Nordic survey digs into digital music numbers
A survey commissioned by three Nordic collecting societies has yielded new data on the digital music space in Denmark, Norway, Finland and Sweden. It suggests that 78% of internet users in these countries – 13.8m people...
October 31, 2014
High-def streaming, Sweden profile, phablets and more
This week’s Music Ally Report should have landed in your inbox last night. Our lead feature takes the announcement of Deezer Elite and WiMP’s Tidal as its cue to explore the potential demand for HD streaming music:...
September 20, 2014
Microsoft will pay $2.5bn to buy Minecraft-maker Mojang
Minecraft has become a gaming phenomenon across PC, console and mobile devices in recent years, with more than 50m sales (and 100m total downloads once free users are taken into account) across all platforms. All of this...
September 18, 2014
Music Ally Report 350 – Sound of 2014
In our cover feature, we crank up the audio to look at the new streaming services that are pushing up their sonic quality as well as their monthly subscription prices. Deezer Elite and Tidal (the US and UK version of WiMP)...
September 17, 2014
YouTube’s biggest star just turned off comments on his videos
We’ve written regularly about PewDiePie – Swedish gamer Felix Kjellberg – who with 30m subscribers and 438.9m views in July alone is the biggest star on YouTube. News this week that he has chosen to disable comments...
September 4, 2014
Swedish indie label Blue Music Group withdraws from Spotify
A Swedish indie label focusing on avant-garde, classical, jazz and Nordic music is making headlines around the world – but not for its music. Instead, Blue Music Group is getting attention for whipping its catalogue off...
August 18, 2014
Spotify opens for Business (in Sweden only, for now)
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 home market of Sweden,...
July 26, 2014
Billetto launches ‘social events calendar’ app for iPhone
Ticketing firm Billetto has launched a new live events discovery app in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and the UK. It’s called Billetto – Your Social Events Calendar, and is available for iPhone in those countries. The...
July 11, 2014
Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde arrested in Sweden
Remember the days when three Pirate Bay founders and one of its main financiers were going to prison? Two of the four originally convicted in a high-profile copyright infringement case have served their time, while two have...
June 11, 2014
Sweden – Research, 15-24 Year-Olds
This infographic is an extract from the Music Ally Report
June 11, 2014
What effect has streaming music had on Norwegian artists in their home market?
Along with Sweden, Norway is often held up as a poster market for streaming music, with an overall growth in recorded music revenues of 7% in 2012 and 11% in 2013, with streaming now accounting for 65% of the market.
February 12, 2014