Digital/Tech

  • YouTube have recently announced a whole batch of updates and upgrades, including a touched-up user interface, but one of their newest features is still being rolled-out, with the video sharing service doing what they can to become more like Facebook. (IO)
  • Spotify's new iMessage app lets you send and receive songs from friends without closing out of the conversation. (Billboard)
  • In an important copyright lawsuit from a music publisher that Spotify faces over mechanical rights, a judge denied a motion from it that suggested it doesn’t need to license those rights in the first place. (Billboard)
  • Apple is expected to make significant changes to its iTunes store from September 15. Among changes, on the Main Page, Hot Tracks will be replaced by the Best of the Week slider. Hot Tracks will remain on the Apple Music main page, however Hot Albums will no longer be displayed in US and UK markets. (TMN)
  • Pioneer DJ launches Rekordbox 5, DDJ-XP1, Teases XDJ-RX2. (DJTechTools)
  • Pioneer DJ's new controller opens up "creative possibilities to DJ performances". (Mixmag)
  • Spotify no longer supports Apple’s Safari browser. (TNW)
  • Spotify is said to have crossed 150 million active users worldwide, and is rapidly approaching 65m paying subscribers. (DMN)
  • From Brazilian gospel to Puerto Rican reggaeton and Dutch hip-hop, Deezer is scouring the globe for gaps in the market where it can survive and thrive against Spotify and Apple. (Reuters)
  • According to a financial projection from 2016, SoundCloud’s then-CEO Alexander Ljung offered a rather sober forecast for profitability, with much of it revolved around Soundcloud Go, a premium product that remains to prove itself. (DMN)
  • Beats launches new Studio 3 Wireless headphones with improved battery life and noise canceling. (Fact)
  • Technics announces new version of legendary SP-10 turntable. (Fact)
  • Pioneer DJ launches new range of “robust” DJ headphones. (Fact)
  • Native Instruments announce new Maschine Mk3. (RA)
  • Pioneer DJ launch new Serato-ready mixer. (RA)
  • Live gaming platform Twitch has updated its features to offer, among other things, the ability for users to take requests to play music. (VentureBeat)
  • YouTube-MP3, the world's leading YouTube ripping site, has agreed to shut down indefinitely and hand over its domain to the RIAA. A private settlement agreement, including an undisclosed payment, will end the copyright infringement lawsuit which was filed by several major record labels last year. (TorrentFreak)
  • WARM – The World Airplay Radio Monitor – offers a tool for providing an overview of an artist’s airplays worldwide. (Mixmag)
  • BandLab​ ​Technologies​ acquires Chew.tv, a video streaming service for DJs. (TechCrunch)
  • Technics reissues its 'most premium' turntable, the SP-10R. (RA)
  • Iota lets you create a collage of micro-loops from one sample in Ableton Live. (Fact)
  • Tasty Chips Electronics announces Kickstarter campaign to build hardware granular synthesiser. (RA)
  • Moog's new Subsequent 37 analogue synth is a beauty. (Mixmag)
  • Online mastering service LANDR now gives you the option to distribute your tracks to streaming services for as little as $1 a month. (Fact)
  • Merlin, the global digital rights agency for the independent label sector, has announced its billionth dollar in distributions. (RotD)
  • YouTube has updated a host of features and design, including a new logo, more suggestions, easier navigation and the ability to speed up and slow down videos. (YouTube, TubeFilter)
  • Tomorrowland 2017 claims title of biggest social media music event ever with over 1bn Views. (Billboard)
  • Native Instruments adds new bass synth to Maschine. (Fact)
  • Korg brings classic Mono/Poly analogue synthesiser to iOS. (RA)
  • Technics SL-1200GR turntable is out now. (RA)
  • Numark have added the NXT1000 turntable to their product line. (DJMag)
  • SoundCloud has aded more stats, with Top Listeners - which gives creators more information on their most engaged fans - Top Countries and Top Cities which offer insights into the most engaged geographical locations, on SoundCloud Pulse. (SoundCloud)
  • Percussa’s SSP synth has the power of 10 digital Eurorack modules. (Fact)
  • Roland 808 and 909 drum machines fused with new Serato DJ controllers. (RA)
  • Producers can now use Ableton Live to make music in virtual reality. (DA)
  • SnapChat has introduced a feature called Crowd Surf which uses AI to stitch together a variety of users’ footage, sensing when a number of people are recording the same musical experience. (DA)
  • ​Beatport has updated its platform by adding three new genre categories: trap/future bass, garage/bassline/grime and leftfield bass. (Mixmag)
  • Online music marketplace Discogs is cracking down on unofficial remixes, edits and bootlegs by restricting the sale of such releases. (Mixmag)
  • Rane have announced a brand new mixer called the Rane DJ Seventy Two via a surprise Facebook post. (DJMag)
  • FL Studio 12.5 adds virtual MIDI controllers, new delay plug-in and more. (Fact)
  • Roland release boutique versions of TR-808, SH-101. (RA)
  • YouTube has launched a new sharing feature in its mobile app, previously in testing with users in select markets. It allows users to send their friends videos and chat from within a new tab in the mobile app – effectively turning YouTube into a mobile messenger of sorts. (TechCrunch)
  • Five DJ mixers that won't break the bank. (Mixmag)
  • PPG Wave creator Wolfgang Palm teases PPG Infinite synth for iPad. (Fact)
  • PBMIX-3 review: The pocket mixer Korg should have made years ago. (Fact)
  • Pioneer DJ unveils new four-channel mixer, DJM-750MK2. (RA)
  • ​Rane to unveil new DJ gear "the likes of which have never been seen”. (Mixmag)
  • Moog updates Minitaur analogue bass synthesizer.
  • Roland’s next Boutique synth could be an SH-101 reissue. (Fact)
  • Native Instruments releases chiptune expansion for Maschine. (Fact)
  • The 12 best affordable, pocket-sized, hackable synthesizers. (Fact)
  • Facebook has acquired a content rights startup called Source3 to help fight video pirates. (Recode)
  • Spotify has launched a self-serve ad platform. (Hypebot)
  • Vice Media’s round of layoffs means its electronic music offering, Thump, will move to the main Vice.com site. (RAVariety)
  • WeTransfer is offering ex-SoundCloud employees $10,000 each to stop looking for jobs. (Fader) WeTransfer President Damian Bradfield details his idea on Medium.
  • Loops and vocals from Strictly Rhythm back catalogue licensed for new Pro Tools sample pack. (RA)
  • Someone has claimed they have downloaded every song on SoundCloud’s public archive. (IO)
  • SoundCloud co-founder Alexander Ljung has responded to bankruptcy rumours in a blog, claiming that the platform is “here to stay."
  • Rinse FM has taken to Twitter to note that their SoundCloud profile archiving a legion of broadcasts over the years has been disabled. (Fact) It has now been reinstated. (MagneticMag)
  • Porter Robinson and Madeon hit Shelter reaches 100m streams. (YourEDM)
  • Proximity has evolved from YouTube channel to label partner with Geffen Records. (DABillboard)
  • Australia is getting its first modern vinyl pressing plant in 30 years. (Mixmag)
  • UK collection societies PPL and PRS for Music have launched a pilot designed to evaluate the use of Music Recognition Technology (MRT) in identifying music publicly performed by DJs in clubs, bars, pubs and hotels licensed by PPL and PRS. (RotD) The Deltic Group, Britain’s largest operator of late-night bars and clubs, is taking part in the MRT project. (MMagazine)
  • Dolby hopes to 'make live music more engaging and immersive' by installing its immersive audio tech, already popular in cinemas, in more clubs and venues. (IQ)
  • Dance artist RAC is to release the first album that can be bought on the ethereum blockchain. (Motherboard)
  • New vinyl pressing plant opens in Seoul. (RA)
  • Eventide to release hybrid analogue-digital delay module. (RA)
  • SynthScaper is an iOS app for making ambient soundscapes. (Fact)
  • Peek inside Deadmau5's hi-tech studio in revealing new video tour. (Billboard)
  • Watch a sound design tutorial by Point Blank's Chris Carter on processing external audio in Absynth. (XLR8R)
  • Dreadbox announces new Medusa analogue synthesiser for under $500. (RA)
  • YouTube's Global Head of Music Lyor Cohen has detailed the priorities and product plans for 2017. Many are designed to help musicians market and monetise views. (Hypebot)
  • Watch Pioneer DJ’s new Toraiz AS-1 put through its paces by synth guru Dave Smith. (DJMag)
  • Loopmasters releases Ableton Chord Rack – Deep House & Jazz Chords. (DT)
  • Cloudbounce teams up with Hydraulic Press Channel and Darude to end loudness wars. (DT)
  • UK electronic instrument company Digitana Electronics has rediscovered the E.M.S. Synthi KB1 keyboard, one of the rarest synths in electronic music. (Thump)
  • Bastl's experimental, portable softPop analogue synth is available to preorder. (RA)
  • Daft Punk's TR-909 drum machine is up for sale. (RA)
  • New Pioneer soundcard brings rekordbox and DVS to any DJ setup. (RA)
  • WARM (World Airplay Radio Monitor) has the purpose of giving true transparency to bands and artists played on the radio, by monitoring an impressive collection of 21.000+ radio stations in more than 100 countries and therefore make sure artists get paid for being played. (DT)
  • Playlist provider 22tracks has announced that it has closed.
  • DJ livestreaming community Chew.tv has announced it’s been saved, following costs incurred after their server was hacked. (Chew)
  • Elektron releases new advanced Octatrack MKII sampler. (RA)
  • Roland has added its iconic 1980’s synth, the D-50, to its digital subscription service. Access to the RolandCloud is only $19.95 ($US) per month. (DJMag)
  • Arturia adds new polyrhythm and scene modes to BeatStep Pro sequencer. (Fact)
  • Behringer’s Minimoog clone now available to pre-order for $299. (Fact)
  • Pallas is a new patchable semi-modular synth for Ableton Live. (Fact)
  • SoundCloud has added Next Up, a feature for desktop and mobile devices that allows users to see what’s playing next with a visible queue. (Hypebot)
  • Beatport gets producers mentored by record labels with Beats In School. (Mixmag)
  • What to Watch Next: YouTube's unofficial dance music curators take their brands offline. (Billboard)
  • Through the first six months of 2017, Spotify and Apple Music have grown their combined total US streams by 60%. (Hits)
  • Over 65% of channels that use YouTube’s Super Chat, where fans purchase highlighted chat messages, have more than doubled their income during live streams. (YouTube)
  • YouTube’s CEO says there’s 1.5bn logged in viewers visiting every single month, spending over an hour a day watching YouTube on mobile devices alone. (YouTube) A new 180-degree VR video format was announced during the keynote speech.
  • Ampify Groovebox review: An impressive beat-making app whose hidden depths come at a price. (Fact)
  • The last ever Emerson Moog Modular System is being built and will sell for $150,000. (Mixmag)
  • Roland releases Boutique SE-02 analogue synthesiser. (RA)
  • Deezer is set to feature curated playlists from Pete Tong, Fatboy Slim, Ninja Tune and a host of other labels and DJs, in the hopes of becoming the top streaming service for dance music fans. (Mixmag)
  • ROLI releases portable, touch-responsive Seaboard Block. (RA)
  • Sample Magic look at how to get a lo-fi drum sound with their latest custom Ableton Rack. (DT)
  • Ampify releases Groovebox, a free all-in-one music studio for iOS. (Fact)
  • Spotify is launching Secret Genius, a global initiative that will highlight the contribution songwriters and producers make to the music industry and artists’ careers. (RotD)
  • Mixmag will host four weeks of its live streamed Lab sessions in Ibiza this June and July featuring: Hot Since 82, Guy Gerber, Nightmares on Wax, Nastia, Carl Craig and Karizma b2b DJ Spen (Defected takeover). (Mixmag)
  • Ableton acquires Cycling '74, maker of music software Max. (RA)
  • NI adds five new synth modules to Reaktor Blocks. (Fact)
  • Eurorack favourite 4ms joins Softube’s virtual modular system. (Fact)
  • Elektron Digitakt review: A classic drum machine in the making. (Fact)
  • Have Denon DJ ushered in a new era for DJs with their four new products? (DJMag)
  • Apple Music hits 27m subscribers, up from 20m last December. (Billboard)
  • Hacking SoundCloud: creating an interactive track. (HayWirez)
  • Wired meets the tech team behind Eric Prydz's latest show to find out how they put on such a visually striking performance.
  • SoundCloud is now available on Xbox One. (Verge)
  • A peek inside Soundcloud’s Berlin office – where employees of Sweden’s coolest tech company enjoy gourmet lunches and wind down with DJ-sessions. (BI)
  • Korg has released a free version of Gadget studio for Mac. (DJMag)
  • Roland to launch 14 new instruments via live streams. (RA)
  • Erica Synths introduces vacuum tube analogue effects unit. (RA)
  • Korg celebrates microKORG’s 15th anniversary with special edition synth. (Fact)
  • Epidemic Sound talks YouTube: ‘We’re a music company that really understands the platform’. (MusicAlly)
  • How data is transforming the music industry. (TheConversation)
  • Timestep, the Devon based company that custom fits Technics decks and other hi-fi gear, have modified Technics’ SL 1210GR turntable. (DJMag)
  • Moog unveils SUBSEQUENT 37 CV limited edition analogue synth. (Mixmag)
  • Traxsource launches rebranded new site with upgraded functionality and brand new features.
