China’s music industry discusses social music-promotion
This weekend saw the ‘WISE’ conference take place in Beijing, with a lineup of Chinese and international speakers from the music and media industries. Music Ally was there to report back on some of the discussions relating...
May 20, 2019
Artificial-video startup Synthesia raises $3.1m of funding
British firm Synthesia isn’t a ‘music/tech’ startup specifically, but we think it should be of keen interest to the music industry nonetheless. It’s been developing “video synthesis technology” which creates...
April 26, 2019
Apple CEO renews his call for more regulation of big tech
Apple CEO Tim Cook has returned to the theme of stronger regulation of big technology companies, although it’s clear he’s thinking mainly of *other* big technology companies like Google and Facebook. “I think there...
April 24, 2019
European Parliament approves new ‘platform-to-business’ rules
The European Parliament has voted to approve its *other* big piece of new legislation that has significant implications for the music industry. That would be new regulations “to improve fairness and transparency of online...
April 18, 2019
Music ed-tech startup Skoove raises €3m funding round
Skoove is one of the more interesting music-education startups that Music Ally has covered in recent years: the Berlin-based company has an app billed as “the easiest way to learn piano”. Now it has announced a new funding...
April 16, 2019
US speaker Nancy Pelosi warns tech firms could lose Section 230 protection
With the European Copyright Directive having made it through its approval vote in the European Parliament, could attention be about to switch to the US in the arguments over safe harbour? Maybe not straight away, but an interview...
April 15, 2019
T Bone Burnett takes on big-tech companies in SXSW speech
Musician and producer T Bone Burnett has spoken out before on the relationship between technology companies and artists. Last week at SXSW, he gave a speech outlining how he feels about all this in 2019. “It must be becoming...
March 18, 2019
Instagram co-founder isn’t sold on big-tech breakup plans
Of all the things Facebook could have done in response to Democrat politician Elizabeth Warren’s suggestion that it should be broken up for abuse of its power, temporarily blocking the Facebook ads that she’d booked...
March 12, 2019
Vochlea launches Kickstarter for its Dubler Studio Kit
We’ve been writing about British startup Vochlea since it joined the Abbey Road Red accelerator in 2017, as a company combining machine-learning and audio-analysis technology for a microphone that you could beatbox into,...
March 12, 2019
Elizabeth Warren’s big-tech breakup could affect music-streaming
We’ll be honest: there are lots of reasons that US Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren thinks the biggest technology companies should be broken up: and none of them are directly about what the benefits might...
March 11, 2019
France to levy new tax on ‘internet giants’
France is becoming the first European country to introduce a tax on large, multi-national internet companies. Under a bill announced yesterday, digital companies will have to pay the new tax of 3% on their French revenues...
March 7, 2019
Midemlab startups contest opens call for entries in 2019
Music/tech startups are being invited to apply for this year’s Midemlab competition, which will see its final pitch sessions take place at the Midem conference in Cannes this June. Deezer and Japanese service Recochoku...
February 28, 2019