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Other related industry news. After the introduction of the routines in the alarm clock , Google now adds another piece to ensure that every morning we get up in time from the bed: the alarms selected by YouTube Music or Spotify .
The new option is present in the Google clock, and as you can see from the screenshots below it is really simple to use. Instead of just the default set of ringtones, there are now two additional tabs through which you can choose the melody from YouTube Music (but only if you are a Premium user ) or from Spotify (in this case you don’t need to be a subscriber).
Musicians , producers and songwriters are lining up against Spotify and Amazon ‘s plans to ” sue the songwriters ” for the increase in streaming royalties . But indignation stems from misinformation: Spotify and Amazon are technically not suing songwriters, they are trying to appeal to last year ‘s Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) decision to try to raise their rates by 44% over the next five years, as reported by Variety .
The CRB ruling , signed in January last year, which was sided by the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) and the Nashville Songwriters Association International , was just published in February and opened up the opportunity for companies to appeal the decision with a 30 day time window . Now, Spotify , Google , Pandora and Amazon have all appealed.
All the result of a misunderstanding?
While the four technology giants plan to fight the sentence, Apple Music is the only streaming service that will not appeal. In a statement released on the appeal, NMPA president David Israelite praised Apple Music for ” continuing to be friends with songwriters” , but blew away Spotify and Amazon for their decision to ” sue the songwriters in a shameful attempt to cut their payments by almost a third. ”
It is not known whether the NMPA declaration was released before David knew that Google and Pandora were planning to file an appeal, as it does not mention the latter. But David’s quote also made music publications credible, sparking outrage among the artists against the two companies on Twitter.