reports

Music Ally Report 379 – Can Pandora Escape its Box

Our cover feature looks into what Pandora’s recent flurry of acquisitions – parts of Rdio and all of Ticketfly (as well as Next Big Sound earlier in the year) – and direct licensing deals (adding Sony/ATV to a previous...

Music Ally Report 377 – Unsafe harbour?: sink or swim for digital music

Our cover feature looks at why the PRS/SoundCloud legal tussle is a foreshadowing of the single biggest issue that will impact on the digital music industry next year. At the very heart of it is the viability and future of...

Music Ally Report 376 – Writing Wrongs: Music Publishing’s Biggest Challenges Laid Bare

Our cover feature nails down what the issues dominating the publishing industry currently are. Metadata is, by far, the biggest time bomb. Payments are being slowed down and discovery options being compromised because the...

Music Ally Report 374 – Battle of the Beeb

In our cover feature we look at the BBC’s plans for a streaming music service, and why they’re causing tension with music rightsholders in the UK. The broadcaster is planning a time and catalogue-limited offering that...

Music Ally Report 373 – Beyond YouTube

Please note that after today both the Music Ally Report and Sandbox will be taking a short break for the summer where they will go paddling in the sea, get unsightly tan lines and eat ice cream in the yard. We will make our...

Music Ally Report 372 – Chain Reaction

In our cover feature we get our collective heads around blockchain technology and the claims being made on its behalf that it will usher in a new era of transparency for the music industry. We break down what it is and how...

Music Ally Report 371 – Free Falling

In our cover feature we speak to Stephen Witt, the author of How Music Got Free, about the convoluted ethics of piracy, why the MP3 is now a redundant format, how “free” is being replaced by “freemium” and why...

Music Ally Report 370 – Facebook’s New Music Push

Our cover feature has the inside story on what Facebook’s hugely ambitious music plans are. The first part is the proper (and imminent) monetisation of music videos at the same per-play rate as YouTube. The second part,...

Music Ally Report 369: Apple Music’s Five Time Bombs

Our cover feature comes in the light of the indies and Taylor Swift forcing Apple to revise its initial stance of not paying rights holders during the three-month free trial on Apple Music. That particular explosion might...

Music Ally Report 368 – Apple Music Exclusive

In our cover feature we speak to Eddy Cue and Jimmy Iovine, the people behind Apple Music – the biggest launch in digital music for years. We look at what it is, what it does, where it will fit into the market and what...

Music Ally Report – 367 – Play-ola

In our cover feature we pick apart streaming playlists to look at how pitching, “power-seeding” and payola (or, more specifically, play-ola) is being used and abused to break acts and drive hits. The indies, for now,...

Music Ally Report 366 – Tag Team

In our cover feature we look at Shazam as it marks a decade and a half in digital music. It has the scale but it is still struggling to turn a profit. For a while, as the download market it relied on for an affiliate cut...