October 31st, 2014 by Music Ally Blog

Research firm IDC has published its latest quarterly estimates for the smartphone market, claiming that shipments were up 25.2% year-on-year to 327.6m units in the third quarter of this year. That’s...

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October 29th, 2014 by Music Ally Blog

Taylor Swift’s ’1989’ is shaping up as one of the pivotal albums of 2014, amid the ongoing panic over falling download sales within the industry. Billboard has the latest dispatch from the US, where...

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October 29th, 2014 by Music Ally Blog

Apple has officially confirmed what’s been clear to music rightsholders for several months: iTunes music sales are falling. The confirmation came in Apple’s annual report filed with US financial body...

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October 28th, 2014 by Music Ally Blog

Apple recently quietly retired its iPod Classic device, although it didn’t announce the move at the time, nor has it given the gadget much of a send-off. Last night, Apple CEO Tim Cook explained the...

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October 28th, 2014 by Stuart Dredge

Ars Technica has a long, interesting article about how Apple’s music marketing has been changing, from its former emphasis on breaking new artists through TV ads to more of a focus on top-tier acts and...

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October 27th, 2014 by Music Ally Blog

The Wall Street Journal has been sparking plenty of gossip since Friday, when it published a piece claiming that “music sales at Apple’s iTunes Store have fallen 13% to 14% world-wide since the start...

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October 25th, 2014 by Music Ally Blog

No, not White Noise – Taylor hasn’t (yet) covered the Disclosure song. But she did manage to reach the top of the Canadian iTunes Store singles chart this week with an accidentally-released song...

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October 24th, 2014 by Music Ally Blog

We’ve been aware of BuddyBounce since 2013, when the startup pitched as part of an EMI Innovation Challenge event that we organised (Bulletin, 18-Feb-13). The pitch then was for “a loyalty...

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October 22nd, 2014 by Stuart Dredge

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Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine has been talking about how he sees the technology and music industries working together, in an address to P Diddy's Revolt conference. Accepting an SFTB Award, Iovine gave...

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