding of streaming numbers in our Sandbox lead (issue 84) as the requirement for increased transparency from streaming services has been evident for some time.

The Spotify update shows individual track streams for an artist’s top 10 tracks. Although the count represents the all-time cumulative number of streams, they are ranked by popularity over a recent period.