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Nigerian startup Sharebunk to launch music messaging app

We’ve been fairly gloomy about the prospects for music messaging apps, having seen several crash and burn (or, more often, not even get enough speed up to crash).
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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’...
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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...
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Mary Meeker report spells out 2016’s internet trends

Silicon Valley and the wider tech world hangs on the annual Internet Trends report by Kleiner Perkins partner Mary Meeker, who published her latest presentation yesterday during the Code conference. While clicking through...
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Google I/O: Home speaker, Assistant AI, VR plans and more

Yesterday was the first day of Google’s annual I/O developer conference: its equivalent of Apple’s WWDC in terms of revealing new products and services for the year ahead. While there were no direct news about the...
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Pop aims to promote music through push notifications

The music industry is pretty down on the idea of artist apps, with few having reached any kind of audience. How about marketing through push notifications though? That’s an idea eliciting more interest, with smartphone...
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Facebook gets its own Content ID with Rights Manager tool

There is lots to say about what Facebook announced at its annual f8 conference last night, but the news of most immediate interest to the music industry is a new tool called Rights Manager. It’s essentially Facebook’s...
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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...
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Messaging app Line now has 215m active users

Japanese messaging app Line has published its latest financial results, including an update of its active-user total. Line ended 2015 with 215 million active users, up from 181 million at the end of 2014. Line says that...
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2016 tipped to be the year of ‘conversational commerce’

Music Ally has been reporting on the rise of messaging apps – and the potential for music – for some time. The latest evidence comes in an opinion post by Uber’s Chris Messina, which claims that “2016 will be the...
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WhatsApp messaging app about to reach 1bn active users

Messaging app WhatsApp is about to reach a major milestone: 1bn active users. And it’ll come as the Facebook-owned app makes some changes to its business, including dropping its $1 annual subscription fee for users,...
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Messaging firm Kakao buys majority stake in MelOn

South Korean messaging app Kakao has acquired a controlling stake in the parent company of local music-streaming service MelOn, spending $1.6bn to acquire 74.6% of Loen Entertainment. It’s the latest crossover between...