New Spotify Technology Will Help Songwriters Avoid Plagiarism

Spotify has filed a patent for a new plagiarism detection tool that has been designed to expose songs that copy aspects of other compositions, helping songwriters avoid lawsuits.

Music Business Worldwide reports that with the Plagiarism Risk Detector and Interface technology, a song’s lead sheet—a type of musical notation that indicates melody, chords, and lyrics—would be fed into the AI software that is “trained on a plurality of preexisting encoded lead sheets” to determine if a “similarity value” appears in other compositions in the database.

The software’s graphic user interface “provides dynamic visual feedback in substantially real-time,” permitting musicians and composers to discover any existing plagiarism and adjust elements of their work as they’re arranging it. “Such a tool,” the patent filing says, “would allow artists to generate lead sheets more quickly and confidently by detecting and providing visual feedback as to whether any aspect of the work has a

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There Are Now Stories Everywhere, Even on Spotify

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It’s almost as if the little glowing story circles are following us everywhere. They’re on Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, WhatsApp, Twitter and now, even on Spotify.

This week, some users noticed the circles on popular Spotify playlists, including the “Christmas Hits” playlist, which I myself listened a lot while trying not to burn my mashed potatoes. In case any of you had any doubts, Spotify helpfully included a message that read, “Tap to see the story,” per a video posted by the YouTuber and gamer TmarTn2.

Roughly one week after Twitter debuted its Fleets, posts similar to Instagram stories that disappear after 24 hours, Spotify has quietly started testing its own version of stories on a select number of its playlists. In a statement to Engadget, the company confirmed that the stories were a test, but provided

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Spotify to buy ad tech firm Megaphone to monetise podcasts

With the acquisition, the music-streaming platform aims to create targeted ads and make Spotify’s Streaming Ad Insertion available to third-party podcast publishers for the first time.

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Spotify has agreed to buy podcast advertising and publishing company Megaphone to provide publishers with the option to monetise their podcasts via the streaming platform.

With the acquisition, the music-streaming platform aims to create targeted ads and make Spotify’s Streaming Ad Insertion available to third-party podcast publishers for the first time. The company said it will ‘soon’ make ad tech available after deal closes.

“We look forward to Megaphone joining Spotify on our mission to accelerate smarter podcast monetisation for advertisers and podcast publishers powered by a scaled audience and state-of-the-art technology,” Dawn Ostroff, Chief Content & Advertising Business Officer at Spotify said

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Hulu, Spotify, Peacock Offer Big Discounts

The holiday season has paved the way for new users to try out a number of streaming services at a discounted rate. No matter if you are a new customer or a returning customer that has been away for a while, these streaming services offer Black Friday deals that feature movies, TV shows and music at a fraction of regular cost. Here are the best streaming deals being offered for Black Friday 2020:


Hulu is offering its standard subscription plan that comes with ads for only $1.99 a month again this year — a $4 discount off the regular $5.99 monthly price, The Verge reports.

The offer is only available for new and returning customers that have canceled their services at least three months ago, and those that took advantage of the $1.99 deal in 2019 are not eligible for the Hulu promotion.

Hulu will begin offering the $1.99

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Spotify Announces Strategic Acquisition of Podcast Technology Leader, Megaphone

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Spotify Technology S.A. (NYSE:SPOT), the world’s most popular audio streaming subscription service, today announced that the company has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Megaphone, one of the world’s most innovative podcast advertising and publishing platforms. Together, Spotify and Megaphone will help advertisers and podcast publishers realize the full potential of podcasts. The two companies will achieve this through the power of the Megaphone Targeted Marketplace and by making Streaming Ad Insertion available to third-party podcast publishers for the first time.

With this acquisition, Spotify continues to deliver against its goal to become the world’s leading audio platform and focus on growing audio monetization across the industry. The acquisition follows Spotify’s launch of Streaming Ad Insertion, an innovative podcast ad technology that delivers the intimacy and quality of traditional podcast ads with the precision and transparency

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Spotify Buys Megaphone in $235 Million Bet on Podcast Ad Technology

Spotify will pay $235 million to acquire Megaphone, a podcast advertising technology company that lets creators monetize their audio content — part of the company’s ongoing bet to dominate the podcast monetization market.

Megaphone is based in Sweden, as is Spotify, but works with clients globally including podcast distributors Slate, iHeart Radio, Cadence13, Marvel and Stuff Media (which produces the popular “How Stuff Works” podcast).

Spotify will purchase Megaphone from its current owner, media outfit Graham Holdings. Spotify didn’t clarify when the acquisition would close and noted, “the transaction is subject to customary regulatory review, and it is business as usual until closing.”

The deal complements Spotify’s existing work on podcast advertising — earlier in the year Spotify launched a technology called Streaming Ad Insertion to better serve podcast listeners relevant ads based on digital marketing data. The company said in a statement Tuesday the preliminary results of this new

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Spotify is acquiring podcast hosting company Megaphone for $235 million

Spotify’s making another big podcasting acquisition. This time, it’s buying podcast hosting company Megaphone for $235 million, according to a source close to the companies. The deal doesn’t affect Spotify’s own podcasts — it already hosted its shows on Megaphone — but it does mean more shows will have access to Spotify’s proprietary ad insertion technology, called Streaming Ad Insertion.

SAI functions similarly to typical dynamic podcast ads, which are targeted based on a listener. But in Spotify’s case, the ads are inserted in real time as opposed to being swapped out ahead of a listen. This means Spotify’s system is making real-time decisions about which ads a specific listener should hear based on their data and also based on the goals of the various ad deals Spotify is currently running.

This acquisition means all podcasts currently hosted on Megaphone will gain access to SAI after the deal closes. No

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Spotify to buy ad tech firm Megaphone to monetize podcasts

STOCKHOLM/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Sweden-based Spotify Technology SA SPOT.N has agreed to buy podcast advertising and publishing platform Megaphone, it said on Tuesday, the latest in a series of a deals to boost its podcast platform.

FILE PHOTO: The Spotify logo is displayed on a screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., May 3, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

The deal is worth $235 million, a Spotify spokesman said.

The company will use Megaphone’s technology to create targeted ads, it said, and will also make its proprietary ad monitoring tools available to third-party podcast publishers.

Spotify, which earns revenue from paid subscriptions and by disseminating ads to non-paying users, saw its advertising business return to growth in the third quarter after it was hit by the pandemic earlier this year.

Executives have said ad growth will accelerate in the current quarter.

Its heavy investments

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Joe Rogan is already letting Alex Jones spread misinformation on his Spotify show

Joe Rogan’s podcast has only been available on Spotify since September, and already, the host is inviting controversial guests to appear. This week, he chatted with Infowars host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones as well as comedian Tim Dillon. The episode’s audio and video are available both on Spotify and YouTube, and this comes after Spotify employees expressed concern over Rogan’s prior episodes and transphobic content.

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During this most recent interview, Dillon wore a shirt that says “Free Ghislaine,” in reference to Ghislaine Maxwell, an associate of Jeffrey Epstein who was charged in July with helping Epstein recruit and groom girls to sexually abuse. Dillon claims during the three-plus-hour show that Democrats want to use COVID-19 and possible local shutdowns to prevent people from “private ownership of cars” and “cash.”


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Jones, who previously claimed the Sandy Hook was a hoax, also said that “a

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