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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Sandbox 143 – Data Driven

Lead: The live music business has not been turned on its head by digital in quite the same way as the record business has – but it is really starting to feel the impact. We look at how huge clouds of data from a variety...