Issue #488: MusicLife Raises $5M to Distribute Music with AI, Blockchain Tech; RIP Musical.ly; Tencent a Cautionary Tale for Spotify?

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MusicLife raises $5 million to distribute music with AI and blockchain tech
MusicLife raises $5 million to distribute music with AI and blockchain techventurebeat.com
Exclusive MusicLife, a joint collaboration between the Singapore-based nonprofit MusicLife Foundation and the Japan-based MusicLife Company, aims to solve the music distribution problem with a combination of blockchain technology and artificial intelligence (AI).

RIP Musical.ly: A Very Brief History
RIP Musical.ly: A Very Brief Historymotherboard.vice.com
The video creation platform loved by teens is getting a rebrand. Here are a few of its best moments.

Midtown Atlanta site chosen by big music streaming business
Midtown Atlanta site chosen by big music streaming businesswww.ajc.com

Pandora has picked a Peachtree Street site in Atlanta for its expansion and new jobs.

Is Tencent a Cautionary Tale for Spotify?
Is Tencent a Cautionary Tale for Spotify?musictech.solutions

If you’ve ever asked yourself why Spotify has such a large market cap, I’d suggest there are a couple reasons.

Apple Music is testing Android Auto support
Apple Music is testing Android Auto supportwww.theverge.com
Apple Music is testing out an Android Auto integration, and it’s available now in beta on version 2.6.0, as spotted by Android Police. All you need to do is download the beta version of Apple Music and the latest version Android Auto, then go into Auto and tap on what music you’d like to listen to.

How ‘Grand Theft Auto’ Is Changing the Way the World Experiences Music
How ‘Grand Theft Auto’ Is Changing the Way the World Experiences Musicwww.rollingstone.com

In the five years since launch, GTA V and GTA Online gamers have listened to more than 75 billion minutes of music, according to Rockstar Games.

YouTube Launches New Time Watched Dashboard
YouTube Launches New Time Watched Dashboardvariety.com
It’s part of a bigger emphasis on something Google calls digital wellbeing.

Spotify Dance Music: How The Platform Breaks Down Melodic Bass, Afro House & More
Spotify Dance Music: How The Platform Breaks Down Melodic Bass, Afro House & Morewww.billboard.com

Spotify has been able expertly highlight the ever-growing genre through a variety of playlists that capture the soft, the glitchy, the hard-hitting and more. Whatever your mood, there is a subgenre for you.

Apple Music Hires Brian Bumbery As Director Of Publicity
Apple Music Hires Brian Bumbery As Director Of Publicitywww.billboard.com
Veteran music publicist Brian Bumbery has exited his PR firm, BB Gun Press, for a new job at Apple Music as director of publicity, Billboard has confirmed.

The Trouble with SiriusXM’s Opposition to the Music Modernization Act
The Trouble with SiriusXM’s Opposition to the Music Modernization Actwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

I give Mr. Meyer credit for writing a treatise against providing fairness for music creators in a magazine dedicated to celebrating them. However, his attempts to misdirect readers regarding the MMA must be addressed.

Bose's new smart speaker and soundbars offer Alexa control
Bose's new smart speaker and soundbars offer Alexa controlwww.engadget.com

Voice assistants don’t seem to be going anywhere. If anything, they’re becoming more and more ubiquitous.