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Apple’s Secretive AR and VR Headset Plans Altered by Internal Differences
In late 2018, Apple was a few years into its plan to build a powerful headset with both virtual- and augmented-reality capabilities when things shifted dramatically.
Twitch’s Streaming Boom Is Jolting the Music Industry
Long an afterthought to YouTube, Instagram and TikTok, Twitch has emerged recently as an effective way for musicians to interact with fans during the coronavirus pandemic. A growing number of up-and-coming musicians have embraced Twitch as a way to build up a fan base.
Pandora for Podcasters Introduces New Podcast Analytics Features for Creators
Pandora for Podcasters introduces Podcast Analytics: a new set of visually-driven data analytics tools that provide podcast creators with even more insights into their audience on Pandora: who the listeners are behind their stream counts, and the types of content that keep them coming back.
Boom in Live Streams Brings Questions About Proper Licensing & Payment of Songwriters
Right now, while the vast majority of songwriters, musicians and artists aren’t receiving their typical income, it is even more critical that live streaming platforms know what types of licenses they need and ensure music creators and copyright owners are being paid properly.
Ghostly International Is Now a Secretly Label
The label and its publishing arm Ghostly Songs (now administered through Secretly Publishing) join Bloomington, Indiana’s Secretly Group (Secretly Canadian, Jagjaguwar, and Dead Oceans) and Chicago’s Numero Group as Secretly affiliates.
Twitter Begins Rolling Out Audio Tweets on iOS
Twitter is rolling out a new type of tweet — audio tweets — to its platform, allowing users to share thoughts in audio form inside their feeds.
SiriusXM Acquires Simplecast to Double Down on Podcasts With Distribution and Analytics Tools
SiriusXM is building up its music-business tools to complement its position as a content provider.
British Band Miro Shot Set off on a Tour of Virtual Worlds
They will kick off their ‘Virtual Worlds Tour‘ at the Cannes XR and Tribeca Film Festival opening party on 24 June, then take their show to three more interactive virtual worlds.
Deepr Cofounders Austin Webster and Darrell Thompson Talk About Their Song-Creator-Focused Music Discovery App
Using interactive metadata and a gamifying interface, Deepr’s song recognition technology identifies key information in a song to help listeners find music they’re inclined to love but may never have heard before.
Pitchfork Launches The Ones on Instagram
Pitchfork is launching The Ones, a new Instagram account dedicated to their hip-hop discovery series.
Deezer Streaming Insights Now Available in Linkfire
The partnership allows artists, managers, and their teams to see streaming data from the service directly in their Linkfire Insights.
Songwriters Are Already Fighting For Better Pay. But in 2021, They Face an Even Bigger Battle
The current battle is taking place because streaming services have appealed against a rise in mechanical streaming royalties for songwriters.
2020 Polaris Music Prize Long List Is Here
The Polaris Music Prize has revealed its 40 album Long List. The 10 album Short List will be unveiled live on July 15 on a CBC Music
Tracklib Raises $4.5 Million From Sony Innovation Fund and Spinnin’ Records’s Eelko Van Kooten to Continue Making Music Sampling Affordable, Legal and Accessible Worldwide
Tracklib will use these funds to increase its music catalog and user base following a major update of the service last month, which included a completely revamped user interface and an upgrade to a subscription model.
Verifi Media Launches Blockchain Music-Metadata Service
Verifi Media, a music-tech innovator of dynamic metadata management services, has launched a landmark blockchain-based music metadata tracking and management service to be made available to the clients of FUGA, an industry-leading music distribution company for international rightsholders. (h/t Music Ally)