  • Hype Machine, the influential music-discovery site,  has launched a crowdfunding campaign with the aim of keeping it running and to help develop new features.
  • MasterSounds to release four-channel analogue rotary DJ mixer. (RA)
  • Ableton continue to aid new music producers with the launch of their latest website, which is a free online resource that teaches the basics of music production. (DJmag)
  • Ableton launches a new video series highlighting creative approaches across art. (DHA)
  • Serato launches new plug-in for working with samples. (Fact)
  • Moog is reissuing one of its earliest synths, the Synthesizer IIIc. (Fact)
  • Reason 9.5 adds VST support. (RA)
  • SiriusXM & YouTube team up on new 'chill trending tracks’. (Billboard)
  • Major Lazer, DJ Snake's Lean On passes 2bn YouTube views. (Billboard)
  • Audiomack: has a SoundCloud alternative finally arrived? (EDMSauce)
  • The Upload is SoundCloud’s answer to Spotify’s Discover Weekly. (9to5Mac)
  • SoundCloud is travelling across six locations, inviting DJs to perform on a branded stage at UK student events. (Event)
  • SoundCloud is offering three months of its top tier Soundcloud Go+ subscription for just $1 for a limited time. (DJMag)
  • Twitter is partnering with Live Nation to exclusively livestream video of concerts. (TechCrunch, WSJ)
  • Bluetooth speakers: the weird, the wonderful and the wireless. (Mixmag)
  • Blocs Wave, easy music-making app for iOS, is now free. (Fact)
  • Jomox unveils new analogue drum machine. (RA)
  • MFB Dominion Club compact analogue synth to retail for under €550. (RA)
  • Reactable Steps is an innovative iOS sequencer for all your synth gear. (Fact)
  • Vinyl pressing plant opening in a former prison in the city Dutch of Leeuwarden. (RA)
  • Apple Music is launching Up Next, an initiative to promote an emerging artist over a month with videos, playlists and new music to a global audience. (BloombergBillboardApple)
  • Facebook is launching a tie-up with Eventbrite to let users in the UK purchase tickets within the Facebook website and app itself. (Telegraph) Facebook will not be taking a cut of any ticket sales.
  • Spotify has acquired the Brooklyn-based blockchain startup Mediachain Labs, whose team will join the company’s office in New York where they will work on developing better technology for connecting artists and other rights holders with the tracks hosted on Spotify’s service. (TechCrunch)
  • Audio giant Bose has been spying on customers who use its wireless headphones by using an app that tracks the music, podcasts and other audio they listen to and selling that info without permission, a lawsuit has charged. (NYPost)
  • Novation announces Peak, a powerful eight-voice polysynth. (Fact)
  • Novation’s Circuit Mono Station is an affordable analog synth and sequencer in one. (Fact)
  • Critter & Guitari’s latest gadget turns music into live visuals. (Fact)
  • The public beta for Gearogs is now open for business. (MagenticMag)
  • StubHub is now showing you which one of your friends would want to go with you to a concert and will help you make your ticket selection on friends' interests. (Mashable) The app will now scan your Facebook friends and your Spotify music library, incorporating that data into what it suggests to you.
  • Leading sample and loop creator Loopmasters has announced a new way to organise all your samples via cloud-based storage, using a tool called Loopcloud. (Magnetic)
  • Tech Review: MODEL 1: How to PLAY differently. (DJTimes)
  • People now spend over one billion hours daily on YouTube. (DA)
  • Urbanears have unveiled two new models of connected speakers. (Mixmag)
  • Spitfire Audio launch world's first polyconvolution synthesiser. (RA)
  • Patchblocks developing suite of affordable, portable synths and drum machines. (RA)
  • Behringer’s Minimoog clone has a fully working prototype. (Fact)
  • BT Phobos is an advanced plug-in synth with a cinematic sound. (Fact)
  • CloudBounce launches new online mastering engine. (RA)
  • The EMI TG12345 MK IV recording console used at Abbey Road Studios from 1971 to 1983 has been sold at auction for $1,807,500. (Mixmag)
  • Moog modular drum machine being built at Moogfest. (RA)
  • Fabric's Room Two soundsystem has sold for £11,700. (Mixmag)
  • Solid brass custom DJ mixer installed at Spiritland in London. (RA)
  • Numark unveils new DJ turntable,the NTX1000, priced at $399. (Mixmag)
  • Users of Native InstrumentsReaktor 6 software can now get an ensemble based on Don Buchla’s 200 Series synthesizers from the ‘70s. (Fact)
  • MelodyVR and Universal are to co-produce and distribute virtual reality music experiences, including concerts, immersive music videos and intimate behind-the-scenes content. (RotD)
  • New website MusicCloud is being hailed as Nigeria’s answer to SoundCloud. (Pulse)
  • Singapore online community #vinyloftheday has launched an app which allows collectors to buy, sell and trade vinyl with other aficionados around the globe. (Pulse)
  • Behringer plans to clone the ARP 2600 analogue synthesiser. (RA)
  • Roland releases software versions of classic Jupiter-8 and Juno-106 synths. (RA)
  • Tim Exile launches new voice swarming synth for Reaktor. (RA)
  • Music promo platform Inflyte has announced its latest innovation in promo solutions for the music industry, with the arrival of its integration with Amazon’s Echo range of voice-activated devices. (Decoded)
  • DJs and producers who create sets, remixes and other forms of creative works will now be invited to join the SoundCloud Premier program, and earn revenue for the tracks they share on SoundCloud. (SoundCloud)
  • Landscape launch experimental touch-sensitive instrument Stereo Field which creates unstable electrical sounds through touch. (RA)
  • Behringer is planning a budget Minimoog clone. (Fact)
  • A clone of the vintage Yamaha CS-80 synth is in the works. (RA)
  • The new Technics SP10MK3 turntable will cost $40,000. (Mixmag)
  • Tim Exile’s SLOO synth creates sound with a giant swarm of oscillators. (Fact)
  • Following the news that Chew.tv had been hacked and left with high bandwidth usage charges, a financial appeal has been launched. (GoFundMe)
  • Former Beatport CEO Matthew Adell's new company MetaPop has converted more than 20,000 illegal remixes into legit revenue streams for 8,000 clients. (Billboard)
  • Behringer intend to create an entire line of synthesisers starting from $49. (RA)
  • Eventide launches Fission plug-in with presets by Suzanne Ciani, Chris Carter. (RA)
  • Pioneer’s new €400 DJM-250MK2 mixer is both portable and affordable. (Pulse)
  • LA online broadcaster Dublab launches new Spanish station. (RA)
  • Chew.tv, the DJs’ livestreaming platform, report “our streaming infrastructure was heavily misused in December. The abuse cost is more than we can afford, and the combined total of that and our regular running costs is enough to put us out of business”.
  • Synthesis Technologies has a new Eurorack module. (RA)
  • Tiptop Audio introduces compact modular sample player for Eurorack. (RA)
  • Ableton’s new Beat Tools pack includes all you need to make hip-hop beats. (Fact)
  • Music technology company MQA and Universal are to encode UMG’s catalogue of master recordings in MQA’s technology, available for the first time in Hi-Res Audio streaming. (RotD, Billboard)
  • Tatsuya Takahashi, the creator of popular synths like the Minilogue, MS-20 Mini and Volca range, leaves role as Korg Chief Engineer. (RA)
  • Spotify is looking for original podcasts. (DigiDay)
  • The Delia Derbyshire Papers and Sound Archive will be available digitally as of May 5. (RA)
  • Home audio kit maker Sonos is raising its prices in the UK by up to 25% following the drop in the value of the pound sterling. (TechCrunch)
  • Louie Vega named PLAYdifferently MODEL 1 ambassador. (DJTimes)
  • Technics has unveiled its latest turntable system: the SL-1210GR in black. (Mixmag)
  • Beatdropbox is the app every aspiring producer needs. (MagenticMag)
  • SoundCloud is facing a patent infringement lawsuit after Blackbird Technologies claimed that its Go premium tier took their IP for temporary downloads. (DMN)
  • This interactive, animated graphic tells you everything you need to know about how the influential Roland TR-808 drum machine works. (RBMA)
  • SoundCloud update adds Charts, showing what music is popular right now. (AndroidPolice)
  • Future Sound Of London are working with Digitana Electronics to develop a standalone version of the EMS Synthi Expander. (RA)
  • Using BitTorrent under the hood to avoid expensive bandwidth bills, could the recently launched BitChute become a viable alternative to YouTube? (TorrentFreak)
  • Live DJ recording system, Evermix to launch publicly on Indiegogo crowdfunding platform. (Decoded)
  • The Love is the latest weird turntable that wants to bring vinyl into the digital age. (Verge)
  • Dave Smith Instruments announces new analogue synth, Rev 2. (Fact)
  • Seven exciting synths, drum machines and modules to look forward to in 2017. (Fact)
  • Loopmasters have announced a new innovative cloud plugin for music producers called Loopcloud - an application for browsing and managing all your samples, MIDI files and presets. (DT)
  • SoundCloud and Triton Digital, a technology provider for the audio industry, have announced an expanded partnership to monetise SoundCloud’s digital audio advertising inventory in the US via Triton’s programmatic audio advertising exchange, a2x. (BusinessWire)
  • Pioneer DJ teams up with Dave Smith for first analog monosynth. (Fact)
  • Korg are bringing its popular Gadget App to MAC OS. (DJMag)
  • Reloop have released a new mixer — the RMX–90 DVS. (DJMag)
  • YouTube has replaced its “tip jar” feature with a new live streaming function called Super Chat which allows fans to pay to highlight their messages within the live chat stream. (Mashable)
  • Orfium, one of the leading independent streaming services hoping to break into the mainstream consciousness, talks SoundCloud, monetisation and the future of streaming. (YourEDM)
  • Sony has hosted an immersive VR event series called Lost in Music, the first of which debuted with DJ performances from The Chainsmokers, Lost Kings and Vanic. (Billboard)
  • Website Ibiza Voice has closed after 13 years.
  • Akai announce next generation of MPCs. (RA)
  • Audio-Technica unveiled a new turntable and cartridges at CES 2017 in Las Vegas. (RA)
  • Troublemaker is a modern update of the TB-303 for iPad and iPhone. (Fact)
  • Denon takes on Pioneer with Prime DJ range and Rekordbox rival. (Fact)
  • Korg is bringing the famed Arp Odyssey synth back to life. (Mixmag)
  • A South Korean company has launched a new physical format. (YouTube) MQS (Mastering Quality Sound) is a high definition sound, generated during the mastering stage. The 24 bit FLAC files provide 6.5 times the amount of data a CD has.
  • Mixcloud has relaunched its website with a design refresh that includes a revamped feed, updated profile pages and more. (Variety)
  • Entire Underground Resistance back catalogue is now available digitally. (Pulse)
  • Although the Technics SL-1200 turntable is the industry standard for vinyl DJs, the company recently announced it will not be targeting the DJ market moving forward. (Mixmag)
  • Behringer’s analogue drum machine will take inspiration from Roland’s 808 and 909. (Fact)
  • Technics has unveiled a new edition of the SL-1200 turntable. A press release from Panasonic describes the forthcoming SL-1200GR as “a standard model inheriting the technology of the SL-1200G.” (Mixmag)
  • Under The Radar Part 4: An in-depth look at E-MU 4XT / Ensoniq EPS. (DT)
  • Roland has released new products, including soundcards and a compact mixer for smartphones. (RA)
  • New hi-fi turntable integrates analogue and digital media – available via Kickstarter and Gearbox records. (RA)
  • The economists who are helping to make your life easier without you even noticing it: Will Page at Spotify discusses the platform’s Fan Insights dashboard and how the company is working towards profitability. (Telegraph)
  • Native Instruments has updated Maschine. (xlr8r)
  • KOMA Elektronik has a new instrument. (RA)
  • Serato DJ is now compatible with the Pioneer DJ CDJ-2000NXS2 media player and DJM-900NXS2 mixer. (RA)
  • SweetVinyl, the company behind two audiophile products that feature real-time, non-destructive, click & pop removal on any vinyl LP record, have surpassed a crowdfunding goal. (PRNewswire)
  • Two major Swedish ISPs are warning that a possible court-ordered Pirate Bay blockade will introduce a dangerous and unwarranted form of censorship. (TorrentFreak)
  • SoundCloud has said that while negotiating terms for SoundCloud Go, the company reached deals with licensing groups like GEMA to allow for DJ mixes to stay on the site. (ResidentAdvisor) One comment writer says “The only DJ mixes that ever got removed where ones with ‘commercial’ songs in them”.
