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Music streaming pioneer SoundCloud raises $75M from Pandora owner SiriusXM

SoundCloud, the music streaming company that has been described as the “YouTube of audio” because of its profusion of user-generated content, has some big, strategic investment news today. The company has raised $75 million in funding from satellite radio giant SiriusXM, owner of streaming giant Pandora, which has an ad partnership with SoundCloud. – Ingrid Lunden, TechCrunch » https://tcrn.ch/31JQre0

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KFC sneaks ads onto Spotify Premium by taking over artist profiles

The campaign, while a gross misuse of the platform, did have some funny ideas, like creating playlists with song titles that spelled out “Discover, New, Kentucky, Burger, Come and Visit, KFC, Get It, Before It’s Too Late.” Artist bios were altered to read like menu ingredients, and upcoming events directed users to visit the nearest KFC locations, though it just looked like the artist had multiple concert dates at one very lucky KFC. – Dami Lee, The Verge » https://ift.tt/2uhVYw9

FCC unlocks 3.5GHz CBRS band, enables OnGo in Apple and Android phones

Spectrum in the 3.5GHz band has been selected across the world as ideal for next-generation cellular services, thanks to its combination of reasonably long-distance range and solid chunks of available bandwidth. Within the “low,” “mid,” and “high band” ranges of radio frequencies, 3.5GHz is mid-band spectrum and is already being used for 5G in China, Europe, and South Korea, while the U.S. has focused until now on low and high band 5G frequencies. – Jeremy Horwitz, VentureBeat » https://ift.tt/2tUqUSY

Quibi Won’t Compete Directly With Netflix, Hulu or Disney Plus, CEO Meg Whitman Says

Everything on Quibi is made for mobile, with episodes of less than 10 minutes. “We will be the first streaming service that launches without a library because everything needs to be uniquely made for Quibi,” Whitman said. “You can’t take a 60-minute [episode] of ‘Game of Thrones’ and chop it up into 10-minute segments.” – Todd Spangler, Variety » https://ift.tt/2vsYcsH

TikTok inks licensing deal with Merlin to use music from independent labels in videos and new Resso streaming service

One reason why monetising may happen is because of the lack of deals at the other end of the chain. As of December, TikTok reportedly had yet to sign any deals with the “majors” — Sony Music, Warner Music and Universal Music. From what we understand, Merlin is the first big deal of its kind announced by the company, but others are already in place. – Ingrid Lunden, TechCrunch » https://tcrn.ch/37nHb1d

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