Verizon To (Finally) Kill Ringback Tones Later This Year [Video]

At one time an excitingly customizable innovation in cell phone tech, Verizon is bringing down the axe on its formerly popular ‘ringback tones’ later this year. Guest post by James. Continue reading

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As Microsoft Circles, TikTok Ban Will Accomplish Nothing. Fix Security, Privacy Issues Instead. [OP-ED]

News reports point to a Microsoft acquisition of TikTok after President Trump called for an all-out ban of the wildly popular social short video app. In the op-ed Techdirt’s Karl. Continue reading

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Understanding Google’s Complex ‘Freshness Algorithm’

Turns out Google’s ‘freshness’ algorithm doesn’t actually reflect what’s newest, instead focusing on what’s already trending on Google. So is it worth piggy backing onto popular content in order to. Continue reading

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The Orchard, Sony Push Boundaries Of Music, Machine Learning With Multi-City Hackathon

Working to encourage teams of industry professionals to ideate and cultivate business solutions merging music and machine learning, The Orchard, Sony Music, and Amazon Web Services hosted their second annual. Continue reading

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This Week In Music Commentary

Commentators inside the music industry this week shared their distate for the Music Modernization Act, explained both the misfortune and importance of writing about music and, in the case of. Continue reading

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FCC Chief Boss Investigated Agency For Being Cozy With Industry He Regulates

Controversial FCC chief Ajit Pai has drawn fire from the music and tech industry for leading the charge to dismantle new neutrality.  Now Pai is facing the biggest threat to. Continue reading

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Symphonic Adds Former Beatport Exec Peter Wohelski

Symphonic Distribution has hired industry veteran Peter Wohelski as its Content Development Specialist. Wohelski had been the Senior Label Manager at Beatport after stints as Director of A&R at Astralwerks. Continue reading

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Radio Holds Key To Streaming Growth [Mark Mulligan]

Streaming use is growing and broadcast radio's audience is shrinking. No surprise there.  But what is of interest is the slow pace of the shift, which presents opportunities for streaming. Continue reading

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THU. BRIEF: Spotify Tests Features • Smart Speakers From Facebook • Snapchat Courts Creators • More

THURSDAY 2.15.1​8​ Music Business News From Around The Web  Updated continuously under our More News tab

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Trump’s FCC Pats Itself On Back For Historically Stupid Year

As anyone vaguely aware of industry news over the past year has no doubt noticed, Trump's FCC, led by Ajit Pai, hasn't been particularly beneficial to either the internet or. Continue reading

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