Day: 6 septembre 2019

BBC reveals some of its experiments with augmented reality

British broadcaster the BBC has been experimenting with smartglasses – augmented-reality specs – to explore what potential these devices might have for television in the future.
“The immersive nature of augmented reality, effectively projecting holograms into your eyes and enabling you to physically interact with those holograms, could offer exciting new ways to watch TV, access the news and learn about subjects in a far more effective way than has ever been possible before,” reckons the Beeb’s Cyrus Saihan, who’s published a blog post explaining what the broadcaster has been up to.
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Musicians star in ‘Seize the Awkward’ mental-health campaign

Four musicians are taking part in a new mental-health campaign aimed at teenagers and young adults. Lindsey Stirling, Hayley Kiyoko, Aminé, and Christina Perri are the stars of the latest ‘Seize the Awkward’ campaign, which is being run by the Ad Council in the US.
Each artist features in their own short video released through the organisation’s YouTube channel, as well as one where they all feature, explaining ‘How to talk to a friend about mental health’.
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UMG’s schlager YouTube channel is doing 30m views a month

This story has been written to the soundtrack of gravelly-voiced German artist Ben Zucker, as well as the ‘Ultimatver Party Hitmix’ of his compatriot Sonia Liebing. It’s been quite the listen.
Why? Because we’ve been investigating Universal Music’s ‘Ich Find Schlager Toll!’ YouTube channel (translation: ‘I think Schlager’s great!’). It’s one of the projects called out by Universal Music Central Europe’s boss Frank Briegmann in a speech this week at the company’s Universal Inside 2019 event.
Schlager is very much a German phenomenon (“a catchy instrumental accompaniment to vocal pieces of pop music with simple, happy-go-lucky, and often sentimental lyrics,” as Wikipedia describes it), and one that’s traditionally more associated with CD sales than streaming innovation.
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Sony unveils new Walkman complete with MQA hi-res support

Search for ‘Walkman’ on Google, and the ‘people also ask’ boxout reveals that common searches include ‘When was the Walkman discontinued?’ and ‘Do they still make Walkmans?’.
The answer to the latter being ‘yes’ – a new one was unveiled yesterday by Sony. The Walkman NW-ZX507 (Sony’s consumer electronics division continues to have an… interesting approach to memorable product names) is an Android-based digital music player with a touchscreen, capable of playing music downloads but also streaming via installed apps.
Hi-res tech firm MQA is also involved – as it has been with Walkmans since 2017 – so people will be able to stream MQA-quality music via services like Tidal, Xiami Music and Nugs.net on the new device.
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Source: Music ally

100,000 people watched MelodyVR’s GMA Summer Concerts stream

Music virtual-reality startup MelodyVR recently broadcast one of US TV show Good Morning America’s ‘Summer Concert Series’ gigs featuring Marshmello and Kane Brown.
How did that go? MelodyVR says that the concert generated more than 100k live streams through its app alone. It’s now been archived for fans to watch in the app at their leisure.
However, MelodyVR says that the benefits of the partnership with ABC’s morning-show went beyond the people who actually watched the concert in VR. The startup reckons that a promotional segment about its app was watched by “tens of millions” of Americans on Good Morning America in the week leading up to the gig.
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UK’s CMA suspends plans for court action against Viagogo

British regulator the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has been harrying secondary-ticketing firm Viagogo for some time now over how it presents tickets to its customers.
In July, the CMA announced plans to move forward with legal proceedings against Viagogo for contempt of court, claiming that it had failed to comply with a court order mandating changes.
Two months on, though, and that court action has been suspended. “Following continued pressure, Viagogo has now addressed the CMA’s outstanding concerns about how it presents important information to its customers,” announced the regulator yesterday. CMA boss Andrea Coscelli elaborated.
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Apple Music launches its official web-app in beta

It’s taken a while, but Apple Music is finally available as a web app, rather than just through iTunes and its native apps for other devices.
The new web client went live in beta yesterday, and lets subscribers search for and play music (including from their cloud libraries), and browse Apple Music’s collection of playlists and radio-like stations.
The live station Beats 1 isn’t yet available through the web interface, though, while for now the app is for existing subscribers: new users will have to sign up through one of the existing (non-web) apps.
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Alibaba reportedly buying a 20% stake in NetEase Cloud Music

Big moves are afoot in China’s music-streaming world, with reports that tech giant Alibaba is acquiring a 20% stake in NetEase Cloud Music, as part of a wider $2bn investment in the latter’s parent company NetEase.
MBW suggests that the deal may value NetEase Cloud Music as high as $9bn – less than half that of rival Tencent Music, but still an impressive step up from the $3.5bn that it was valued at in 2018 when it raised a funding round of $600m.
Alibaba has its own music subsidiary (Ali Music Group) and streaming service (Xiami), but the two companies signed a partnership last year to share some of their previously-exclusive catalogues.
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US recorded-music business grew by 18% in first half of 2019

Pop the champagne corks! Well, if you’re one of Music Ally’s American readers reading this story at the start of your working day, perhaps leave that until… whatever time won’t get you sacked for too-early-in-the-day boozing. But yes: celebrations, because the latest mid-year figures for the US recorded-music market are out from the RIAA, and they look very positive.
The topline: more double-digit growth, with retail (consumer-spending) revenues of $5.4bn for the first half of 2019, up 18% year-on-year, while on a wholesale (trade) basis, they grew by 16% to $3.5bn. Within the retail figures, streaming revenues grew by 26% to $4.3bn, and thus now account for 80% of the overall market. Within that, paid-subscription revenues grew by 31% to $3.3bn – 62% of the overall total – with the US averaging 61.1m paid music subscriptions in the first six months of 2019. That’s year-on-year growth of 30.3%.
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