  • This tiny portable vinyl player works by riding in circles on your records. (Fact)
  • Learn how to use a rotary DJ mixer: Varia Instruments demonstrates its awesome RDM20. (Fact)
  • Discogs have revamped and updated their iOS App. (DT)
  • Ableton Live Tutorial: Creative rhythm programming. (DT)
  • A new report by the Audio Engineering Library (AEL) has revealed that MP3s and similar formats impact the ‘emotional characteristics’ of musical instruments. (M)
  • Apple Music has crossed the 20m paid subscribers mark, up 15% in the last three months. (Billboard)
  • The IFPI has responded to YouTube's announcement of its $1bn music industry ad revenue payout by saying: “The announcement gives little reason to celebrate, however. With 800m music users worldwide, YouTube is generating revenues of just over $1 per user for the entire year.” (BBC, Pitchfork, TorrentFreak)
  • Licensing and distribution technology company Dubset has worked with Bad Royale and Major Lazer to use its extensive network to turn a Toots & the Maytals bootleg into a money-making endeavour for all parties involved. (Billboard)
  • Hear Aphex Twin’s presets for Korg’s Monologue synth. (Fact)
  • This tiny synth is the size of a credit card. (Fact)
  • Sylo launches an app that plays music from various streaming services in one library. (ProductHunt)
  • Cyclone Analogic release the TT-606 Drum Drone. (DT)
  • This modular system lets you snap together your own custom MIDI controller. (Fact)
  • Toolroom HQ is starting up a DJ and production school. (Mixmag)
  • Smirnoff and Radar Radio are teaming up to provide a day of free DJ workshops. (Mixmag)
  • Stones Throw announces new vinyl subscription service. (Fact)
  • Pioneer DJ launches its popular WeDJ app for iPhone. (MagneticMag)
  • Beatstream, a digital streaming service which allows music venues and artists to audio stream their gigs live, is seeking to raise £100,000 via crowdfunding. (MEN)
  • French police have shut down the country's largest pirate site, Zone-Telechargement. (TorrentFreak)
  • Copyright holders asked Google to remove more than 1bn allegedly infringing links from its search engine over the past 12 months. A new record, in line with the continued rise of takedown requests and the increase in pressure on Google to do more to tackle piracy. (TorrentFreak)
  • This DIY synth can be built in 10 minutes and costs just £79. (Fact)
  • Pioneer DJ's WeDJ app is now available on iPhone. (RA)
  • Acer's line-up of music laptops: Meeting the need for high quality audio. (Magnetic Mag)
  • The Viberate platform team talk about their DJ analytics service in depth. (Magnetic Mag)
  • Arturia announces portable MIDI keyboard called the MiniLab MkII. (Magnetic Mag)
  • Kemper have unveiled a range of breathtaking new delay effects for the Kemper Profiler. (Data Transmission)
  • Invite-only torrent site What.CD, a favourite destination for audiophiles for its vast trove of hard-to-find releases and high-quality files, has terminated operations immediately. (Billboard)
  • UK internet providers have added close to 500 URLs to the national pirate site blocklist. (TorrentFreak) The new targets include a wide variety of proxies for popular pirate sites such as The Pirate Bay and Putlocker.
  • This tiny modular system is inspired by Korg’s Volca synths. (FACT)
  • 'Floating' turntable is coming out after raising nearly $500,000 on Kickstarter. (Mixmag)
  • Waves has a new plug-in, Abbey Road Vinyl, that aims to recreate the sound of vinyl in digital audio production environments. (RA)
  • AIAIAI is raising money to produce a wireless headband for its modular TMA-2 headphones. (RA)
  • The MAG-LEV Audio turntable will be released next year after its Kickstarter campaign raised nearly $450,000. (RA)
  • KRK has released a new set of monitors called V-Series 4. The new speakers feature 49 EQ curves to match the acoustics of your room. (RA)
  • Reviewed: The new Beats By Dre Solo 3. (Data Transmission)
  • The K-Board Pro 4 can register different dimensions of touch and pressure, producing sounds like a stringed instrument. (FACT)
  • Resident Advisor has launched New Tracks, a channel for new electronic music selected by their editors and writers. (RA)
  • Invite-only torrent site What.CD, a favourite destination for audiophiles for its vast trove of hard-to-find releases and high-quality files, has terminated operations immediately. (Billboard)
  • SoundCloud is hoping to make itself more appealing to creators with the announcement that it is opening up more applications for its invite-only Premier program and launching new track editing capabilities within SoundCloud Pulse. (VentureBeat)
  • SoundCloud vows to begin paying more artists. (DA)
  • Top 5 samples and plugins of the week. (DT)
  • Novation Launchpad IOS v4.0 – an update. (DT)
  • Headphone review: Phonon 4000. (XLR8R)
  • Adobe’sPhotoshop for audio’ mimics human voices, meaning you can now add words someone never said. (FACT)
  • Ableton Live Tutorial: Using convolution reverb in max for live. (Magnetic Mag)
  • In the US, Napster has announced new partnerships with mobile carrier Sprint, Lufthansa and Aldi to offer direct access to Napster’s Listener Network and its library of more than 40m songs. (Billboard) Napster has also partnered with a number of labels including Warner Nashville, Naxos and Sub Pop which have the opportunity to create their own user profiles and playlists.
  • Mixed, but favourable reviews, for Google’s new Home smart speaker device, a rival to Amazon’s Echo. (WiredVerge, ARS)
  • Streemr.fm, currently in private beta, bills itself as “your online cassette recorder”, allowing users to record radio shows from all over the world. Their FAQ page claims it is a legal service.
  • Metadata management platform Beatroot Music is preparing for its official launch after securing £125,000 in equity funding from Creative England. (RotD)
  • Shazam has announced it is to add tour date information via a new partnership with Songkick. (PRNewswire, Hypebot)
  • YouTube debuts new tools to clean up its comments section. (MusicAlly)
  • YouTube Red is said to have 1.5m paying subscribers as of late summer, with another 1m users signed up on a trial basis (and not paying the monthly fee). (VergeHypebot)
  • Aldi reveals even cheaper turntable than competitor supermarket Lidl. (DJMag)
  • The new Korg Monologue lets users produce with Aphex Twin presets. (Mixmag)
  • MasterSounds releases two-channel rotary mixer, Radius 2, at a cost of £1200. (RA)
  • Korg's ARP Odyssey now available as iOS app. (RA)
  • ROLI has launched a new music making system called Blocks, described as a ‘modular music studio’. (RA)
  • The LinnStrument 128 controller is now available for $999. (RA)
  • Novation has updated the firmware for Circuit. Version 1.4 introduces user-requested features to the groovebox device, which features a grid sequencer for controlling inbuilt synth and drum voices. (RA)
  • Everything you need to know about the brand new MacBook Pro. (Dancing Astronaut)
  • Spinlist, a new playlist app that lets users discover, create and share playlists that can be heard across any streaming service, challenges music streaming silos. (TechCrunch)
  • Amazon’s moves could start a price war among music streaming services. (Recode)
  • Using Spotify Connect, beta testers can now play music through their Sonos systems, including multi-speaker and multi-room configurations, directly through the streaming service’s familiar app. (TechCrunch)
  • Spotify has purchased Preact, a four-year-old startup that utilises machine learnings and audience behaviour metrics via social media to draw and retain subscribers. (Billboard)
  • Spotify offer an update on their Artists website, launched three years ago. (Spotify)
  • Spotify could improve profits and shore up its power by mimicking Netflix and becoming a producer as well as a distributor - and take other steps to bring more music on board that doesn't cost so much. (Bloomberg)
  • What if Spotify turned Daily Mix into a standalone product? (Medium - Bas Grasmayer) Implementing the obvious missing feature could point to a new product direction for Spotify.
  • A legal campaign that promised to hit file-sharers with demands for cash has been abandoned in Sweden. (TorrentFreak)
  • SoundCloud has hidden the repost button; here’s why it’s an issue. (Dancing Astronaut)
  • Eventbrite and Facebook have announced the integration of native ticket buying in the new Events From Facebook app. (Amp)
  • Instagram is testing live video. (Hypebot)
  • Bruce Pavitt, who founded indie rock label Sub Pop, has launched 8Stem, a mobile app for iOS that turns remixing into a simple drag and drop process. (TechCrunch)
  • Gjests is a must-have app for guestlist management. (Mixmag)
  • The Technics SL-1200G is available to buy now. (Mixmag)
  • These interactive 3D animations show how the inside of a turntable works. (Mixmag)
  • Ableton makes it easier to export music from iOS apps to Live sets. (FACT)
  • Deluge is an all-in-one synth, sampler and sequencer for under £650. (FACT)
  • Jakarta is paving the way for a vinyl renaissance. (Pulse)
  • The Berlin-based hardware manufacturer MFB is releasing new Eurorack modules. (RA)
  • The French Parliament has ruled against a so-called “YouTube tax,” which would have required online video platforms to pay 2% of their ad revenue within France to the country’s National Film Board. (TubeFilter)
  • A new analysis platform called Viberate has just launched as the most powerful and comprehensive statistical tool for the electronic music market. (Mixmag)
  • Boiler Room has announced plans for a virtual reality music venue which promises to take fans to "raves halfway across the world". (BBC)
  • SoundCloud is growing revenue, expanding and focused on building a sustainable business so it can remain independent, co-founder Eric Wahlforss said, without explicitly denying reports that the company is up for sale. (Bloomberg) Spotify had been looking to buy SoundCloud recently.
  • Traktor Pro software is now Pioneer DJ certified. (Magnetic Mag)
  • New Zealand boutique company Synthstrom Audible has announced the launch of Deluge, a giant hybrid synth, sequencer and sampler. (FACT)
  • Barney Wragg has launched Bandnamevault.com, which uses blockchain technology to help musicians protect their band, DJ, or stage name without spending thousands of dollars to register a trademark. (RotD)
  • TuneCore has launched its digital music distribution and publishing administration service in France. (Hypebot)
  • Shazam is rolling out music video channels to all of its 120m monthly active users in a partnership with Vadio. (TechCrunch)
  • A decent selection of music-related iMessage apps, including Pandora, Mixmsg and Shazam, have emerged with Apple’s launch of iOS 10. (Billboard, MusicAlly)
  • Ben Bowler is stepping down from Chew.tv, the DJ-centric live-streaming platform he co-founded five years ago. He will be working on a new company, MusicUp, aimed at providing music licensing solutions for early-stage startups, but also remain on in a consultancy basis with Chew.
  • Richie Hawtin has teamed up with Pioneer DJ for the Get Played Get Paid campaign, which aims to improve how royalties reach producers for music played during DJ sets. (Pulse)
  • Google and Amazon leverage copyright loophole to use songs without paying songwriters, claiming they can’t find contact information for song owners in a Google search. (MTP)
  • Spotify’s total UK revenues climbed 18% to £187.2m last year, fuelled by a 44% surge in subscription revenues from £119m to £171m.  (GuardianBillboard) The UK company made a small pre-tax profit of £2m, while globally the business made a loss of £156m. There was a slight fall in advertising sales, which dropped from £11.1m to £10.8m, and a decrease in "intercompany services" within the Spotify group, which tumbled from £28m to £4m.
  • Ableton Live 9.7 launches with new features for Push. (Fact)
  • Arturia introduces DrumBrute, Analog Drum Synthesizer. (Data Transmission)
  • Enter Stashimi, a formidable contender in the battle of social music apps. (Magnetic Mag)
  • BitTorrent has reportedly fired its co-CEOs, and shut its short-lived streaming service BitTorrent Now. (Variety)
  • Resident Advisor playlists now added to Spotify. (RA)
  • Playlisting service 8Tracks has raised almost $2m of a hoped for $5m from 3,700 small investors. The startup's crowdfunding campaign has two weeks remaining. (Rain)
  • Digital music distribution service Fresh Tunes allows independent artists to distribute their music to all the major music platforms for free. The company is headquartered in Dubai but has also offices in Brazil and the UK.
  • Online music and audio recording studio Soundtrap has raised $6m in funding to accelerate product development and to bring its cloud-based platform to new markets. (Hypebot, TechCrunch)
  • Watch Richie Hawtin deconstruct his hybrid live DJ setup. (RA)
  • The first unofficial single-track remixes have appeared on Spotify and Apple Music thanks to their partnerships with music rights management service Dubset. (TechCrunchMixmag) Multi-song mixes are forthcoming.
