YouTube accidentally took down dozens of K-Pop music videos distributed by Universal Music Group Saturday evening, triggering fan outrage and online flash campaigns to restore the flicks. Within hours of being unavailable, fans took to Tumblr, Twitter and Facebook on Sunday to protest, rallying under a GIVEUSKPOP hashtag. More than 1,000 people even signed a petition to lobby UMG and YouTube to restore the videos.
YouTube on Wednesday said it now has 1 billion monthly viewers, steadily growing from the 800 million monthly viewers the online video platform reached in October 2011. The announcement, made at a company event in Los Angeles to show off YouTube premium channels to potential advertisers, puts the company in the same audience league as Facebook, which also boasts 1 billion monthly users.
Samsung’s Music Hub service is planning to double its Silicon Valley workforce in the coming year as part of a broader push by the Korean consumer electronics giant to play a larger role as a media platform for its devices, the company said on Friday.
There’s an old saw among established technology companies that says innovation happens elsewhere, that big ideas can come from small, unexpected places. That, at least, has been the ethos behind the steady stream of music-related application software interfaces (APIs). Last month, two companies, Gracenote and MediaNet, quietly added their APIs into the mix.