September 20th, 2014 by Music Ally Blog

The New York Times has an interesting feature today on the Japanese music market, exploring why CDs still account for 85% of sales in the country, and questioning whether that attachment to physical is...

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September 13th, 2014 by Music Ally Blog

Spotify got all married up with music data company The Echo Nest back in March and just over five months later (the gestation period in digital is obviously a few months shorter – hem hem) they’ve...

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September 10th, 2014 by Music Ally Blog

It started on Twitter with Spotify co-founder Ek asking analyst Mulligan how he arrived at the figure of 210m users of ad-supported streaming in a recent report. POW! Mulligan replied by saying “they...

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August 20th, 2014 by Stuart Dredge

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Earlier this week, Billboard published some research showing that the top 200 tracks in the US so far this year have sold 25.5m units less than the top 200 for the same period in 2013 – a 13% year-on-year...

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August 14th, 2014 by Music Ally Blog

Viacom has published some details of its latest research into US music fans’ habits, quizzing more than 1,200 13-40 year-olds on “the music experience in 2014”. Some of the key conclusions won’t...

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July 26th, 2014 by Music Ally Blog

Spotify’s next frontier isn’t a new country – although its Japanese launch is thought to be imminent – but a new class of customer: businesses. The company has launched Spotify Business in its...

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July 26th, 2014 by Music Ally Blog

As we thought when we covered Shazam’s decision to switch Spotify out for Deezer as a streaming partner in four countries earlier this month, it’s proving controversial with some users. TechCrunch...

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July 26th, 2014 by Music Ally Blog

Well, at least we have something else to gossip about besides Apple buying Beats now. Twitter may be buying SoundCloud, although for now the story is equally speculative: Recode’s scoop includes lashings...

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July 22nd, 2014 by Music Ally Blog

Billboard has a good piece today on the US launch campaign for Sam Smith’s debut album ‘In The Lonely Hour’, and specifically the question of whether its Spotify holdout – it’s not been available...

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