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Midemlab-winning app HumOn jumps from iOS to Android

South Korean music app HumOn was one of the winners of this June's Midemlab startups contest in Cannes, but at the time, it was only available on Android smartphones in the west. Now it's been ported to Apple's iPhone...
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Music publishing boss Andrew Jenkins: ‘Copyright should be forever’

“I’m going to say something very controversial now. I don’t think there should be a term of copyright. If I buy a house, I own it forever. It’s my property. If I have intellectual property, I should have it forever.” Andrew...
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Country Profile: South Korea 2017

Recorded music revenue in South Korea grew around 20% in 2016, according to local executives, with little signs of the country’s recent digital-led boom running out of road. South Korea experienced double-digit growth...
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YouTube invested in marketing for Korean artist CL

At the end of a year of arguments about the ‘value gap’, YouTube recently published its latest defence, saying it paid out more than $1bn to the music industry from ad revenues in the last year. Google’s video service...
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Apple Music launches in South Korea

Apple Music is continuing its global rollout apace, with a launch late last week in South Korea.
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Music Ally Report 382 – Startup Shutdown

Our cover feature surveys the startup boneyard to try and understand precisely why so many music services, all promising a fizzing new future at their launch, hit the wall quickly, found out they were in the wrong lane...
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Country Profile – South Korea 2016

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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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Korean live-music startup MyMusicTaste raises $10m

Remember when Songkick was promoting its Detour feature, which enabled fans to band together to request a gig in their nearest town by a favourite band? Korean startup MyMusicTaste is mining similar territory, and it’s...
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Finetunes strikes deals for Asian expansion

Digital distributor Finetunes has signed three new partnerships to boost its business in Asia. The German firm will be represented throughout the region by Singapore-based Cross Ratio Entertainment, which will be encouraging...
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Samsung apologises for ‘free music’ ad in South Korea

Oh dear, Samsung. The company’s music team has posted an apology on its Facebook page for an ill-advised promotional campaign for its Milk music service. The ad – according to Digital Music News’ translation – suggested...
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Samsung Milk Music popular in Korea (except with some rightsholders)

Samsung’s Milk Music personal radio service launched in the US earlier this year, but it recently went live in the company’s homeland of South Korea too. A report from Korea Joongang Daily suggests the app is...