iOS to support introductory subscription pricing offers
This is a small change to the way in-app subscriptions work on Apple’s iOS platform, but a potentially good one for third-party music-streaming services like Spotify, Deezer, Pandora and the rest. Apple’s next software...
November 7, 2017
Apple and Google app stores reached new heights in Q3 2017
The latest report from research firm App Annie claims that combined app downloads on iOS’ App Store and Android’s Google Play were nearly 26bn in the third quarter of this year. That’s up 8% year-on-year, and as...
October 24, 2017
Apple Music gets more social as HomePod speaker debuts
As expected, there was a new milestone for Apple Music subscribers, new features for Apple’s streaming service, and a smart-speaker unveiled to boost its prospects in the home at last night’s WWDC event in San Jose. There...
June 6, 2017
Top ios APPS September 2015
This infographic is an extract from the Music Ally Report
September 16, 2016
Report claims 90% of all iOS apps are ‘zombies’
Can Apple’s App Store be compared to the kind of undead-strewn wasteland that’s familiar from The Walking Dead or Resident Evil in popular culture?
July 27, 2016
The history of the album-app: creativity galore but commercially tough
As long as there have been app stores for smartphone and tablets, there have been musicians and developers exploring the potential for albums to be delivered as apps. Many of these projects have been creative and technologically...
July 25, 2016
Pokemon Go is a bona-fide craze – and a privacy headache
We’re not sure how many music-industry folk are hunting down virtual Pokemon in the streets around them, but the runaway success of Nintendo’s AR/location-based mobile game Pokemon Go this week is worth following.
July 13, 2016
Iron Maiden launch Legacy of the Beast mobile game
Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast was announced a few months ago, but yesterday the freemium mobile game went live on Android and iOS. Based on the metal band’s famous mascot Eddie, the game sees fans “fight legions of...
July 6, 2016
Deadmau5 gets a Google Cardboard VR app through Absolut
In our primer on music and virtual reality earlier this year, we suggested that one way for musicians to explore VR without blowing their cash was to partner with brands.
July 1, 2016
Spotify / Apple dispute escalates over ‘troubling’ behaviour
Why did Spotify publicly criticise Apple’s App Store policies earlier this week? A new report in Recode sheds more light on the escalating dispute between the two companies, with a leaked letter from Spotify’s general...
July 1, 2016
Latest iOS ad-blocking app can block ads in apps like Facebook
We’ve been reporting on the debate around ad-blocking apps for Apple’s iOS devices recently, with the advertising and news publishing industries both thrown into a spin by the prospect of tens (or ultimately hundreds)...
October 7, 2015
Top-selling ad-blocker app removed from Apple’s App Store
The debate within the tech and news industries about the moral rights and wrongs of ad-blocking apps is reaching boiling point, fuelled by the fact that within days of Apple allowing these apps for devices running its iOS...
September 21, 2015