Analytics firm claims audio streams have passed videos in US
There’s plenty of excitement in industry circles around the news that audio music streams may have overtaken video music streams in the US in the first half of 2016. A note of caution: these aren’t official RIAA or Nielsen...
July 6, 2016
Amazon tipped to sell 2.5m-3m Echo speakers in 2016
Sales of multi-room audio devices are “under-performing” but Amazon is on course for several million sales of its Echo speaker this year, according to the latest predictions from Futuresource Consulting.
July 6, 2016
Music Ally Report 372 – Chain Reaction
In our cover feature we get our collective heads around blockchain technology and the claims being made on its behalf that it will usher in a new era of transparency for the music industry. We break down what it is and how...
August 5, 2015
Illegal downloading Down Under not going down
A new report from the Department Of Communications in Australia has found that illegal downloading is somewhat entrenched in the country. It claims that 43% of respondents (over the age of 12) who download and stream have...
July 23, 2015
IFPI hits back at Rethink Music claims on artist payments
The recent Rethink Music report on music industry transparency has already drawn a sharp response from US industry body the RIAA for its claims of missing royalties for artists. Now the IFPI is also having its say, criticising...
July 22, 2015
RIAA welcomes Rethink Music (but also criticises it)
The report on music-industry transparency earlier this week from the Rethink Music initiative has been welcomed by US industry body the RIAA – but it also has some issues with some of the report’s claims. First, the good:...
July 16, 2015
Report claims Facebook IS planning a music videos push
We reported yesterday on Facebook’s new scheme for monetising native videos and sharing 55% of the income with their publishers – and speculated that this was tied in with separate reports of some kind of new move into...
July 3, 2015
Report hints at Vivendi’s aims for post-free digital music
We’ve known for a while now that consultancy firm Bain & Company has been involved at the highest levels of Universal Music Group (and even higher: within parent company Vivendi) as the label group plans its next strategic...
July 1, 2015
Spotify criticised for Android greediness
Online security company AVG has published a report naming and shaming “the world’s greediest smartphone apps” – ranked by how much they eat up battery life, storage and data allowance on their users’ Android smartphones....
June 3, 2015
Report claims global games market was worth $83.6bn in 2014
According to the IFPI, the global recorded music market generated revenues of $14.97bn in 2014. Compare that to a new report by research firm Newzoo claiming that the global games market was worth $83.6bn last year – not...
May 21, 2015
Music rightsholders have reported 200m pirate URLs to Google
Here’s a milestone that probably isn’t worth celebrating: music bodies the RIAA and BPI have reported more than 200m URLs to Google that they believe to be infringing copyright. According to TorrentFreak, that’s up...
May 8, 2015
Music subscriptions: ‘Lightning could strike twice for Apple’
UK-based consultancy Midia Research has published its latest report on the digital music space, focusing on music subscriptions – and specifically whether “lightning could strike twice for Apple”. Its key stats come...
April 2, 2015