iTunes Match storage limit increased to 100,000 songs
Tomorrow Apple makes it jump into subscription streaming with Apple Music, but iTunes downloads remain a significant part of its business and, more importantly, the record industry’s business. In our Music Ally Report last...
June 29, 2015
Rick Rubin rolls out the memories on Genius
Lyrical annotations service Genius has a new user, and he’ll be familiar to many of you: Rick Rubin. The famous producer has been adding his studio memories to a selection of tracks on the service, with anecdotes about...
February 4, 2015
Rock Band getting new song downloads after long hiatus
Music games developer Harmonix released the last song downloads for its Rock Band games in April 2013, before halting development in a move that seemed to consign the games to console history. Now Harmonix is cranking up...
January 20, 2015
Madonna album leaks, but is that really ‘terrorism’?
Our sympathies are with Madonna, who saw 13 new tracks leak online this week, giving fans what was claimed to be an early listen of her next album. But we can’t help but wonder if her reaction – posted and then swiftly...
December 25, 2014
Wild Beasts get their own ‘GIF-novel’
Whiskey, music and GIFs… together at last! That’s the high-concept pitch for a project involving band Wild Beasts, animator Mattis Dovier and whiskey brand Jameson, anyway. Wild Beasts and Dovier worked together on a...
December 22, 2014
Ronson / Mars single released early after X Factor success
The big moment in the UK X Factor this weekend – in fact, the biggest moment from the last few series of it – was contestant Fleur East’s cover of the as-yet unreleased Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars song ‘Uptown Funk’....
December 19, 2014
YouTube star Conor Franta turns curator for album
With more than 4.2m subscribers, Conor Franta is one of the fresh-faced stars on YouTube, with big clout among his young audience. Now he’s capitalising on that clout with a music album, albeit not one he sings on himself....
November 20, 2014
Black Hole Recordings launches pay-by-tweets online store
Dutch label Black Hole Recordings has a new online store, styled as a “Pop Up Store” selling tracks, ringtones and wallpapers. Artists featured include Ferry Corsten, Tiesto and New World Punx, but there’s...
November 17, 2014
This Is My Jam on ‘the balance between humans and computers’
Music discovery startup This Is My Jam launched its “song screens” recently, aggregating comments and recommendations around individual tracks. Co-founders Hannah Donovan and Matthew Ogle have been talking to us about...
October 31, 2014
PonoMusic to launch with 2m tracks this week
It’s almost time for Neil Young’s PonoMusic to ship its first physical players and open up its online store. The company announced earlier this month that it would launch the store in the US on 16 October, as Young –...
October 16, 2014
PornHub now has its own record label
Earlier this year, we reported on Coolio’s comeback – although the rapper was notably grumpy about it being described as a comeback – via a deal to release a song with adult entertainment site PornHub. Now the site...
September 25, 2014
Billboard Music Awards claims it drove 1.6m sales
Performances at the Billboard Music Awards on 18th May triggered 1.58m download sales, the organisers claim. They looked at the sales of the 20 tracks performed at the show in the week after the awards – 18 of which were...
September 2, 2014