Tag: app store
Spotify aims its guns at Apple’s 30% App Store tax
The fact that Apple takes a 30% cut of all in-app purchases made within iOS apps has been a sore point with streaming music services for some time. That’s even more the case now: companies like Spotify charge an extra $3...
July 10, 2015
Spotify downloads holding up after Apple Music launch
In the week leading up to the launch of Apple Music, if we’d had a pound for every rival that used a variant on the phrase “a rising tide lifts all boats”, we’d probably be able to buy a mid-tier streaming service...
July 8, 2015
Google Play may now be doing double the App Store’s downloads
Mobile industry analyst Benedict Evans has been looking at the latest stats published by Google and Apple about their respective app stores: Google’s latest stat of $7bn of developer payouts and 50bn app downloads in the...
June 16, 2015
Pepsi Pass social app will include music rewards
Pepsi’s latest digital marketing initiative is an app called Pepsi Pass, released for iPhone last week. And there’s a musical tie-in. “Pepsi brings you an app that makes hanging out with your friends even more rewarding,”...
June 15, 2015
Apple rumoured to be revising its 30% App Store cut
And so the pre-announcement Apple Rumour Mill cancels holidays and forces all staff in the Tittle-Tattle Department into working overtime. This particular rumour, run by the FT, is not explicitly music-based but could have...
June 9, 2015
Apps up but music and other content down for Apple
Earlier this week, Apple hailed an impressive quarter for its App Store, with revenues up 29% year-on-year. It didn’t say anything about other iTunes Store content, but yesterday we got an idea why. Sales of music, video...
April 30, 2015
Spotify is out-grossing Candy Crush Saga in the App Store in several countries
There's a lot of debate online today spurred by a report showing streaming music service Tidal's app has plummeted down Apple's US App Store charts over the past fortnight – and the comparison of that ranking with Spotify...
April 22, 2015
Samsung launches web client for Milk Music
Samsung has launched a website version of its Milk Music service – the first time it’s been available on non-Samsung devices. The personal radio service launched in the US in March 2014 (Bulletin, 10-Mar-14) and has since...
March 11, 2015
Meerkat iOS app helps people livestream video to Twitter
We’ve seen a few livestreaming services come in Music Ally’s lifetime – and, indeed, a fair few go. The latest is Meerkat, which is using Twitter as its distribution platform for live video. “Meerkat allows you to...
March 3, 2015
Music videos service Muzu gets an iOS app
Music videos service Muzu has been around for several years, but now it’s getting an official iPhone and iPad app. Released last week, it provides mobile access to the site’s catalogue of music videos. “Browse featured...
February 25, 2015
Apple reveals $10bn of iOS developer payouts in 2014
Apple published some figures on the performance of its App Store in 2014 yesterday, including the headline stat that it paid out $10bn to developers of iOS apps last year. The company said that billings on the App Store rose...
January 20, 2015