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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...

Music Ally Report 365 – Hit Sheet

In our cover feature we speak to those in music publishing about the issues that are getting them most excited this year as well as those that are causing them to grind their teeth. On the menu are developments relating to...

Music Ally Report 363 – Free Falling

Our cover feature looks at how the battle lines have been drawn up in regard to free, freemium and streaming. Universal, Sony and Ministry Of Sound have all recently – and very publicly – started to question free's long-term...

Music Ally Report 362 – Split Infinitives

Our cover feature looks at the arguments for and against writers and performers getting a larger share of digital income. Enormously costly and wasteful parts of the record business are removed with the jump into digital...

Music Ally Report 361 – Long Player

Our cover feature dissects just how well albums are doing on streaming; streaming services will argue they attract music aficionados who like to listen to full albums, but the streaming data tells another story entirely....

Music Ally Report 360 – Seoul Music

Our cover feature looks at the rise of K-pop and how it is changing South Korea's musical export potential as well as how music companies spot and develop new talent there. K-pop totally dominates music sales in the country...