Line Music to add freemium tier and music videos this year
Japanese music-streaming service Line Music has just celebrated its fourth anniversary, and it’s promising some significant new features over the coming months. The service, run by social-media firm Line, now has 11 million...
July 2, 2019
Messenger creates sticker pack for BT21/BTS
You’ll be very familiar with BTS but perhaps less so with BT21. Yet they are the same. Sort of. The K-pop group created animated versions of themselves, gave them back stories and also created merchandise lines for them....
May 31, 2019
K-Pop band BTS team up with Line for characters and merch
Japanese messaging app Line has always made a big thing of its animated characters, which are used as ‘stickers’ in its users’ conversations, as well as appearing in mobile games, merchandise and cartoons. Now the...
October 23, 2017
Twitter has at least five bidders for Vine
Last week, Twitter announced that it was preparing to shut down its Vine video-sharing app. This week, it may have won a reprieve: through a sale to another technology company. TechCrunch claims Twitter has received more...
November 9, 2016
Line Music gets a chatbot as Line invests in Snow
Messaging firm Line made a series of announcements yesterday showing its latest technology bets. First, the company wants more developers to create chatbots for its main app. It’s creating a new messaging API and software...
September 30, 2016
Campaigns: Major Lazer launches digital stickers on line – Sandbox 154
Artists like Paul McCartney and Psy have both launched successful sticker packs for messaging app Line and now Major Lazer is joining in. The digital stickers were released last week but, different to previous packs, these...
August 18, 2016
Line IPO could raise more than $1bn for social network
Japanese messaging app Line is preparing for its delayed IPO on the Tokyo and New York stock exchanges. The company has announced that it will price its IPO at between $26.50 and $31.50 a share, potentially raising as...
June 29, 2016
Line is making $271m a year from digital stickers
We reported yesterday on messaging app Line’s plans for an IPO split between Tokyo and New York. Now TechCrunch has ferreted out some interesting data on one aspect of the company’s business: the sale of digital ‘stickers’...
June 14, 2016
Messaging app Line has 218m active users – and an IPO
Messaging app Line’s parent company has filed to go public in mid-July with the aim of raising $1bn in an IPO that would value the company at $5.5bn. The company also announced a new figure for its user base: 218 million...
June 13, 2016
Sandbox 154 – Playlists+
Despite the hype that playlists are “the new radio”, there are a lot of moving parts here that need to be attended to and a playlist placing can never be seen as a one-shot route to victory. We speak to the people building...
April 6, 2016
Major Lazer launch a sticker pack in Line messaging app
Major Lazer have followed in Paul McCartney’s footsteps by launching their own sticker pack in messaging app Line. The digital stickers can be pasted in to conversations within the app like emoji, and are available as...
March 22, 2016