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Messaging app Kik launches Jam ‘music community’

Earlier this year, messaging app Kik said it had 200 million registered users, and while it has resisted calls to say how many of them are active, it claims that the ones who are average 35 minutes per session in the app....
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WeChat: ‘A portal, platform and even a mobile operating system’

If you’re interested in the evolution of messaging apps into platforms for media, we recommend a reading of a new blog post by Connie Chan, partner at VC firm Andreessen Horowitz about WeChat (aka Weixin). “While seemingly...
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Messaging apps: hits or hype for future music marketing?

Tonight is Music Ally’s Future Music Marketing event in London, where we’ve gathered a panel of opinionated experts to give their views on whether a selection of technologies are hits or hype – or a bit of both –...
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Facebook Messenger evolves: here’s what it means for music

As predicted, Facebook announced plans yesterday to turn its Facebook Messenger app into a bona-fide platform for external developers, while also confirming that the messaging app now has 600 million monthly active users. (Or,...
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MixRadio sees messaging and music coming together with Line

Having completed its acquisition by messaging firm Line, streaming service MixRadio’s Mark Wheatley has been talking about the company’s ambition to bring music and messaging together in the future. “We will see –...
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Messaging competition intensifies with Facebook, Google and Yahoo

There hasn't always been a music angle to the rise of messaging apps like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and WeChat, but the massive audiences and expanding features of these services has been an important trend for the industry...
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Messaging app Tango adds a news feed, with Spotify included

Tango is one of the fast-growing messaging / voice call apps, with more than 200m registered users. Now it’s turning itself into more of a social network, with the addition of a “News Feed” showing what...
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YouTube adds new messaging and commenting features for creators

Its row with indie labels may be rumbling on, but YouTube continues to launch new features for creators of all stripes on its platform. Yesterday, it announced some new things on the messaging and commenting side. That includes...
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How to understand Facebook’s $19bn acquisition of messaging firm WhatsApp

You’ve probably heard the news by now: Facebook has agreed to pay up to $19bn for WhatsApp, the popular messaging app. The deal – $4bn in cash, $12bn in Facebook shares now and up to $3bn in stock that’ll best over...
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Messaging app Line passes 150m downloads

We're fascinated by the rise of Asian messaging apps Line, KakaoTalk and WeChat, and what potential they might hold for music.