reports

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...

Music Ally Report 359 – Bit Rates: Why Streaming Services Need A Pricing Revolution

Our cover feature explains why the subscription music streaming business is facing down a pricing crisis. Services have innovated in lots of areas – from audio quality to the UX/UI across different platforms. But the one...

Music Ally Report 358 – It’s Only Words: Digital Lyrics Get in Line

Our cover feature looks at the new ways in which lyrics are being used online – from the steady rise of Genius (formerly Rap Genius) and its new goal of annotating the entire web to Deezer’s partnership with LyricFind...

Music Ally Report 357 – 2015: What’s Next?

What with it being January and everything, our cover feature sets out the issues, themes and trends that will shape the digital music business in 2015 – from managers marching for transparency and services bulking up for...

Music Ally Report 356 – 2014 in Review

Our cover feature gathers together the biggest stories of the year: from Taylor Swift not wanting her music to be free on Spotify to U2/iTunes struggling to, literally, give an album away – taking in, along the way, the...

Music Ally Report 354 – YouTube Music Key unveiled

In our cover feature, we look at YouTube’s new Music Key service, which is being unveiled today – in fact, it’s being officially announced as we send out this report. We’ve got full details of its price, its content...

Music Ally Report 353 – The Millionaire Club

In our Cover Feature, we look at the panic surrounding artist albums that may or may not clock up 1m sales in the UK and the US this year, and explain why this obsession with unit sales is a fool's errand that ultimately...

Music Ally Report 352 – Apple: Where Next?

In our Cover Feature, we poll experts from different parts of the music business on what Apple needs to do next to stay relevant and to maintain its position as the centre of gravity for digital music. The company has, arguably,...

Music Ally Report 350 – Sound of 2014

In our cover feature, we crank up the audio to look at the new streaming services that are pushing up their sonic quality as well as their monthly subscription prices. Deezer Elite and Tidal (the US and UK version of WiMP)...