Sandbox Issue 210: Bounty Hunters. The Buried Treasure of Affiliate Marketing
Lead: Affiliate marketing in music used to mean taking a few pennies from download sales that you drove on iTunes or CDs that you pushed on Amazon. But with Apple Music offering significant bounties for driving subscriptions...
August 13, 2018
Korean internet-radio service Spoon Radio raises $17m
South Korean internet-radio service Spoon Radio – or rather its parent company Mykoon – has raised a $17m funding round. The investors include Goodwater Capital, which was an early investor in Musical.ly according to TechCrunch,...
August 10, 2018
iHeartMedia financials show slight drop in revenues
It’s been a tough time for iHeartMedia, which filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in March this year. Business goes on for the company and its iHeartRadio streaming subsidiary though: it filed its latest quarterly financial...
August 2, 2018
Satellite-radio service SiriusXM now has 33.5m subscribers
According to recent reports, Spotify and Apple Music are both around the 20-million subscribers mark in the US. Who’s got more though? Satellite-radio service SiriusXM. The company ended the second quarter of this year...
July 26, 2018
Music-streaming services now 8% of audio listening in the UK
British communications regulator Ofcom has published a new report, Media Nations, which is making headlines with its claim that TV-streaming services have now overtaken traditional pay-television in the UK. However, the...
July 18, 2018
Australian collecting society calls for streaming quotas
Should music-streaming services be legally required to devote a certain percentage of their programmed-playlist slots to local artists? That’s the argument being made by Australian collecting society APRA AMCOS, in a submission...
July 17, 2018
Slacker Radio debuts a ‘social media influencer’ station
US streaming service Slacker Radio’s latest channel is a partnership with influencer-driven label Heard Well. The channel, Heard Well Radio, will see the likes of Connor Franta, Tyler Oakley and JC Caylen playing songs...
July 13, 2018
New BBC Sounds app mixes music, radio and podcasts
Executives from British broadcaster the BBC have been admitting publicly for some time that its radio stations face an important challenge in the on-demand music-streaming services. Its latest response is a new app called...
June 27, 2018
Report claims TuneIn is exploring a potential sale
Streaming radio service TuneIn has irked some rightsholders in recent times, but now the company is reportedly mulling a potential sale. Bloomberg claimed that TuneIn has hired boutique investment bank LionTree Advisors...
June 22, 2018
TuneIn launches discounted subscription for Alexa devices
Streaming-radio service TuneIn is trying something new for Amazon’s Echo speakers. It’s a discounted premium subscription tier, which will cost $2.99 a month from Alexa-enabled devices, compared to the usual $9.99-a-month...
April 3, 2018
Launching Stationhead–The First ‘Stories’ Format for the Music Industry
A year ago, Music Ally ran the first-ever interview on New York startup Stationhead as the company emerged from stealth mode. Since that first interview, publications including Billboard, TechCrunch and Forbes have followed...
March 8, 2018
SiriusXM CEO criticises proposed US Classics Act legislation
The proposed Classics Act is trying to clear up the digital-licensing status of songs recorded before 1972. When it was introduced earlier this year, we noted that Pandora was supporting the bill, in stark contrast to satellite-radio...
February 27, 2018