July 2nd, 2015 by Stuart Dredge

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“How important is a record deal now? Bieber was one of the first discovered through social media, then he went off and signed the record deals and the rest, but I wonder how important those deals are now, and in the future?” Jeff Smith, chief executive of music apps developer Smule, is mulling a question from Music Ally about the role its 25m-strong community can play in discovering new singers, and whether the next logical step for those people will be label deals. It’s not a silly question:...

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Features

July 2nd, 2015 by Stuart Dredge

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News yesterday that Facebook is testing ad-supported native videos with a small group of media partners was swiftly followed by a rumour that the social network is in talks...

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March 31st, 2015 by Stuart Dredge

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As things stand, there are three ways to make meaningful revenues from streaming music: First, be an artist popular enough to rack up tens of millions (or ideally hundreds...

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Podcast

February 3rd, 2014 by Music Ally

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This week saw Music Ally's Eamonn Forde and Stuart Dredge return to their microphone and cups of tea to talk digital music for our podcast

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