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Sonos CEO Issues a Half-Baked Apology, Continues Bricking Old Speakers and Sending Them to Landfills

Photo Credit: Sonos Sonos CEO Patrick Spence has publicly apologized for confusion around Sonos’ smart speaker plans. The company announced that older hardware would stop getting software updates in May. Those devices will continue to function, but any new equipment in systems with old devices will not receive updates. Sonos is working on a solution […]

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Just Got My Spotify Mechanical Royalty Check In the Mail — $11.06 for 32,222 Plays

Kerry Muzzey is a prolific composer whose work appears in major TV shows, Hollywood film trailers, and Broadway productions.  Earlier this week, Muzzey got his mechanical royalty check from Spotify. After failing to pay mechanical royalties entirely — for years — Spotify is apparently now sending payments to artists.  Just try not to laugh out […]

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Billie Eilish Tackles Suicide on ‘Everything I Wanted’ Music Video

Billie Eilish’s new “Everything I Wanted” music video, a collaboration with her brother Finneas, bravely tackles suicide. In her newly released music video for “Everything I Wanted,” Billie Eilish digs deep and tackles the ever-prevalent issue of suicide.  The music video, which was directed by Eilish, opens with a kind message: “Finneas is my brother and my […]

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Baillie Gifford Becomes Spotify’s Largest Stakeholder, Beating Out Co-founder Martin Lorentzon

Scottish investment management company Baillie Gifford is officially Spotify’s largest stakeholder with an 11.82% share. In a disclosure submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Baillie Gifford revealed that its total Spotify ownership has increased by 2.6 million shares since September 2019, from 19.1 million to 21.7 million; the latter represents 11.82% of Spotify. Spotify co-founder […]

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Here Are This Year’s Grammy Winners, According to YouTube Music

Photo Credit: YouTube YouTube Music is predicting the 62nd Grammy winners ahead of the big show.YouTube selected winners from some of the most popular award categories. These predictions are based on global YouTube views, instead of ‘music experts’ that make up the Grammy’s voting block. If YouTube Music’s Grammy Awards predictions are correct, Billie Eilish […]

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Spotify Joins the Influencer Train With Their Own Version of ‘Stories’

Photo Credit: TechCrunch Spotify appears to be testing a new Stories feature, similar to Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat. Influencers will be able to share a short-form video with their public playlists. TechCrunch first reported on the new feature with leaked screenshots. YouTube fashion expert Summer Mckeen can be seen sharing a playlist with a video. […]