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17. Mai 2018

Apple Music Competitor Tidal Allegedly Months Behind on Royalty Payments

Subscription based music service and Apple Music competitor Tidal is months behind on its royalty payments to record labels according to a report from Norwegian news site Dagens Næringsliv that was translated by Music Business Worldwide.

Multiple sources have said that Tidal has not making timely payments to „three major international companies,“ claims confirmed by two Norway-based labels: Propellor Records and its distributor, Phonofile, a company owned by Sony.

Phonofile CEO Sveinung Rindal said that reports of delayed payments are correct, while Propeller Recordings CEO Frithjof Boye Hungnes said the company had not been paid since October. [...]

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1. März 2018

Google Launches Slack Competitor ‚Hangouts Chat‘ With Emphasis on AI Chat Bots

Google this week announced that its workplace chat app for Mac, PC, iOS, and Android, called „Hangouts Chat,“ has come out of the Early Adopter Program beta and will be available to anyone who pays for a core G Suite service. Hangouts Chat is an expansion of Google’s Hangouts platform and the company’s answer to services like Slack, HipChat, Workplace by Facebook, and Microsoft Teams (via TechCrunch).

Google’s app emphasizes a few unique artificial intelligence features available for users, involving various chatbots. In one example, Google shows how one person could ask a @Meet bot to „Plan a review meeting next week,“ and then [...]

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17. März 2017

Swatch Working on Apple Watch Competitor With Custom-Made OS and Better Battery Life

Swatch is developing its own operating system for an all-new smartwatch intended to compete directly with Apple Watch and Android Wear, according to company CEO Nick Hayek (via Bloomberg). The new smartwatch will be an addition to the Tissot brand, a subsidiary of The Swatch Group, and is set to launch towards the end of 2018.

With its debut so far out, details remain scarce on both the watch itself and the Swatch-made user interface, but Hayek mentioned that the technology will require less battery power and will „protect data better.“ According to Hayek, the company’s strategy will give Swatch the chance to become a worthy competitor to Apple and Samsung [...]

 
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13. März 2017

Apple Music Competitor ‚Pandora Premium‘ Launching This Week With Invite-Only Access

Pandora’s own entry into the streaming music market, called Pandora Premium, is officially launching this week to a select group of invitees who sign up for a chance to gain access on the company’s website. Pandora Premium is the result of the company’s acquisition of „key assets“ and employees from Rdio back in 2015. Late last year, Pandora finally detailed what its new Premium service would look like at a special event.

Unlike in the base Pandora app, Pandora Premium allows its subscribers full, on-demand control of what they listen to thanks to the inclusion of playlists and a personalized search feature, which surfaces unique items based on [...]

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