Day: 23 janvier 2018

Music and tech startups: where is the innovation in 2018?

What kind of partner does the music industry make for music/tech startups in 2018? There have certainly been bumps in the past, from venture capitalists swearing never to invest again in startups requiring music rights, to shutdown firms blaming rightsholders for their business failure.
Yet for their part, rightsholders argue that their focus is rightly on protecting the work of their artists and songwriters, and often point to some of the poorer examples of startups with unworkable business models and unreasonable expectations.
A panel at Music Biz and Music Ally’s NY:LON Connect conference in New York explored the investment and innovation landscape. Panelists included Katherine Cheung, MD of Open Road Holdings; Gillian Ryan, general manager for TMWRK; and Rishi Patel, managing partner at Plus Eight Equity Partners. The moderator was TheWaveVR’s Dave Haynes.
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Source: Music ally

AI that makes music: ‘Labels should be buying this stuff…’

Should Ed Sheeran be getting worried about artificial intelligence dethroning him from his place atop the modern pop pantheon?
It may sound like crazy foolish talk, but that was the question sparked by a session on creative AI at Music Biz and Music Ally’s NY:LON Connect conference this afternoon in New York. There is already AI-created music, for example from startups like Jukedeck and Amper Music as well as projects like Sony’s Flow Machines. So what does this mean for musicians, and for the music industry?
The panelists were Inderjit Birdee, strategist at startup AI Music; Gregor Pryor, partner and co-chair of law firm Reed Smith’s Entertainment and Media Industry Group; and Peter Berg Steffensen, CEO at Moodagent. The moderator was Billboard and Forbes journalist Cherie Hu.
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Source: Music ally

CMO Seth Farbman on Spotify: ‘It’s maybe more like a republic than a democracy’

Seth Farbman used to be chief marketing officer at clothing retailer The Gap. Now he’s marketing a music-streaming service, as CMO of Spotify.
Farbman joined Music Biz and Music Ally’s NY:LON Connect conference in New York this morning for a fireside chat on how he sees the world. The moderator was Music Ally’s head of training and development Wesley A’Harrah.
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Source: Music ally

Apple HomePod smart speaker will go on sale on 9 February

Apple HomePod, the company’s first smart speaker, will go on sale on 9 February in the US, UK and Australia, with pre-orders kicking off online this Friday (26 January).
The company announced the dates today, having delayed the device’s planned launch in December 2017. It will compete with Amazon Echo and Google Home among other smart speakers already available. Apple’s device will also launch in France and Germany in the spring.
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Source: Music ally

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