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Spotify makes Canvas less blank

The Canvas feature on Spotify (where a short video loops on the mobile app instead of just having the single or album artwork) is opening up to more users via the Spotify for Artists tool. Music Ally first spotted the feature...
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UMG’s video growth plans

Universal Music Group has long had bold ambitions in visual content – with its Globe Production arm being the most obvious place to point towards in terms of what it has been doing here over the years. But there is more...
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Filing: Amazon spent $1.7bn on music and video content in Q1

We reported on Amazon’s latest financial results last week. In the official filing, the company revealed a music stat! Albeit one bundled in with video. “Total video and music expense was $1.5 billion and $1.7 billion...
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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...
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XITE launches new music video platform in US

Launching initially in the US, XITE (pron: “Excite”) is a new music video app that will be available on Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Comcast X1 Xfinity – and it will be coming soon to Roku. It has deals in place with...
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‘Subscription mooching’ is an issue for video-streaming services

We like it when a new term is coined to describe people’s digital habits: ‘subscription mooching’ is our new favourite. What’s that? It’s when people ‘mooch a login’ for a streaming service like Netflix –...
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Study tips YouTube to decline in popularity with British kids

Will children ever tire of YouTube? Surely not! Yet that’s the suggestion being made in a new report published by research firm Kids Insights, which is out today. “According to our data across all ages 4-18 the...
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YouTube says video premieres are paying off for artists

YouTube launched its ‘premieres’ feature last year: a way for channels to schedule the launch of new videos, and thus drum up an audience to watch and chat together. It’s not a music-specific feature, but YouTube is...
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Sandbox Issue 212: Packaged Goods. Bulking Up The Music Bundle

Lead: the recent spat between Nicki Minaj and Travis Scott over who should have been number 1 in the US is arguably less about ego (although there was some of that at stake) and more about the role bundling plays in boosting...
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Videos are top digital-music consumption format in India

While MusicWatch is focusing on the US, Nielsen’s latest report turns its attention to India – a country where it claims 94% of the online population listens to music, based on its latest survey. The India Music 360 report’s...
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Universal Music Publishing COO criticises Spotify over videos

Tensions between music publishers and Spotify are nothing new, but there appears to be a new fissure opening up: over the videos that Spotify embeds in its popular playlists. And for once, this isn’t a controversy fuelled...
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Metallica have music videos for every song on new album

Metallica’s new album is out today, and the band are making a big push for ‘Hardwired… To Self Destruct’ on pretty much every digital platform. Including Napster: a neat publicity stunt this week saw the band finally...