Month in music tech: the biggest news of August 2021

Here are the latest and biggest developments in the music technology world from August.

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The UK’s arts sector welcomed the government’s announcement of a £750m COVID insurance scheme for events, and visa-free travel for artists to 19 EU countries. For a pandemic-decimated live industry, the schemes mark some semblance of a return to normalcy – though their effectiveness has yet to be proven in the coming months.

August was also spotted with legal battles, with musician Four Tet taking action against Domino Recordings over streaming royalty rates, and Sonos beating Google in a patent dispute over speaker technology. Meanwhile, some employees of Apple have built a website to collect allegations of workplace abuse.

On the lighter side of a rather serious month, Look Mum No Computer opened his Museum Of Everything Else, dedicated to educating the public on experimental instruments and obsolete technology. Oh, and Donda still isn’t out yet.

Read on for the biggest headlines of the music technology world from August 2021.

Industry

Google Nest Audio
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Gear

Look Mum No Computer's Museum Of Everything Else
Photo: Look Mum No Computer

Software

Season Game Trailer
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Music

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Freeware

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