September 16th, 2015 by Nikoo Sadr

Music Ally Report 374 - Battle of the Beeb

In our cover feature we look at the BBC’s plans for a streaming music service, and why they’re causing tension with music rightsholders in the UK. The broadcaster is planning a time and catalogue-limited...

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August 19th, 2015 by

Music Ally Report 373 - Beyond Youtube

Please note that after today both the Music Ally Report and Sandbox will be taking a short break for the summer where they will go paddling in the sea, get unsightly tan lines and eat ice cream in the...

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June 17th, 2015 by Nikoo Sadr


Lead: Streaming is unlocking intricate data about super fans and their listening behaviour, putting artists and labels in powerful new positions to make the most of this real-time flow of analytics. Hailed...

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June 10th, 2015 by

Music Ally Report 368

In our cover feature we speak to Eddy Cue and Jimmy Iovine, the people behind Apple Music – the biggest launch in digital music for years. We look at what it is, what it does, where it will fit into...

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May 27th, 2015 by Music Ally


In our cover feature we pick apart streaming playlists to look at how pitching, “power-seeding” and payola (or, more specifically, play-ola) is being used and abused to break acts and drive hits. The...

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May 20th, 2015 by Music Ally

Music Ally Sandbox 133 - Twitter Turned Up

Lead: Audio Cards push Twitter way beyond 140 characters and allow the platform to include actual songs. On the surface, this could be dismissed as a gimmick, but both mega-acts and emerging artists are...

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May 14th, 2015 by Music Ally

Music Ally Report 366

In our cover feature we look at Shazam as it marks a decade and a half in digital music. It has the scale but it is still struggling to turn a profit. For a while, as the download market it relied on for...

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May 6th, 2015 by Music Ally

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Lead: Periscope and Meerkat are the two hottest (i.e. most hyped) apps of the year so far. Only a handful of musicians have used them in their marketing thus far and the results have been, frankly, mixed....

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April 29th, 2015 by Music Ally

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In our cover feature we speak to those in music publishing about the issues that are getting them most excited this year as well as those that are causing them to grind their teeth. On the menu are developments...

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