Apple has acquired San Francisco-based music analytics startup Asaii which uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to help clients like record labels find the next Justin Bieber. Apple will reportedly use their technology to bolster Apple Music recommendations to users and better compete with Spotify’s efforts to work directly with smaller artist.
Apple is celebrating World Emoji Day in ways more than one. We especially liked a light-hearted overhaul of the Apple Leadership webpage with executive faces on headshots replaced with corresponding Memoji characters.
Increasing its stake in EMI Music Publishing to 90%, Sony just became the world’s largest music publisher while giving EMI a value of around $4.75 billion, including debt, or more than double its value in 2011.