  • Behringer adds augmented reality interface to DeepMind 12 synthesizer. (FACT)
  • Create a Bluetooth speaker, theremin, drum machine or anything else you can code, thanks to London-based DIY computing company Kano. (FACT)
  • Maschine Jam – Point Blank take a first look at the new updates. (Data Transmission)
  • MelodyVR has partnered with Germany's Telefónica to showcase virtual reality from artists such as Kygo, The Who and the London Symphony Orchestra. (RotD)
  • Musicians, including Steve Aoki, T-Pain and Darude have discovered is that devotees of video platform and community for gamers Twitch also make great music fans, particularly for EDM. (Billboard)
  • Twitter Ventures invested in SoundCloud at a reduced share price and at a lower valuation than has previously been reported. (Di.Digital)
  • Online broadcasters Dash Radio have unveiled a patent-pending filter that will let listeners toggle between clean and explicit lyrics. (Fact)
  • Organisations representing record companies in the US and UK have taken legal action against Youtube-mp3.org, the world’s largest site dedicated to offering illegally 'stream ripped' music. (RotDBillboardTorrentFreak)
  • Zaytoven releases drumkit sample pack featuring sounds used for Migos, Future and more. (Fact
  • SubPac, the wearable, tactile technology system, has announced a partnership with a large cinema brand – potentially meaning that filmgoers will be able to feel audio throughout the body. (Mixmag)
  • Elektron has a new product on the way, Analog Heat, for processing sound sources with different flavours of distortion, filtering and equalisation. (RA)
  • Tiptop Audio has a new modular case called Mantis. (RA)
  • The Reloop Mixtour is a portable cross-platform DJ controller designed for use with the award winning DJAY2 app which includes Spotify access for that complete home DJ and house party needs. (Data Transmission)
  • BBC Radio 1 plans to be “the Netflix of music radio” with new strategy. (Fact
  • Native Instruments is bringing the spontaneity back to music production with its new Maschine Jam. (Magnetic Mag)
  • The prospect of getting a gig or booking a DJ are now at your fingertips with new app AGNT. (Mixmag)
  • Roland is releasing three new products in its Boutique line: the TB-03, TR-09 and VP-03. (RA)
  • New proposals around copyright and user-generated services have been unveiled by the European Commission, in which the governing body set out its plans and goals for the year ahead. (FT, Guardian, BBC, Billboard, EU pdf) Services like YouTube will be forced to pay more to rights holders and take tougher measures to prevent the illegal distribution of music and video content on their platforms under new plans.
  • Stream ripping, which involves turning a song or music video played on a streaming service into a permanent download, is growing fast among young music fans, even as other forms of music piracy wane. (WSJ)
  • SoundCloud has launched its subscription service in Australia and New Zealand. (TMN)
  • Watch Technics explain the technology behind the SL-1200G. (RA)
  • A coding error at SoundCloud resulted in a number of private tracks being available for all to hear for over four hours yesterday. (Exclaim)
  • Beatport has announced the inclusion of ‘big room’ and ‘future house’ to its discovery tools. (RA)
  • Roland and Serato tease new DJ tool. (RA)
  • Korg has revealed the Volca Kick and ARP Odyssey Module. (RA)
  • Wireless speaker system maker Sonos has announced two software partnerships with Spotify and Amazon. (TechCrunch, MusicAlly)
  • Japanese company Qrates, who offer vinyl on demand, launch in the US. (TechCrunch) They also have Vinylize.it, which lets users make a vinyl record from any Soundcloud track.
  • Accusations that Spotify has been punishing artists for signing exclusives with other streaming services have been derided by a Spotify spokesperson as “unequivocally false.” (Bloomberg)
  • Beatport has just announced it will be implementing more specific, finely tuned sub-genres in the electronic sector. (Mixmag)
  • 33 years after the TR-909 Rhythm Composer was released by Roland, a celebration of the techno favourite will be held on September 9 – with the promise of new gear to be unveiled. (Mixmag)
  • Production tutorial: Making a House track in Ableton Live. (Magnetic Mag)
  • Mixcloud, the online radio company that specialises in long-form mixes, now boasts more than 1m uploaders. (Billboard)
  • SoundCloud removes groups feature, developers bring it back. (RA)
  • SoundCloud has announced that it has more than 135m tracks and one million albums available on the platform. (Hypebot) It now reaches 175m listeners monthly, who listen to music from 2m artists.
  • German company Zynaptiq has released a new reverb plug-in, Adaptiverb. (RA)
  • A recent update to Circuit Fimrware brings Sample Flip, new functionality that’s creating excitement. (Novation music / RA)
  • Numark has released details of the PT01 Scratch, a portable turntable that's built for scratch DJs. (RA)
  • New app Resonance turns your favourite Facebook music groups into playlists. (Stamp The Wax)
  • Did Daniel Ek just say that Spotify is buying SoundCloud? (BusinessInsider)
  • Play the most accurate version yet of an in-browser TR-808 drum machine. (Mixmag)
  • Roland and V-Moda have announced plans for their partnership. (Magnetic Mag)
  • A new tool to come out of The Science of Music Hackathon at Spotify's New York offices helps users organise all of their saved music on the platform by genre. (HypeBot, Spotify)
  • Spotify has announced Release Radar - a weekly personalised new releases playlist individual to each user. (RotDVergeBillboard)
  • TheWaveVR, a music-focused virtual reality platform, has secured $2.5m in seed funding before its launch later this year. (IQ)
  • NextVR, a developer of live virtual reality broadcast technology, has raised $80m in Series B funding. (Variety) Earlier this year the company announced a pact with Live Nation to deliver hundreds of live performances in virtual reality worldwide.
  • Sonos has added SoundCloud Go to its list of supported apps. (CNet)
  • Behringer's forthcoming synthesiser is the DeepMind12 - a 12-voice, analogue polyphonic design available with a four-octave keyboard. (RA)
  • Pioneer DJ have announced their latest direct drive turntable, the PLX-500, priced at just under £300. (Mixmag)
  • Streaming became Sony Music’s No.1 source of recorded music revenue in its last financial quarter, generating around $3.3m a day for the company, according to (MBW).
  • Lost, the music-discovery app, streaming service, publisher aggregator, concert tracker and ticket vendor, is a one-stop shop for music obsessives. (BusinessInsider)
  • Live DJ streaming platform Chew TV is integrating Mixify’s community, its closest and largest competitor, into its own. (Medium - Wil Benton, Chew co-founder)
  • Retronyms release a new hardware and app combination for creative DJing and mixing. (DJ Mag)
  • Levels is a brand new metering plug-in, aimed at helping you improve your mixes. (DJ Mag)
  • Soundswitch aim to make professional lighting available to everyone through providing the ability to add lighting effects to audio cues. (Deep House Amsterdam)
  • Warner Music Group is in advanced talks with Vevo about a deal that would allow WMG artists' music videos to appear on Vevo.com and the Vevo app. (Billboard)
  • SoundCloud has added the option to display groups of tracks as an album rather than just as a playlist. (Hypebot)
  • The Minimoog Model D synth is back on sale, for $3749. (Mixmag)
  • Moog have announced the reissue of the much loved Mini Moog, complete with intricate details in the accompanying inserts, and plenty of people to spot. (Deep House Amsterdam)
  • The idea of two former Ableton producers, Lofelt have created an app that lets you turn your wrist into a sub-woofer. (Fact Mag)
  • New app AGNT offers a desktop platform and mobile app that connects DJs with event organisers across the U.S. and Canada. (Mashable)
  • Allen & Heath are set to release a new four-channel DJ mixer soon after images appear online. (Mixmag)
  • The Discogs app is now available on Android. (RA)
  • Red Bull Music Academy's RBMA Radio has re-launched as a 24-hour service, featuring over 40 new shows, programming from six continents, and updated apps for Android and iOS. (Thump)
  • New music app, LOST, announces its official curators’ section, in partnership with 21 of the UK’s most influential music blogs, websites and magazines including Data Transmission, FACT, Noisey, Thump and UKF. (DataTransmission)
  • The vinyl resurgence: The Trntbl turntable will stream the audio to your Sonos, AirPlay or Bluetooth wireless speakers. A built-in Shazam-like feature identifies the track — before announcing to your friends and followers via their streaming service what you are listening to. Rebeat Digital applied for a European patent for high-definition vinyl which will have more playing time than conventional LPs, and greater volume and audio fidelity. (FT)
  • A look back at some of Pioneer’s best machines. (Mixmag)
  • Experience Ableton Live in 360 degrees. (Fact Mag)
  • The DDJ-RZX is the new all-in-one controller from Pioneer DJ, which includes a video mixing function via an add-on. (Mixmag)
  • Apple Music reported to be interested in buying Tidal (Mixmag)
  • SoundCloud has expanded its radio-like Stations service. It now gives users the ability to launch the feature from the profile pages of artists as well as tracks. (SoundCloud)
  • Vickie Nauman outlines the five elements of the music/tech industry which are need to bring about a sustainable future in music. (Hypebot)
  • Listeners are able to distinguish the difference between standard audio and hi-res audio quality, according to a university study. (DMN)
  • New patent could allow Apple to block the camera functionality of iPhones at gigs and events. (Mixmag)
  • Questions linger on Twitter's plans to incorporate SoundCloud after $70m investment. (IPWatchdog)
  • SoundCloud has announced that video adverts will soon be arriving on the US mobile app. (Forbes)
  • A desktop version of Dave Smith and Tom Oberheim’s OB-6 has been spotted in an Instagram post on the DSI account. (Instagram)
  • Berlin-based company Lofelt is behind new bass enhancing technology Basslet, a wearable device that recreates the physical sensation of bass. (Resident Advisor)
  • Any song on SoundCloud could be pressed to vinyl thanks to forthcoming service Vinylize.it. (Fact)
  • SoundCloud has announced a new ‘Suggested Tracks’ algorithm – essentially ending the random next track issue faced by users. (Fact Mag)
  • Abbey Road Red, the incubation programme supporting music tech start ups, entrepreneurs and innovative research, has a deadline of 17 June for submissions. (RotD
  • Martin Garrix teams up with YouTube to create a video game inspired track for their programme at L.A’s Electronic Entertainment Expo. (Billboard)
  • Designed for producers constantly on the move, KORG have released plugKEY, a portable miniature widget plug, designed for iPads and iPhones. (DeepHouseAmsterdam)
  • The IOS version of Novation’s Launchpad app has been given an upgrade, with brand new features including a real-time stretch audio engine. (DJMag)
  • Swedish synth company Elektron has announced it’s discontinuing two of the most iconic electronic devices, the Machinedrum and the Monomachine. (FACT)
  • Audio creation app Auxy and the DJ toolkit djay Pro were among the winners at this year’s Apple Design Awards. (Billboard)
  • Twitter has invested around $70m in SoundCloud, as part of a round that should end up in the $100m-range, according to sources. (Recode, NYTimes) The round is expected to value SoundCloud at about $700m.
  • In the process of sharing a new remix, Kieran Hebden ran into technical difficulties with SoundCloud and tweeted angrily. (Pitchfork)
  • US music software company Cakewalk have announced a MAC version of its production software Sonar. (FactMag)
  • TorrentFreak publishes a letter sent by YouTube’s legal team to stream-ripping website TubeNinja. (MusicAlly
  • The music industry has asked the government to modify the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, saying it is outdated and makes removing unauthorised content too difficult. (NYTimes)
  • MQA has the potential to bring far higher quality sound without sacrificing the portability and ease of streaming - if labels and streaming services decide to use it. (Billboard)
  • Pioneer DJ announces details of ‘festival ready’ Tour range. (Fact)
  • Landr, the instant online mastering service, now links directly to SoundCloud. (CDM)
  • Spotify’s personalised Discover Weekly playlists generated 1.7bn streams between its launch in July 2015 and Christmas, but the company now says that the total is nearing 5bn. The feature has been used by 40m users. (MusicAlly, Verge)
  • Dubset Media Holdings announced exclusively on the stage at IMS Ibiza that it has reached an agreement with Spotify that will dramatically expand the global footprint of its MixBANK distribution platform. The deal makes it possible for DJs all over the world to upload and legally stream their original long-form mixes and single track remixes. (PRNewswire, Thump, DancingAstronaut)
  • BitTorrent unveils Clubbing TV – a multi-channel video streaming app, via BitTorrent  Live. (MixMag
  • YouTube is testing a new “native sharing” feature - a messaging service that lives within YouTube’s mobile apps and allows you to share embedded YouTube videos natively in the chat window. (Wired)
  • Facebook is said to be searching for fresh ways to work with the music industry. (NYPost) It has “quietly initiated talks with music labels about licensing a limited amount of songs that users can upload to, say, summer vacation videos or birthday parties”. Facebook confirmed it was testing a new product, called Slideshow, that includes music from Warner Music Group to help users create “soundtrack options”.
