In a recent blog post you can read here, I shared the great news about the ruling by U.S. Copyright Royalty Board a few days ago. According to the ruling, the songwriter payouts would increase by 44% in the next five years. Apple Music announced that they would not appeal the decision, while Spotify, Google, Amazon and Pandora have been idle for a while.
The MIDI Manufacturers Association (MMA) and Association of Music Electronics Industry (AMEI – the Japanese MIDI association) broke the news last Friday, January 18 and already has the leading music technology companies such as Ableton, Native Instruments, Art+Logic, Bome Software, Google, imitone, Roland, ROLI, Steinberg, TouchKeys, and Yamaha on board. The companies have already started working together to develop prototypes based on this new protocol.