October 24th, 2014 by Music Ally Blog

In yesterday’s Bulletin, we wrote about an opinion piece in the New York Times suggesting that streaming music is leaving self-confessed “music snobs” adrift, because now everyone has...

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October 23rd, 2014 by Stuart Dredge

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How do you quantify the value to the music industry (artists included) of a streaming music service like Spotify? Streaming income, obviously, but there's also a debate over how much these services...

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October 22nd, 2014 by Music Ally Blog

The latest ‘acquihire’ in the music startups world has seen social music app Listn’s team absorbed into Beatport, with the app due to be shut down this month as a result. The dance-focused...

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October 22nd, 2014 by Music Ally Blog

Pandora is testing a new ad format, Sponsored Listening, which enables people to listen to an hour of ad-free music if they watch a video ad first. Fox and Sony PlayStation are the first brands to test...

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October 22nd, 2014 by Music Ally Blog

It’s a family affair for Spotify this month: the streaming service has announced plans to launch a family plan in the coming weeks, enabling people to add up to four  of their family members to...

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October 22nd, 2014 by Music Ally Blog

Maybe we’re pessimists, but we can’t help but think Spotify talking publicly about a feature called “Truffle Pig” might provide its harsher critics with some more ammunition. Still,...

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October 18th, 2014 by Music Ally Blog

The latest artist to reach the milestone of 1bn streams on Spotify is Pitbull: the third most-streamed American artist on the service behind Eminem and Katy Perry. The rapper is celebrating the milestone...

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October 17th, 2014 by Music Ally Blog

British startup Playlists.net, which aggregates and recommends playlists created on streaming music service Spotify, has been acquired by Warner Music Group’s WEA label. The major label snapped up the...

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October 14th, 2014 by Stuart Dredge

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Spotify’s artist relations team held a series of events in the US in recent weeks to talk to artists about the company specifically, and streaming more generally. Billboard has an even-handed report...

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