  • Kobalt’s new app for its clients has been released allowing artists and songwriters to see real-time data on the income being generated by individual songs. (MusicAlly)
  • Music tech platform Revelator has announced its new Playlist Analytics offering. (RotD)
  • Apple acknowledged iTunes users who claim the software deleted their music files, saying it will issue an update to iTunes next week that includes additional safeguards. (Verge)
  • According to John MacFarlane, CEO of Sonos, the music industry will hit a billion paying music streaming users and it will only ”take around 5 years” (so by 2021). (DMN)
  • SoundCloud has denied a report by DMN which alleges that  it is preparing to impose serious restrictions on the upload of all DJ mixes. (NME)
  • Amazon.com is to let people post videos to its website and earn money from advertising, royalties and other sources, putting the company in more-direct competition with YouTube. (Bloomberg, Fortune)
  • Spotify’s business has grown faster since the launch of Apple Music in June than in the period that preceded it, one of the company’s executives has said. (Fact)
  • Spotify-backed and co-founded Soundtrack Your Brand, which streams music in business locations, is launching in the US. (TechCrunch)
  • The UK government has unveiled its plans to combat the growing problem of copyright infringement, pledging to reduce the level of illegal content available online and push for "clarification" from European regulators on safe harbour legislation. (BillboardTorrentFreak)
  • Beatport is shutting down the streaming service and mobile app, Beatport News, the video livestreaming platform, and the events section, saying it “lost focus” on the core business. The download store also stated: “While we plan to continue considering offers for Beatport, the previously detailed auction process will be suspended for now”. (Billboard)
  • The CEO of tech start-up ReplyYes, which has sold over $1m worth of vinyl records in eight months through a text message-based ‘conversational commerce’ channel says the technology could soon also be applied to concert tickets. (IQ)
  • Spotify is attempting to improve its mobile interface with a redesign, arriving first on iOS, that puts its key sections in a bottom navigation bar instead of a sidebar menu. (TechCrunch)
  • Crowdmix’s social music app launches for Android and iOS. (MusicAlly)
  • The YouTube Music Awards 2015ShazamSpotify Found Them First and The Weeknd In The Night were among the Webby Award winners.
  • SoundCloud has launched its SoundCloud Go subscription tier in the UK and Ireland, with a catalogue of 125m tracks. (VentureBeatBillboardTechCrunch) Priced at £9.99/€9.99pm after a 30-day trial, artists can decide whether to make content available on the free tier or to limit it to paid subscribers.
  • Link To MP3 launches a website that “helps people source and download mp3s”. There is no mention of deals with rightsholders. (PRNewswire)
  • The latest startup launching an app to help dance-music fans decide where to go out is Dance Tonight, which has just launched for iOS and Android. (MusicAlly)
  • A list containing hundreds of Spotify account credentials has appeared on the website Pastebin, in what appears to be a possible security breach. Spotify says that it “has not been hacked” and its “user records are secure”. (TechCrunch)
  • After a six-month beta period in the US, Sonos has integrated Amazon's Prime Music service into its Sonos Controller app in Europe. (Engadget)
  • YouTube has launched a six-second ad unit the user can't skip. (BusinessInsider) Atlantic Records also trialled the format to promote Rudimental's new album.
  • Apple Music has surpassed 13 million subscribers, a growth of two million subscribers since February. (Billboard, Verge)
  • This is the contract songwriters are signing with Spotify. (DMN)
  • Spotify’s CMO on how the streaming service uses data, what that data says about millennials and how music is shaping advertising. (AdWeek)
  • Spotify has acquired CrowdAlbum, a service that creates albums of events based on the location and time of photos and videos people share on social media sites. (Billboard)
  • A comment by Apple’s CFO almost certainly suggests Apple Music decline in download revenue is being overcome by subscriptions. (Billboard)
  • 808, the film about the Roland TR-808, will see release later this year through iTunes and Apple Music alongside a US theater release. (Fact)
  • Technics’ first run of limited edition SL-1200GAE turntables, comprising 300 units, sold out in Japan within 30 minutes last week. (Mixmag)
  • A Japanese company called Ulvac has unveiled a patented nanotechnology it claims could solve the problem of scratched vinyl and offer better sound quality. (Fact)
  • Shazam has launched a new technology Shazam for Brands, which Coca-Cola used for its “Share a Coke and a Song” campaign. Using Shazam-enabled bottles, consumers scanned lyrics on specially marked bottles and signage, and then recorded a digital lip-sync video to share their creations on social media. (NextWeb, BusinessWire)
  • The Pirate Bay has been down due to a technical issue. (TorrentFreak)
  • YouTube has informally launched an initiative to develop music talent under the name YouTube Music Foundry, which gives artists new tools and guidance on how to successfully grow their presence on the video platform, according to YouTube. (Billboard, Bloomberg)
  • SoundCloud has struck a European licensing deal with Sony/ATV, which represents 3m songs. (RotD, FT)
  • Recently rebooted turntable brand Vestax has revealed the first product to be released under the new STP/Vestax name: a four-channel analog mixer called the Phoenix. (Fact
  • Tweet: Charles Arthur ‏@charlesarthur Apple Music has just passed 5m downloads on Google Play. Took 17 weeks to add 4m (from 1m downloads): about 250k/wk.
  • Analysts found that 45% of US Tidal app users identified as black, compared to 16% on Spotify, and 20% on Pandora. (BusinessInsider)
  • How music streaming service exclusives make pirating tempting again. (Verge) "The dream of streaming all the music in world won’t last if it becomes just another expensive patchwork of barriers."
  • Not only do YouTube have a month-to-month rolling contract with Universal, Spotify is in a similar contract with at least two of the major labels, and if not already, soon with all three. (MusicAlly)
  • Artist-rights organisation the Future of Music Coalition has claimed independent artists uploading music directly to SoundCloud (rather than through a label or distributor) can only start to earn royalties from those recordings if they are a ‘Premier Partner’. (FoMC)
  • SoundCloud has announced an integration with Twitter Moments via audio cards. Now users can listen to a SoundCloud track directly in the Moments tab. (SoundCloud)
  • Samsung has announced it will retire Milk Music in Australia just over a year after its launch. (Billboard)
  • How Spotify plans to use data to unlock the power of 'superfan'. (Business Insider)
  • Apple has been granted a patent for a technology that can automatically scan streamed songs and edit out offending lyrics. (Business Insider)
  • Bkstg, a new app aiming to connect artists with their fans, has launched with artists such as Aerosmith, Justin Bieber and Maroon 5 onboard. (TechCrunch)
  • New app Brapp aims to help rappers, DJs and producers by allowing producers to upload songs so that vocalists on the network can record over their tracks. (Telegraph)
  • Pioneer DJ has announced the result of a collaboration with synth pioneer Dave Smith: the Toraiz SP-16,a hardware sampler that also syncs with DJ hardware.(Mixmag)
  • Spotify may be planning to give playlist creators on its platform more feedback on how their collections are being listened to and enjoyed. (Musically
  • In its first year, Tidal claims to have passed 3m paid subscribers globally, adding about 2.5m subs to the approximately 540,000 it had when it launched in the US. (Billboard) Around 45% have signed up for its hi-fidelity, lossless audio/video tier, which costs $19.99pm as opposed to its regular $9.99 tier. According to Tidal, Kanye West’s Life of Pablo album surpassed 250m streams in its first 10 days of release.
  • Vevo’s recommendations get more personalised, thanks to integrations with Spotify, Twitter and YouTube. (TechCrunch)
  • How virtual reality will reshape the music experience. (Fader)
  • The Bob Moog Foundation, dedicated to its namesake's legacy of synthesizer engineering and inventing, has announced its annual raffle prize for 2016: the Minimoog Model D synthesizer for just $20. (Thump)
  • Daniel Ek tweeted that Spotify has 30m paid subscribers. (Billboard)
  • Spotify has confirmed plans to go live in Indonesia at the end of March. (TechCrunch) A launch in Japan is expected and the company is said to be looking at India.
  • Spotify is already the go-to solution if you need a soundtrack to a house party, but it could soon be powering an app that wants to replace the old-fashioned jukebox in public venues. (Fact)
  • An app called CD Scanner for Spotify lets you import your CD collection to your Spotify account. (NextWeb)
  • Spotify is planning more hyper-personalisation in the wake of its success, according to product manager Matt Ogle. (MusicAlly)
  • Japanese musician Yotaro Shuto has launched a Kickstarter campaign for 2020, a “semi-modular beat machine” packed with drums, samplers, synths, effects and mixers. (Fact)
  • Sony has revealed a new prototype that may indicate the future of headphones is ear-free. Called the Concept N, the headphones lay around the user’s neck and project sound upwards towards the ear. (DancingAstronaut)
  • Liine says that its Skram iPad app enables anyone to make music. (Music Radar)
  • Three large file-hosting services, among the most popular file-sharing sites in Spain, Brazil/Portugal and France, have announced that they will shut down at the end of the month, citing reasons beyond their control. (TorrentFreak)
  • Flipagram CEO admits music was used without permission on the photo app saying “It took a good year and a quarter or so from the first outreach and the first set of deals coming in.” (Recode, DMN)
  • SXSW Music: Richie Hawtin explains and demonstrates his forthcoming mixer, Play Differently. (Austin Chronicle)
  • Inside SoundCloud, the move to revenue begins. (CDM)
  • Pandora should revive Rdio as pay-for-what-you-want streaming. (TechCrunch)
  • A SMS-based CRM and direct sales tool called Superphone allows artists to own their relationship with their fans. (TechCrunch)
  • Pandora is launching a service called AMPcast — a service to let musicians “speak to their fans” by way of audio messages that they can record quickly on their mobile phones and post to run in conjunction with their music streams. (TechCrunch)
  • Ten days after a judge orders MP3skull to immediately shut down, surrender its URLs, and pay $22m in damages, the site remains totally live and untouched. (DMN)
  • Samsung is likely going to shutter its Milk Music streaming service in the near future as part of a bigger revamp of its music strategy, but denies it will buy Tidal. (Variety)
  • Marketing firm Muzit aims to treat those pirating music as fans, by using geo-location to find them, then sell them tickets, contests and merchandise. (NYPost)
  • Rhapsody is served a class action lawsuit over non-payment on mechanical royalties for unlicensed works in their catalogue. (DMN)
  • Spotify and a number of major US-based music publishers are now preparing an out-of-court settlement over unpaid publishing royalties, according to confidential details shared with DMN.
  • Data gathered by TorrentFreak from Google’s Transparency Report shows that the number of links reported in DMCA notices has more than doubled compared to last year, and quadrupled in comparison to the year before.
  • Sony Music Sweden has developed an app which shows acts their daily royalty earnings – including information pertaining to their label advance. (MBW)
  • SoundCloud is about to become a totally different musical destination, with a subscription service happening by October of this year, according to sources to DMN.
  • The turntable revolution is upon us. (Reviewed)
  • TPG Capital, one of the world's biggest investment firms, is in talks to back a fundraising being prepared by Spotify. (Sky) If TPG goes ahead with the deal, its money would be invested in convertible loan notes, an instrument which eventually converts from debt to equity.
  • Promo delivery app Inflyte has launched its 2.0 upgrade, which features a host of brand new features. (Decoded)
  • Play, a torrent site, has launched and “has the honour of being almost shutdown-proof”. (TorrentFreak)
  • Spotify is quietly funding Soundtrack Your Brand, a startup that could break open a whole new market for streaming music. (BusinessInsider)
  • BBC Music just got personal: get to know the new BBC Music app. (BBC)
  • YouTube has apologised to creators and promised to “strive to do better” with its system for complaints, including those concerning copyright. (MusicAlly)
  • Popular music database and market website Discogs is now an app too. (Billboard)
  • Tidal has been hit with a $5m class action lawsuit over delayed, deliberate or non-existent royalty payments to an artist in the US. (Billboard, NextWeb)
  • Following Friday’s rumours that Samsung was looking to acquire Tidal, Billboard writes “Samsung is indeed working on ‘something’ big, and that the technology giant has been indicating such behind the scenes for some time. Tidal, though, has not been brought up specifically in connection with those conversations.”
  • Audio sharing tool Byta launches Team Accounts, aiming to make collaboration and tracking of music shared via the platform easier. (RotD)
  • Study suggests ‘streamripping’ is music’s new piracy problem. (MusicAlly)
  • Intentionally or not, Twitter has given artists a new way to crowdsource their creative decisions through polls. (FastCo)
  • Drip, the music subscription platform, has shared an open letter from its founders announcing its closure. (Mixmag)
  • Fast Company’s list of the most innovative companies of 2016 includes Spotify at 19. The music category Top 10 features Spotify, OVO Sound, Big Machine, Sonos, SubPac, Doppler Labs, Pandora, Shazam, Pacemaker and SoundCloud. (FastCo, FastCo)
  • SoundCloud has released Pulse, the straightforward app released last November that lets creators on the platform quickly manage and monitor activity around their music uploads, on iOS. (Billboard, TechCrunch)
  • BandPage, who describe themselves as “dedicated to helping musicians build their careers by growing their fan bases and increasing their revenue on the largest digital music services”, has been acquired by YouTube. (BillboardBandPageTechCrunch) The acquisition price was said to be around $8m, much less than the $27.6m in funding BandPage has raised over time.
  • Novation have announced the new in-app purchase for its Launchpad for iOS app, MIDI Sync. (XLR8R)
  • According to Tunecore, member artists enjoyed a 370% increase in royalties on the platform in 2015. (DMN)
  • BitTorrent launches $4.95 annual subscription to remove ads from uTorrent. (VentureBeat)
  • Last December, Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven frontman David Lowry filed a $150m class action lawsuit over copyright infringement against Spotify in the Central District Court of California. Now, the music streaming giant has fought back on multiple fronts arguing against both the class action quality of the case and the court’s jurisdiction. (Fact)
  • After scoring exclusive streaming rights to Kanye West’s new album, Tidal has taken over the number one spot on the US App Store. (TechCrunch)
  • Apple Music now counts over 11m subscribers, up from 10m a month ago. (DMN, TechCrunch) Apple’s iCloud service now reaches 782m users.
