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Google Assistant tops VC firm’s voice-assistant ‘IQ’ test

Mirror mirror on the wall, which is the smartest smart-speaker of them all? This is no fairytale: it’s a study by venture-capital firm Loup Ventures of the relative ‘IQs’ of the main voice assistants: Google Assistant,...
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Report 415: Starting Pistols

It is a rich and exciting time for tech startups in music – with new services arriving regularly and promising to do all manner of thrilling new things. While only a handful of them will ever “make” it, it’s still...
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Report 411: The Teenagers Issue

Teens have been the driving force behind popular music and popular culture for almost a century and we use this issue to look at not only how they have shaped music in the past (as both creators and consumers) but also how...
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Head of Technology and Development – Merlin – London

Job Title: Head of Technology and Development   About Merlin Merlin is the global digital rights agency for the world’s independent label sector, with a membership accounting for more than 12% of the global recorded...
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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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Relive Midem 2016 with official review posts

Some of the key quotes and trends of this year’s Midem conference are being revived on Reed Midem’s official blog, courtesy of Music Ally contributing editor Stuart Dredge.
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Starkey creates “world’s first 360 video for classical”

As part of Decca’s re:works compilation (where contemporary artists are given access to the label’s huge catalogue to remix and reimagine recordings), it has created am immersive 360-degree video for Starkey's remix of...
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The problem with blockchain ‘smart contracts’ for music

One of the elements of blockchain technology that’s been getting some people in the music world excited are ‘smart contracts’ – rights contract that are automatically executed for every payout from a stream or sale.
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Landmrk wants music to capitalise on Pokemon Go fever

As millions of mobile gamers wander the streets catching Drowzees and Pidgeottos in Pokemon Go – or, just as likely, standing on the streets grumbling about the game’s servers having crashed again under the weight of...
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Featured Artists Coalition joins blockchain bandwagon

The latest industry body to hail blockchain technology as having potential for music is the Featured Artists Coalition (FAC).
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Amazon tipped to sell 2.5m-3m Echo speakers in 2016

Sales of multi-room audio devices are “under-performing” but Amazon is on course for several million sales of its Echo speaker this year, according to the latest predictions from Futuresource Consulting.