September 14th, 2015 by Music Ally


The topic of “playola” – labels paying independent curators of playlists on music-streaming services to include their tracks – has received much coverage in the music press over the last year or...

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September 11th, 2015 by Music Ally Blog

Yeah, selfies. This is In No Way a marketing gimmick for smartphone maker HTC, although full credit to Spotify for taking the opportunity to put its service in front of (potentially) millions of new phone...

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September 3rd, 2015 by Stuart Dredge


The prospect of an umbrella streaming-music playlists brand for independent labels has moved a step closer, after trade body AIM released a request for proposal (RFP) for someone to run it. The idea...

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September 1st, 2015 by Music Ally Blog

Germany is the latest market to get Google Play Music’s curated playlists – the legacy from its acquisition of streaming-radio service Songza in July 2014. Announced in Germany last week, the mood...

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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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