  • Spotify is closing in on 30m paying subscribers, having hit 28m at the end of 2015, say people familiar with the matter. (FTBillboard) While a hard number is still unknown, this new information suggests Spotify's growth has accelerated since the beginning of 2016.
  • Both legitimate artists gaming the system in hopes of a more fair payout, and bots created to harvest artificial listens, are costing Spotify enough money it’s starting to get aggressive about combating click fraud and spam. (Motherboard)
  • Inside Spotify's plans for video and podcasts. (TechInsider)
  • WhoSampled has announced a new integration with Spotify that will allow listeners to discover the inspirations and origins of songs through the service. (RotDBillboard)
  • Apple Music comes to Sonos. (Recode)
  • The Pirate Bay now embeds links next to all video torrents using streaming tool Torrents Time - enabling them to be played in a window without users ever having to leave the site. Music could well be offered next. (DMN, TorrentFreak, Verge)
  • Spotify/YouTube mash-up Wefre has been ’paused' as the founders seek clarity over the legality of the service. (MusicAlly)
  • Crowdmix social-music network to launch in May says founder. (MusicAlly)
  • As announced two months ago, Google yesterday shut down Songza, the music service it acquired in July 2014. (VentureBeat)
  • The best gadgets from the 2016 Consumers Electronic Show. (EDM.com)
  • Facebook will start broadcasting live video in a dedicated space on its iPhone app. (Guardian)
  • Following its announcement earlier this month, Apple’s iTunes Radio has officially gone from an ad-supported, free platform to a paid service requiring all users to have a subscription to Apple Music. (NextWeb)
  • Ableton has released version 9.6 of its Live software, which comes with a number of bugfixes, changes for the Push controller and more. (Fact)
  • SoundCloud has launched a new stations function, similar to that which exists on other streaming services, as a way to encourage users to hear new music (Billboard), in addition to now having a Top 50 chart for over 30 different genres. (EDM.com)
  • A new app from Playlists.net, the Spotify community and playlist sharing site acquired by Warner Music, has launched ‘Playlist a Day’ ­sending users a different human­-curated Spotify playlist each day. (TechCrunch)
  • Beatport has launched a completely localised version of its music service in the Netherlands. (Billboard)
  • Massive Attack have released an iPhone app called Fantom, a "sensory music player" that actively remixes pieces of music based on the user's heartbeat, location, local time, and movement. (Verge)
  • Cür Media has launched its Cür Music streaming service in the US, breaking the mould of the familiar $9.99-a-month music subscription. (MusicAlly) Its two-tier structure offers a $2.99 (Octo) and $6.99 (Inked) a month package, with Inked allowing for offline-listening. On-demand streaming is limited to a selected eight tracks a day as the model focuses on playlists and radio. 
  • Amazon's Prime Music streaming service is adding Prime Stations, online radio which will offer themed playlists around genre or artists, and lyrics functionality. (MusicWeek)
  • Amazon is estimated to have spent more than $3bn last year on content for its streaming music and video services, to encourage renewals for Amazon Prime memberships. (BusinessInsider)
  • Spotify is going to start rolling out videos, although as yet it's not been clear on what kinds would be pushed. (BusinessInsiderWSJBillboard) The US, UK, Germany and Sweden will be the first to be given the video content, initially in Spotify’s Android app, with iOS following next week.
  • SoundCloud has launched a charts section on its website covering all music and audio on the service.
  • Richie Hawtin has announced a new technology venture with Allen & Heath and parent company Audiotonix, called Play Differently. (Mixmag) Hawtin and team's new technology promises "to take the artistry of DJing and performance to the next level"
  • Roland has released a complete set of its recently revived System-500 Eurorack modules. (Fact)
  • Austrian audiophile company Horch House is trying to help resurrect the last frontier in obsolete audio players: the reel-to-reel tape deck. (Fact)
  • OurMix is a praised music discovery service for Spotify users that helps you find what friends are discovering, then matches that up with your own interests to offer better recommendations. (TechCrunch)
  • A composer, audio innovator and founder of the website HDtracks believes binaural audio will elevate virtual reality to the next level. (FT)
  • iTunes Radio will no longer be free, as of January 28. In an email to customers, Apple said that the Pandora-like service will only be available for Apple Music subscribers, which costs $9.99 per month. (TechCrunch) Apple is shutting down its mobile advertising network ‘iAd App Network’ on 30 June.
  • The number of Apple Music subscribers has reportedly reached 300,000 in Russia, making it the fifth largest market for the service. (Billboard)
  • PRS for Music and YouTube have confirmed a new extension to their current multi-territory licensing deal and ongoing music partnership. (RotD, M)
  • The Kickstarter-funded Bragi Dash earphones have officially been released, and initial reviews are promising. (EDM.com)
  • Faithless fans have personal data stolen after the band's website hacked. Other music websites may be targeted. (Independent)
  • Pioneer is set to release an upgraded Nexus CDJ and mixer, due out this February. (Mixmag)
  • LCD Soundsystem maestro James Murphy has designed a custom sound system for Despacio, set to be used at this year’s Coachella festival. (EDM.com)
  • The Electric Jukebox, the £179 plug-and-play music streaming platform for TVs which had been due to launch before Christmas, is now expected 'in time for Easter'. (MBW)
  • The launch of the YouTube Music app in November is one of the key reasons digital video will “win the decade,” Robert Kyncl, YouTube's Chief Business Officer, said at CES. “Video is more important to music than ever. More than half of teenagers use us as the main way to find and listen to music.” (Billboard) Manager Scooter Braun appeared on stage to show his support for YouTube.
  • Spotify has linked up with Genius, the startup that annotates music lyrics and other online content, to provide backstory and commentary that pop up as you stream tracks. The annotations are available on Spotify’s iPhone app only at first. (Billboard, TechCrunch)
  • Apple Music has surpassed 10m paying subscribers. (FTNextWeb)
  • Panasonic will release two versions of the new Technics 1200 turntable - a 50th anniversary limited edition in summer, followed by a non-limited edition before the end of 2016. (Wired)
  • Apple, Samsung and others have agreed to pay €5-7 for each smartphone or tablet imported to Germany, with the money distributed among creative professionals, including musicians. (BusinessInsider)
  • Twitter's Venture arm is now part of a $10m investment round for Muzik, a ‘connected headphone’ company developing wireless, touch-sensitive listening and fast-tweeting experiences. (Recode, DMN)
  • Apple is said to be replacing the 3.5mm headphone jack on the forthcoming iPhone 7. But this may also coincide with a push towards wireless, Bluetooth-connected headphones. (DMN)
  • The BoomStick allows users to improve the dynamic quality of all of their headphones with the addition of a single, portable device that plugs into a device’s headphone jack. (TechCrunch)
  • Universal's previously unreleased dance catalogue hits Apple Music, Spotify And Beatport. (Mixmag)
  • Results from a new survey hint that streaming services slightly encourage record sales. (Thump)
  • Brussels bans Netflix, Sky & Spotify from ‘geo-blocking’ international travellers. (The Drum)
  • Pandora users who have liked music across multiple genres will find their unique mix on a new custom “Thumbprint Radio” station. The “hyper-personalised” station suggests other music that should also be of interest. (TechCrunch)
  • Following Pandora’s acquisition of Rdio last month, the service has now confirmed it will go offline on December 22. (VentureBeat)
  • Spotify has launched a new tool that claims to offer seamless party playlists. (Fact)
  • Amazon is giving away a free vinyl every 30 minutes on December 15 from 9am to 10pm PST. (Fact)
  • Google Play Music launches in South Africa for a subscription fee of R59,99/month, matching the price of rival services. (TechCentral, VentureBeat)
  • Major Lazer and DJ Snake’s Lean On has become Spotify’s most streamed song of all time. (Billboard)
  • Korg has introduced iDS-10, a portable synth for the iPhone. (Mixmag)
  • Archive.org has unearthed a gigantic collection of cassettes from the mid-80s into the mid-90s. (Fact)
  • As previously reported, online file transfer service WeTransfer has unveiled a new platform for streaming music. (Billboard) It will feature targeted, curated campaigns, working closely with artists and labels themselves rather than maintaining an open, user-generated streaming service.
  • Majestic Casual's YouTube channel has been reinstated after being terminated over "multiple third-party claims of copyright infringement" last week. (Fact)
  • Beatport is rallying its global base of DJs and electronic music artists to provide a custom soundtrack for the #ListenParis2015 climate change awareness initiative. (RotD)
  • Mark Knight has launched The Toolroom Academy, a new suite of online production courses launched in conjunction with Faderpro. (FaderPro)
  • YouTube’s iOS application is now ranked as one of the App Store’s Top 10 Grossing apps on iPhone, following the launch of YouTube Red in late October. (TechCrunch)
  • Spotify is now the world's most popular streaming music service, beating Pandora, according to a new report from app analytics firm App Annie. (Billboard)
  • Major Lazer’s Lean On is now the most streamed song of all time. (BillboardOCC)
  • Generate puts the power to make music videos in your hands. (EDM.com)
  • AIAIAI and electronic music duo Modeselektor join forces for a special edition headphone. (XLR8R)
  • Songkick co-founder and CEO Ian Hogarth explains the company’s new feature which helps artists sell concerts directly to fans. (TechCrunch video)
  • Shazam announces faster recognition time, in-app search, and over 2bn followers. (Businesswire)
  • Online mastering service LANDR, a tool which enables producers to polish up their tracks in the blink of an eye, has announced the launch of its desktop app. (XLR8R)
  • YouTube is offering up to $1m to fight takedowns. (EDM.com)
  • Google currently processes a record breaking 1,500 takedown requests of links to "pirate" pages from its search results every minute, a 100% increase compared to last year. (TorrentFreak)
  • Three streaming platforms, Beats Music, Rdio and Zune, all shut down in the matter of a few days. (EDM.com)
  • WeTransfer has issued an official statement about its new streaming service. (Data Transmission)
  • Visitors to YouTube music channel Majestic Casual now see a notice saying the page “has been terminated because we've received multiple third-party claims of copyright infringement regarding material that the user posted”. (Mixmag) The channel is yet to publicly address the issue other than a Facebook post to say "I'll be back".
  • Berlin's Native Instruments has released a new version of iOS-based production tool iMaschine. (Data Transmission) It has also introduced its latest performance synthesizer for Reaktor, FLESH. (XLR8R)
  • Following user requests and lack of information, Sonos have now tweeted “We're working with Apple to bring Apple Music to Sonos by the end of the year”. 
  • WeTransfer, which serves 85m users each month, has announced its own music player for partners. (TwitterBloomberg speculates that the company has no plans to make money from music, but aims to compete with major streaming services, social networks and video sites for potential hits.
  • Spotify gives artists on the platform access to the data they generate with Fan Insights dashboard. (Billboard, TechCrunch)
  • Pandora is acquiring assets of music streaming service Rdio for $75m in cash. (VarietyBusinessWireBillboardTechCrunchFT) The acquisition includes “technology and intellectual property from Rdio,”  though Rdio’s existing licences with rightsholders are not part of the acquisition. As part of the acquisition process, Rdio is filing for bankruptcy, likely to rid itself of accumulated debt. Rdio will also shut down its existing service in all markets.
  • California-based music and technology company Output has just announced the release of EXHALE; the first modern vocal engine for producers. (XLR8R)
  • Facebook has begun rolling out a new music discovery feature to share song clips from Spotify and Apple Music. (Fact)
  • The RIAA’s lawsuit against music application Aurous could be resolved within ten days, according to lawyers for both parties. (TorrentFreak)
  • Apple Music has arrived for Android. (Resident Advisor)
  • A new study has revealed the real impact of streaming on music revenue. (EDM.com) economists Luis Aguiar and Joel Waldfogel state: "Interactive streaming appears to be revenue-neutral for the recorded music industry."
  • Major Lazer's Lean On becomes Spotify's most-streamed song of all time, with 526m plays worldwide. (Billboard)
  • Mixcloud is talking to venture capitalists about raising “meaningful” funds for the next stage of its growth. (FT) Mixcloud is claiming 14m users a month — up by 30% over the past year.
