Our cover feature considers what digital music companies have to do in order to get match fit for a sale or an IPO. Pandora may be the only major music service to date to go the IPO route but rumours are growing that Spotify (and others) could play their hand soon. We speak to VCs about what needs to be done, what impact this will all have on the culture and direction of a startup and, ultimately, if an IPO is the best option or if a trade sale offers a more immediate (and less protracted) solution.
In Beyond Music, we head to MIPTV to look at how the TV industry is reacting to the shockwaves caused by YouTube and what Google’s video-sharing platform means for the development and monetisation of new talent.
Our country profile is the Philippines, a market struggling to make the leap into a digital future. Spotify and Deezer are already there (offering cheap access to music), but the state of the country’s economy and the low penetration of smartphones means this will be, at best, an incredibly slow growth.