Day: 14 mars 2018

Lyor Cohen wants YouTube to break ‘two-horse race’ of Apple and Spotify

Why did Lyor Cohen take the job as head of music at YouTube in 2016? In his keynote speech at SXSW today, the music-industry veteran explained.
“My greatest fear at the time was that distribution was going to be too highly consolidated between Apple and Spotify. It was scary that this could be a two-horse race,” said Cohen. “I wanted YouTube and Google to be successful in the music business in order to bring diversification to distribution.”
Cohen also provided some more details of YouTube and Google’s plan to merge their music services into a new offering, combining ad-supported and paid-subscription tiers.
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A digital-music decade ago… Music Ally stories from March 2008

As part of our research service for Music Ally subscribers, we publish a daily news bulletin, sent out by email every morning. It celebrated its 15th birthday last year, which means we’ve got archives covering the bulk of digital music’s history.
It can be fun looking back through those archives, so we thought we’d share a snapshot of our bulletins from a decade ago: a week’s worth of newsletters from March 2018 – seven months before Spotify launched.
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Google publishes latest report on how it tackles ‘bad ads’

Among the areas of historical tension between music rightsholders and Google has been the use of its advertising network on piracy sites.
Although in this case, Google has been pretty responsive, regularly providing updates on how it’s cracking down on ‘bad ads’ and advertisers across that network – something that’s not just about piracy.
The latest update was published yesterday. “In 2017, we took down more than 3.2 billion ads that violated our advertising policies. That’s more than 100 bad ads per second,” wrote Google’s director of sustainable ads Scott Spencer.
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Source: Music ally

K-Pop stars BTS are getting their own YouTube Red series

YouTube has been one of the main engines behind the global success of K-Pop band BTS in the last year. Now they’re getting their own series on its YouTube Red subscription service.
The eight-episode series is called BTS: Burn The Stage, and will launch on 28 March, offering fans an “intimate, personal portrayal” of the band’s 2017 world tour.
The structure of the series is interesting. Its first two episodes will both be released on 28 March through the band’s YouTube channel, with the first episode free for anyone to watch, but the second behind the YouTube Red paywall. After that, new episodes will be released on a weekly basis.
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Source: Music ally

Google shows off NSynth Super neural synthesizer instrument

Last year, we wrote about a Google research project called Magenta, which is exploring the intersection of machine-learning / AI and creativity, music included.
Among its releases was a ‘neural synthesizer’ called NSynth, which used AI technology to “learn the characteristics of sounds, and then create a completely new sound based on these characteristics”.
Now Google’s team has taken that research to the next logical step, turning NSynth into a physical instrument called NSynth Super.
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Source: Music ally

Classical streaming service Grammofy returns – using Spotify

Grammofy was a classical music-focused subscription-streaming service that launched in May 2016 in the UK and Germany, but then shut down in November 2017.
At the time, the company said that despite “continued growth and vigorous efforts” it hadn’t been able to “build the necessary mid-term financial solidity to fund the man-hours needed to continue delivering a high-quality product”.
Four months on, the service has returned, but this time as a free service, without its own licensing deals.
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