  • Following the announcement of Ableton's new Push 2 controller and a Live 9.5 update, Point Blank's resident Ableton and Push expert Ski Oakenfull has taken the new devices for a test drive, sampling straight from vinyl using Push 2 and the updated Simpler device. (XLR8R)
  • Ableton has unveiled updated versions of its Push and Live technologies following its first Loop music summit in Berlin. (XLR8R)
  • After a decade of development, Sennheiser have revived their Orpheus line of headphones, with the new model retailing for $55,000. (Fact)
  • Global Sound Movement has launched an online sample library, giving access to rare instrumentals and recordings from around the world. (Mixmag)
  • Streaming service Tidal has announced it will add original programming to its current mix of music, videos, short films and live streams. (Fact)
  • Mixcloud launches on Apple TV. (RotD)
  • Ministry of Sound has announced its new music streaming app, LIVE, featuring a six music channels, on-demand mixes and ‘Live From The Club’ every Friday and Saturday night. (RotD)
  • SoundCloud has launched Pulse, an Android app that helps users manage their accounts on the go. (Fact)
  • PAN artist and Holly Herndon collaborator Mat Dryhurst has launched v.1.0 of Saga, a self-hosting and publishing framework that gives you full control over how your videos behave in each different place they’re embedded online. (Fact)
  • YouTube’s Music Key shuts on November 30, leaving users outside the US without ad-free music streaming from YouTube as YouTube Red won’t yet have launched. (NextWeb)
  • In this new video from Roland, Daedelus examines the legendary TR-808 and its “remade” version, the AIRA TR-8. (Fact)
  • Music production education platform, FaderPro, has announced new courses and content following the involvement of new investors, team members and artists. (Data Transmission)
  • Earlier this year, Dave Smith Instruments introduced a “tribute” to their legendary Prophet-5 called the Prophet-6. Now, the company will release a desktop module version with all the same features of the Prophet-6 except for the keyboard. (Fact)
  • Amazon Prime Music has ‘several million people using it’, says Amazon’s digital music boss Steve Boom. (MusicAlly)
  • Deezer has put off plans for an imminent IPO "due to market conditions", saying: "The company will review its fundraising options in the future. Deezer is well funded and well positioned as it continues to pursue its growth strategy". (FTHypebot)
  • Following an attempt by its developer to completely open-source Aurous last weekend, the RIAA says a court order which bans distribution of the controversial software has been violated. Aurous has since offered to throw in the towel completely but the RIAA wants the defendants to be held in contempt of court. (TorrentFreak)
  • Twitch, the world’s biggest live-streaming platform for video games, launches a new hub where users can watch artists as they work. (Verge)
  • With Beats 1 proving something of a success for Apple MusicSpotify has decided to launch its own slate of original radio programming, In Residence. (Mixmag)
  • Non-subscribers to Apple Music have recently found that some vocal searches with Siri are impossible without a paid subscription to the streaming service. (Dancing Astronaut)
  • SoundCloud has hit out at supposed “repost networks”, and have begun to ban accounts that abuse the feature. (Dancing Astronaut)
  • Dutch imprint Spinnin’ Records has announced their new sublabel, Spinnin' Premium, a service that will offer members "an exclusive two week period of free downloading our latest Spinnin' Premium releases." (Billboard)
  • Starting next week, Phonica Records in London's Soho will be hosting a vintage Aberlour Voice-O-Graph recording booth. (Fact)
  • Brooklyn-based synth company Critter & Guitari have unveiled the Organelle, a tiny computer that can sound like any instrument. (Fact)
  • A meeting between Jay Z and Samsung triggers speculation that Tidal could be acquired. (TechCrunch)
  • Google Play’s global streaming lead Peter Asbill talks curation, Apple Music and why wannabe playlisters must ‘check their ego at the door’. (Guardian - Stuart Dredge)
  • Spotify has moved into the No 1 position on the iPhone App Store’s 'Top Grossing' charts for the first time in the US. (TechCrunch)
  • In an effort to stay ahead of Apple Music’s potential global reach, Japan and Indonesia are on the verge of receiving Spotify. (Dancing Astronaut)
  • Apple Music has achieved 6.5m paid subscribers three weeks after the first users reached the end of their three-month trial period, chief executive Tim Cook has said. (Fact)
  • YouTube reveals new premium paid service, YouTube Red. (EDM.com)
  • Native Instruments’ Kontrol keyboards are getting a major software update later this month, which will open the devices up to third-party plug-ins. (Fact)
  • Watch the Moog Mother-32 synth put through its paces in an Arizonan desert. (Mixmag)
  • Pioneer has announced the XDJ-700, an affordable media player that looks like a CDJ but only plays digital files via USB, smartphone or computer. (YourEDM)
  • Online sample source Irrupt is still operating in beta, but after a wider launch later this year the service promises to offer a huge range of sounds exclusively created by “renowned sound designers and producers”. (Fact)
  • You can now share music on Instagram thanks to new app Sounds. (YourEDM)
  • Free streaming app Aurous has launched its first version. (MusicAlly) The developer of the app - which enables free streaming of content from across the internet, including torrents, has claimed it is “creating a content-id system and DMCA portal so we can ensure Aurous does not infringe on anyone’s copyright”.
  • SoundCloud continues to see a healthy growth in user numbers. (DMN)
  • Eight new tech products you should check out this autumn. (Mixmag)
  • Bitwig Studio – the DAW developed by a studio featuring former Ableton employees – has released version 1.3, which turns it into an audio workstation with full multi-touch capabilities. (Fact)
  • Moog to end production of Minimoog Voyager Synth. (Mixmag)
  • Moog has revealed Mother-32, its new semi-modular synthesizer. (Resident Advisor)
  • Version 1.8 of DJ software Serato includes a new feature which detects the musical key of your tracks. (Fact)
  • Roland officially unveils boutique range. (Mixmag)
  • Spotify’s newly created sub-genres are causing all sorts of furore. (Deep House Amsterdam)
  • The boss of Instagram has said "it's just a matter of time before music becomes even more dominant" on the app. (BBC) 25% of the most followed accounts are music related.
  • Landr has turned mastering into a one-click process – and a new feature could see it take work from human engineers. (NextWeb)
  • Eventbrite updates its live music discovery study with EDM fan snapshots, insights, and more. (Dancing Astronaut)
  • Pre-release music promotion service FATdrop is launching a premium tier called Pro DJ, costing £3.99pm via their app. It will enable DJs to download the songs sent to their inbox for offline listening. (RotD)
  • Seven old school production software interfaces that have stood the test of time. (Thump)
  • Aldi have officially launched their own streaming service Aldi Life Musik, powered by Napster, and it’s cheaper than Spotify and Tidal. (Fact)
  • Aurous, the music equivalent of Popcorn Time, is just two weeks away from alpha release. (TorrentFreakMusicAlly) They claim they will be “creating a content-id system and DMCA portal so we can ensure Aurous does not infringe on anyone’s copyrights."
  • This cutting edge stereo system lets you experience sound in four dimensions, and you can try it for yourself this weekend at The Hague. (Thump)
  • Native Instruments have released the full version of their Stems Creator app. (XLR8R)
  • Music makers worldwide have been warned not to upgrade to the new OS X El Capitan due to compatibility issues with Native Instruments software. (Fact)
  • Online retailer Boomkat has relaunched after giving its site a digital overhaul. (Resident Advisor)
  • An in-depth look at the inner-workings of music streaming app Aurous which utilises a decentralised BitTorrent search engine. (Deep House Amsterdam) The team behind the app have cancelled their crowdfunding campaign. (Fact)
  • Sensel have unveiled their new Morph multi-touch controller, which promises to provide countless possibilities for creation. (Fact)
  • Details of Roland’s super mysterious Boutique series have leaked online. (Fact)
  • In America, a new TV network called UphoricTV focussing on "festival culture" is to launch on Verizon's new mobile video service, Go90. (Billboard)
  • Website Song BPM finds the bpm of a track with just the title and artist name. (LifeHacker)
  • Discogs, the online marketplace for vinyl collectors, is set to launch a mobile app for analog lovers. (Billboard, Mixmag)
  • Pioneer has introduced the DDJ-RZ and DDJ-RX controllers – the first hardware to deliver native control of Rekordbox DJ performance software. (XLR8R)
  • Roland has announced two new DS synths in its Juno line, positioned as gig-ready instruments for live performance. (Fact) They’ve also teased a new line of Juno synths with this video, simply titled Roland Boutique #1. (Mixmag)
  • Native Instruments have announced the latest edition to the Traktor DJ system family, the Traktor Kontrol S5. (Data Transmission)
  • StudioBananaThings has unveiled the Batband, a set of headphones that allow you to listen to music through bone conduction, a similar technology to hearing aids that transfer sound through the skull. (Fact)
  • Sharebeast, the US’s largest file-sharing site, has been shut down by the US Department of Justice, along with sister sites albumjams.com and mp3pet.com. (Fact)
  • YouTube has begun calling time on free trial access to its Music Key subscription service. (MusicAlly) Some trial subscribers have been informed via email that their trial period has ended and that they are now being charged for access to the service. YouTube has yet to make an official announcement about Music Key moving out of its beta phase.
  • Spotify's growth rate has actually increased since the release of Apple Music, CEO Daniel Ek said. (BusinessInsider)
  • New dating app Mix’d chooses your matches through your shared favourite DJs. (Deep House Amsterdam)
  • New programming language Alda lets you compose music in a text editor. (Fact)
  • Some new images have emerged of the inside of the new Technics turntable. (Fact)
  • Vine has officially launched Music On Vine, which incorporates functions for music and artists within the video sharing app. (Dancing Astronaut)
  • YouTube is apparently preparing to launch two separate subscription-based services before the end of 2015. (Dancing Astronaut)
  • Amsterdam record store Vinylify will print personalised vinyl records for you. (Deep House Amsterdam)
  • The BBC has announced plans for its own streaming service. (Fact)
  • A global snapshot of Android's top music apps, and a glimpse into digital listening's future. (Billboard)
  • Evermix has created an app which allows DJs to record sets to their smartphone, edit and post to their own Evermix DJ page. (RotD)
  • Google Play Music has unveiled the results of its Ultimate Festival playlist, with dance music dominating the Most Played Artists and Most Played Tracks charts. (Mixmag)
  • Panasonic (parent company of Technics) has unveiled a prototype turntable built of aluminium, an allusion to the still-in-demand 1200 series. (Billboard)
  • There’s now a car that is specifically designed to “provide a club-like experience whilst driving”. Meet The Fractal. (Fact)
  • Roland’s classic synth SYSTEM-100 is now available in VST, AU and plug-out formats. (Mixmag)
  • Vine has announced a new music-based initiative with a number of new music functions, allowing users an improved interface posting and experiencing music content. (BillboardVentureBeat)
  • A survey of US Apple Music users from Slice Intelligence has found 70.2% of them are men, though only 39% had bought an Apple product online in the past two years. (Slice) The survey's wider finding also suggest that Apple Music has appeal outside of core urban, tech-focused markets. 
  • According to sources, YouTube is preparing to launch its two separate subscription services before the end of 2015 — Music Key and another unnamed service targeting YouTube’s premium content creators, which will come with a paywall. Taken together, YouTube will be a mix of free, ad-supported content and premium videos that sit behind a paywall. (Verge) One music industry source questioned the "strategic priority" of the music subscription service for YouTube and Google
  • Ninja Tune have teamed up with Novation on the Launchpad app for iOS, which will now offer remix packs from Machinedrum and Lapalux. (XLR8R)
  • Apple has revived its Alchemy synth with a Logic Pro X 10.2 update. (Fact)
  • Native Instruments' Stem Creator Tool is now available in public beta. (Fact)
  • Pumping nightclubs with vapourised alcohol could become a thing thanks to a new company called Alcoholic Architecture. (Your EDM)
  • DMN claims Universal's deal with SoundCloud is now 'days away'.
  • After being in an open beta for over two months, Last.fm is finally rolling out its new features to all. (NextWeb)
  • Canadian app developers Noodlecake Studios have unveiled a new 8-bit game that helps fight piracy. (Thump)
  • Ultra Records has resolved its legal dispute with YouTube star Michelle Phan, however, details of the settlement have not been disclosed and neither side has offered any comment on the matter as of yet. (Tubefilter)
  • SoundCloud has stopped sharing data with Next Big Sound, citing the latter company’s recent acquisition by streaming radio service Pandora as the cause. (Musically)
  • Legal threats against SoundCloud from major content owners are now intensifying, according to sources, with filings likely to happen within a few months if negotiations don’t progress. (DMN)
  • It’s been another contentious week of mysterious SoundCloud account takedowns and suspensions. (Fact)
  • Numark are set to release a Technics-inspired turntable. (Fact)
  • Spotify’s freemium tier might be on the way out in favour of a “gated access” model, sources claim. (Fact)
  • This Is My Jam is shuttering its service next month, as the developers are looking to move on to other projects. (NextWeb) The site will turn into a read-only time capsule that will allow visitors to listen to all the tracks shared by its 200,000+ users.
