Apple Music kicks off licensing renewals with new WMG deal
Spotify’s success in persuading labels to renew its licensing deals with a revenue-share more in its favour is starting to have a knock-on effect. Bloomberg reported overnight that Apple has renewed its own deal with...
September 7, 2017
Apple Music Festival won’t be taking place this year
It’s September, so why no announcement yet about which artists will be playing the annual Apple Music Festival in London? That’s because it’s not happening this year, with Apple seemingly calling an end to its long-running...
September 5, 2017
Analyst suggests Apple should bundle Apple Music with iPhone 8
Apple has confirmed that its next press launch will be on 12 September, which is when we can expect the iPhone 8 to be unveiled. Could there be some Apple Music news then too? It will be surprising if Apple doesn’t offer...
September 1, 2017
Beyond Music: ARKit is Apple’s big augmented reality moment
From cars to TVs, if straight-batting questions about future products was an Olympic sport, Tim Cook would be festooned with more medals than Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps combined. So when Apple’s CEO does talk about...
August 30, 2017
Google takes on Apple with Android’s ARCore AR tech
Music Ally has been keenly following developments with Apple’s new ARKit technology, which will bake augmented-reality features into the next major update for its iOS software. The theory is that it will spur a new wave...
August 30, 2017
Blind data: music managers’ three biggest data challenges
Managers, by the very nature of their job, have to be across everything their artists do, closely following each ebb and flow of every revenue source and being ready to jump on the next one when it emerges. Data...
August 24, 2017
Why ‘A a a a a Very Good Song’ is becoming an iTunes hit
A track called ‘Why ‘A a a a a Very Good Song’ is 10 minutes of silence. Not in a John Cage conceptual way, but for purely practical purposes. Samir Rezhami created the track in response to a bug (or feature!) that...
August 11, 2017
Apple Music launches its first Carpool Karaoke episode
After a few delays on its way to people’s screens, Apple Music has launched the first episode of the standalone run of music show ‘Carpool Karaoke’ for its subscribers. Based on the popular segment of James Corden’s...
August 9, 2017
India’s Eros Group in talks with Apple, Amazon and Netflix
Eros Group is one of the largest film production companies in India, but it is reportedly in talks to sell its catalogue of films AND music to Apple, Amazon or Netflix. At least, that’s according to Indian financial...
August 7, 2017
Apple Music ‘making no dent’ in Spotify… but that’s not the bigger picture
Research firm Edison Investment Research has put out a surprisingly-sharp note on Apple Music’s prospects of competing with Spotify, sparked by the latter’s announcement that it now has more than 60 million subscribers. “Apple...
August 4, 2017
Apple Music helps drive record quarter for Apple services
Apple published its latest quarterly financials last night and – no surprises here – it’s still making plenty of money. The company’s revenues were up 7.2% year-on-year to $45.4bn in the second quarter (Apple’s...
August 2, 2017
Apple Music gets exclusive livestream from Tidal co-owners Arcade Fire
We’ve written regularly in the last year about the shift in definitions of ‘exclusives’ on music-streaming services. Bar the odd exception, few albums are now exclusive to a single service, but Apple Music, Spotify...
July 21, 2017