August 21st, 2015 by Music Ally Blog

Spotify confirmed earlier this week that its new terms and conditions will bar users from selling slots in their playlists. Perhaps the company should start its crackdown by browsing online marketplace...

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August 20th, 2015 by Stuart Dredge


We’ve been reporting for several months on the industry gossip about growing “playola” around streaming playlists: where external curators of popular Spotify playlists ask labels for money in return...

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August 12th, 2015 by Music Ally Blog

None of Taylor Swift’s music is available to stream on Spotify, but she’s still popping up in some user’s Discover Weekly playlists, as The Verge discovered. Journalist Kaitlyn Tiffany was surprised...

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July 6th, 2015 by Stuart Dredge


Kobalt’s David Emery has published a new blog post comparing the ecosystem of YouTubers to Spotify’s universe of playlists, suggesting that the latter can learn from the former. How? He points to...

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June 15th, 2015 by Music Ally Blog

Recommendations aren’t just for new music: encouraging listeners  to dig back into the deeper catalogue of a streaming service is going to be an increasingly-important facet of these companies. Spotify’s...

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June 12th, 2015 by Music Ally Blog

No, not Conan The Barbarian or Arthur Conan Doyle – but Conan O’Brien, the US chat chap. He has launched a new channel on Spotify and it will feature 23 playlists collating together the musicians he...

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June 10th, 2015 by Music Ally Blog

The Guardian has an intriguing piece looking at the impact that Spotify and now Apple Music/Beats 1 is having on popular radio, particularly Radio 1 but also commercial stations. It opens on Zane Lowe...

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June 5th, 2015 by Music Ally Blog

There’s been a lot of talk about the growing importance of Spotify playlists in 2015 – but also about the comparative lack of detailed analytics on how music is being added to, shared and played within...

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May 15th, 2015 by Stuart Dredge


“Playlists are key. Decision fatigue is a big problem for consumers: when you’re faced with a catalogue of 35m tracks, what are you going to listen to?” said Spintune CEO Brittney Bean, as she introduced...

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