September 14th, 2015 by Music Ally


The topic of “playola” – labels paying independent curators of playlists on music-streaming services to include their tracks – has received much coverage in the music press over the last year or...

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September 2nd, 2015 by Stuart Dredge

At the time of writing, Facebook has 17 different mobile apps available on Apple’s App Store, including its main Facebook app, and Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp – each with hundreds of millions...

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July 22nd, 2015 by Stuart Dredge


This week, Spotify rolled out a long-awaited new feature: its Discover Weekly playlists. These gems of exploration are now nicely slotted into every user’s library on the service, and are truly an excellent...

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March 31st, 2015 by Stuart Dredge


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 of millions) of streams, at...

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March 31st, 2015 by Music Ally


So musicians are taking music streaming back. Jay-Z has been joined by a consortium of big-name artists including Coldplay, Rihanna, Daft Punk, Calvin Harris, Madonna, Kanye West and – rather more predictably...

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February 18th, 2015 by Music Ally


So Zane Lowe has announced he’s leaving BBC Radio 1 to join Apple. If we were looking for a sign that the worlds of music streaming and broadcast radio are converging, then a move by iTunes to inject...

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February 10th, 2015 by Stuart Dredge


By now, any student of Facebook’s evolution will know the key numbers governing its news feed curation: 1,500 and 300. The first number is how many stories the average user could see every day from...

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November 14th, 2014 by Stuart Dredge


There's an interesting interview with SoundCloud co-founder Eric Wahlforss in the Financial Times this week, which focuses mainly on the necessity (or otherwise) of major label licensing deals for the...

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October 20th, 2014 by Stuart Dredge


Have you read Dan Brooks’ opinion piece about streaming music in the New York Times yet? If not, you should: it’s already sparked plenty of chatter from music fans and digital music industry folk alike. It’s...

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