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FTC to focus more attention on competition in tech industry

US regulator the Federal Trade Commission has created a new task force which it says will be “monitoring competition in US technology markets, investigating any potential anticompetitive conduct in those markets, and taking...
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Report: Smart speaker shipments grew to 86.2m units in 2018

Shipments of smart speakers grew by a whopping 169% in 2018, according to research firm Strategy Analytics. In figures released yesterday, it claims that shipments of these devices grew from 32m units in 2017 to 86.2m in...
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Spotify and Deezer attack ‘unfair practices’ of tech firms’

Much of the limelight in terms of European policy is being hogged by the new copyright directive and Article 13 this week. However, a group of European tech firms and industry bodies want to remind policymakers of another...
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Scott Cohen: ‘Every 10 years something kills the music industry’

The Orchard’s co-founder is a reliably insightful and provocative speaker at music and tech conferences, and his latest appearance (at the Eurosonic Noorderslag event) sounds like it generated plenty of sparks. Forbes has...
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Music Ally Report 398 – Tube Exit

Lead: Music Ally has heard that at least one major label is threatening to pull its content from YouTube before Christmas. This could prove to be a negotiating strategy/last resort, but what would happen if they actually...
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Tootoot: Concerts Powered By Fans

(This is a sponsored feature) Where are your fans? It’s one of the most important questions in the modern music industry. Not just in terms of which social networks they’re following you on, but also the hunt for the...
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Will the .music domain name save the business?

Diffuser has a lengthy feature looking into the history of the .music domain name – as well as that of TLDs (top-level domains) in general – and lots of ruminations on what this could mean for the music business. A number...
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Shazam adds visual recognition features through Digimarc deal

Shazam has built its business based on audio recognition – initially of music, and subsequently TV shows and ads. Now it’s expanding into visual recognition through a deal with digital watermarking firm Digimarc. The...
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De La Soul reached $600k in crowdfunding for new album

Pioneering rap trio De La Soul’s Kickstarter campaign for a new album ended over the weekend with a bang: they reached $600,874 from 11,169 backers. That makes the campaign the second most lucrative musician-focused Kickstarter...
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Gramofon adds AllPlay tech to go beyond Spotify as music source

Kickstarter-funded Gramofon was launched last year by technology firm Fon as a way to easily stream Spotify through an existing hi-fi, and as an alternative to buying a new connected system from someone like Sonos. On year...
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We Are Hunted founder mulls new models for music discovery

Stephen Phillips used to be the boss of We Are Hunted, becoming a tech lead on Twitter #Music after the social network bought his startup. This week, he published a long and interesting blog post about new models for music...
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Troy Carter’s next move: business journalism mogul

What next for Troy Carter after parting ways with his former management client Lady Gaga? How about trying an industry that’s even more challenged by digital disruption than music? Carter’s company Atom Factory has launched...