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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...
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Facebook Messenger has 800m users – what does that mean for music?

Facebook says its Facebook Messenger messaging app hit the milestone of 800 million active users at the end of 2015, up from 500 million in November 2014. In fact, the social network's VP of messaging products David Marcus...
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1.4bn people will use mobile messaging apps in 2015

Research firm eMarketer has published its first estimates for the mobile messaging market, and the figures are big. Its new report claims that 1.4bn people will use mobile messaging apps this year – 75% of smartphone...
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Line added just 1m active users in last quarter

User growth has slowed drastically for social app Line, which added just 1m new monthly active users last quarter, and 6m the quarter before that. The company’s latest financials reveal it now has 212m active users,...
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Tunepics raises $2m and says it’s in talks with Spotify

Music messaging apps continue to have plenty of sceptics: Music Messenger disappeared from the app stores not long after its $30m funding round, while hard data on the popularity of startups like MSTY and Rithm remains thin...
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Line postpones its IPO again after growth challenges

Japanese social app Line isn’t going public in the near future, after its parent company Naver abandoned plans for an IPO. It’s the second time the company has postponed going public with its messaging subsidiary, with...
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Only 36% of American smartphone owners use messaging apps

Count us surprised by the headline finding from the Pew Research Center’s latest US study: it claims that 36% of American smartphone owners are using messaging apps, although that rises to 49% of 18-29 year-olds. Both figures...
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Shock news! Snapchat lost money in 2014

No, not a shock at all, given that Snapchat had tens of millions of daily users that year, but only launched its first ads in October. Still, Gawker’s leaked accounts for Snapchat between January and November 2014 are still...