Google Home smart speakers are now available in India
India is clearly the next battleground for smart speakers. Shortly after Amazon launched its Alexa-powered Echo devices there, Google has followed suit with its Google Home and Google Home Mini. The speakers are being...
April 11, 2018
Indian firm T-Series is adding 3m YouTube subscribers a month
Indian music giant T-Series has long been one of the most popular channels on YouTube, and its growth is continuing apace. Its film-music focused catalogue has just reached a new milestone on Google’s video service: more...
March 29, 2018
Reliance claims $1bn valuation for Saavn and JioMusic merger
Indian telco Reliance Industries is merging its own music-streaming service JioMusic with independent player Saavn, in a deal that it says values the merged entity at more than $1bn. It’s promising that the resulting...
March 26, 2018
India music trends: Transparency, independent artists and more
India has long been one of the most interesting music markets in the world, and one that dances to its own rules, particularly with the influence of the film industry – Bollywood included. So how is the Indian market evolving...
March 12, 2018
Tencent leads $115m round for Indian music service Gaana
Indian streaming service Gaana has raised a $115m funding round led by Chinese tech firm Tencent, as it sets its sights on growing to 200 million active users in the next three years. That would be a sharp rise from the...
February 28, 2018
Transsion enjoys smartphone success in India and Africa
Anyone thinking about music in emerging markets may already be following the story of Chinese tech firm Transsion Holdings, which has several mobile-phone brands as subsidiaries including Tecno, Itel, Infinix and (via a 2017...
January 16, 2018
India: The sleeping giant of digital music is ready to wake up
At the end of September this year Music Ally was invited to attend the inaugural All About Music conference in Mumbai, India. We've since been speaking to some of its main contributors, and taking a look at the key themes...
December 22, 2017
UMG’s Jonathan Dworkin: ‘Despacito is more than just a hit’ (#SlushMusic)
As SVP of digital strategy and business development at Universal Music Group, Jonathan Dworkin is playing a significant role in how the biggest major label wants to steer the digital music world in the years to come. His...
November 28, 2017
Saavn teams with Amazon, Snapchat and new strategic investors
Indian streaming service Saavn is having a busy month, thanks to a partnership with Amazon, a marketing campaign running on Snapchat, and a pair of new strategic investors for the company. Saavn has also seen its latest...
November 24, 2017
India becomes world’s second-biggest smartphones market
China is the country with the highest smartphone shipments in the world, followed until now by the US in second place. Two different research companies reckon that India has just overtaken the latter country. Canalys claims...
October 30, 2017
UKF founder: ‘YouTube is a platform where you have to fend for yourself’
YouTube music boss Lyor Cohen has been winding up rightsholders recently with his views on why the 'value gap' debate is overblown. But amidst this controversy, it's easy to forget that some music executives see YouTube as...
September 25, 2017
Voice and video may fuel the next billion internet users
When we talk about online video and voice-activated devices, we often see them through the prism of western consumers: Echo buyers exploring the latest Alexa skills, and teenagers who communicate visually rather than textually. While...
August 8, 2017