June 9th, 2015 by Music Ally Blog

So you wait months for a Daniel Ek interview and then two show up at once. He’s on the cover of the latest issue of Billboard – conveniently published mere days before Apple’s big announcement today...

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June 9th, 2015 by Music Ally Blog

With Apple offering six family members access to Apple Music for $14.99 a month, the pressure is on for other services to match it. (Interestingly, given the margins here, no one seems bold enough to get...

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June 8th, 2015 by Eamonn Forde

Spotify co-founder Daniel Ek rarely does interviews these days but Music Ally’s Stuart Dredge got to speak to him about streaming, freemium and the imminent threat from Apple as it renews Beats Music...

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June 7th, 2015 by Stuart Dredge

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Spotify CEO Daniel Ek is sympathising with record label executives: even those who have cooled on his company’s freemium business model, and are pressuring him to change it. “I want to understand...

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June 5th, 2015 by Music Ally Blog

A new milestone for Spotify yesterday: $3bn of royalties paid out to music rightsholders since its service launched in 2008, with $300m paid out in the first quarter of 2015 alone. Time to look back at...

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April 29th, 2015 by Music Ally Blog

Google Now is one of the most interesting mobile technologies from Google in recent years: the idea of virtual ‘cards’ that pop up to “proactively bring you information at the right time without...

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December 24th, 2014 by Music Ally Blog

Spotify boss Daniel Ek has granted a rare interview to Billboard, talking about his company’s highs and lows of 2014. Unsurprisingly, Taylor Swift makes an early appearance. “The public probably...

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November 20th, 2014 by Music Ally Blog

Spotify’s big news yesterday was blown over the weekend: a partnership with taxi-app company Uber. It kicks off on Friday in 10 cities, with passengers who’ve linked their Spotify and Uber accounts...

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November 13th, 2014 by Music Ally Blog

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek mentioned Grooveshark in his blog post about Taylor Swift and artist complaints about streaming yesterday. The US firm is NOT happy to have been singled out. “Copyright laws are...

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