Tag: virtual reality

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Music’s next decade: the metaverse, NFTs, social audio and more

Last month, we teamed up with the BPI to hold an event called 10x10: Trends for Music's Next Decade. It featured 10 presentations from industry figures about trends they felt would be important for the next decade of music. Now...
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Instrumental launches music venue in virtual world Avakin Life

We know British startup Instrumental best for its AI-powered A&R tools, which have attracted major labels as clients and Tencent as an investor. However, the company is also exploring the metaverse, via a new partnership...
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Music Ally startup files: Anything World’s voice-created metaverses

The metaverse, along with things like the seemingly all-pervasive NFTs, is one of those buzzy ideas that feels like the future but can be hard to precisely grasp. Broadly speaking, the Metaverse is a virtual “other”...
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WMG steps further into the metaverse with Genies and Wave

When Warner Music Group’s chief digital officer and EVP of business development Oana Ruxandra appeared for a keynote at the NY:LON Connect conference earlier this year, gaming and the wider metaverse loomed large in the...
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Beatport and Wave team up for ‘Beyond’ series of livestreams

Electronic music firm Beatport is preparing for a new series of livestream concerts, and these ones are going to have a bit of metaversal sparkle thanks to a partnership with Wave. That’s the company that has worked...
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Music startups TribeXR and FitXR use Oculus’s new subscriptions

Facebook’s VR subsidiary Oculus is introducing subscriptions to its Oculus Store, enabling developers to charge recurring fees for their apps and games. It follows the traditional app stores model: “For some, you’ll...
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AmazeVR raises $9.5m for its plans to put on immersive concerts

We first wrote about virtual reality startup AmazeVR early in 2020, when it raised a $2.5m funding round that included K-Pop firm YG Entertainment’s investment arm. Now the company has announced its next funding round:...
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Authentic Artists is latest startup to explore virtual artists

Given some of the sensitivities around AI music and virtual artists in the music industry, it’s certainly bold for a startup exploring those areas to call itself Authentic Artists. Still, that’s what one startup...
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Madison Beer’s ‘immersive reality’ concert to air on TikTok

Earlier this year we wrote about Sony Music’s plans for a virtual concert by artist Madison Beer, with an avatar version of the star performing in a virtual recreation of the Sony Hall venue in New York. At the time,...
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Apple predictions: VR/AR headset in 2022, AR glasses in 2025

Oh, and don’t forget AR contact lenses sometime after 2030. By which time nobody will remember the prediction or the predictor enough to check whether it was right. In fairness, Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst at TF International...
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Midem white paper focuses on Livestreaming and VR

We’re all trying to figure out what role livestreaming is going to play in the music industry alongside live concerts, once the latter return at scale. Midem and TheLynk have been thinking about it too, and have published...
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MelodyVR raises another £6.5m in convertible loans funding

MelodyVR started this year by completing its acquisition of streaming platform Napster, and now it’s preparing to rebrand the company as Napster Group. It’s also raising more money for what comes next: £6.48m through...