Digital music and audio

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Apple concedes on ‘anticompetitive’ restrictions in App Store
‘Reader apps’ such as Spotify, Netflix and Kindle will be able to share links to help users manage accounts

Alex Hern UK technology editor

02, Sep, 2021 @10:22 AM

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Ikea Symfonisk picture frame review: Sonos wifi speaker hidden by art
Latest collaboration puts great sound behind fabric art panel that can be hung or leant against a wall

Samuel Gibbs Consumer technology editor

23, Aug, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Mia Rodriguez, pop star interrupted: ‘You’re kind of just wasting away your adolescence’
With millions of followers and millions more plays, the teenage Australian singer was on the cusp of both stardom and adulthood – then Covid happened

Nick Buckley

14, Aug, 2021 @8:00 PM

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Listen up: why indie podcasts are in peril
As big spenders such as Amazon and Spotify fill our ears with more commercial, celebrity-driven fare, can grassroots, diverse shows survive?

Miranda Sawyer

01, Aug, 2021 @7:00 AM

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‘A talent scout can’t go to 100 shows a night’ – how big data is choosing the next pop stars
Faced with so much new music, major labels are using algorithms to hunt down tomorrow’s hits. Is this great news for rising stars – or the recipe for a bland new future?

Alex Rayner

28, Jun, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Hipgnosis’s back-catalogue spending pays off in pandemic
The firm’s strength in old songs has seen revenues up by two-thirds after streaming saw a huge boost in lockdown

Mark Sweney

26, Jun, 2021 @11:05 PM

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When podcasts go sour: can shows like Reply All come back from scandal?
Gimlet’s smash hit podcast returns from an enforced hiatus this week ... minus one of its hosts. But its future, and that of other shows blighted by controversy, is now precarious

Rachel Aroesti

10, Jun, 2021 @10:00 AM

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In big tech’s dystopia, cat videos earn millions while real artists beg for tips | John Harris
Instead of paying musicians properly, the likes of Spotify have set up ‘donation’ buttons – thus passing the buck to fans, says Guardian columnist John Harris

John Harris

30, May, 2021 @11:39 AM

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Spotify expected to report subscriber slowdown
Such an update would be another signal that Covid lockdown entertainment boom is over

Mark Sweney

25, Apr, 2021 @2:44 PM

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Paul McCartney and Kate Bush lead call for change to music streaming payments
Open letter to Boris Johnson signed by 156 musicians including Led Zeppelin and Annie Lennox aims to reword 1988 Copyright Act

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

20, Apr, 2021 @1:25 PM

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Today’s pop industry cheats songwriters | Björn Ulvaeus
It’s the song, not the album, that rules modern pop – but payment for writers is dysfunctional at best. We urgently need a new model

Björn Ulvaeus

17, Apr, 2021 @6:01 AM

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The music streaming debate: what the artists, songwriters and industry insiders say
The Guardian has talked to 25 figures from the music world ahead of publication of a parliamentary report

Lanre Bakare

10, Apr, 2021 @7:00 AM

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