Music Ally Report 397 – One Inflation Under a Groove
Lead: The price of a subscription service sits at a psychologically attractive $£€9.99 monthly fee and that helps hook users. The problem, however, is that this price point solidified in the early 2000s with Rhapsody...
November 16, 2016
Music Ally Report 396 – A “Bloody Fortune”
Lead: Secondary ticketing is seen as fleecing the fans (according to its critics) or providing a valuable service that ticketing companies can’t or won’t offer (according to its supporters). Beyond that, however, is...
November 16, 2016
Music Ally Report 395 – Brand New
Lead: Digital is proving both curse and blessing for music and brands. On the one hand, it allows younger consumers to become invisible. On the other hand, the push for more branded content means smaller acts are getting...
August 31, 2016
Music Ally Report 386 – SoundCloud: all systems Go
In our cover feature we pick apart SoundCloud’s move into subscriptions. It has been a long – and often tense – journey to go from a free UGC platform to one fully licensed by all the majors and key indies. Now with...
March 30, 2016
Sandbox 153 – Data DIY
Lead: DIY has a long tradition in music, but the focus has tended to be (from punk, through indie, hip-hop and grime) around how the music was disseminated. The latest do-it-yourself revolution could, however, be around online...
March 23, 2016
Music Ally Report 385 – Clan They Kick It
In our cover feature we look at the staggering success of Finnish gaming company Supercell and, rather than rub it in the music industry’s face, we consider precisely how artists and labels can learn from it and other gaming...
March 16, 2016
Sandbox 152 – Hell to Pay
Lead: At the turn of the century, the industry’s reaction to P2P was to try and sue or arrest filesharers. Today a different approach is being taken by companies who see filesharing less as an economic threat and more of...
March 9, 2016
Sandbox 151 – Segment to Be: Super-Targeting Fans
Lead: Spotify and Pandora are now opening up to let acts and their marketing teams find out who their biggest fans are and directly contact them with rewards. Meanwhile platforms like Hive are promising to simplify the targeting...
February 24, 2016
Sandbox 145 – Window Shopper: The New Wave of Windowing
Lead: In the “old days” (i.e. five years ago), big albums would have been kept off streaming services in other to push download and CD sales. Today windowing is often about pushing streams as much as possible – except...
November 18, 2015
Music Ally Sandbox 144 – Block Around The Clock
Lead: Ad-blocking software is nothing new but when Apple starts to allow it for iOS9 devices then everyone needs to sit up and pay attention. Way beyond the undermining of ad-funded services’ business models, the impact...
November 4, 2015
Music Ally Report 377 – Unsafe harbour?: sink or swim for digital music
Our cover feature looks at why the PRS/SoundCloud legal tussle is a foreshadowing of the single biggest issue that will impact on the digital music industry next year. At the very heart of it is the viability and future of...
October 28, 2015