  • SoundCloud plays have nearly doubled in the past year, according to mid-year data shared by Next Big Sound. (DMN)
  • Mixcloud is considering adding live broadcasts and round-the-clock radio stations to its streaming offering. (Fact)
  • Several SoundCloud users have complained following their accounts being suspended over copyright issues despite them producing, releasing and owning the publishing rights to all of the music uploaded. (FactComplex)
  • You can now listen to all Beats 1 radio shows through Apple Music’s Connect service. (Fact)
  • …and lots of folks are getting quite excited about it. (Thump)
  • Pioneer DJ’s have launched a teaser trailer for their new Battle mixer and Rekordbox update. (XLR8R)
  • YouTube is forgoing the 301+ freeze for a system that only counts views that they're "confident only come from real people". (Engadget)
  • Facebook debuts new live event stream at Lollapalooza. (WSJ)
  • Mixcloud have announced updates to their iOS and Android apps. (Data Transmission)
  • Stems, a multi-track digital audio format that lets DJs and remixers control individual parts of a track, has gone on sale on popular dance music stores. (Engadget)
  • Beatport will now allow anyone to create an account, upload and monetise their original tracks and mixes on the streaming music service, but they'll earn just 5-10% of revenue. (Hypebot)
  • Review – Pioneer DJ: XDJ-RX (Dancing Astronaut)
  • This CD/record hybrid from guitarist Yonatan Gat can be played on a turntable and a CD player. (Fact)
  • Alpha Recording System have unveiled plans for a new table top DJ mixer. (XLR8R)
  • Native Instruments have offered a first look at how their new multi-track audio format Stems will work. (Fact)
  • Big name DJs such as TiestoDavid Guetta, Richie Hawtin and Steve Angello have started helping music technology companies get off the ground with funding help. (Billboard)
  • YouTube's CEO says mobile revenue is growing 100% year-on-year, as a new app is launched. (Billboard)
  • Spinnin' Records has been honoured for reaching 10m subscribers on its Youtube channel. (RotD) The Dutch label received the 'Diamon Playbutton' from YouTube's CEO Susan Wojcicki.
  • Leaked documents show a subscription tier for SoundCloud later this year, although there's no details of what the pricing would be or the split between rightsholders. A free version may give users access to a capped number of streams and downloads each month. (TechTimesMusicAlly)Separately, SoundCloud is "now close to exhausting its available financing, according to three individuals close to the organisation". (DMN)
  • Amazon has launched its Prime Music streaming service in the UK. (Fact)
  • SFX Entertainment and Spotify have announced a content distribution deal involving music and video content from Beatport. (Data Transmission)
  • Google's Q2 2015 financial report shows a $17.7bn revenue for YouTube - an 11% increase over Q2 of 2014. Advertising revenue, much of it from mobile search, was also up 11% year-over-year at $16bn, and mobile viewers averaged more than 40 minutes on the site. (BillboardTubeFilterPaid clicks were up 18% while cost-per-clicks, the average price of its ads, fell 11% from the same period last year.
  • In the US, the Federal Trade Commission is said to have launched a formal investigation into Apple’s dealings with competing music streaming services in its App Store, targeting Apple’s 30% fee charged to subscription services who sign up new users through the App Store. (Verge)
  • A poll of 17,500 Apple users found that only 17% planned to stop using the Apple Music service when their free trial was over. (Hypebot9to5Mac)
  • Guitar amp manufacturer Marshall has unveiled a new Android-based smartphone called London, specifically aimed at music lovers. (Deep House Amsterdam)
  • Spotify have launched their new Discover Weekly feature, which builds playlists based on your listening habits. (Fact)
  • A new artist to fan app, Bkstg, will be launched later this year following investment from the likes of Live Nation, Modest! Management, Three Six Zero Group and Scooter Braun Projects. (Billboard)
  • New iOS app Songtree allows you to make music collaboratively through a branching tree interface. (Fact)
  • Collaborative music listening app weeSPIN is set to join forces with Downtown Project. (Data Transmission)
  • StreamSquid allows users to stream music for free, using legal services such as YouTube and SoundCloud as a backbone. (TorrentFreak)
  • YouTube CEO confirms their music subscription service is relaunching 'later this year'. (BusinessInsider) “YouTube has an impressive collection of music. It’s a little bit different than Apple/Spotify. The music is different and the purpose is different. We have music videos… being able to see your favourite artist play a song… it’s magical.”
  • Spotify have unveiled a new musical map feature which allows users to see what songs people are streaming most across the world. (Fact)
  • U.S. government regulators are looking into whether the 30% cut Apple takes from subscriptions on rival streaming services purchased in-app is illegal under antitrust law. (Fact)
  • A new iOS app called RapMic lets you record rhymes over pre-made instrumentals and share them via iMessage. (Fact)
  • Apple is set to include a high-quality audio option in its new iOS 9 update. (Fact)
  • New service Super Specific Vinyl allows you to press anything you want onto vinyl. (Fact)
  • In the week since Apple Music launched, Spotify has spent five consecutive days in the top 10 most downloaded apps list. (Bloomberg)
  • In wake of Apple Music, SoundCloud update focuses on music discovery, better user experience. (TechCrunch)
  • Rebel Sound, Shy FX, Chase & Status with MC Rage and David Rodigan, will be presenting a fortnightly two hour show for Beats 1 Radio on Apple Music. (RotD)
  • Automated mastering service LANDR has just upgraded its mastering tool. (Resident Advisor)
  • Yamaha has officially launched its new Reface line of synths. (Fact)
  • Akai has announced three new, feature-packed drum pad controllers to be available this summer. (XLR8R)
  • DJs and music collectors have been warned not to download iTunes 12.2 due to several glitches in its tags, artwork and more. (Deep House Amsterdam)
  • Spotify streaming is set to be affected by Chicago’s new 9% “cloud tax” on digital services. (Fact)
  • Rdio has responded to Beats 1 with its own stations curated by the likes of DFA, XL Recordings, Blue Note, and more. (Fact)
  • Microsoft’s Xbox Music service is re-branding as Groove, set to launch alongside Windows 10 later this month. (Fact)
  • SoundCloud have rolled out further customisation improvements to profiles. (Fact)
  • MBW understands that Ministry of Sound has not licensed AppleMusic – although negotiations are ongoing.
  • Kygo and Apple Music have entered into a partnership to help launch their new streaming service. (Dancing Astronaut)
  • Apple is adopting a sponsorship-only model in seeking advertisers for Beats 1, according to people briefed on Apple's plans. (AdAge)
  • Facebook is looking to get involved in music, but what that means is still undetermined. (VergeMusicAlly reports rumours that Facebook is in talks with major labels about possible services, expected to centre on uploading ad-supported music videos to its service.
  • Britain is the music download capital of Europe with the average household now spending more than £100 a year on downloads, a Samsung survey has found. (Telegraph)
  • Rebel Sound announced for Beats 1 Radio. (Industry Insider)
  • Shazam will start making “Shazam Counts” public for songs. It's also rolling out a new feature in partnership with over two dozen artists that will allow users to see which songs their favourite musicians are listening to on the service. (BillboardTechCrunch)
  • Shazam has unveiled a new feature that shows fans which songs their favourite musicians are looking up. (Fact)
  • Cloud-based music production platform Splice have launched their newest add-on, Splice Sounds, a subscription based sample pack service. (Dancing Astronaut)
  • Google has announced its version of ad-supported, free music streaming called Google Play Music. (Dancing Astronaut)
  • Daedelus has created his own delay and sample instrumental called the Delaydelus, manufactured by Austin, TX technology group Bleep Labs. (XLR8R)
  • Dani Sanz’s Draw It Yourself MIDI allows you to actually draw your own MIDI controller. (Thump)
  • Elixir Specialty Coffee have unveiled a drink made using sound waves. (Fact)
  • Resident Advisor have launched their first app, RA Guide, featuring club and DJ recommendations. (RotD, Guardian)
  • Beatport have unveiled their own embedded music player that will pay artists when their track is streamed. (Data Transmission)
  • This new remote-controlled vinyl player lets you play records vertically, if you’re into that sort of thing. (FACT
  • For some users on Apple iOS 8.4 and 9, a ‘Radio’ tab has gone live within the Music app. It features the new Beats One radio station, which launches on June 30. (NextWeb)
  • Apple's Mastered for iTunes engineering guidelines may become the industry standard, but not everyone wants to follow the rules. (Fader)
  • Who are dance's tech titans? The five execs leading the charge. (Billboard)
  • Why Snapchat is the app of choice for DJs. (Guardian2)
  • A year’s support and investment of up to £30,000 is earmarked for DooWapp - an app that lets users attach music clips to messages. Recipients can share the music or buy the song via the app. (Sunday Times)
  • Rdio Select, a bargain-priced music subscription that offers ad-free radio and a limited number of new song downloads per day for about $4 per month, is preparing to launch in Europe. (Billboard)
  • Tidal ‘opened many doors’ for famed music producer Jonathan Hay and Partner Mike Smith. (IB TImes)
  • There’s another new dating app gaining in popularity, and this time it’s specifically targeted at the festival/club crowd. (Deep House Amsterdam)
  • This surround sound bed is getting rave reviews, but there are still no plans for commercial release. (Your EDM)
  • SoundCloud announced it will start implementing streaming limits on outside websites and third-party applications, capping 15,000 plays per 24-hour period. (SoundCloudBillboard)
  • Disciple Media launches 'bespoke one stop talent-to-fan mobile channels'. (RotD)
  • A new app plans to make playlists platform agnostic. Soundsgood allows you to list and play playlists no matter what service you are using. (Next Web)
  • Spotify paid out $300 million to rightsholders in the first quarter of the year. (Billboard)
  • Jukely, an app which allows music fans to attend an unlimited number of gigs a month for a flat fee has launched in London. (Standard) It gave subscribers access to Field Day festival as part of its opening fortnight promotion. (Times)
  • Spotify CEO Daniel Ek responded to the Apple launch with a nonchalant Twitter post. (Fact)
  • The new Apple Music service will incorporate a live internet radio station called Beats 1, available in 100 countries. The station will broadcast from three cities around the world, Los Angeles, New York and London, with Zane Lowe, Hot 97's Ebro Darden and former Rinse DJ Julie Adenuga broadcasting from the cities respectively. (WiredEngadet)
  • Apple has announced its streaming service, Apple Music, as well as several other new music features. Launching June 30 priced $9.99, or $14.99 for a family of up to six, with a three-month free trial, it will provide paid on-demand streaming and free live radio via Beats 1 with limited skipping. It has placed high focus on intelligent algorithms and human curation. (BillboardRegisterRecodeForbesMashableFact) Also announced is the Connect feature which will let artists upload music, photos, and messages which are shared with their fans, who can then comment and like individual posts.
  • Merlin has struck a deal with SoundCloud that enables more than 20,000 labels and distributors worldwide to monetise the revenue from uploads through advertisements and provide access to a richer set of data analytics, as well as the ability to remove infringing content. (RotDBillboardGuardianFT)
  • Daniel Ek said he would only consider selling Spotify if it meant a bigger platform for its music. (Reuters)
  • “We’re going to disrupt the music labels,” YouTube executives apparently say, ahead of YouTube for Artists being unveiled at Midem. (NYPost)
  • Living Indie, a concert-streaming startup, successfully completed its crowdfunding round, having hit more than 130% of its initial target. (RotD)
  • Shazam has announced the introduction of visual recognition, a new functionality that extends the company’s mobile engagement platform to create a world where everything from posters, to packaged goods, to print media are transformed from static images into dynamic pieces of content. (RotDBillboard)
  • David GuettaDrake and Pharrell are all reportedly set to feature as guest DJs on Apple’s forthcoming streaming service. (FACT)
  • Are Apple’s latest investments in music ahead of the curve or out of touch? (Forbes)
  • Beatport has revealed details of new its forthcoming free Upload service, which will connect unsigned music directly with the A&R departments of Beatport's tens of thousands of independent record labels. (InFlyte)
  • SoundCloud faces a delicate balancing act to keep creators, labels, users and investors happy. (NextWeb) “Thinking that if we didn’t have ad-supported, everything would be subscription is not a useful way of thinking, because it is not true. Just because you can get one price from somebody doesn’t mean you could get it from everybody”, said CEO Alexander Ljung at the IMS conference.
  • Qbert and his Thud Rumble team are teaming up with Intel to try and make laptops in DJ booths a thing of the past. (DancingAstronaut)
  • Music-making on a budget? Check out this roundup of the best free music production software. (Fact)
  • The co-creator of the technology that became Google Maps has unveiled Weav Music, a new music engine that lets artists create different versions of the same song that can adjust to the tempo of what listeners are doing. (Billboard)
  • Tinder is selling the latest album by dance musician Zedd, in what looks like an experiment for an expansion of advertising (and shopping) within the dating app. (Guardian)
  • Online music broadcaster Boiler Room has joined with social video platform Twitch and launched a channel which will host live and archival music performances featuring underground music. (RotD)
  • Instagram is taking its first steps into the world of music with @music. (DancingAstronaut)
  • Six alternatives to SoundCloud for hosting DJ mixes. (Fact)
  • Why is SoundCloud focusing on Brazil? (Billboard - Andrew Flanagan)
  • MixRadio, the radio music service that was transferred from Nokia to Microsoft and then bought by messaging app company Line last year, is finally available for iOS and Android. (TechCrunchBillboard)
  • Some labels and PR firms have been trying to game the rankings on Hype Machine, with the site now saying "While blogs are an integral part of music marketing in 2015, we want to support bloggers, labels, and PR agencies that operate with integrity”. (HypeM)

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