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With Teeth: Should YouTube Be Your Primary Social Media Presence?

For at least 2 years now accepted wisdom has been that the second most important place a band should focus on (after their own website of course) is their Facebook Page. Like many I’ve focussed on social media campaigns...
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Music Ally Report: Digital Winners and Losers (Issue 290)

Our lead examines the latest data on recorded music performance from IFPI and uncovers how a mix of physical and digital is essential to driving growth
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Spotify extends its free listening period in the US

Some big news coming out of Spotify today, what with the company removing its five-play track caps in five European countries for its free service, and now announcing an extension of its unlimited six-month trial for free...
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Spotify drops five-track caps for free users in five European countries

Streaming music service Spotify has removed its five-track caps for free users in five European countries this morning. It’s the first rowing back of restrictions introduced in April 2011 at the behest of its record...
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Songkick adds 100k new users through its Spotify app

Songkick is the latest company to give some figures on how its Spotify app is performing. The company says that it has signed up more than 100k new users since launching on Spotify’s platform in late November 2011....
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Daniel Ek talks Spotify, social features and ISP partnerships… back in 2008

Every so often, we’re going to start pulling some articles out of the Music Ally archives. We’re starting with what we think was one of the first interviews with Spotify CEO Daniel Ek outside the Swedish press,...
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Madonna? There’s now an iPad app for her…

As the promotional campaign for the new Madonna album MDNA rumbles into gear, the star has a new iPad app – the first artist tablet app to be powered by the Mobile Roadie platform. It’s been launched as an update...
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Still no sale for MOG, but it does have a new iPad app

MOG has been the subject of intense speculation in recent weeks, thanks to a reported acquisition of the streaming music service by audio hardware firm Beats. There’s still no announcement on that, but MOG has some...
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Ears|Only launches curated dance-music playlists app for iOS

“The sexiest app ever made is almost here,” claims the website for Ears|Only. Actually, it is here: launching on the App Store yesterday (22 March) for iPhone and iPad. It’s described as “an invitation-only...
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Spotify gets 13 new apps from partners including all four major labels

Spotify has unveiled 13 new apps for its Spotify Apps platform, including efforts from all four major labels and key independents / distributors like Matador, Domino, PIAS and X5. The apps went live tonight within the Spotify...
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Streaming music not cannibalising download sales says Universal Music

Is Spotify and its streaming music rivals cannibalising download sales from stores like Apple’s iTunes? Universal Music UK’s director of digital Paul Smernicki says not. “You can imagine that when Spotify...
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comScore stats suggest Vevo has been losing viewers in the US

Does Vevo have a problem with falling viewer numbers? That’s one conclusion from comScore’s latest US Online Video Content Properties chart. According to comScore, Vevo attracted 52m unique viewers in the US in...