Sandbox Issue 196: Try Switching it online and offline again
Lead: Reports of the death of offline marketing spend are, to paraphrase Mark Twain, greatly exaggerated. TV spend is hanging in there and billboard spend is now a key part of “statement” campaigns – counterintuitively...
January 24, 2018
Campaigns: Play Double Deutsche With a Pro – Sandbox 156
Only those with a very long memory are likely to recall Now Play It from way back in 2007. For those who have forgotten (or never knew in the first place), it was an EMI initiative offering music tuition videos from the...
August 18, 2016
New comms app Wire includes SoundCloud support
Janus Friis should be a name familiar to Music Ally readers: he co-founded Kazaa, Skype, Joost and Rdio, among other tech firms. The latest project that he’s involved with isn’t directly music-related, but there is an...
December 16, 2014
The Skype girls
Erstwhile Spice Girl Victoria Beckham has been signed up by Skype as it looks to distinguish itself from Google Hangouts as a celebrity
March 11, 2014
Skype launches ‘Ones to Watch’ music promotion with Live Nation
This is interesting: a customer email from Skype yesterday promising "You + Skype + music's brightest new bands"
February 21, 2014
Will.I.Am: ‘The state of the music industry is delusional!’
Bagging Will.I.Am for a Midem keynote was a coup, even if the chosen delivery method – a Skype video-call – had its downside in occasional audio glitches.
February 3, 2014
BitTorrent traffic on the rise in North America
Broadband firm Sandvine has published its latest web traffic report, claiming a 40% rise in BitTorrent traffic in North America over the last six months.
November 8, 2012
Musician sings for cash on Skype
Call it an intimate online gig or bespoke busking if you like: singer/songwriter Denison Witmer is playing songs for individual fans on Skype video calls, and charging $25 a go.
March 15, 2012
Webcam music lessons starting to take off
The New York Times has an interesting article about the growth of remote-learning music lessons, thanks to webcams and software like Skype.
January 12, 2012
Alice Cooper and Boyz II Men get Skype e-cards promotion
Skype? Christmas cards? Alice Cooper?! This would count as one of the more leftfield digital marketing campaigns of 2011, but it's certainly interesting.
December 21, 2011
Rdio gets a new TV/film-focused sibling, Vdio
This isn't directly a music story, but it's interesting to see the entrepreneurs behind Rdio make a move into the online TV and films space. Kazaa/Skype/Rdio co-founder Janus Friis is the man behind new service Vdio, with...
October 18, 2011